From the very first week I found out I was expecting, up until a few weeks before my due date, I made several trips to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. As annual passholders and Florida residents (not to mention my daughter’s favorite place), being pregnant wasn’t going to stop me from continuing our regular, monthly trips to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. Surviving Disney World While Pregnant is easy as long as you prepare accordingly.
Drink Plenty of Water
In the Florida heat it’s important to stay well hydrated, especially during the hotter months. When you’re pregnant, water is even more vital to ensuring the health of both mama and baby. Any refreshment stand or restaurant that offers fountain drinks will provide a cup of ice water free of charge. There’s nothing “magical” about tap water at Disney. In fact, if you’ve ever had Florida tap water you probably know it’s not very tasty. If you have other small children, I recommend stopping by a Baby Care Center (located at each park) and fill up a reusable water bottle (or two) with their filtered water provided as a courtesy for bottle fed babies. It’s much tastier, trust me! Or bring a soft cooler with frozen water bottles into the park. Staying hydrated is key to surviving Disney World while pregnant.
Ride with Caution
While pregnant, you can ride almost anything without a height requirement. This rules out the bigger coasters and thrill rides like Space Mountain or Seven Dwarves Mine Train. However, most rides are kid (and pregnancy) friendly. Depending on how far along you are, some rides with lap belts (Dumbo or Aladdin Magic Carpets) or rides with lap bars (Buzz Lightyear or Haunted Mansion) can still be a tight squeeze and quite uncomfortable. Ask the cast member at the front of the line to help determine what constraints are used and if it would be a comfortable ride.
Build in Breaks
A day at Disney can make even normal people tired and fatigued, so if you’re pregnant you should definitely build in break times to help ensure a pleasant trip. Strategically plan shows or schedule a dining reservation during the hottest time of the day (1-4ish). Map out air conditioned wait queues (like meeting Mickey Mouse at Town Square or Pirates of the Caribbean) to help cool off.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Prepare to walk. A LOT. The Disney parks are spread out and even walking from the parking lot to the front gate can be tiring. Wearing proper shoes will help keep your feet from wearing out too quickly. Dressing appropriately is key to surviving Disney World while pregnant. I always throw a pair of flip flops in the stroller and start the day in well supported tennis shoes. I’ll change my shoes around dinner time, sometimes sooner if my feet start to swell or if it’s rainy.