We visited Disneyland when my daughter was 16 months old. She was very happy and unfazed, but her tummy was clearly upset. I could tell that we needed to make another pit stop because she needed a new diaper. I grabbed the changing pad and went to the bathroom.
I got her all cleaned up and then panic set in. Somehow I didn’t realize the last time I changed her that I used the *last diaper*. I was freaking out. I had a toddler with an upset tummy and NO DIAPER to put on her booty. What in the world am I supposed to do now?!? After about a minute of searching the little changing area like a madwoman (maybe if I hoped hard enough a diaper would appear??), on the verge of panic-tears I remembered the Baby Care Centers. I still hadn’t been in one, but I knew you could buy diapers there.
I looked on the My Disney Experience app to find where the Center was in that park. I grabbed SO many paper towels and covered her little booty, then speed walked to my husband to tell him what was going on and that I’d be back. You’re not allowed to run in a Disney Park, but I might have run-walked halfway across the park to get to that Center just hoping for some Disney magic to make it there clean and dry.
Luckily we made it and there is a really cool diaper and wipe vending machine, so I bought lots of extra diapers. I still have no idea how I managed to not realize I was using the last diaper (wanting to get back out into the park asap, brought me back to amateur mom hour apparently).
I often hear people say that they should wait until their child is ___ years old to bring them to Disney. They think the child is “too young” (which I’ve given my thoughts on here) or it’s “too hard” to travel with babies/toddlers. Disney *wants* your babies and toddlers to come visit the parks, so they’ve thought of these issues and how to make the trip easier for you.
Lucky for all of us parents, there are Baby Care Centers at each park! These Centers provide a place to change, feed, and nurse your kiddos in an air conditioned, private setting. The changing tables have soft (vinyl) coverings so your little can be comfortable while you change them, and the Center in Disneyland Park even had a little potty!
The Centers are open during regular park hours and are complimentary to use. Below is a full list of amenities you will find
- Private nursing room with rocking chairs
- Changing room with tables and a women’s restroom
- Feeding area with highchairs
- Kitchen with microwave and sink
- Main room with television, table, and seating
- On-site shop offers formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications, and clothing for purchase
Where to find the Baby Care Centers
Magic Kingdom: Directly to the left of the Crystal Palace at the end of Main Street USA
Epcot: In the southeast corner of the Odyssey Center. If you are leaving the Mexico pavilion walking towards Future World, take the walkway on your right as soon as you leave Mexico.
Hollywood Studios: In Guest Relations, which is immediately to your left as you enter the park
Animal Kingdom: On Discovery Island between Terra Treats and Creature Comforts
Disneyland: At the end of Main Street, next to First Aid
California Adventure: Next to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and across from The Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf
No matter who old your kiddos are, or if you don’t even have any, it’s always a good time to plan your next Disney vacation. The parks will be open again in no time, so let’s get started planning! Email me at Jill@ThinkTheHappiestThoughts.com or fill out the “Free Quote” form at the top of the page.