Disney World With a Baby: First Trip to Magic Kingdom

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Disney World with a baby

It was Magic Kingdom in October. I had a PSL in one hand and my 5-month-old on my hip. When I think back to that day, I can still see the pumpkins adorning Main Street and smell the crisp popcorn air. 

I know what you’re thinking, why take such a young baby to Disney?

Yes, it’s true they won’t remember anything but it doesn’t mean they won’t see and feel the magic. Although they will definitely enjoy it, taking on Walt Disney World with a baby is honestly more-so for the parents. Trust me, the pictures alone are worth it!

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Nat Jorge-Martin and family pose in front of Cinderella Castle. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

There are several ways you can make baby’s first trip magical. Here’s what we did to minimize the meltdowns and maximize the magic.

Momma, Just Let it Go

The most important thing to remember when taking a baby to WDW is that sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Your baby may sleep during your FastPass window or cry hysterically during a character meet… the best thing to do is be like Elsa and “Let it Go”. 

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With a baby on board, plan for the plan to go out the window. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

Get There Early

We started our day at around 8 AM. Our first stop was Main Street Bakery for a caffeine fix, followed by photos in front of Cinderella Castle.

To get those perfect “first Disney Trip” castle photos, my best tip is to get to the park early and make sure your baby is happy, fed, and has a dry diaper. These things make for a smiley baby–which makes for the perfect photo.

After our mini photoshoot, we were ready for a meal and my daughter was ready for a feeding and a nap.

Mother and Baby at Magic Kingdom using the Baby Care Center

Baby Care Centers at Magic Kingdom offer a quiet place for a family to relax. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

Use The Baby Care Center

I took advantage of the Baby Care Center (available in every Disney park, usually by the entrance) for a nursing-friendly, dimly-lit, air-conditioned room that was perfect for taking a break and putting her down for a nap. 

I nursed her to sleep, plopped her in my baby carrier and we headed to our favorite lunch spot: Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland.

She napped while my husband and I ate. It was nice to take our time and really enjoy our meal.

FastPass Those First-Ever Rides

Riding Haunted Mansion with a Baby

This brave baby’s first ride was Haunted Mansion, her mother’s favorite. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

Magic Kingdom is very baby-friendly: You can ride with a baby on anything that doesn’t have a height requirement.

Once she woke up, we were ready to take her on her first ride ever. The Haunted Mansion is my absolute favorite Disney attraction so I made sure I had a FastPass booked to avoid a long wait.

Let’s face it, babies and long wait times don’t mix well! We opted to skip the “stretching room” for fear that it would rattle her, so a Cast Member escorted us straight onto the ride.

She enjoyed watching the dancing ghosts and my heart was so full. 

Wait to Dress for Princesses

Baby Meeting Ariel

Nat Jorge-Martin’s 5-month-old daughter meets Ariel for the first time. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

After her first ride, it was time to meet her first Princess!

Before heading to Ariel’s Grotto, we dressed her in an adorable Ariel-inspired outfit. Then I watched in amazement as she interacted with one of my all-time favorite Disney Princesses. 

It was one of those moments I will cherish for the rest of my life and I can’t wait to show her all the photos when she’s older.

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Rested, fed and ready to meet Rapunzel. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

We went on a few more rides before heading back to the resort (her favorite rides were The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and the PeopleMover. ).

We went back to the resort around 8 PM to avoid the fireworks and have her in bed by a decent hour: We usually stay until about midnight, so yes, having a baby with us definitely affected the decision to leave early.

Best Day Ever

All in all, we’re so glad we decided to go with Magic Kingdom for our baby’s first Disney Trip. It was one of the most magical experiences in my lifetime that I will treasure forever. 

We took stunning photos, rode several rides, met a bunch of characters, and were completely engulfed by the magic. 

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They won’t remember, but you will. Photo by Nat Jorge-Martin

If you’re on the fence about going to Walt Disney World with a baby, just know that it’s much easier than it may seem and I promise, you will cherish those memories and photos for the rest of your life. 

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About the Author

Nat Jorge-Martin

Nat Jorge-Martin is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine. She is a self-proclaimed Disnerd, Blogger, and WDW Annual Passholder. Nat has been visiting the parks since she was 6 months old and has already taken her 2-year-old daughter on 12 separate Disney trips! Her dream is to buy a home in Celebration, FL and convince Eugene Rider to marry her (although I’m pretty sure that second part will never happen).