We receive lots of questions about taking a newborn to the parks & decided to share some tips here for all to see. We are not medical professionals & if you have ANY concerns, you should consult with your baby’s doctor. That said, we DID take our kids at around 3-4 weeks old. We felt comfortable with it at the time since our babes were healthy.
- Keep your baby close in a wrap or carrier. We LOVE Solly Baby Wrap for a perfectly cozy cocoon! They sleep a ton so it’s pretty much the greatest. A stroller is also good to have!
- Use the Baby Care Centers! There is one at the north end of Main St in Disneyland & one next to Ghirardelli in DCA. The centers offer comfy, clean changing tables, nursing chairs in a secluded area so moms can feed babies or pump, and an overall calm environment. They also have formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and more for purchase (cash only) AND a microwave! Check out #mkmnursingspot on our Instagram for more spots to feed babes throughout both parks.
- Use family restrooms if you have multiple littles.
- Wash & sanitize hands often.
- Most importantly, don’t try to go overboard with how much you do! Things can go a little slower with newborns (diaper blowouts, feedings, etc), so try and go with the flow. Pick a couple mellow rides to enjoy! A few of our favorite slower pace rides in Disneyland are It’s a Small World, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean (our babies always slept right through the drops!), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Casey Jr. Train, Disneyland Railroad & King Arthur Carrousel. In California Adventure we like The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Mickey’s Fun Wheel (non-swinging gondolas), Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train & Monster’s Inc. For a list of all rides babies can go on, check out our post about attractions for all ages. We don’t recommend all no height requirement rides for newborns! Some are more intense than others (examples – Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin in Toontown & Francis’ Ladybug Boogie in California Adventure are both very rough).
- One more thing we love to do with a newborn in tow is stop for entertainment! With a baby in a wrap or carrier, you can enjoy all the indoor shows that don’t allow strollers inside.
- Shows & other interactive fun in Disneyland where strollers are not permitted include The Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland, The Main Street Cinema on Main Street USA, The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland, Mickey and the Magical Map at the Fantasyland Theatre across from It’s a Small World (near the Toontown entrance), and Beauty & the Beast and Tangled Storytelling at the Royal Theater in Fantasy Faire (west side of the castle).
- Shows & other interactive fun in California Adventure where strollers are not permitted include Frozen Live at the Hyperion, Disney Jr. Live on Stage, the Animation Academy, A Bug’s Life Theater in A Bug’s Land and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.