Pregnancy changes a lot of things, including your Disney vacations. Although you can still have a great time at Walt Disney World while you are pregnant, you do need to keep in mind that your body may not be up to everything the park has to offer, so it’s a good idea to slow down every once in a while to give you (and baby!) a little break.
Here’s a breakdown of tips to help you enjoy Walt Disney World at any stage of your pregnancy:
The First Trimester
During the first trimester of your pregnancy, your baby bump isn’t showing yet and you probably don’t feel too weighed down. However, you’re body is still going through major changes are you’re likely to feel more fatigued than you usually would. You may also suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration sooner because you need more water now that you’re drinking for two.
It’s a good idea to take frequent breaks in air conditioned areas, including quick service restaurants and passive indoor rides like EPCOT’s The Land or Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Great Movie Ride. Just be careful not to end up standing in a hot, crowded line for too long to get onto one of these passive, relaxing rides – that can take as much of a toll as walking around in the hot sun! Disney does provide a list of attractions that they recommend pregnant women do not ride, no matter how far along the pregnancy is, so consult the list below to stay on the safe side.
The Second Trimester
Your belly bump is starting to show and your fatigue and morning sickness are probably on their way out. For many people, this is the best time to enjoy a Disney vacation during their pregnancy! Although you’re restricted from certain rides (see the list below), there’s still plenty that you can do! Indoor rides, Circlevision movies, world-class restaurants, and tons of shopping offer plenty of diversion in the park.
The only problem you might run into is a constant need to run to the bathroom…an unfortunately side effect of the second trimester as the baby grows and compresses your bladder. Walt Disney World has a number of large restrooms available in multiple areas of the park and although there may be lines, these restrooms are big enough to ensure a short wait. (If you’re desperate, go ahead and play the belly card. You might jump to the front of the line!) To avoid an emergency when you’re standing in line for an attraction, be sure to remind yourself to use the facilities often, especially when you’re leaving your resort or eating at one of the restaurants, since those bathrooms never have a wait.
The Third Trimester
It won’t be too long until your baby is here, so this could be your last child-free Disney vacation for a while! That being said, it’s not a good idea to run yourself ragged at this point in your pregnancy, especially when there are so many options that will keep you relaxed and happy on your Disney vacation.
During your third trimester, walking the huge parks is a lot to ask of your tired feet (and ankles…and back…), so consider spending more time at your resort. Upgrading to a nice resort is often less than the cost of a day’s park ticket and there’s plenty to keep you occupied, including spa services, swimming pools, dinner shows, sit-down restaurants, and shopping. You can also take a resort bus to the Downtown Disney area, which features a large movie theater, tons of shops, and Cirque du Soleil.
Note: at this point in your pregnancy, your chances of suddenly going into labor have gone way up. If this happens to you while you’re on Disney property, don’t panic. World-class healthcare is never far away at Walt Disney World. Calmly inform the nearest Cast Member that you’ve gone into labor and you need assistance. You’ll be quickly taken to the nearest hospital (in Celebration, Florida) to ensure that everything is ok.
The Do-Not-Ride List
For safety reasons, Disney advises women who are expecting to avoid the following rides:
- Magic Kingdom – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
- Epcot – Mission:SPACE, Test Track
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Tours, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Animal Kingdom – DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari, Primeval Whirl