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Travel with an Infant to Disney

Travel with an 
Infant to Disney

 

Why yes! I did just get back from Disney World!  I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration for the first time and I had to get my family there for sure!! 

I flew in with Boston & Hudson (ahem-yes-I traveled with a 10 week old A.L.O.N.E!) on Thursday.  My husband arrived on Friday and we played all weekend till this morning when we returned home.

I have to admit... as much as I am a travel PRO - I wasn't too sure about traveling with an almost 5 year old and a TEN WEEK OLD.  Yes.  10 weeks.  That's a whopping only 70 days old baby.  

And the great news is that HE WAS AN AMAZING little traveler!!

I did learn a few things along with way that I'd LOVE to share with you. 

Please note-I'm in NO WAY a "DISNEY EXPERT".  I actually have only been there 3 times.  This being the 3rd.  Each time I learn a little something new.  That place can be incredibly overwhelming for newcomers-add a BABY to the fold?  Could mean a yes or no on your family go. 

TIPS FOR TRAVEL - 10 WEEK OLD TO DISNEY

*DON'T FORGET TO PACK ENOUGH FORMULA - Yes.  I ran out.  (YES. Gasp. I'm NOT breastfeeding...so please refrain from hassling me on that one. My boobs don't work-'nuff said.)  I ended up having to buy the already mixed formula in the gift shop and it wasn't the same brand.  Um.  MEGA blowouts for 2 days.  Poor baby.  He didn't complain at all.  In fact he loved the formula...but his body and that quick switch isn't the best thing for a baby.

*BRING A SUPER LIGHT COVER TO SHIELD FROM THE SUN - The sun in Orlando is HOT HOT HOT.  I brought a really lightweight cover and laid it over the top of our stroller.  It was a lifesaver!!  The cover was breathable and he didn't burn while tramping around the parks.  *Note, some strollers have special spf screens or covers for them.  If your stroller offers it-BUY IT!  It's worth it in the end.

*HAVE A SPRAYBOTTLE HANDY - Yes.  We got suckered into buying another one of the Disney misty thingys that are fans that spray water.  We already have one at home-but why would I be brilliant enough to pack that one?  Ugh.  Anything will do...but have one.  Babies get hot easy and some misting might make them feel better.

*PLAN TO NOT HAVE A PLAN - We actually didn't have a plan other than the events I had to take part in with the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration that I was there for.  But we decided to take it easy the entire time.  If we could fit something in - we did... if not... we just went with the flow.  By not 'planning' every second we were able to relax a bit.

*STAY AT A RESORT ACCESSIBLE BY MONORAIL - This was a big one that I learned.  By using the monorail, the baby was able to stay in the stroller and I just tipped the stroller and drove it up onto the platform.  If you take the strollers with a baby on a bus (which we had to do to get to Downtown Disney) then you have to have someone hold the baby and break down the stroller - then hold the baby the entire ride there...and on the way back.  The monorail was great for convenience with the dude and the stroller.

*BRING A BABY CARRIER - I honestly only used this when doing the travel there and back part.  It was great on the airplane to have him hands free.  It helped him sleep the entire time both ways!  WINNER!  But I can tell you that there are some rides that allow babies to ride!  Can you believe it?!?!  (THANK YOU Joovy!)

*BABY RIDES - YES!  There are some rides that allow the babes!  I about flipped when they said there were.  Hudson, my 10 week old got to ride the Toy Story, Peter Pan Ride, It's a Small World, Under the Sea at Epcot and a few others!!  I highly suggest the baby carrier when going on those rides....but you can hold your little peanut too!

Disney Art of Animation Resort

Disney Art of Animation Resort

 

This past month my family and I were invited to take part in the mega grand opening of the new Fantasyland at Disney World!  We had the best time ever.  My sister came along to help while I had events to participate in and it turned out to be such a perfect time to visit.

We went to Disney in May for my 4 year old's birthday and honestly it was the very first time we had ever been there before!  I know, right? ha.  

So for the next few weeks as all start dreaming of heading to warmer territory I'm going to share certain aspects of our outstanding trip.  

#1 on deck is the SUPER AWESOME resort we were put up in!

Art of Animation Resort in Orlando, Florida

This is a super awesome place for any kid or family that has a Cars fan!  

5 Reasons to Stay at Art of Animation Resort

 

* The resort comes to LIFE!  There are 3 different areas at the hotel. Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid & Cars are fully decorated with life size fun! We actually stayed in the Cars section and we couldn't have been happier!

* An animation artist walks around the resort and makes awesome cartoon art out of soap water!  Yes SOAP WATER!  The guy that was doing it the entire time we were there was awesome with kids.  He would strike up a conversation with kids and carry these tiny turtles in his pocket so when he asked the kids trivia question he had a little prize for them!  It was super cute to see the kids' at the resort interact with the artist.  And to think he could draw Mickey out of soap water and a broom?  Awesome!

*The Big Blue Pool is the largest pool on any of the Disney Properties!  I loved spending time in the pool area.  Thankfully the weather was perfect for us to sit out and catch some rays a bit in December.  There are 3 pools on the grounds at this resort with this one being the largest of them all.  What's REALLY cool about this pool is that when you go underwater, you can hear your favorite Disney tunes!  Underwater speakers belt out the amazing tunes from the Finding Nemo movie.  There is also a Schoolyard Playground right behind the pool where the smaller kids and splash around on the really soft pads and fountains of fun.

*Staying in the rooms are like living in a movie!  The areas of the hotel are so well thought out.  I can really only speak of where my family stayed. The Radiator Springs section of the resort.  Our room was PERFECT for us.  There were 4 of us - 3 adult and one child.  So for the Cars Family Suite we had 2 full-size beds & the pull out fullsize couch.  The bedroom has a spare bathroom with lots of space in the gorgeous stand up shower. (GREAT shower head!)  The dining table is a Murphy type bed.  (Can I tell you I'd LOVE to buy this for the play room in our house so we have a place for guests to stay!!  LOVED it!  Very comfy and perfect to give more space in the rooms.  Everything in the suite is something you might see in the movie. 

*Free & fast transportation to all the parks.  This is a great perk with any of the Disney resorts.  Their transportation system is outstanding!!!  But we barely had to wait for any of the busses when we were there.  Either going to the parks or returning to the resort.  A HUGE plus.

 Check out my video of the room at the Art of Animation Resort