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Traveling with Little Ones at Walt Disney World

February 6, 2014

You’re considering renting a Disney Vacation Club Villa, but you’re wondering if it’s a good idea with children under the age of 3. It turns out that renting a villa is the BEST way to experience the Walt Disney World Resort with little ones. Plus, Disney provides many services for guests with little ones to make your visit easier and more enjoyable.

Photo Courtesy Tom Bricker

Photo Courtesy Tom Bricker

Advantages of renting a Disney Vacation Club Villa

The 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom Grand Villas of the Disney Vacation Club offer fully stock kitchens which will allow you to spend down time in the villas with the kids while saving money on food. Many guests choose to prepare breakfast in their villa prior to heading out to the theme park. The Deluxe Studio Villas offer a kitenette which includes a dorm sized refrigerator, microwave and coffe maker. Glasses, mugs, paper plates and silverware are also provided.

Deluxe Studio Villa Kitchenette

Deluxe Studio Villa Kitchenette

You also find a washer and dryer in the 1,2 and 3-bedroom Grand Villas, which as we all know, is almost a must when traveling with children under age 3. Even the Deluxe Studio Villas offer certain laundry conveniences. Studio guests have free access to the laundry rooms which are conveniently located around each resort.

Each Disney Vacation Club Resort includes:

  • A Pack ‘n Play Playard in each villa. Cribs are available upon request upon arrival at your resort.
  • In-room child care for ages 6 months to 12 years—in partnership with independent childcare provider Kids Nite Out.
  • All Disney Resort hotels feature kiddie pools (in addition to full-size pools) and many have playgrounds. Some even feature kids-only activities.

Tips to an Easier Day at the Parks

Be sure to take advantage of the Rider Swap option. Guests take turns waiting with youngsters too small to ride a certain attraction, then “swap” with another adult from their party to experience the ride without standing in line twice. Just ask a Cast Member at the ride for assistance.

You can rent strollers for any single-day or for multi-days at the entrance to any Disney theme park. For a more comfortable ride, you may want to consider one of the Orlando area stroller rental companies. These companies will drop-off and pick-up at the resort. Any of our DVC Rental Store Travel Advisors will be happy to give a recommendation on the best company to use.

Each Disney Theme Park has a Baby Care Center which offers private rooms with rocking chairs and highchairs and diaper-changing rooms. Diapers, formula and other necessities are available for purchase at a very Di$ney price.

Dining with a Princess

Dining with a Princess

Many restaurants at Disney Resort hotels and Disney Theme Parks feature balanced, healthy and fun children’s menus. Some restaurants host Character Dining experiences, which may require advance reservations.

Getting There and Getting Around

Be sure to utilize Disney’s Magical Express service if you’ll be flying into Orlando International Airport. When using this service, Disney will transport you and your luggage to your Disney Vacation Club Resort and back to the airport at the end of your stay. The best things is, it’s FREE. Keep in mind that child safety seats are not permitted on the Magical Express bus, but they are happy to stow yours in the storage compartment underneath and deliver it to your resort. Our DVC Rental Store Travel Advisors will be happy to assist in setting up your Magical Express reservation.

Photo Courtesy Tom Bricker

Photo Courtesy Tom Bricker

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort enjoy free transportation and free parking at the Theme Parks so a short trip back to the room for a nap or pool time is always convenient.

Disney is happy to deliver your souvenir purchases to the front of the Theme Park or to a Disney Resort for free. There is no need to lug your little one, your diaper bag, stroller AND that giant stuffed Dumbo around the park all day.

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