Before my family’s first trip to Walt Disney World, I was a little apprehensive about how, when and where I would breastfeed my son. He was just under three years old at the time and I knew the stigma in America with breastfeeding older children could potentially invade my dream vacation.
All of my worries were for nothing. During our first visit to the Magic Kingdom, my nursling decided he needed a midday break while his sisters did not. We made our way to the Baby Care Center where I found a nice room had been prepared for nursing mothers. Comfortable rocking chairs, dimmed lights and air conditioning made my first visit to the Baby Care Center a must do for every day of our vacation.
I also nursed while waiting outside for our lunch reservation at Akershus and while inside . I never encountered a mis-informed or rude cast member while doing so.
I did find some dark rides and shows exceptional for a nursing session if needed. Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Adventure was great because my older daughters were thoroughly entertained (and they learned a few things as well), while my son nursed and rested. Carousel of Progress provided another opportunity to breastfeed my son while my daughters experienced a classic attraction.
- Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Phiharmagic and the People Mover are a few other attractions in the where mom can nurse while the whole family experiences an attraction together.
- At , Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, as I mentioned before, is fantastic for breastfeeding, as well as Spaceship Earth. Living With the Land takes the spot for number one across the board. It’s not too loud and has no sudden movements. At just under 20 minutes, it’s long enough to accomplish a full feeding.
- Animal Kingdom has Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical that can be enjoyed as a family while feeding the baby, however both can be somewhat noisy. The train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch is quieter but is a tad short for a full feeding and can get crowded.
- offers the Great Movie Ride, Studio Backlot Tour and Muppet*Vision 3D. These can also be loud, as well as the numerous shows available to watch. The length of the rides are perfect to finish a feeding.
There are many places throughout the parks that provide a respite from the Florida heat and elements so mom can feed her baby and the family can still enjoy spending time together. While Baby Care Centers are great, don’t feel like you have to use them. That’s not the case at all. They’re just there for your convenience, if you so choose. Cast members are trained to leave you alone in accordance with Fla. Stat. § 383.015
What has been your experience with breastfeeding your baby at Disney World? Did you find the perfect spot to nurse? What other tips can you offer moms visiting the park with a nursing baby?
Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?
- Disney World Quick Tips – Best Rides and Attractions to Nurse or Bottle Feed your Little Ones (chipandco.com)
- Changing, feeding, and more! (disneybabiesblog.com)