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.
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).
- 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
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:
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
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.
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.
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.
With the Cinderella Castle in the background and organ music playing well-known Disney songs, a ride on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is truly a magical experience. Located in Fantasyland, the 1917 carrousel is a nostalgic ride that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The carrousel features 90 wood-carved horses, and there are several options for riding with small kids.
Any vacation – and especially a Walt Disney World vacation – isn’t complete without some delicious ice cream! Here are just a few of our family’s favorite frozen treats, as well as our top spots to get them:
Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar
A trip to Walt Disney World is not complete without a Mickey bar, which you can find at any of the ice cream kiosks throughout the parks. These are vanilla ice cream with a chocolate shell on a popsicle stick.
Tip: If you are in the Magic Kingdom, grab a Mickey bar right before finding a spot for the 3 p.m. Festival of Fantasy Parade. It gives kids (and you) something to do to help pass the time while waiting.
Walt Disney World offers an incredible number of rides and attractions for kids of any height (including infants), but there are still a handful of rides in each of the four theme parks with height restrictions.
If you are traveling with small children, you might automatically rule those rides out – but you don’t need to because Walt Disney World offers a great solution called rider swap or child swap.
So what is rider swap, and how does it work?
With summer officially upon us, the next few months are the hottest time of the year to visit Walt Disney World. With schools out for the summer, it’s also one of the busiest times – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an incredible trip with some simple planning.
Here are a few tips so you don’t “sweat” the high temperatures.
Stay hydrated. This may be a given, but did you know:
- Counter Service restaurants offer FREE ICE WATER. Yep! All you have to do is go up to the counter and ask, and they will give you a small free cup of ice water. It’s tap water, but my family thinks their tap water tastes better than the bottled Dasani water (which costs $3 a bottle).
- Tip: If you are ordering a meal at a counter service restaurant, order ice waters for everyone in your party, even if you are getting other drinks. Everyone gets to hydrate, and it’s much easier carrying them on a tray with everything else.
- You can bring your own water into the parks. Whether it’s your own bottled water or a filled water bottle, you are allowed to bring it into all Disney parks. Actually, you can bring in any drinks (except alcohol) and food, but you can’t have glass containers, coolers larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″, or, only in Animal Kingdom, plastic straws (so don’t bring juice boxes on your Animal Kingdom day!).
- Tip: If you are bringing a stroller into the park, put your water bottles into any stroller pockets or at the bottom of your stroller to lighten your load.
- Epcot has FREE soda. Club Cool, located in Future World to the right of the main fountain, features eight Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. There are several beverage dispensers (all the same) and small sample-size paper cups to try as many – and as much – as you want.
- Tip: While my toddler isn’t allowed to drink soda at home, we do let him have a tiny bit of VegitaBeta, which is described as a “non-carbonated beverage with apricot and passion fruit flavors and is rich in beta-carotene.” It’s probably the “healthiest” and least sugar coma-inducing option there, with the exception of the Beverly (if an adult in your group has been getting on your nerves, encourage them to try the Beverly…).
A first visit to Walt Disney World is special enough, but there are also a number of other “firsts” your child (or even you!) can experience to make even more magical memories.
(Tip: On a first visit, be sure to get a free “1st Visit!” Disney pin to wear. You can pick one up from Guest Services, the front desk of Disney hotels, and often from the check-out counters of Disney stores in the parks or Disney Springs.)
Uniquely Disney “Firsts”:
- Disney Park – Tater’s first park (and the first park that many visit) was the Magic Kingdom. Nothing says “Welcome to Disney” like walking down Main Street and getting your first glimpse of the Cinderella Castle.
- Disney Ride – We chose Dumbo as Tater’s first ride, as it was one of my favorites as a child. Sure enough, he’s been on it half a dozen times now, and it remains a must-do any time we visit the Magic Kingdom.