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Exploring Disney with a Baby on the Way!

Babymoons, girls' trips, or just a pre-baby vacation–whatever it may be, a trip to Disney while pregnant takes some planning and lots of packing. As someone who loves a good Disney trip, I found myself needing a mom-daughter trip while my husband was away for six months of training during my pregnancy. What better place than the Happiest Place on Earth for a pre-baby vacay? Here are all my tips and tricks for a perfect pregnancy Disney Vacation! 


Pre-Trip Packing


baby outfit from Disney Springs

Packing all depends on the time of year you’re going to Walt Disney World. Regardless, you’ll need those stretchy, comfy pants/shorts! My trip was in April, and it was HOT in Florida, so biker shorts were a must, along with many baggy, stretchy t-shirts. Your outfits may vary, but comfort is key! Shoes are also crucial. Depending on any swelling, you’ll want to consider what works best for you. I lived in comfy sandals or sneakers. To prepare for the heat, you’ll want a fan, cool-down towel, a LARGE water bottle, and plenty of snacks! 


Florida’s heat can cause swelling, so try on your clothes pre-vacation to ensure you have options that are slightly baggier. Don’t forget to grab a larger suitcase to fit all those baby clothes you’ll be bringing home! 


Park Bag Essentials 


Your park bag is important–you’ll want all your must-haves with you in the park. Every pregnancy is different, but some must essentials from my park bag are: 


  • Snacks & Drinks! 

  • A LARGE insulated water bottle

  • Mints/Gum for nausea

  • Snacks (crackers, Goldfish, gummies, Etc.)

  • Planning for Heat and Sun

    • Sunscreen

    • Hydrating Spray

    • Fan (electronic or paper, or BOTH)

    • Cooling rag

    • Sunnies!

  • Keeping Fresh

    • Deodorant

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Anti-perspirant 


Plus, don’t forget your accessories! Is it really a Disney trip if you don’t wear your Minnie Ears?!


What to Look Forward To


I am a BIG ride enthusiast, and so is my mom, so I was slightly bummed to find out there were rides I couldn’t go on. However, there are still plenty of rides you can enjoy while pregnant. 


Key Tip: The Disney World App has ride descriptions, and you’ll be able to see cautions for riding while pregnant if a ride has them. Make sure to look at the shows and attractions’ cautions and signage too–some are not suitable for expecting mommas! 

Ride Warning - WDW

Important! Ride cautions are for most healthy pregnancies. It’s best to consult with your physician before your trip to know what is safest for you and your baby.


Magic Kingdom:

Pregnant on PeopleMover

Magic Kingdom offers many rides and attractions that

are suitable for expecting mothers, plus a great selection of baby shopping! 


Some of my favorites in Magic Kingdom: 


  • PeopleMover: Rest and give your feet a break. 

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: Laughter and air conditioning. 

  • Haunted Mansion: A slow-paced, cool ride.




Rides and Attractions: 


  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

  • Astro Orbiter

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle

  • Mickey’s Philharmagic 3D Movie

  • Mad Tea Party

  • Peter Pan’s Flight

  • It’s a Small World

  • Haunted Mansion

  • Liberty Square Riverboat

  • Hall of Presidents

  • Country Bear Jamboree

  • Tom Sawyer’s Island

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Jungle Cruise

  • Enchanted Tiki Room

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

  • Swiss Family Treehouse

  • Walt Disney World Railroad


Entertainment:

  • Character meet-and-greets

  • Shows & Live Entertainment

  • Parades

  • Flag Retreat 

  • Fireworks - show depending on what the park is putting on at that time

    • Current show: Happily Ever After


Rides to Avoid:

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • The Barnstormer

  • Space Mountain

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 

  • TRON Lightcycle/Run


EPCOT:


EPCOT is full of adventure and immersive cultural experiences with many attractions for expecting mothers. If you’re not looking for boat rides, the World Showcase has fantastic live entertainment and plenty of mocktails. 


Some of my favorites in EPCOT: 


  • Frozen Ever After: Who doesn’t love Elsa, Anna, and Olaf!?

