Epcot with Babies
The advantage of living near theme parks is you can get an annual pass and go whenever you want🎢. Epcot with babies was an easy experience where I didn’t have to open/collapse a stroller to get on a tram or take a monorail. Prior to March 2020, we visited Epcot every other weekend. Here are our learnings. Have a ✨magical✨ time!
1. Baby Care Center
The Baby Care Center👶🏾 is the best place to go for diaper changes, nursing your baby, needing a quiet space to take a break, or to purchase baby-related items you ran out of. There are attendants who clean the diaper changing stations right after you use it; the nursing rooms are dimly lit and the chairs are large; the quiet rooms have TV monitors with Disney movies playing.
The good news about going to Epcot with babies is that no matter how near (or far) away I parked at Epcot, it was walkable to the entrance, eliminating the need for me to take the tram. There is ample parking; just remember to note the section you parked in!
I used packing cubes for diapers/wipes/change of clothes/snack bags. I also brought a soft cooler for milk/bottles which I stored in my stroller basket. I was always concerned someone might mistakenly take my diaper bag when we were on a ride, so this method of packing put my mind at ease. It also made it super easy when going through security–no more digging through things.
I always brought my Baby Jogger travel stroller (instead of my workhorse stroller) when going to Epcot with babies. My rational: I wouldn’t have cried if it was stolen🤷🏾♀️. I also made sure to bring the rain cover that was compatible with it, in the event of a downpour. I suspect that Disney rents out Baby Jogger strollers because I spotted so many of them in stroller parking, so mine fit right in.
I would visit Epcot with babies in the late afternoon/evening so we wouldn’t be in the sun all day. By doing so, I didn’t worry about the baby overheating. I also would stay for 3 hours (or less). It was easier for me to do main meals at home (when she was eating solids) and supplement with snacks while at the park, as needed. Prior to starting solids, I would feed/change the baby when we entered the park and again when we left (it helped prevent her from being hungry in the car).
6. Walking the Park
By walking the park, I mean pushing my baby in a stroller through the park. I would visit Epcot with babies because we could do long stroller walks in a safe place at night. It gave my brain a chance to relax and I liked being around people who were happy. The nice smells and the music around every turn, didn’t hurt either.
7. Food & Wine Festival
Once my baby had started solids, this was a great way to introduce her to different types of foods! The food at the booths is all delicious so if she didn’t like something it wasn’t due to the quality of the food. I made note of what she did like so I could attempt to recreate it at home in the future.
I also brought a snack container with her fork/spoon so I could break the food into smaller pieces on my plate and then transfer it to her snack container for easy feeding. There were also concerts in the amphitheater; what could be easier than parking the stroller next to a tree, eating and listening to a concert (all at the same time).
7.1 Flower & Garden Festival
There were lots of outdoor playgrounds where the kids can play. One of my daughter’s favorites was a musical garden playground complete with drums and chimes for the kids. We also liked walking through the butterfly house. We enjoyed the food at the booths but we didn’t come to eat like we do for the Food and Wine Festival. And last but not least, my daughter enjoyed listening to the concerts, from the comfort of her stroller.
7.2 International Festival of the Holidays
It’s so nice to see the holiday decorations from all over the world displayed and watch timeless classics like the candlelight processional (we watched while strolling). One of the perks of visiting Epcot with babies is the sensory experience it offers.
Epcot with Babies: Summary
Overall, Epcot is a great theme park to take a baby because it is less overwhelming and more manageable than some of the sister theme parks. Enjoy the sights and sounds it has to offer and remember, if your baby starts getting fussy, high tail it over to the Baby Care Center for a more peaceful experience.