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As an Orlando native, I go to Disney often. Last year, my
son and I had season passes. It felt like we were there almost every
weekend. On a recent trip to the Magic Kingdom with my son, I remembered how I
used to breastfeed him on some of the rides.
Yes, Disney does offer a breastfeeding room for mothers,
which I have used when my son was younger, but it's all the way up by Main
Street. And, I'll be honest, it's a hassle. You don't want to walk all the way
up there when your baby is hungry or go through the inconvenience of leaving
your group and then trying to find each other again after your baby has finished
eating. Instead, why not just feed your baby while riding the rides? Who says
breastfeeding can't be fun?
Now, I'm not suggesting you breastfeed on Space or Big
Thunder Mountains (although that would be a great story to tell your baby when
he gets older), but there are a number of rides and attractions at Disney that
your baby can sneak a sip or two.
Here are my top suggestions for each park:
Festival of the Lion King: Although the music can be a little loud at times, you'll have around 30 minutes to feed baby. Just find a row in the back of the theater (there are bleachers, not individual seats) and watch as the performers do funny flips in front of you.
The Boneyard: While your other kids are digging in sand and having the time of their lives, you have plenty of time to nurse. There is no time limit here, but it's also not air conditioned.
It's Tough to be a Bug: If your baby doesn't mind loud noises while she nurses, this dark, air-conditioned theater is a perfect place for you to take a load off while baby eats.
The Great Movie Ride: This air-conditioned, slow-moving ride is perfect place escape from the heat while feeding your baby. You have 22-minutes to snuggle and feed. At times, the ride gets loud. If you have a blanket or jacket just cover up the speaker if your baby isn't good with loud noises.
One Man's Dream: While your baby is taking a few sips of milk, you can sit in an air-conditioned, plush-seat theatre learning about how Walt created Mickey and the Magic Kingdom.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid: The comfy theatre is a perfect spot to feed baby. It's dimly lit, air-conditioned and the stage show is pretty good too.
Muppet*Vision 3D: If your baby doesn't mind loud noises while she's nursing, this show is a good one to take a load off in the AC, while she is eating.
Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage: While it's not air-conditioned and often crowded, everyone there is going to be too enthralled with the singing and dancing of the performers to give you and your baby any attention. It's a great place to rest your feet, feed your baby and watch a great show.
Hall of Presidents: Get baby out of the Florida heat for about 25 minutes. This plush, dark theater is extremely large and there is plenty of space to spread out. So, you're sure to find privacy while staying cool. You also might learn something about the US as well.
Haunted Mansion: This was my favorite ride to breastfeed on. It was cool, extremely dark. My son often fell asleep while he eating. It's one of the original rides, so it's a lot longer than the newer ones. Perfect for your baby to get extra sips before you have to jump off.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover: This 10-minute, partially air-conditioned ride is a great one for breastfeeding. You can spread out in your own private cart and even pull out a few snacks for yourself while you're feeding baby.
Carousel of Progress: While watching how technology has evolved over time, your baby can enjoy some snuggly time with you. The 22-minute air-conditioned theater is dark and provides a lot of privacy. Best part: it's rarely crowded so you can find a private seat.
It's a Small World:I love this ride
because it's long and slow compared to some others. There is so much to look
while on this ride that no one will be paying attention to you. Still unsure?
Request the front or back row of the boat for more privacy.
PhilharMagic:This 3-D movie is housed in a dark, cool air-conditioned comfy
theater. Sit at one of the ends or in the way back for the most privacy.
Playground:While your older kids play on the indoor, air-conditioned playground,
you can find a cozy spot on a bleacher away from everyone else.
Pirates of the
Caribbean:Like, It's a Small World, this ride is also long and slow. The
upside to it is that it's dark and cool in the ride. The downside, there is one
little drop in the beginning of the ride that may startle your baby for a
moment, so hold tight.
Enchanted Tiki Room:Although this is one of my least favorite attractions in the park (please
don't send hate mail, I know a lot of people love it), it's a great
air-conditioned place to feed your baby. Just choose a bench in the back. Note:
there is a part where the there is a loud thunderstorm and volcano.
Country Bear Jamboree: While everyone else in the theater watch the animatronic bears sing crack jokes, you can get some private time nursing your baby.
This nice, long and slow ride is a perfect place to feed baby. You have
privacy, it's dark and not very loud.