For most vacationers, standard routines go out the window. Regularly scheduled meals, diapers, potty breaks, naps, go out the window in search of magic and fun. But, even though the schedules may not be exact, Walt Disney World provides a safe haven for families to escape to, in search of return to normalcy.
Located in all four parks, though not at the water park or Downtown Disney, these baby care centers are nice and air conditioned, providing a comfortable place to cool down and relax. There is a room full of changing tables, cleaned in between each diaper change by cast members, high chairs, and private nursing rooms. There is a microwave to heat up food or bottles, fresh bottles of water (for free!) to mix formulas, or simply have a drink!
A separate room usually has a Disney movie on, and a big open area for children to run around without fears of bumping into other people, or getting run over by strollers. Chairs or couches line the walls, so parents can sit and relax while their children burn off energy from being in strollers all day.
Forget anything? Bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, or wipes? These, along with bibs and other Disney paraphernalia are for sale in the Baby Care Centers as well. As per Disney custom, expect them to cost a bit more than at your local store, but not insanely unreasonable, especially in an emergency!
Other bathrooms around the parks having changing stations, but none nearly as nice (actual changing tables with changing pads!) or as clean as in the Baby Care Centers. Unfortunately, there is only one changing station per park, so it may not always work to run all the way for a simple diaper change or a very hungry and fussy baby feeding, but if you’re in the general vicinity you will have a wonderful refuge waiting for you.
By park, the Baby Care Centers are located:
- Magic Kingdom – next to the Crystal Palace Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.
- EPCOT – Inside Future World’s Odyssey Center
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – In Discovery Island, behind Creature Comforts (look for the ladybugs!)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios - In the Guest Services Building inside the Main Entrance.
On a related note for nursing mothers – it is Florida law that nursing in public is absolutely legal. Feel free to nurse wherever and whenever you like. Many attractions offer dark, comfortable areas to feed babies, instead of hauling the family to a Baby Care Center from across the park.
- Traveling to Disney: How Young is too Young? (chipandco.com)
- Disneyworld Planning 101 – Taking advantage of guest services (chipandco.com)