When my kids were babies, I was never that mom who could nurse her baby and walk at the same time. To all of the moms who can multitask in this way, I salute you. To make matters worse, my kids were very easily distracted while nursing (Squirrel!). Finding a place that minimized distractions while visiting the Disneyland Resort with my wee ones was always really important. With my oldest son, stopping down in a quiet place was easy, but when I added my subsequent babies, retreating from the action of the park became a bit more difficult.
Recently, I took to the Babes In Disneyland Facebook Page to gauge which places our readers like to breastfeed. Based upon their input and my experiences, I’ve come up with the best places to breastfeed (and bottle feed) at the Disneyland Resort. Sure, any bench in the parks or seat in a restaurant is a great place to stop, here are our favorites. We’ve taken into consideration things like shade, comfort, ability to stay part of the action, tending to your other children, etc.
Best Places to Breastfeed in Disneyland
- The Baby Care Center is always at the top of list, especially for easily distracted babies. It is important to keep in mind that only mom and the nursing baby are allowed in the breastfeeding area.
- Tour Guide Garden is located on the west side of Main Street, this can be a nice quiet spot IF there isn’t a tour waiting.
- Tables (with umbrellas) in the courtyard behind the Main Street Fruit Cart.
- Bench outside the Fantasyland bathroom (on the back side of the Alice in Wonderland attraction).
- Behind Dumbo in Fantasyland.
- Old motorboat doc behind Edelweiss Snacks across from the Matterhorn. (Be aware of smokers, as they sometimes stop there.)
- Tom Sawyer’s Island.
- The “yard” at Goofy’s House in Toontown.
- New Orleans Square benches near the fountain (between the French Market restaurant and the Haunted Mansion).
- Fowler’s Harbor, which is the dry dock for the Sailing Ship Columbia and the dining area for the Harbor Galley Restaurant.
- Hungry Bear Restaurant dining area. We are particularly fans of the downstairs dining area because your other children can feed the ducks and there is a large spacious restroom and diaper changing area close by. (Note: At this time, due to construction, guests cannot feed the ducks.)
- Tomorrowland by the Disney Vacation Club kiosk across from the Star Trader.
- The bench inside the Star Trader store where Star Tours exits. This is a great place to wait if the rest of your party will be riding and you’ll be waiting with the baby. If you’ll be doing this, consider getting a rider switch pass.
- While riding Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean (after the two drops) or “it’s a small world.” We’re also fans of the shaded areas aboard the Mark Twain River Boat.
- While enjoying the Enchanted Tiki Room, any of the shows or parades, the movie being presented in the Magic Eye Theater.
Best Places to Breastfeed in Disney California Adventure
- The Baby Care Center (in the Pacific Wharf, near Ghirardelli’s) is always our top choice.
- Flo’s V8 – outside or inside so that your kids can watch the cars at Radiator Springs Racers race by. There is another bench area outside the restaurant that is great for nursing. If you are standing in front of the restaurant facing the front door, walk to the far right of the building. There is a pathway back to the restroom with shaded benches. There is a family restroom at this location that is perfect for diaper changes, as well. The locations at Flo’s V8 are perfect if you’ll be waiting for the rest of your family while they ride the Cars Land attractions.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail because your other children can run and play within eye shot (if they are old enough) while you nurse the baby.
- The path between Soarin’ and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
- Paradise Garden outdoor dining/rest area is particularly shady and a great place to wait and nurse while the rest of your party enjoys Goofy’s Sky School.
- The Courtyard in the Disney Animation Building.
- Although not technically in Disney California Adventure, the lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel is extra special because it’s comfy, and extra quiet and dark by the fireplace for easily distracted babies.
- Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Cafe (aka Starbucks) has great booths for moms who prefer a little more private setting with baby.
- In the seated section of the audience at the Turtle Talk with Crush show.
- While riding Ariel’s Undersea Adventure or Monsters Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue.
- Shaded bences across from Luigi’s Rockin’ Roadsters.
- While enjoying It’s Tough to be a Bug or any of the previews being presented in the bug’s land theater, the Frozen stage show and any of the other shows or parades.
As I already said, I know there are likely plenty more places where you can stop down with baby, these are our favorites and what we feel are the best based on our years of experience breast- and bottle-feeding our own babies. Is there a special spot we left off our list? Tell us your favorite spot that we left off the list in the comments below.