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- Pregnant at Disneyland? What To Do and What To Skip
- Deciding When to Go
- Ride Dos And Don'ts During Pregnancy
- Disneyland Rides You Should Avoid If You're Pregnant:
- Disney California Adventure Park Rides that Expectant Mothers Should Avoid:
- This May Be Awkward
- Kick Up Your Feet
- Don't Let Your Pregnancy Diet Go On Vacation
- Dress Appropriately
- Ahh, Air Conditioning!
- Other Things to Do When You're Pregnant at Disneyland
- Bathroom Breaks
- Listen to Your Body
- Where to Buy Discounted Disneyland Tickets
Being pregnant at Disney doesn’t mean you can’t have a magical experience! While riding down Splash Mountain or driving a car on the Autopia may not be an option, there are still pregnancy-safe attractions to enjoy, such as the Disneyland Railroad and the Mark Twain Riverboat. And did we mention the delicious and healthy restaurants? Read on for expert tips about what you should do, what you should avoid, and what you need to think twice about before visiting Disney while pregnant.
Pregnant at Disneyland? What To Do and What To Skip
There’s nothing like the excitement of a Disney vacation! Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland now require advance planning and reservations. If you’re expecting a baby, you might wonder if you should travel at all?
There’s no need to call off your magical vacation if you’re pregnant at Disneyland! Disney theme parks are great at accommodating everyone and that includes expecting mothers. However, there are some considerations to make when planning the trip and certain rides and attractions you shouldn’t attempt.
TravelingMom Tip: Disneyland isn’t the only place you can go while you’re pregnant! Check out these great babymoon ideas.
What if you just found out you’re expecting a baby though you’ve had a Disney vacation planned for a while? These are the must-know tips about Disneyland vacation ride restrictions and advice for new moms heading to Anaheim. Check out these tested tips of what to do in the amusement parks. And also what to skip if you’re pregnant at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park.
TravelingMom Tip: Some of the activities and attractions mentioned in this article may be currently unavailable. Learn everything you know about Disneyland reopening 2021 and get the details on Disneyland ticket prices for 2021.
Deciding When to Go
In early pregnancy, when women are sometimes plagued with morning sickness and exhaustion, a whirlwind Disney parks trip can be a challenge. The greasy smell from the corn dog cart might be enough to send a pregnant woman over the edge!
And of course in the third trimester, with swollen feet and an aching back, the last thing you might want to be doing is standing in long queues. Certainly you don’t want to be traveling far from home on a vacation in your late months. It’s a risk being too far from your hospital. Always check with your obstetrician first before traveling, especially if you have a high risk pregnancy or if you’ll be flying.
The second trimester is usually an ideal time to go, if you can plan your Disneyland trip. Hopefully morning sickness has waned and you’ll still have great energy to take on the Disney parks!
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Ride Dos And Don’ts During Pregnancy
The Disneyland website has a list of all rides that have restrictions and warnings for expectant moms, outlined below. There are very few rides that offer the restriction for expectant moms; these include mostly vigorous thrill rides or rides that may be jerky or jarring to the body.
Do not ignore those warnings, even if you are still in your first trimester. The sharp stops and G-force pressure of certain rides can injure your delicate cargo so it’s not worth the risk.
Disneyland Rides You Should Avoid If You’re Pregnant:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge)
Disney California Adventure Park Rides that Expectant Mothers Should Avoid:
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (at Avengers Campus)
This May Be Awkward
Even if a ride or attraction is okay for expectant moms, you might find it awkward to navigate your pregnant belly into some of these.
- The Finding Nemo Submarines is a smooth ride that is safe for expectant moms. However, you’ll have to climb down and up a steep spiral staircase and sit in a narrow flip-down chair in a tight space.
- In Fantasyland, there are many dark rides that are just fine for expectant moms. Several have small vehicles that may prove challenging to get into. If riding Casey Jr. Circus Train, opt for an open car instead of a caged vehicle. With the Storybook Land Canal Boats, you might have difficulty balancing to get in and out of the boat if you’re in your later months.
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes may also offer challenges getting in and out of the canoe. Take care not to exert yourself rowing the oar. Plus you won’t be shaded and it gets hot out there on the water. I’d recommend skipping this one.
