Updated: Nov 2, 2022
Many clients ask me if it's feasible to visit Disney Parks while pregnant. Visiting Disney at any time can present some challenges, but these challenges can be met with a little extra planning. This is a special time and you can absolutely have an amazing time with your family or spouse.
When you're pregnant you have to factor in your fatigue and what rides you can't go on.
Right away know at any stage in your pregnancy Disney high discourages you from riding any thrill rides. All the warnings are listed enjoy before you enter the ride queue. Rides such as Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain etc, are out. Don't worry all these rides will still be here once the baby arrives, pregnancy is a short period in your life so enjoy a new perspective of visiting the parks. This is a chance to slow down and see things in the park you may have never seen otherwise.
Have a plan when visiting the Disney parks while pregnant.
That means maybe mapping out where all the bathrooms are. That was my number one! I went to the parks 5 months pregnant and I was always aware of where the nearest bathroom was. If my husband and our son went on a ride I couldn't ride, I would beeline to the nearest bathroom to take advantage of this time so I wasn't stopping them constantly to go.
Make sure to plan breaks!
This ties in with the bathroom breaks. I sat down every chance I could because I knew I would be very tired from walking so much. I would grab a snack or a cup of coffee when I waited for my boys to finish their rides. Often time I could position myself in places where I could wave at them on certain rides and take candid photos from afar, helps if you have a lens with a bigger focal length.
Figure out what rides you can and can't ride.
This will make your day go a lot more smoothly. This way your friends and family can pick up fast passes to ride the more thrilling rides. This also gives you a chance to ride some rides as well. Plenty of the boat rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, Frozen Ever After, Living with the Land, Peter Pan's Adventures....okay pretty much all the rides in Fantasy Land are safe for you to ride. If you book your next Disney Vacation with me I will be sure to help advise you on which rides would best for you to ride and which ones to skip.
I don't know about you, but when I was pregnant the more comfortable I was the better. Wear the most comfortable clothes you can while you are at Disney. I wore leggings and a tunic top or dress on most days I was at the parks with a pair of comfortable tennis shoes. I didn't want to be hot and leggings on my belly were super comfortable. The tunic top and dress I worse was flowy and comfortable. That way I had room for my belly and I was cool for the entire day. I really say now is not the time to buy new shoes or clothes that you haven't broken in.
Comfort is key.
Seriously, consider some insoles.
This will keep your feet comfortable and keep the swelling to a minimum. Get the insole well in advance to get used to them! Then please don't forget to go back to the top of this article and take breaks! Your body will tell you to take them, now it not the time to try to go commando in the parks.
Eat somewhere you can sit down.
Again being comfortable is the most important. So, you don't have to choose a table service restaurant but I would say skip the snack kiosks and go to a counter service place to sit down. Better yet, you grab a table and send your family up to get your food for you. You are making life, don't feel guilty about taking some time to rest.
If you work with me for your Disney Vacation, I can advise you on the best use of your time there. I can help you plan out your day to make you the most comfortable during this special time in your life. I would love to work with you!
Do you have any tips that didn't make my suggestions? I'd love to read what you did to make your trip to Disney easier while you were pregnant!