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Tips for visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant

Pregnant at Walt Disney World

Sometimes you feel like you are missing out on parts of your vacation when you are pregnant, but that’s not the case at Walt Disney World.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your vacation when visiting Walt Disney World while pregnant.

Enjoy the rides

Unlike many other theme parks, you can still enjoy the majority of rides while pregnant at Walt Disney World.  Still, there are some you should avoid.

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Walt Disney World indoor shows

Need a break without missing the magic of Disney?  Want to rest your feet and get out of the heat?  Here is a list of Walt Disney World indoor shows, complete with air conditioning and seating (unless otherwise noted).

Magic Kingdom
  • Carousel of Progress (Tomorrowland)
  • Country Bear Jamboree (Frontierland)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Fantasyland) – FP+ available; standing at the beginning of the attraction
  • Enchanted Tiki Room (Adventureland)
  • Hall of Presidents (Liberty Square)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Fantasyland) – FP+ available
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland) – FP+ available

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Walt Disney World rides to avoid when pregnant

While there are still tons of rides and attractions you can enjoy, here are some Walt Disney World rides to avoid when pregnant.

According to Walt Disney World, expectant mothers should not ride the following:

Magic Kingdom
  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

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Food Review: Sleepy Hollow

Nestled in the shadow of Cinderella Castle is one of my all-time favorite Walt Disney World dining stops – Sleepy Hollow.  Located in Liberty Square, this quick service restaurant features sweet and savory waffle sandwiches, funnel cakes and pretzel dogs.  There’s even a Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich available until noon.

The Food

While the Sleepy Hollow menu has a number of sweet treats, like Mickey waffles or funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar or strawberries and whipped cream, my family makes a meal out of the tasty waffle sandwiches.

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15 things to do on Main Street, U.S.A.

While many Walt Disney World guests rush through Main Street, U.S.A. to get to the Cinderella Castle and all the rides, there are quite a few things to do on this quaint turn-of-the-century American thoroughfare.  On your next trip to the Magic Kingdom, take some time to explore and enjoy these top 15 things to do on Main Street, U.S.A.

1. Ride the Main Street Vehicles

One of my preschooler’s favorite things to do at the Magic Kingdom is ride in these classic, turn-of-the-century vehicles. The vehicles include a horse-drawn trolley, a roofless jitney, an old-fashioned fire engine and a two-story omnibus, and they provide one-way rides from Town Square to Cinderella Castle and Cinderella Castle to Town Square. There’s hardly ever a wait for rides, but you have to get there early – the Main Street vehicles usually only run until 10:15 a.m.

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Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is a fully immersive experience and fun for the whole family.

As you set out to explore this new land, here’s everything you need to know, from kid-focused ride, food and shopping reviews to where to find changing tables, stroller parking and interactive activities.

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Windtraders at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Windtraders is the main gift shop in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Instead of Mickey Mouse merchandise, here you will find some special items unique to Pandora, including the very popular banshee.

Banshee – Windtraders – Pandora – The World of Avatar

The interactive, robotic banshees are able to move their mouths, heads and wings, as well as make banshee sounds.  They can sit on your shoulder, be cradled in your arms, or be displayed on separately purchased perch. Continue reading

Food Review: Satu’li Canteen

Satu’li Canteen – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Satu’li Canteen is the new quick service restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and mobile ordering is available (more info on that below).

The Food

The menu for Satu’li Canteen features create-your-own bowls, where you choose a protein, base and sauce, as well as vegetable curry or cheeseburger steamed bao buns, or “pods.” Continue reading

Food and Drink Review: Pongu Pongu

Pongu Pongu – Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pongu Pongu, located in the Pandora – The World of Avatar section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, serves up specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one snack option, Pongu Lumpia.

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Attraction Reaction: Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is the new headliner attraction at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  On this 3D screen- and motion-based ride, you are connected to your own avatar and fly on the back of a mountain banshee through the diverse environments of Pandora.

Avatar Flight of Passage

While this ride features a screen like Soarin’, the motions are a little more on par with Star Tours (though not as jarring or abrupt).  However, the synchronization and fluidity between the screen and motion of your seat is flawless, and the ride also incorporates wind and smells to create a truly magical and immersive experience. It really does feel like you are flying on the back of a banshee through Pandora.

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