Friday, September 17, 2010

5 reasons Disney is a good vacation for babies

"They won't remember it"


How many times have I heard that?  Usually, that is followed by "We're going to wait until they're maybe 3 or 4."  Well, I have to say, I don't remember much of anything from when I was 4 or 5, do you?


Well, I can think of several reasons to bring babies and young children to Disney!  So, it may be an expensive vacation, but it only gets more expensive as they get older!


First: Children under 3 are FREE!
Tickets, room, even FOOD is free.  Dining plan or not, you'll have enough food at each meal to feed most children from a single adult meal.  And, if you are eating at a buffet, a child under 3 can eat from an adults place at no cost. 


Second: Flying with children 2 and under can be free!
If you're worried about flying with children, we've done it twice so far with a baby that rarely slept.  And both trips, he slept long enough and barely fussed at all.  Obviously, all children are different, but make sure to have bottles (or if you're nursing, throw on a cover and go!), pacifiers, toys, etc...  But, if you let them sit in your lap, there is NO charge.  The other option would be to buy a 3rd seat to install a car seat, but we're planning to keep Noah as a lap baby for as long as we can!


Third: As new parents, you'll most likely want and need a vacation.  If you can, bring family or friends with you so you get a little break, but even if you're alone, you'll be at Disney World and not much is better than that!  Also, Disney does have a babysitting service called Kid's Nite Out for guests staying in a WDW resort.  They can also help you in the parks, if you're wanting some extra help with your little ones!


Fourth:  Constant entertainment.  It's my belief that it is impossible for babies to become bored on this vacation.  Whether walking around Downtown Disney, taking the monorail, or walking around the resorts, there is so much to do and see.  Before we went to Orlando, we stayed for a few days at my parents.  Noah was teething, bored, and fussy, which worried us.  As soon as we reached the resort, Noah became a different baby.  He rarely fussed and enjoyed taking in everything, all rare for Noah at 6 months.
With Jessie and Woody in Frontierland


Fifth: Getting your picture taken with Mickey Mouse without feeling silly!  I hadn't had my picture taken with any of the characters in years (probably since childhood), but with Noah in my arms, we waited in line to meet Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, met Pluto and Goofy in Tomorrowland, and met up with Goofy and Minnie Mouse at Epcot for another picture.  This young, they (Noah and Piper) are fearless and had no hesitations meeting the characters (or putting their whiskers in their mouths, like Noah did to Goofy).  Children often become afraid of the giant costumed characters, but at 6 months and 1 year, they were as happy as could be to have meet the characters they've seen on tv.  
Both families!

Do you have any other pros for vacationing with the babies? How about any other hesitations?  Please comment here or on our facebook page!
Thanks for stopping by!
~Jenn


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