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The Baby Care Centers at Walt Disney World


Article by Adrienne Krock, Photographs by Brian Bennett

Planning a trip to WDW with your young children? In a previous column I described the baby care center at Disneyland in Anaheim. You will be pleased to know that the same kind of amenities that Anaheim's Disneyland Resort provides are also available at Disney's Florida- based parks.

The Baby Care Centers (BCCs) at Walt Disney World's four major theme parks all offer the same basic conveniences: changing areas, nursing and bottle-feeding "quiet" areas, waiting areas for older children, and high chairs for spoon-feeding babies.

The changing tables at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and MGM Studios, like those at Disneyland, are very nice, with babies able to recline on cushioned vinyl-covered tables.

The WDW Magic Kingdom pampers its youngest guests with cushioned changing tables (above), as does Epcot's Baby Care Center (below).
The WDW Magic Kingdom pampers its youngest guests with cushioned changing
 tables (above), as does Epcot's Baby Care Center (below).
The WDW Magic Kingdom pampers its youngest guests with cushioned changing tables (above), as does Epcot's Baby Care Center (below).

These large tables at WDW easily accommodate older, taller children, while still providing room for diaper bags and changing supplies. Cast members (CMs) place large sheets of paper on these tables to provide guests with a fresh, clean surface for changing infants, and also spray and wipe them down throughout the day.

The changing room in the Studio's Baby Care Center
The changing room in the Studio's Baby Care Center

Unfortunately, Disney, in it's most recently constructed BCC has cut costs in furnishing it. Animal Kingdom's BCC uses off-the-shelf changing tables like those sold at baby furniture stores. They're smaller than the tables at the other parks and don't have the "elbow room" that those larger tables allow you to enjoy. Having the BCC available is better than having to change my child in a public restroom, but the changing tables in the Animal Kingdom BCC are nowhere near as nice as the ones in the in the other parks.

The Animal Kingdom changing tables don't compare to those in the sister parks.  Note, too, the private feeding rooms in the background of the picture.
The Animal Kingdom changing tables don't compare to those in the sister
   parks. Note the private feeding rooms in the background of the picture.

Guests with potty-training toddlers may wish to bring their children to the BCC to use the toilets there since the BCC restrooms are larger than a typical stall in a public restroom and are, of course, more private. At the Magic Kingdom, a family restroom houses two toilets, one adult-size and one child-size.

Each BCC provides kitchen areas with facilities to warm bottles and baby food jars, as well as clean up supplies. All of the centers have quiet areas for mothers to nurse or bottle feed infants, and fathers can accompany mothers into them if they are not occupied. At the Animal Kingdom, the nursing rooms are private. As a nursing mom, I usually feel isolated in the nursing area alone. Fortunately, I don't have any reservations about nursing in public.

Public feeding areas in BCCs have highchairs for babies. Both the public and quiet feeding areas are great for infants who need a place to eat without a lot of distractions.

The kitchens at the Baby Care Centers in the Magic Kingdom (above) and in Epcot (below) provide amenities for preparing formula and baby food.
The kitchens at the Baby Care Centers in the Magic Kingdom (above) and
 in Epcot (below) provide amenities for preparing formula and baby food.
The kitchens at the Baby Care Centers in the Magic Kingdom (above) and in Epcot (below) provide amenities for preparing formula and baby food.

Each Baby Care Center has several highchairs to accommodate  young guests, as shown here in the Studios' Baby Care Center.
Each Baby Care Center has several highchairs to accommodate  young
 guests, as shown here in the Studios' Baby Care Center.

Supplies you can buy at the BCCs include diapers, diaper wipes, rash ointments, bottles, pacifiers, infant Tylenol, and sunscreen. Formula and baby food are also available, as are feeding supplies such as bibs and spoons. No need to worry about unexpected diaper blowouts, either. All of the BCCs at WDW maintain a small selection of infant and small toddler clothes.

At Animal Kingdom, bibs, cups, plates, and spoons are feeding necessities... along with plush?
At Animal Kingdom, bibs, cups, plates, and spoons
 are feeding necessities... along with plush?

All of the WDW Baby Care Centers, including the center at Animal Kingdom, sell a small selection of infant and toddler clothing.
All of the WDW Baby Care Centers, including the center at Animal
 Kingdom, sell a small selection of infant and toddler clothing.

Older children can relax in the waiting areas, and Disney provides videos and toys for them to enjoy while their younger siblings are changed and fed.

Siblings can rest at the Magic Kingdom (above) or Epcot (below) while their parents take care of the diaper and feeding needs of younger ones.
Siblings can rest at the Magic Kingdom (above) or Epcot (below) while
 their parents take care of the diaper and feeding needs of younger ones.
Siblings can rest at the Magic Kingdom (above) or Epcot (below) while their parents take care of the diaper and feeding needs of younger ones.

The waiting area at the Animal Kingdom Baby Care Center is quite spacious.
The waiting area at the Animal Kingdom Baby Care Center is quite spacious.

I hope these Baby Care Center tips help you enjoy your time in Orlando! Special thanks to Brian Bennett's photos and Walt Disney World experiences.


Wanted: Your questions and feedback! They will help me plan future columns! Write me at: AdrienneK@mouseplanet.com

The Baby Care Centers at Walt Disney World

Brian Bennett's WDW Trip Planning Guide, right here on MousePlanet, has some great information on visiting Disney's Florida Resort with kids.  There's one page that tells a bit more about the baby care centers, and where they are actually located in each park.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Adrienne gathered experience taking kids to amusement parks when she worked as a day camp counselor and director. She was an elementary school teacher before she started her favorite job, being Matthew's Mom.

Adrienne and Matthew visit Disneyland several times a month, usually with Daddy, too.

Besides Matthew, Adrienne and her husband Kevin created and maintain The Happiest Potties on Earth website.

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