Disney World is the Most Magical Place on Earth, but even when you’re pregnant? Our Latina TravelingMom has traveled to Walt Disney World many times during all trimesters and belly sizes. She’ll give you tips on all you need to know about having fun at Disney World while pregnant like what shoes to wear, where to rest, and more. Yes, mamas, it’s possible to love Disney while pregnant.
Disney World While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
I have traveled to Walt Disney World while pregnant during all trimesters. Four out of my 5 children have visited The Most Magical Place on Earth while they were inside my belly. I have taken several Babymoons there with my husband, with each of my trips different than the others. So I’ve done Disney while pregnant, trust me.
You get to decide what you want. Choose a relaxing vacation, reading in a hammock, hanging at the pool while doing minimal park time. Or be a park commando all day if it’s a family trip and you have other children who want to ride, ride, ride! The most fun time for me was going in my 2nd trimester, because I felt the best, had more energy, and my tummy wasn’t too huge yet. Here are my tips for visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant.
Talk to Your Doctor
Before you decide if you’re going to travel, please consult your doctor. Each pregnancy is personal and different. My experience will not be the same as other women, so for your safety and your baby’s safety, please talk to your physician first.
Then make a plan of what attractions you can and cannot ride. There are some attractions stating expectant mothers should not ride like Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, The Barnstormer, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and the Tomorrowland Speedway, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Star Tours, Expedition Everest, etc.
Did I ride some of these while pregnant? Yes. However I knew what to expect on these rides and discussed them ahead of time with my doctor.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Usually I try to find comfortable shoes that are kinda cute, too. When I’m pregnant, I don’t even care; it’s all about comfort. I usually alternate shoes every day, too, because that is what is most comfortable to me. I’ll wear sneakers one day, flip flops the next, and maybe a different sandal the next. Whatever is most comfortable for you to wear knowing you’ll be on your feet all day, then wear those.
Along the lines of comfort, don’t forget a comfortable bag, too. I find backpacks to be the most comfortable with purses being the worst. If you have a diaper bag, I usually prefer a crossbody to distribute the weight.
It’s hot in Florida. Please remember to take care of yourselves and stay hydrated. I’ll usually bring a bottle of water in with me (you can bring snacks, too!) and then get complimentary cups of ice water at any quick-service dining location.
If you need a midday break to rest or hang out at your Disney World Resort pool, do it! Don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself. There are also lots of rides where you can sit down in an air-conditioned building and take a little breather. One of my favorites for that is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom Park. Warning: you’ll get the song stuck in your head.
Other great attractions for a rest are Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Animal Kingdom Theme Park is especially great, because they have shows like Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo The Musical that are also in air-conditioned buildings. It feels nice to get off your feet for awhile.
In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, not only can you rest during the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, but the show is hilarious, too. In Epcot, Living With the Land is a personal favorite. It’s a nice slow boat ride while learning about where our food comes from.
I also suggest scheduling a meal at a table-service restaurant, too, so you can take a longer break in the parks. Character meals are my favorite, but the food is so delicious at Walt Disney World, I admittedly indulge while pregnant. Hey, I’m eating for two! So yes, I will get seconds on my bread pudding at ‘Ohana.
Get In the Pictures
I asked several friends if they had pictures of themselves at Disney while pregnant. Some said they did, but they didn’t want people to see the pictures. Others said they were hiding their bellies behind another child. I’m guilty of this, too. But you know what? I regret it now. Going through pictures I would love to see my giant belly sitting on Main Street, U.S.A. with a popcorn in one hand and a Dole Whip in the other. Let’s make a pact. More pictures of ourselves, umkay? Then you can catch memories like this.
All of the ladies in these pictures are my friends. Is being pregnant uncomfortable sometimes? Absolutely! All the pixie dust in the world isn’t changing that. These tips are here to have you have the most magical time possible. Have fun!