Bringing a little one to Disney World is a fun (yet nerve wracking) experience. There’s so much to plan for and pack for that it can be overwhelming sometimes.
And we all know babies aren’t the best about ‘following a trip itinerary’- that’s where the Baby Care Centers come into play!
These nifty little buildings are designed with Parents in mind! We’ve got the changing area, the chill out area, and the ‘oh shit I forgot diapers’ area. We love to come here with our infant, and it’s also the perfect stop in our day with a two year old, and even a three year old depending on potty needs and the weather!
PLUS the baby care center is really for any child under 9 (give or take) or someone (regardless of age) that may need some assistance with changing/caregiving.
So let’s talk about all the great things that a baby care center can do for you on our magical vacation!
But if you just need a play area (not really a changing/merchandise area) then check out this helpful post about play areas for kiddos at Disney World.
Baby Care Center- the answer to all your needs
Disney is truly a family vacation destination. Yeah, there’s tons for the adults, teens and bigger kids BUT they didn’t forget about the babies.
In fact, Babies have there own special place with their own accommodations- away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. A place they can truly call their own (and TODDLERS TOO!)
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What Exactly is in the Baby Care Center?
The Baby Care Center is not just some imaginary area for new parents- BUT it’s also not a luxury area either.
Each of the four parks has its own version of the Baby Care Center that you can easily find by looking at the map, the signs or asking one of the cast members.
How much does it cost?
Let’s take a look at what you will find in most of the Baby Care Centers.
Each of the four Baby Care Centers has a private area to nurse or pump. Nursing at Disney World is actually pretty easy- here’s the full guide for making it work for you!
Each of these areas is sectioned off in the Baby Care Center. Hollywood and Animal Kingdom have their own private rooms, whereas Epcot and Magic Kingdom have much larger rooms with at least 5 seats each.
All of the rooms have plugs for pumping (although I recommend also bringing a manual just in case! I love my Medela!!! )
Just remember that they don’t have fridges available! And At Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios it’s very common for the rooms to get backed up. So please take that into consideration when you are planning out your day and where you want to stop.
It’s also hard to find ice at the parks (you can ask for ice water and drain the water off) because you are not allowed to bring ice in. You have to bring in ice blocks.
Each of the parks has several diaper changing tables for taking care of diapers. They are decent sized (you could easily change a 4/5 year old) and sanitary with disposable liners. Sinks are available in the room for hand washing.
If you have a child/adult that needs to be changed and is passed the size- head over to the nurse’s station. They have accommodations for those with mobility needs.
NOTE- there are changing areas in the bathrooms, they are just smaller and waiting in line can be a pain. If you are close to the baby care centers it will be easier to head there!
All of the Baby Care Centers have a seating area. Some are smaller (like Hollywood Studios) and some are gigantic (like animal kingdom!). They all have TV’s. Traditionally they played movies, but in the last 6 months we’ve been catching more Disney Junior being played.
They do not have toys– but that’s ok! You can bust out the toys you have in the stroller or hope that they are entertained by the TV. Ask the attendant if they have any books- they normally do!
Babies and Toddlers need to eat (and so do the parents!) Find some high chairs and feeding areas located at the centers- just not at Hollywood Studios because it is quite small.
Magic Kingdom’s feeding area is in with the TV area, and so is Animal Kingdoms. At Epcot there is a feeding area with tables!
Curious about where to warm up food? Need some water?
The Baby Care Center has you covered with their own little kitchen! No Fridges are available, but they do have a microwave, kitchen sink and water with a filter.
*Hollywood Studios does not have hot/cold water
ALSO PLEASE NOTE- you will be hard pressed to find hot water for bottles outside of the baby care center. The cast members are NOT allowed to give out cups of hot water for this reason.
We’ve all been there. You forgot to pack something (or didn’t realize that you would need it!) Yes, you even packed extra- but sometimes things can’t be helped!
Que the Baby Care Center and their wonderful assortment of goods- almost like a little Baby Store. They have multiple items to choose from, from clothing and diapers to medicine and sunscreen! You do need to pay for these items. *not available at Hollywood Studios
Don’t forget that you can have items delivered by Amazon( MANY times same day delivery! )! So if it’s easier to wait- then do that. Otherwise, get your goodies at the Baby Care Center or ask the attendant what store would have the item you need around the parks!
Unisex bathrooms to the rescue! These are particularly great for a potty shy toddler. I know you can’t always get to the bathroom -especially with long lines, but just know that they are there for use!
There is only ONE bathroom at Animal Kingdom and NO bathrooms at Hollywood Studios. Epcot and Magic Kingdom have multi stall restrooms.
Smiling, happy and helpful attendants are my favorite part of the baby care center. They are there to help make your vacation smooth! They can offer tips, help distract an upset toddler with some stickers or maybe just keep things clean for you to use. We LOVE the attendants- Disney Seriously picks the best ones for the baby care centers!
*Hollywood Studios is unstaffed- they are located inside guest services so you would ask for help there.
Where are they located?
Each of the four parks has them towards the front of the park.
Magic Kingdom – Is at the end of Main Street (so before the castle) on the left hand side by the First Aid.
Animal Kingdom- Is on Discovery Island (so go to the tree of life and make a left) and then directly past Starbucks on the left.
Epcot- Is right before the world showcase. Technically you could say it’s in the world showcase, but it’s tucked to the side- on the left by the first aid.
Hollywood Studios- this is located directly inside the park right past the tickets INSIDE the guest services building. You do NOT need to wait in line (yes, I waited in line once!!) It’s entirely separate from guest services, inside the building and to the left. They generally keep the door shut (especially since it is so small!)
You can check out this Disney link here to find maps for each of the centers in the parks! JUST A NOTE- The Disney Page says that “all four parks have all these amenities” is incorrect. As covered above, Hollywood Studios is severely lacking in their Baby Care Center.
Epcot Baby Care Center
The Epcot Baby Care Center is one of our favorites! It’s got a lot of room and tucked off to the side so it’s easy to get to no matter where you are in the World Showcase.
Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center
We love the Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center because we need it! But Boy, I wish it was getting a refurb soon! This place is outdated.
The nursing room gets full very quickly, and you’ll see women lined up or nursing throughout the place.
Disney is totally OK for public nursing, but many women only feel comfortable nursing in private due to personal beliefs or religious ones.
Animal Kingdom Baby Care Center
My husband’s favorite because Starbucks is next door!
Does Disney Springs have a Baby Care?
Disney Springs does not have a baby care. They do have a nursing area that you can find in this post about nursing on vacation at Disney.
What about the Water Parks?
Water parks do not have a baby care center. They do have dedicated kiddie areas (we’ve brought our 9 month old and there were spots that were perfect for him!)
But there is no designated spot for baby care as the restrooms are pretty extensive and have changing areas. Check out the Main shop at each water park for any supplies you might have forgotten.
Hopefully that answers all your questions and thoughts about the Baby Care Centers at Disney! Again, I want to emphasize that Hollywood Studios does not have the best baby care center- so please plan ahead!
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