Would you consider visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant? If you’re worried about being over exhausted or missing out on too many attractions, think again. Having visited during my third trimester, I was able to make the most of my trip by focusing on suitable attractions, indulging in gourmet cuisine, taking advantage of many transportation options and relaxing poolside at a beautiful resort.
Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World while Pregnant
Wobbling through one of the world’s largest amusement parks is not what you would expect to do when pregnant. But having visited Walt Disney World in my third trimester, I think if done right it can be a fun and even a relaxing experience for moms to be.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the TravelingMom annual retreat in April 2015 at Walt Disney World and bring my family along. It was also an opportunity to see my three year old son experience Disney for the very first time. I knew it was also the last trip he would make as an only child and decided to take the plunge after the doctor cleared me for flying as the timing was just before 36 weeks.
If you’re wondering how to make a Disney adventure work for you when pregnant, here are some of the tips that worked for me.
1. Stay at a relaxing location
As navigating the Disney parks will be physically demanding, making sure you have comfortable accommodations is important. With easy transportation options and high quality cuisine on site, Disney offers a variety of resorts at different price levels.
I really enjoyed our stay at Disney’s mid-level Coronado Springs resort. It had a calming atmosphere and a salon that offered spa services. If you have older kids, it is also helpful to pick a hotel that has a great pool and play area to keep them occupied while you relax. My three year old could have spent hours on the water slides and kiddie pool at the Coronado Springs Resort.
I also enjoyed the perks of staying at a Disney resort by not needing to take out my wallet or fumble for the hotel keys by relying on swipe of the magic band that was linked to my credit card, hotel and park reservation.
2. Take advantage of Disney’s transport options.
Conserve your energy for enjoying the attractions by taking maximum advantage of the transportation options within the parks. A little bit of planning can help you avoid unnecessary backtracking for missed attractions. Look out for trains/boats/shuttles that can transport you from one point to another within the parks.
3. Look for attractions that you can enjoy.
Though you will have to miss the thrill of roller coasters, there is plenty that a pregnant mom can enjoy. Almost every section of the Disney park had a slow ride, a live performance or show that I could accompany my family to. Making a fast pass reservations ahead of time can help minimize the waiting time at these attractions.
4. Be a good sport if you can’t join in.
Though it can be disappointing to miss out on special moments such as my three year old’s first time on a roller coaster, don’t be a spoiled sport and make the rest of your party feel bad.
Being pregnant and having to take care of yourself and the baby can be daunting so don’t be too bogged down by what you’re missing. Instead take that time to sit and rejuvenate yourself.
You can always be part of the experience through captured memories. I was glad that a lot of my fellow TravelingMoms made videos of the rides I missed, using Panasonic’s new A500 camera and I lived vicariously through them.
I could get a sense of how my husband and son reacted during their first time on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train by looking at the photos linked to My Disney Experience account using the Disney Photopass option.
5. Focus on healthy and gourmet dining.
Visiting Disney World as an adult you realize it is as much about the food as it is about the rides. You can make up for the rides you miss by tasting as many of the delectable offerings at restaurants in Disney parks as well as resorts.
The World Showcase at Epcot is my number one option for a gourmet dining experience in the parks. Depending on your choice (vegetarian, locally sourced, seafood) you can take your pick from a number restaurants at Disney resorts or in Downtown Disney.
I also took the opportunity to indulge in some of the Disney sweet favorites such as Dole Whip and Mickey pretzels. I was always on the lookout for water fountains or getting my share of refreshing fruit juices to keep myself hydrated.
Though I love being able to try as many new food options while traveling, if you’re looking to stick to your familiar foods, you can bring in pretty much anything to eat and drink while at the parks.
6. Accept help.
Though it is hard for us to relinquish control of our kids and schedules, taking a physically challenging trip like this means accepting all the help we can get. I was fortunate that my mother joined us on the trip and helped with my son so I could catch a break.
Whether it is hiring a babysitter or having a family member take care of kids and make the sightseeing schedules, it is good to take a laid back approach and stay stress free whenever possible.
7. Pack right.
Bring comfortable clothes and footwear that can help you last in the Disney parks for many hours. Check the weather beforehand and be prepared to handle the Florida heat and humidity as well as the evening showers.
I had an easy time fitting in all my clothes and accessories to this sleek new luggage Ricardo Elite Roxbury 2.0 from Ricardo Beverly Hills that I tried out for the first time. Though it had a hard shell, the bag was lightweight and the four wheel, 360-degree maneuverability made it a breeze carrying through the airport without having to stretch myself.
8. Leave your worries at home.
It is easier said than done but do try to stay worry free and indulge in yourself to get lost in the Disney magic. I relish the moments of teaching my son about the hidden Mickeys on Disney properties.
If you’re able to make this trip that means your pregnancy is going well and that is surely something to be thankful for. I tried my best to seize the moment and spend time with my family.
Have you considered visiting Disney while pregnant? It could certainly be a fun babymoon option especially for families who are looking to make the trip with an older child.