Is your newest bundle of joy still baking in the oven and you’ve got a Walt Disney World Trip already booked, planned, and paid for? No need to worry at all! Walt Disney had us all covered with his original vision of having somewhere families could enjoy together. So, keep reading to find out all the can dos and can’t dos for your visit to Walt Disney World while pregnant.
First, let’s be clear! We here at Disney Minority Report are in no way doctors, nurses, or any other type of medical professional. We strongly advise you to go see your doctor before heading to Walt Disney World or on any other vacation. Only they and you know if your body and your little one can handle the travel and physical exertion entailed in any vacation, not just a Disney one.
To Ride and Not to Ride
If you’re a mom to be heading to Walt Disney World, don’t panic! There are many, Many, MANY things in Walt Disney World you can still do! In fact, there are more things you can do than can’t! As we mentioned earlier, Walt Disney envisioned a place where parents and children could enjoy attractions alongside one another. That being said, most kid-friendly rides with height requirements are going to be safe for most expectant mothers (again check with your doctor). Also, each ride at Walt Disney World has clear signage indicating whether the ride is suitable for expectant moms, so be sure to double check each ride before you get on. For the complete list of attractions you should avoid while pregnant click here.
If you’ve ever googled Walt Disney World packing list, you’ve seen list after list of things you should bring with you for your Disney vacation. In addition to the myriad of things you’d normally pack, don’t forget those pregnancy specific items you need throughout the day and to sleep well at night. Things like pregnancy pillows, body supports, saltine crackers for you when you wake up or ginger chews. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes and clothing too. Your favorite tea and fuzzy socks for the hotel are also great bring alongs!
Check the Weather
I experienced all seasons while pregnant with my two girlies and some were definitely more comfortable than others for me. Be sure to check the weather for the time of year you plan on heading to Florida. If you’ve experienced a Florida summer, it’s something that you’ll never forget; especially if you’re not from somewhere that has high temperatures.
On top of the heat throw in a good dose of humidity and you’ve got a good ole southern summer. Hot and sticky! You may love that type of weather, but I would definitely recommend visiting Walt Disney World during months with milder temperatures and lower humidity while pregnant if you can help it at all. If you’re trip is planned for the summer please be sure to stay hydrated!
If you’ve never been to Walt Disney World before, let me tell you…. IT’S HUGE!!!! By the end of a Walt Disney World park day we’ve always walked numerous miles according to our fitbit. Scurrying from ride to ride can really add up. We always plan a midday break on our park days. We hit the parks early and party hard all the way until lunch time. Then, we grab some lunch and head back to our comfy room and nap or hangout and watch some tv. After getting some rest, we head back to the parks when the crowds have died down and the weather is cooler.
Maybe this schedule will work for you too! Whatever your touring style may be, be sure to add in some rest. Even taking a seat on a bench for a few minutes with a bite to eat or enjoying an inside sit-down attraction can really help.
My Disney Experience App
If you haven’t downloaded the My Disney Experience App yet, this a must do before you leave for your Walt Disney World vacation especially if you’re expecting. This amazing app is really like your own personal assistant coming right with you on your vacation. You can check your Fastpass+ schedule for the day and book new ones, find out where the nearest restrooms and first aid centers are, or see current wait times for all the rides and attractions! It truly will make life sooooo much easier for you so don’t forget to downloaded it ASAP!
Sometimes I’ve looked up and have been having such an awesome time at Walt Disney World I’ve complete lost track of the last time I ate something. The one thing that made me nauseous while pregnant was not eating on schedule. While this hopefully isn’t the case for you, it’s still really important to make sure you’re eating not only enough food but the right foods while enjoying your vacation.
While it’s absolutely possible to subsist on popcorn, dole whips and Mickey pretzels while touring the parks, it’s probably not the best plan even if you aren’t expecting. Luckily, Walt Disney World has sooooo many different cuisines at every price point that are both delicious and nutritious for you and baby. (Absolutely fit in a few of those tasty treats too!)
Go to the Spa
What mommy-to-be doesn’t deserve a day at the spa? Walt Disney World has got you covered with an Expectant Mother Massage at Sense Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort. If you are at least 13 weeks along you can enjoy a special massage incorporating prenatal techniques that nurture and increase circulation while ensuring the safety of mommy and your sweet baby too. (Click here for more details on this soothing treat!!!)
Don’t Push too Hard
Trust me, I get it! Walt Disney World is awesome and you want to experience everything they have to offer; all the rides, the food, and the fun! And the great news is that of all the theme parks out there Walt Disney World is probably the one that offers the most to expectant mothers.
Because of the ginormous amount of activities at Walt Disney World there’s more fun to be had than you possibly can fit into one trip. So even if you weren’t expecting you couldn’t do everything in just this trip. But by doing a little research and legwork ahead of time, you can plan the perfect trip for someone who’s expecting. No need to wait to until you get there and walk up all excited to ride a ride only to find out you can’t. Plan your trip around the things you can do, the food you can’t wait to eat, and the rest and relaxation you’ll can’t wait to enjoy!
Remember you won’t be pregnant forever and Walt Disney World isn’t going anywhere! You can absolutely still have a great trip while expecting and also come back time and time again in the years to come!
Are you expecting and heading down to Walt Disney World? Have you taken a Disney trip while pregnant? We’d love to hear your tips below too!
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