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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 ‘Most Magical Place on Earth’. Surviving Disney World While Pregnant is easy as long as you prepare accordingly.
Disney World while Pregnant First Trimester
I found out I was pregnant with my first child a few days before a big Disney trip for my friend’s bachelorette party weekend. Unlike the second and third trimesters where you have a visible baby bump, the first trimester can be a little different when tackling a major theme park. I would strongly recommend avoiding all major coasters when visiting during first trimester. Better safe than sorry. This includes Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Test Track, Mission Space, Everest, Rockin’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. While that may sound like a lot, there are still PLENTY of attractions and shows to enjoy.
What about Kilimanjaro Safari pregnant?
Two rides that do “suggest pregnant guests don’t ride” that I think are actually pretty safe for first trimester are Flights of Passage and Kilimanjaro Safari, both at Animal Kingdom. Flights of Passage is not intense in terms of the ride itself, but it is really fun. The harness system presses against your lower back and calves while you sit similar to riding a motorcycle. This would not be good for pregnant women in the second and third trimester, but in those first 13 weeks, when you don’t really have a bump, you can sit comfortably on this ride without your belly touching the attraction.
It is also warned not to do Kilimanjaro Safari pregnant, however, this is basically a bumpy truck ride. I rode this until about 25 weeks pregnant without issue. Of course, you should ALWAYS consult your personal doctor and use your best judgement when deciding what is best for you.
Extra Things to Consider at Disney World while Pregnant First Trimester
If visiting Disney World while pregnant first trimester, you’ll want to ensure you bring something along for any nausea. What really helped me was sucking on peppermint candies, eating ice and these Prego Pops. Due to the early release of the hormone Relaxin during the first trimester, it can also be more trying to walk around a theme park all day. I remember having lots of hip and knee pain (usually I do not have either) when at Disney World while pregnant first trimester. So just be sure to build in extra breaks and wear good shoes!
Disney World Pregnant Second & Third Trimester
Navigating Disney World while pregnant 13+ weeks can be a bit more difficult. While you’ve passed the nausea (hopefully) and have a bit more energy, you’ll have a visible belly and can still get fatigued along with round ligament pains and swelling feet as you enter the third trimester. Here are some tips for mamas traveling to Disney World Pregnant past the first trimester.
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.
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.
What to Wear to Disney When Pregnant
If you’re wondering what to wear to Disney when pregnant, this answer is going to vary based on when you’re visiting. If your trip is in November thru March, prepare for cooler nights and beautiful days. Layers will be essential. During the hotter months, I recommend comfy maternity shorts and tank tops. Breathable or moisture wicking fabrics are perfect for Disney World. Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you can’t look cute. I did several fun ‘Disneybound’ outfits while visiting Disney when pregnant.
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.
What to do in Disney World Pregnant
While pregnant, you can ride almost anything without a height requirement. This rules out the bigger coasters and thrill rides as mentioned above. 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. There are also lots of shows to see at each park, check out my full list of what to do in Disney World pregnant below.
Things to do at Magic Kingdom while Pregnant
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree*
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Enchanted Tales with Belle*
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world’
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic*
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- A Pirate’s Adventure (interactive pirate treasure hunt around Adventureland)
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room*
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (game)
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- Meet Mickey & Minnie, Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Elena, Rapunzel, Tiana, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh & Tiger, Peter Pan and more!
Things to do at Epcot while Pregnant
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Living with the Land
- O Canada*
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush*
- Spaceship Earth
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Meet Anna, Elsa, Donald, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Alice, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Baymax, Joy & Sadness, and more!
- Enjoy seasonal festivals with speciality menu items, art and attractions throughout the year.
What to do at Hollywood Studios when Pregnant
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Mania!
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy*
- Muppet*Vision 3D*
- Star Wars Launch Bay (meet Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and BB8)
- Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage*
- The Incredibles at Pixar Place (dance party and character meet and greets)
- Disney Junior Dance Party*
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration*
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple*
- March of the First Order*
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid*
- Meet Mickey & Minnie, Monsters Inc Mike & Sully, plus characters from Star Wars, Disney Junior, Toy Story and more!
What to do at Animal Kingdom while Pregnant
- Festival of the Lion King*
- Finding Nemo – The Musical*
- Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party*
- Rivers of Light*
- Tree of Life Awakenings*
- UP! A Great Bird Adventure*
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!*
- Kilimanjaro Safaris (Disney does NOT recommend this, but read my note above and make your own decision)
- Na’Vi River Journey
- LOTS of animal trails to walk and plenty of fun characters including Mickey & Minnie, Pocahontas, Russell and Dug, characters from A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and more!