If you’re visiting Disney World while pregnant, we’re sharing some of our top tips for helping make the process as comfortable as possible!
Are you planning a trip to Disney World and expecting? Your trip might not look like it did before! Vacationing at Disney World while pregnant is totally doable, but there are some things you’ll want to prepare for in advance. Of course, you’ll need to first consult with your doctor to be sure that you’re cleared to travel.
Every pregnancy is different and each trimester comes with its own set of demands. But, that shouldn’t deter you from enjoying a visit to the most magical place on earth with your family.
Our Top Tips for Making Your Disney World Trip Easier Whil
From knowing which rides you can (and can’t) ride, taking care of your body, and packing all the essentials, check out 10 tips that will make your trip to Disney World better when expecting!
Set Your Expectations
Regardless of how far along in your pregnancy that you are, a trip to Disney World can be physically demanding – there’s a lot of walking involved, after all! You may not be able to go on as many rides, you may need to take more breaks to rest, and that Mickey Pretzel that once sounded amazing might make you want to puke now instead.
It’s never fun to walk away from a Disney trip disappointed, so adjust your expectations in advance and go easy on yourself. You know how your pregnancy is impacting your daily life so be prepared to make adjustments to your itinerary as necessary.
Know What You Can (And Can’t) Ride
While you’ll certainly still be able to enjoy many of the attractions and rides in the theme parks, not all rides are considered safe for expecting mothers in Disney World. Generally, any ride that does not have a height requirement is safe for pregnancy. This means that you should avoid any attractions with height requirements. However, there are a few exceptions to this including Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom which advises that expectant mothers not ride.
To see if a ride is safe for you and your baby’s health, check the Safety, Accessibility, and Guest Policies which can be found on Disney’s website, on the My Disney Experience app, or at the entrance to the ride.
Take Breaks Throughout the Day
Walking around the park for hours on end can be exhausting, especially when you’re carrying a baby. Taking breaks can help you avoid overexertion and find the energy to go all day in Disney World. But, your breaks don’t have to be boring – use them to your advantage!
For an afternoon break, find a spot in the shade that has a view of the parade. Or, space out when you plan to see all of the live performances throughout the park so that you get multiple breaks in the air conditioning when you need it most. You can even plan your resting time as snack breaks and make it fun by mapping out all of the snacks you want to try in the parks.
Hydrate…and Hydrate More
Staying hydrated is crucial when you’re pregnant, and it’s especially important when you’re spending a day at Disney World. The Florida heat can be intense, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking, so you need to make sure you’re drinking enough water to keep yourself and your baby going.
Bring a refillable water bottle with you to the parks and fill it up frequently. Each Disney theme park has multiple water fountains throughout and several quick-service restaurants offer free ice water cups upon request.
Know Where the Bathrooms Are
If there’s one thing that can be hard to avoid during pregnancy it’s bathroom breaks. You’ll likely need to go more often, so knowing where the nearest restroom is will be important.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to find the restrooms in Disney World because…well…they’re everywhere! For exact locations and directions, you can find all of the restrooms marked on the park maps available at the park entrance or on the My Disney Experience app. You can also ask any Cast Member for directions to the nearest restroom. It’s a good idea to use the restroom before getting in line for a ride or show, as you may have to wait for an extended period.
Wear a Maternity Support Band
A vacation to Disney World is physically taxing and you might find that you have more have more aches and pains after walking around compared to when you’re at home. To help alleviate the strain on your back and hips, consider wearing a maternity support band. These stretchy bands wrap around your belly and lower back, providing support and helping to distribute the weight of your belly more evenly. It can also help improve your posture, which can reduce back pain. Some support bands even have adjustable straps to help you customize the fit and level of support.
Be Prepared to Adjust Your Dining Plans
Whether you’re in your first, second, or third trimester, there’s a good chance that you’re fighting off some sort of nausea on a daily basis while pregnant. And, with food aversions that seemingly pop up out of nowhere, you might find that what sounded delicious two months ago when you planned your trip now makes your stomach turn. So, be flexible!
You may need to change your dining plans and reservations at the last minute to satisfy your cravings and that’s okay! Currently, Disney allows guests to cancel and modify dining reservations up to two hours before the reservation time. This gives you the ability to change up your plans as needed.
Dress for Comfort
Now, dressing for comfort is always our number one priority when visiting Disney World, but it’s even more important when you’re expecting. Pack comfortable and supportive shoes that will withstand the test of time and miles as you make your way through all four parks.
You’ll also want to be sure to check the weather leading up to your trip to know whether you’ll need extra sweat-wicking clothes for the hot months, rain gear for any sudden thunderstorms, or a sweater for an unexpected cold front. Avoid being uncomfortable while taking on the parks pregnant is a must!
Consider Purchasing Disney Genie+
Disney Genie+ is the newest way to skip the lines at popular rides and attractions throughout all four theme parks, but…it’s not free. While the cost can vary, it’s worth considering if you’re expecting and hoping to ride the major attractions (that you can) in the parks. Standing in long lines can be hard on the body when pregnant, especially in the heat, so being able to skip the lines may be worth the cost for you and your family.
Prepare for Emergencies (Just in Case!)
While you certainly can’t plan for unexpected emergencies during your Disney trip, you can be prepared in case something does come up. Before you travel, save your doctor’s phone number in your phone and take note of the first aid locations in the parks when you arrive. Disney also offers select healthcare services in partnership with AdventHealth that can be utilized by any guest during their trip. Just note that additional charges may apply.
All in all, with a little preparation and a lot of flexibility, you can take on Walt Disney World while expecting! Of course, be sure to listen to your body throughout your trip and don’t forget to take lots of pictures to share with your little one once they arrive.