It's literally considered the most magical place on Earth, but Walt Disney World's appeal and pixie dust doesn't just impress little kids who dream of princesses and flying pigs. Disney World is a pretty great place to be if you're an adult, a parent, and, as it turns out, a breastfeeding mom, too. With so many viral stories about moms being challenged in public for breastfeeding, it's not surprising parents are a little nervous about their summer travel plans. So what are your breastfeeding rights at Disney World? The most magical place on Earth won't let you down.
Like most things associated with Disney, the resorts and theme parks at Walt Disney World are very parent and baby-friendly. According to the park's website, there are Baby Care Centers in each of the four theme parks. The centers, sponsored by Huggies, are fully staffed, complimentary to use, and open during park hours. They include everything from changing stations (and a uni-sex bathroom) to microwaves, ovens, and a feeding area equipped with high chairs. But the best part? The Baby Care Centers also include a private nursing room with rocking chairs for moms to breastfeed comfortably, as well as outlets in case you need to pump.
But what if you're not near a Baby Care Center? What if your older children are waiting in line to meet Mickey Mouse and your infant starts getting fussy? Travelmation agent, Tim Elrod, specializes in Disney vacation planning and tells Romper that he doesn't think there would be a problem breastfeeding outside of the Baby Care Centers. "I honestly don't see that being an issue among cast members," Elrod says, referencing the employees at Disney World. "The only issue I see is with other guests." Romper also reached out to Walt Disney World for comment, but hasn't heard back at the time of publication.
It makes sense that other guests could potentially have an issue with public breastfeeding. After all, there's one story or another going viral, seemingly every day, about breastfeeding mothers being harassed or looked down upon because they dared to breastfeed their baby in a Target. But there is one big thing that trumps anybody's personal opinions about breastfeeding — state law. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Florida has laws specifically allowing breastfeeding moms to breastfeed in public and private, and it is also one of 29 states that have exempted breastfeeding from public indecency laws.
In other words, you can breastfeed wherever you want in the state of Florida, including Walt Disney World. Whether that means hitting up your favorite Baby Care Center, plopping down in front of Cinderella's Castle to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show, or even heading to a favorite ride, your right to feed your child whenver, and wherever, is legally protected. Babble noted that some of the best places to breastfeed at Disney World include any of the cool, quiet attractions like Carousel of Progress, the stage shows, or you can slip into a movie screening at Epcot for some down time. Honestly, wherever you need to breastfeed your baby is fine and, chances are, a Disney World cast member will be more than happy to help you find a bench or somewhere safe to sit. After all, it's the place where dreams come true.