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.
Here is a list of attractions Walt Disney World says expectant mothers should not ride.
Additionally, here are a few more things to be aware of on rides you can go on. The Astro Orbiters require you to climb up and into the rockets, so you may want to avoid those depending on how far along you are.
Boat rides can back up, and the boats can bump into each other, so pay attention and brace yourself (the Gran Fiesta Tour is the worst with this). Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen Forever After also have small but fast drops, so hold on. Finally, if you are feeling dizzy or nauseous, you may want to skip the Mad Tea Party.
Take a break
Walt Disney World requires a lot of walking, so make sure you take breaks when you need to, whether it’s sitting on a bench people watching or returning to your hotel to rest. However, my favorite way to rest my feet without missing out on the magic is to watch one of the indoor shows.
Here is a list of Walt Disney World indoor shows.
On our last trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the rest of my family got FastPasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris while I got a FastPass for Festival of the Lion King. It was a nice air-conditioned break for me, and the timing worked out perfectly.
There are also some longer attractions at the parks that are nice for a break, including the PeopleMover and Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom, and if the weather is pleasant, the World Showcase at Epcot has a variety of performers throughout the day.
If you already have kids, a great place for them to get their energy out while you put your feet up is the dig section of the Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are ledges to sit on built into the rocks around this jumbo “sand box,” and the whole area is covered and has fans.
Whether you are feeling nauseous in your first trimester or starving in your third, there is no shortage of tasty treats at Walt Disney World.
Have a pregnancy craving? Here are a few ideas:
- Salty – Mickey pretzel (also great if you aren’t feeling great) or popcorn. If you are on a longer trip, consider purchasing a refillable popcorn bucket. After the initial $10 purchase, refills are only $1.50-$1.75 for your length of stay.
- Sweet – Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle or a Mickey ice cream bar from any of the ice cream carts.
- Spicy – While I love the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow, it’s hard to find anything truly spicy at Walt Disney World. But I found it – the Perkins Thai Noodles at Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom! The dish is chicken, tofu, veggies and (mostly) rice noodles tossed in a spicy soy-chili-garlic sauce, and I must have had five or six glasses of water – which isn’t a bad thing when you need to stay hydrated.
- Pickles and ice cream – While I don’t know where you can get this as a combo, you can get pickles in the Magic Kingdom at Prince Eric’s Village Market in Fantasyland and the Liberty Square Market, and there are a number of places to find ice cream. My recommendation? A No Way Jose sundae from Beaches & Cream.
Table service restaurants are also a great way to take a break. Just make sure you have an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR)! I liked arriving in the parks at rope drop, having late morning/early afternoon FastPasses, and enjoying an early afternoon table service lunch. I was ready for a break by then, and our afternoons were kept flexible.
If you are really hungry (eating for two and all that), Walt Disney World has a number of all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet and family style restaurants (Bonus: Kids under three eat free at these places!). My favorite buffet? Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House.
Make sure you go
To the restroom that is! Follow the advice you would give a newly potty trained toddler – make sure you use the restroom before getting in a longer line or going on a longer ride. Actually, make that any ride, because you never know what will happen. During this pregnancy, we got evacuated off of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and a five minute ride became a 35 minute experience.
Make sure you have the My Disney Experience app on your smart phone. You can look up where restrooms are located, and it will even give you directions from your location in the park.
While this applies to everyone, it’s especially important if you are pregnant. There’s several ways to do this, including bringing or buying bottled water or using a Brita filtering water bottle at water fountains, but you can also get free ice water at counter service restaurants. We always ask for a cup for everyone when we’re getting a meal, but even if you don’t make a purchase, you can just go to the pick up counter and ask. When it’s hot out, they will even have trays of water ready to go.
Start making memories
Even though your little one has no clue what’s going on, they are still part of your trip. Take some great character photos to share when they are older; get a free celebration button from any Disney shop or hotel front desk; or buy them that perfect Mickey onesie for when they finally arrive.
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