Inside the Walt Disney Baby Care Centers

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Traveling with a baby can be rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. From feeding, to changing, to even yes, dealing with blowouts, there are some expected challenges that can be planned for to some degree.

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Disney Baby Care Center

Walt Disney World is sort of the master of making family travel as easy and enjoyable as possible, in part by anticipating needs, and so it should be no surprise that each of the four major Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando has its own baby care center.

However, it probably will be a surprise to many of you because the baby rooms are a little secretive since they are off to the side and not exactly advertised in big bright lights within the parks. In fact, even though I have been to the parks many times, I didn’t really know about the baby care centers until our most recent trip with our Baby S.

Now having used two of the Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers myself, I want to shout from the rooftops about how fantastic they are for families with little babies and little kids – especially those looking for a calm and private place to nurse or pump for your little ones.

Disney Baby Care Center

Animal Kingdom Disney Baby Care Center

Here are the officially listed amenities and a link to the Disney World Baby Care Center website.

  • Private nursing room with rocking chairs
  • Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom
  • Feeding area with highchairs
  • Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink
  • Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa
  • On-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase
Animal Kingdom Disney Baby Care Center

Animal Kingdom Disney Baby Care Center

All of those things are true and very appreciated, but my favorite Baby Center perk was one that can’t be as easily quantified. The best perk was feeling like you have a home base while in the parks. For me, venturing out with an infant is a time limited affair between nursing sessions, diaper changes, etc. and having a space to retreat to when those tasks came about was mentally priceless.

Signs point the way to the Disney Baby Care Center

Signs point the way to the Disney Baby Care Center

Of course the parks are huge are there is only one baby care center per park, so we didn’t do all of our diaper changes and nursing sessions in there, but it was just fantastic to have that option and meeting point when the baby and I broke off from daddy and the “big kid”.

While the baby care centers may be relatively easy to find if you know to look for them, the private nursing rooms, especially in the Magic Kingdom can be a little hard to find.

Magic Kingdom Disney Baby Care Center Nursing Room

Magic Kingdom Disney Baby Care Center Nursing Room

In the Magic Kingdom, the nursing room is behind a sliding door on the right-hand side soon after entering the baby care center. There were dim lights and multiple rocking chairs in that room as opposed to in the Animal Kingdom when there were a couple individual nursing/pumping rooms.

Private nursing room at Animal Kingdom Baby Care Center

Private nursing room at Animal Kingdom Baby Care Center

We were at the parks on a relatively busy weekend for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Disney Baby Care Centers were never super busy during our stay. I imagine when it is very hot outside or rainy or otherwise less than ideal for babies and small kids that these centers may be busier. Nursing a hot sticky baby outside on the concrete doesn’t sound near as ideal as in a rocking chair in an air-conditioned room!

In case you want to use a Disney Baby Care Center on one of your trips to the four major parks in Orlando, here are maps of their locations.

Did you know about the Disney Baby Care Centers? Have you visited one on a Walt Disney World trip?

Comments

  1. I love the Baby Care Centers. I’ve used all of them many, many times when my kids were little. The AK and MK Baby Care Centers are the nicest. Epcot’s is not bad, but since the park is so big, it’s kind of a pain to get there. The Hollywood Studios one is definitely the worst. It’s small and crowded, but they have a couple of private nursing areas.

    I liked them for a lot of the same reasons you did. It’s a quiet and cool place to take care of baby. The staff was always very sweet and helpful. When we had our younger child, I really appreciated the “sibling” area for my older child to hang out in with Daddy.

    From what you have said about your NY trip, it sounds like you might be dealing with some food allergy issues. I’m not sure if that started before or after your last Disney trip, but that is another area that Disney excels with. I have an 11 year old with severe, multiple food allergies. We became hooked on traveling to Disney when she was a toddler because of their incredible handling of food allergies.

  2. LOVE the baby care centers! They always feel like an oasis of calm to me when the parks are over stimulating for baby (and mom!). We were just at wdw first week of December and it seems they have replaced some of the wooden rockers at magic kingdom with big recliner type rockers. There were actually 4 other nursing mom’s in there while I was. A dad tried to go in to the nursing rooom and I appreciate that a cast member politely told him it was for nursing moms only, as the sign states. Another note, the baby care center at Hollywood studios is small, but does feature a tiny child sized potty, perfect for a potty training toddler!

  3. Disneyland and California Adventure also offer the baby care centers. They are amazing to have when traveling with little ones. The staff are always nice and very accommodating.

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