Traveling With an Infant
- Restaurant Issues
Infants and restaurants don't always mix well,
but if you play your cards right, you can enjoy all the best
dining spots that WDW has to offer -- even with a very young
Disney has an unadvertised "sleeping
baby policy" in which you can take your stroller into
a restaurant with you if your baby is sleeping. In general,
stroller's aren't permitted inside attractions or restaurants,
but for a sleeping one, the CMs will almost certainly "break"
the rules if you ask.
The restaurants at WDW are often kept very
cold...too cold for the baby, usually. We realized quite
quickly that the heat and humidity outside made Allan really
drowsy. Then, when we went into a restaurant for a meal
(or perhaps into an attraction that was air conditioned)
Allan almost immediately woke up from the cooler air. Wrapping
him up in a blanket as soon as we entered the restaurant
kept him a lot more comfortable...and less likely to fuss
during our meals.
We had have no problem getting the stroller
into restaurants, so the baby was able to sleep at our table
High-chairs (and infant chairs) are available
at the WDW restaurants. Feel free to ask for one.
You should make it very clear when you make
priority seating arrangements if you need a high-chair (or
a place near the table to park a stroller for an infant).
When you check in at the restaurant for your seating, tell
the host or hostess that you need a high-chair (sometimes
those details get lost in the computerized priority seating
system) or room for the stroller.
Be aware, too, that needing a high chair or
a stroller parking space is likely to slow down your seating.
WDW is limited by the Fire Marshall to keep restaurant aisles
clear. Frankly, considering the number of families with
small children that visit WDW each year, there's an amazingly
small number of tables in the restaurants that can handle
a parked stroller (high-chairs are easier, since you simply
remove the extra chair from the table.)