Disney while Pregnant
Almost a year ago we took an awesome trip to Disney World with my parents. Peyton had just turned 2, and I was something like 20 weeks pregnant, maybe 24, I can’t remember. A lot of people may think “what a waste to go all that way with a toddler and while being pregnant!” Well let me tell you, we had a BLAST. Sure, I couldn’t go on all the rides, but having a toddler actually worked out perfectly.
I searched high and low before we left for tips on how to make the most of our trip while I was pregnant. I honestly don’t feel like I found all that much, so I thought I would share my tips for how to make the most of going to Disney while you’re pregnant!
Our trip was took place in early to mid-September. Florida was so humid during this time. Make sure you check the average weather during your trip because some of these tips may only apply to the season we went, which was the beginning of hurricane season (aka expect rain), but also the end of summer (still ungodly hot & humid).
Tip 1: Stay Hydrated!
When you’re pregnant you already are supposed to drink more fluids, especially water. Pair that with heat, humidity, and lots of walking, and you can imagine how important it is to stay super hydrated! We stayed in a villa at Old Key West resort so we had a kitchen, because of this we ordered groceries to our room that were delivered the day we checked in. In our order we got a case of water delivered and made sure to have a few with us every time we left for the parks. We also had reusable water bottles with us that we would fill and bring with us. Another good thing to know is that you can get free water at any quick-service or sit down restaurant in the parks! So if you can easily refill your water conveniently in the parks and stay hydrated without dropping like $6 each time you’re thirsty.
Tip 2: Take breaks and/or naps
I’m pretty sure every pregnant woman can relate to being tired. I’m also willing to put money on that being multiplied by 100 if you have a toddler. Now imagine chasing that excited toddler around Disney! Regardless of if you’re chasing a toddler around the parks, plan to take breaks.
We got in to a pretty great routine of heading out early to the parks, usually we got there around 30 minutes after they opened. We would spend a few hours hitting the rides and meeting Peyton’s favorite princesses, then head back to the hotel around lunch time. This worked great since around mid-day is when it’s also the hottest. We would eat lunch and take refuge in our air conditioned room, then most of us took a nap. We were all able to be up, refreshed and ready to go again around 3 or 4. This saved us from having an extremely cranky toddler. We were refreshed and ready to enjoy the evening and could stay a little longer. Being the pregnant one this also helped me keep up with the rest of the group in energy, if not in speed since I think this was around the time in pregnancy I started slightly waddling.
Tip 3: Comfortable Shoes
It should go without saying that a trip to Disneyland or Disney World involves a lot of walking! Depending on what stage of your pregnancy you’re in you could be carrying around anywhere from 5 – 30+ extra pounds of baby; which translates to feet & legs that are even more tired than on a regular Disney trip. So – PACK COMFY SHOES!
On our trip to Disney World I brought 3 pairs of my most comfortable sneakers, and a pair or 2 of sandals since those are small and don’t take up much space. We bought the red Disney New Balance shoes for myself, my Mom and Peyton, and we got the guys some red Nike Roshe One’s… comfortable, and on theme! I wore 1 pair of my sneakers on the plane, and brought 2 others so I could swap out on different days. I personally feel like even in the most comfortable shoe my feet are sick of them if I try to wear them again the next day, and switching it up made it feel like I was walking on pillows each time.
Tip 4: Stay Nourished
This tip goes along with staying hydrated. If you’re suffering from nausea or food aversions know that you can bring your own snacks in to the parks! Bringing your own, easily tote-able snacks, is a great idea since you will always have something around to hold you over if you suddenly get hungry while waiting in line. Also, plan your meals and make reservations! I don’t feel like this is as important at Disneyland, but in Disney World make sure you have those reservations ready, especially for dinner. You can make them up to 6 months in advance so you should be able to find something depending on how far out your trip is. You can even make same day reservations at some restaurants if you need to.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the mobile order option on the Disney Experience apps either! Mobile order is awesome for skipping the queue and getting your food quick!
Tip 5: Stay Cool
This tip again can be dependent on when you are traveling and what the weather is like. There are a ton of places you can sneak in to and take a break in a cool space. Some rides and attractions are great for this, even though you will be somewhat limited while pregnant. Here are most of your options at each park – all of these attractions are inside and have lines that are mostly inside.
Magic Kingdom: It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Peter Pan’s Flight
Epcot* : The Seas with Nemo & Friends (the Coral Reef/Aquarium area here was my favorite place to be inside with our toddler!), Frozen Ever After, Gran Fiesta Tour, Innoventions, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, you can also meet Anna & Elsa here!
*note that a lot of changes are happening at Epcot so check the official website to see if there are any closures.
Animal Kingdom : Na’vi River Journey, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo the Musical
Hollywood Studios : Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, Muppet Vision 3D, Toy Story Mania! – not much here right now if you’re pregnant that’s inside.
Disneyland : Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, it’s a small world, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, Haunted Mansion, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
California Adventure : Animation Academy, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Turtle Talk with Crush, Disney Junior Dance Party, Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, Monster’s Inc.
Tip 6: Set your Expectations
I’ve never been one to plan out every hour of our Disney trip, instead we are big fans of playing it by ear (with the exception of making sure we make our FastPasses). If you are trying to plan out non-stop action for your trip while pregnant, make sure you set your expectations. You can’t go on everything and you are probably going to be slowed down a little. Going to Disney while pregnant and also having a toddler was actually a great situation! Peyton couldn’t go on a lot of the same rides I wasn’t able to go on. So when everyone else went on the thrill rides we would take it easy, wander the stores, grab a Mickey bar, or hit an easy ride!
Of course we left feeling like we could have spend a few more days, and we didn’t get to see and do everything we wanted. That actually works out great for us because it means we have more reasons to go back!
Long story short, Disney while pregnant is still magical! Don’t skip going if you’re on the fence. We have so many great memories and I can’t wait to take our little one back and tell her about how she already has been… just in my belly. If you’ve been to Disneyland or World while pregnant let me know what was most helpful for you! Are there any tips or tricks I missed?