Well we are back from our first family vacation at Disney! We had a great time and we definitely learned quite a few things about traveling with a baby! I plan on doing a full trip report, but for now I leave you with a small recap of some of our great and not-so-great findings!
1. Rent a stroller. Best decision I ever made! Seriously it was so nice to not have to worry about trying to fit a huge stroller in the car on top of all of the other crap I piled in there.
2. If you live far away from Disney World — fly! We made the 17 hour trip from Pittsburgh to Orlando by car, and although we didn’t have any issues on the way down (the way home is a whole other story!), it was a long drive and it would have been much easier to be there in 2 hours via plane. Having a car was nice, but we mainly used Disney transportation anyway.
3. Getting, and expecting to use, four day hopper passes was just too ambitious. I planned a trip like we are used to taking and got the hoppers. We would have been fine with two day tickets and really could have just run on a one day ticket.
4. If you are spending more than one day at the park, do it slowly. We had great success on our longest day by going back to our resort and letting Lily take a nap on the bed.
5. Don’t expect your kid to have the same sleeping patterns as they do at home. Lily would not, under no circumstances, sleep in her pack and play. Since we drove I thought it would be best if we brought our own pack and play so she had something familiar, not to mention I have a thing about germs. Turns out that, despite the fact that she loves the PnP at home, she hated it on vacation and insisted on sleeping with me every night.
6. Don’t project other people’s horror stories on your own child/trip. I heard terrible things about babies hating and/or being terrified of characters so I was very leery of introducing them to Lily. Turns out the kid is a character ham and loved the attention she got from them. She could not get enough of giving them kisses and holding their hands.
That is a quick overview of the things I learned while traveling with an eight-month old. Stay turned for our trip report!