Disney with Little Ones: Doing Laundry on Vacation

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Traveling to Disney with little ones gives you an entirely new perspective – you can see the World through their eyes and relive your childhood over and over again.  However, along with all that splendor, you may have some unpleasant experiences as well.  No one wants to think about doing laundry while on vacation but unfortunately, sickness, spills, and accidents are just as likely (if not more likely) to happen at the Happiest Place on Earth as they are at home.  Luckily, there are laundry facilities located at each Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

No one wants to pack damp or soiled clothing in a suitcase to take home and while rinsing dirty clothes in the sink is better than nothing, it’s no comparison to washing.  We planned one of our last days as a laundry and pool day when we visited with our boys. Between one kid getting sick all over both of us and the other one, who was potty training at the time, having accidents, we needed to do laundry.  Oh, and don’t forget about those sticky, drippy treats that melted on our clothes!  Thanks to our built-in laundry day (which really just took a couple of hours), ninety percent of what we took home was clean. I felt like patting myself on the back when we finally arrived home for already having so much of that dreaded laundry already done and ready to put away.

If you drive, you have the luxury of bringing your detergent and softener to maximize convenience and minimize cost.  If flying, you can pack gel pods that contain both your soap and softener in a small, hard container inside of your checked luggage. There is also an all-in-one sheet that has your detergent and softener in it, and then can be used as a dryer sheet.  These lay flat and would not add any weight or take up much space.  If this sounds like too much trouble and you’re not particular, laundry soap and softener can be purchased inside the laundry facility.

Some resorts only offer a credit card payment option for their washers and dryers while other resorts still use coin-operated machines. Be sure to check shortly before your trip to find out if you will need to pack quarters or not – there are change machines but from what I have heard, they are not always reliable.  It’s $2 to wash and $2 to dry so a roll of quarters goes quickly.  

If you have to do laundry on vacation, or just want to, you may as well lounge by the pool and enjoy a drink or two while your kids splash and the commercial washers and dryers do most of the work for you.  If only they would sort, fold, and put it away!

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Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.

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