What to Know About Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers & Childcare in 2022

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Children at Walt Disney World Resort Credit: Disney

Planning on bringing little ones on your next Walt Disney World vacation? Seeing “the Most Magical Place on Earth” through their eyes is a memorable experience that can be made easier with the help of Disney World’s baby care centers and childcare options. If you haven’t visited the Walt Disney World Resort in a couple of years however, or if you are planning your first visit with babies and toddlers, there are some things you should know while planning your vacation in 2022.

Baby Care Center

Baby Care Centers

Baby Care Centers are located in all four Walt Disney World theme parks; the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney‘s Hollywood Studios, and Disney‘s Animal Kingdom. The Disney Baby Care Center in Animal Kingdom is even conveniently located near Creature Comforts, aka Starbucks, if you are looking to grab a coffee before or after your visit.

The baby care center in the Magic Kingdom was even recently renovated! You can read our post about the new Baby Care Center located adjacent to First Aid on Main Street U.S.A. here .

Inside each Baby Care Center, you’ll find private rooms for nursing, and a variety of amenities (some free, and others at an additional cost) that can come in handy if you are visiting the parks with infants or toddlers. Items available for purchase include baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, over the counter medication, formula, sunscreen, and baby clothing, while free amenities include a kitchen with microwave and sink, and a main room with a TV, table, seating, and arguably some of the best air conditioning at Walt Disney World.

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Baby Care Centers are free to visit and use with the exception of the items available for purchase, and they also serve as the meeting point for Cast Members in the event that they encounter a child who has become separated from their family. To be safe, we recommend pointing out the Baby Care Center in each park so all members of your party know where to go in the event that a child is separated while at the theme park.

Disney Springs and the water parks at Walt Disney World (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) do not have dedicated Baby Care Centers, however most restrooms have changing tables.

The newly redesigned Baby Care Center at the Magic Kingdom now takes its theming inspiration from Alice in Wonderland (1951) so if you have not seen it yet and need a place to stop with little ones while visiting this Disney park, be sure to take a look!

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Childcare at Walt Disney World

If you are looking for in-room childcare, or any childcare offerings at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel for that matter, things may get a little tricky for your 2022 visit.

In the past, Disney World has offered in-room childcare for resort Guests through Kids Nite Out. Kids Nite Out is not affiliated with the Walt Disney World Resort, but rather is its own private company that would be featured by Disney as the resort’s childcare offering. Kids Nite Out provides in-room babysitting services for kids of all ages, infants, through teens, and while the service has not been listed on Walt Disney World’s website since the resort reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still book services on your own here.

Swan and Dolphin Resort

You may remember from earlier Disney trips that the resorts also had child recreational facilities. Unfortunately the majority of these kids clubs have since closed, at least for the time being. The one exception to this is Camp Dolphin, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, so if you happen to be staying at this resort you will still be able to take advantage of the service.

With health and safety guidelines continuing to change often due to the ongoing pandemic, you may find it easier to bring an extra family member or friend along on your trip to ensure you will have reliable childcare when you need it during this time.

Rider Swap

While Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane may be totally new, Rider Swap is here to stay! Rider Swap allows adult Guests to wait in line one time, while allowing both adults to ride an attraction.

Here’s how it works: Let a Cast Member at the attraction know that you need a Rider Swap for the member of your party who is waiting with a child who isn’t riding. You’ll wait in the line for the attraction, and when you’re done the other Guest will be able to get onto the ride with little to no wait, so you only wait in line once, you both get to ride, and the child is never unattended.

Bringing little ones to Walt Disney World certainly requires some extra planning, but these trips make up for it by coming with lots of extra magic! We will be sure to share updates on potential future reopening news of recreational centers at Disney resorts, as well as in-room childcare if anything changes later in 2022. Happy planning!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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