  • Journey into Imagination with Figment: Fun, exciting and expect some baby kicks.

  • Living with the Land: Scenery and time off the feet!


Rides and Attractions: 


  • Soarin’ 

  • Frozen Ever After

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

  • Journey into Imagination with Figment

  • Living with the Land

  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends - followed by an aquarium

  • Spaceship Earth - an 18-minute footrest with air conditioning!

  • Turtle Talk with Crush

  • Advanced Training Lab area of Mission Space


Entertainment:

  • Impressions de France - Movie with Seats!

  • O Canada! - Standing Movie

  • Reflections of China - Standing Movie

  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival - Films with Seats

  • Character meet-and-greets

  • Harmonious Nighttime Spectacular - Fireworks!


Rides to Avoid: 


  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

  • Test Track

  • Mission Space


Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood Studios offers tons of entertainment and a few rides suitable for expecting mothers. 


Rides and Attractions:


  • Alien Swirling Saucers: Avoid if experiencing morning sickness.

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad

  • Toy Story Midway Mania

Hollywood Studios Snacks

Entertainment:


  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

  • Disney Jr. Play and Dance!

  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration

  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

  • First Order Searches for the Resistance

  • Green Army Drum Corps

  • Muppet Vision 3D

  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

  • Walt Disney Presents - Gallery Exhibit

  • Fantasmic!

  • Character Meet-and-Greets

  • Wonderful World of Animation - Fireworks/Nighttime Entertainment 


Rides to Avoid: 


  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

  • Slinky Dog Dash

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror


Animal Kingdom: 

Pregnant women in Disney's Animal Kingdom



Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite parks for its animals and attractions suitable for expecting mothers. 


Some of my favorites in Animal Kingdom: 


  • Kilimanjaro Safari: With physician approval, prior to the trip.

  • Na’Vi River Journey in Pandora - World of Avatar: Air conditioning + rest, what a good mix! 






Rides and Attractions: 


  • Festival of the Lion King

  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure

  • Train Ride to the Conservation Station

  • Wildlife Express Train

  • TriceraTop Spin – if you experience any morning sickness or nausea I would hold off until your next Disney adventure with your newborn/toddler!


Entertainment: 


  • Affection Section

  • Disney Animals

  • Conservation Station

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station 

  • Wilderness Explorers

  • The Boneyard

  • Discovery Island Trails

  • Maharajah Jungle Trek

  • Finding Nemo the Musical

  • Rivers of Light Nighttime - Show

  • Fossil Fun Games

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!


Rides to Avoid: 


  • Avatar Flight of Passage

  • Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

  • DINOSAUR

  • Kali River Rapids

  • Kilimanjaro Safari


Ride Tips


For rides with lap bars, if you’re early in your pregnancy or wearing baggier clothes, Cast Members may not realize you are expecting. If the lap bar is too tight, alter the Cast Member. They are happy to reset the bar, so you are both safe and comfortable. I recommend putting your hands in front of your stomach to stop the bar for a comfortable fit. 


Snacks & Mocktails


The smell of popcorn and sight of Mickey Ice Cream Bars can be irresistible. I recommend grabbing a popcorn bucket on day one to meet cravings and save money. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This means frequent bathroom trips, but Disney has ample bathrooms. One day I visited the bathroom 17 times, just in the park! 


Mocktails are a great way to enjoy a special drink. My favorite request was, “Could you make me something sweet that resembles a cocktail but without alcohol? I’m expecting!” The bartenders were fantastic at creating mocktails, and some menus even had them listed. 



Relax, Enjoy, and Treat Yourself!


Mom to be spa - Grand Floridian


Don’t forget to rest! Your body is doing wonderful things, and it’s important to relax. I highly recommend the Expectant Mother massage offered at Senses Spa–locations in the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs. It’s a perfect way to end your trip with some relaxation focused on your needs as an expectant mother. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment for the full experience. 


Enjoy your trip as an expectant mother–it only gets better when your little one arrives! 



Allison Hass - Travel Advisor

 

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