- Astro Orbitor ride vehicles are a challenge to get in and out of without assistance. They are safe to ride but you may find it hard to maneuver into the rocket.
Kick Up Your Feet
When I visited Disneyland in the later months of my pregnancy, I did a bit more resting in the shade with my feet on a bench instead of standing in queues. There are plenty of places you can rest your swollen feet and still enjoy the Parks.
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- Find a shady spot and a bench to yourself. Consider bringing a small pillow to set at your back or to sit on to make yourself more comfortable.
- Stake out a great seat on the parade route ahead of time and save places for your family to join you later.
- A grand circle tour on the Disneyland Railroad offers almost 20 minutes of rest and fresh air along with a relaxing tour around Disneyland Park.
- Pull up a chair and enjoy the cool air that blows across the waters of the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
Don’t Let Your Pregnancy Diet Go On Vacation
Keep up with your healthy habits by eating plenty of fruits and veggies (don’t forget to pack your prenatal vitamins!). Limit your sodium intake and stay well hydrated to reduce swelling in your feet and legs.
You can bring your own water bottles and snacks into the Disneyland Resort Parks to make sure you are getting the healthy and nutritious food you (and your baby) need.
- Wear comfortable shoes and consider taking a second pair to switch into if you are prone to swelling. I like to start off with tennis shoes and switch over to well-cushioned sandals in the evening.
- Dress in layers. If you get hot or chilled so you can add or remove layers as needed.
- Ditch the heavy purse and pack light. Carry a small backpack or tote that you can put on and take off easily. Or consider renting a locker to store your items until you need them.
- Check out this list of important items all pregnant women should pack for a Disney vacation.
Ahh, Air Conditioning!
Keep rested inside by finding attractions that combine sitting along with cool air.
- Soak in a little history (and air conditioning) inside The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is a whimsical place with cushioned benches…and you can bring in a snack! Grab a Dole Whip on the way inside.
- Oh yes, the looping music is worth 15-minutes inside the sublimely air-conditioned “it’s a small world”. You might want to ride it twice!
- If you have little ones, get there early for the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show. There are benches across the back of the theater (otherwise you’ll have to sit on the carpet).
- Plenty of sit-down restaurants have both outdoor and indoor dining. Gives yourself a break and a healthy meal. Look for marked designated dining areas.
Other Things to Do When You’re Pregnant at Disneyland
- Take ALL the baby bump pictures in the park. There are Disney PhotoPass photographers everywhere around the parks to capture your memories! Request “magic shots” and you’ll never know what they’ll add on post production- usually something magical like a Disney character or a pixie dusted frame.
- Take a photo with Mickey Mouse as you hold your sonogram photo.
- Get your baby’s name embroidered on their first pair of Mouse Ears. Photograph it on the wall near Sleeping Beauty Castle.
- Shop for your baby’s first official Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
- Request a complimentary “First Visit” button for your new baby. These are found at City Hall or any guest services location. The Cast Member may even be able to personalize it with your child’s name.
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Little miss or mister frequently doing the hot-diggety-dog dance on your bladder? Familiarize yourself with the bathroom locations on the Disneyland app on your smart phone. Always take a potty break before getting on a ride (you don’t want to get stuck when the urge strikes!)
Listen to Your Body
Now is not the time to push your vacation to the limits. If you’re pregnant at Disneyland, you’ll need to take more breaks than usual. Pregnancy can be very hard on your body, and with exhaustion and discomfort already at the max, there is no need to exacerbate any issues.
- Take a break inside the First Aid station if you feel uncomfortable or in pain. The nurses inside First Aid can help you out and offer a place to lie down for a while.
- If you’re exhausted, go back to your hotel room for a refreshing swim or to take a nap. The Disneyland Hotels (especially Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa) are close by for a quick return from the parks to the room.
- Get plenty of sleep even if that means going to bed while everyone else in your group is still up late watching the fireworks.
- If you are truly miserable and can’t walk, consider renting a wheelchair or motorized scooter in the Park to minimize the amount of time you are on your feet.
- Look forward to your next trip when your little one will be with you to enjoy it and you’ll be researching what babies can do at Disneyland!
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Read more about planning a Disney vacation:
- Everything you need to know to plan the best Disneyland vacation ever!
- Top tips for visiting Walt Disney World when pregnant.