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6 Tips for Touring the Parks Successfully with an Infant

Many families find themselves in the position of bringing an infant to Disneyland or Walt Disney World; however, it can be challenging to manage this new family landscape. Why do some families have more fun? Preparation is the answer. Here are a 6 tips to get you off on the right foot for visiting the parks with your smallest travel companions. 1. Minimize the Diaper Bag Just as travelers over-pack, parents seem to carry everything but the kitchen sink in a diaper bag. I promise – you will not need half a pack of diapers for a morning in the parks. Resist the urge to overstuff or bring a huge diaper bag. If you get selected for security screening, the more stuff you have, the longer it will take. Only carry the average number of diapers and a small pack of wipes that you will need for the amount of time you will spend in the parks – you can always restock when you come back to the resort for a break. If bottle feeding, pack only the bottles you need and formula in travel con

Makahiki Character Breakfast at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

We had the pleasure of dining at Aulani's Makahiki breakfast and it was a delightful, delicious experience! Makahiki is a restaurant at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'i. The Aulani Resort is recognizably Disney as soon as you pull into the property. Its well-manicured gardens, water features, and stunning lobby look like a Deluxe Resort at Walt Disney World.  As off-site guests to Aulani, (we stayed in Waikiki, but that's another blog) I have some helpful tips for visiting the resort, whether it be for the restaurants, the beach, or both! Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands is open daily and reservations can be made 30 days in advance. I made my reservation on the Aulani website. There were a few times to choose from. I chose the earliest available that day, which was 8:30 a.m., because we had jetlag from the trip. A friendly Cast Member called me a few days before the reservation to confirm it with me. You can, however, find earlier times on other d

Disney World Parent Hack - Baby Care Centers

Disney World's Baby Care Centers have all the essentials covered when visiting the park with your little one! If you need a quiet place or run out of something, don't stress! The Baby Care Center will most likely have it.  When I visited the Magic Kingdom location I found changing tables, bottle warmers, filtered water, a private bathroom, a nursing room, and a cozy feeding area with highchairs. If you need to escape the crowds or the Florida heat with your baby - pop into one and look around. It's a nice place to take a break. Magic Kingdom's Baby Care Center is adorably themed as Alice in Wonderland. It is tucked between Casey’s Corner and The Crystal Palace Restaurant. It might not be as big as EPCOT or Animal Kingdom's baby spots, but let me tell you, it's an amazing resource while traveling with babies and young children.  Baby Care Centers can be found all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. They're like a little oasis for parents with tiny tots

Renting a Locker at Walt Disney World

Each Walt Disney World theme park and water park has convenient keyless lockers that can be used throughout the day, for a one-time charge—so you can store your personal items with ease. One thing I had never done until my most recent trip to Walt Disney World was rent a locker! It’s easy to rent a locker while at the parks! I wish I had known this earlier, so I wouldn't have carried around extra outfits, umbrellas and merch all those times. Now I know how and where to find them, and will definitely be getting one every time. Magic Kingdom's lockers are located to the right of the train overpass tunnel. Right after you enter, go to your far right. If you have entered the tunnel, you have gone too far. If paying with cash or a major credit card, you may proceed directly to the self-service kiosk to rent a locker. If paying with a MagicBand , MagicBand+ or gift card, visit the merchandise location nearest to the lockers for assistance. There, a Cast Member can process your renta

The Disney Dining Plan - Everything You Need to Know

Finally! The Disney Dining Plans are back! The Dining Plan offers the convenience and peace of mind of pre-paying for my meals and snacks. You are able to choose from two popular options: either the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan . Both plans are a great value for families who love to dine at Disney, especially with children. Space 220 Restaurant Below is a list of the table service restaurants on Disney Property where you can use your Dining Plan credits. You can use it at restaurants located in the Disney theme parks, Disney Springs, and at the Resorts. The table service, or "sit down", restaurants either use 1 or 2 credits per person. A restaurant that requires 2 table service credits per person are called Signature Dining. These are fine dining or hard to get reservations.  When you include the Dining Plan in your vacation package, everyone in the room must have the same type of theme park ticket option and dining plan. For a child under the a