Ah, Walt Disney World – the happiest place on Earth and one of the joys of living so close to Orlando. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve visited the Disney parks over the years. But is visiting Disney worth it when you’re pregnant? When I decided to meet my BFF at Disney for a fun and much needed girls weekend during the second trimester of my pregnancy, I did some research to make sure I wasn’t wasting my money. Come to find out, there really isn’t a whole lot a preggo can’t do at Walt Disney World. (So much so, my friend who is a passholder has continued to visit may times during her pregnancy.) Here are some tips for getting the most out of Disney during your pregnancy.
Know that you won’t be able to ride everything.
There are a handful of rides that you’ll have to skip out on while pregnant. Luckily Disney provides a list of rides expectant mothers should avoid so you can plan accordingly. As you can see, other than the obvious roller coaster type thrill rides, there aren’t many you’ll miss out on. I have to admit I was bummed to skip the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train since I haven’t ridden it yet but otherwise, I don’t feel like I missed out on much.
Get FastPasses+ for your favorite attractions.
In order to skip long lines, make FastPasses+ for the attractions you know you want to see. You are able to make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days before your visit. This sounds crazy but rides like Frozen Ever After at Epcot can have wait times hours long (Shelley and I waited over two hours to ride) and sell out of FastPasses+ weeks in advance. Even at 16 weeks pregnant, I was worn out after standing on hard concrete for two hours and had the cankles to prove it. (The wait offered plenty of time for girl talk though!) The easiest way to reserve FastPasses+ is through the Disney app using your Magic Band. Disney offers all the FastPass+ information on their website.
Pack some snacks and water.
You are allowed to bring outside food and beverages into the park so long as they are not in glass containers. This is new knowledge to me. I was 16 weeks pregnant during our visit and only brought a water bottle because I did not know the outside food policy. Water bottles can be refilled at numerous places throughout the parks including fountains and water stands set up outside of restaurants. You’ll want to bring foods that are easily portable and don’t require refrigeration or heating like crackers, trail mix, dried or whole fruits (like citrus or apples), cheese, etc. Not only does this offer reassurance that you’ll have foods you enjoy or are craving but it will also save money on having to buy snacks at the parks. There are also places at each park to buy all-natural foods so you’re not limited to junk food.
I feel like this goes without saying when you plan a trip to Disney but it’s especially true when you’re pregnant. You’ll be moving and standing a lot so be sure wear clothing that is comfortable. Although Florida is warm majority of the year, be sure to check the weather before your trip so you don’t have any wardrobe surprises. During my visit, I wore sneakers and comfortable clothing.
Rest when you need to.
Sure, most of the rides will provide you with a few minutes of sitting in A/C but if you start to feel fatigued, get some rest. Some of my favorite ways to enjoy Disney attractions but also getting a little bit of rest is to visit attractions like the Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, or Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom, The Circle of Life at Epcot, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios, or It’s Tough To Be A Bug at Animal Kingdom. If you’re staying on Disney property, you have the luxury of riding shuttles to the parks. This means you can get an early start, go back to the hotel for a break, and had back to the park for a fun evening. Just be sure to check park hours for your visit.
Even though Emmeline has technically been to Disney already (in utero), I can’t wait until she’s big enough for her first trip. Pro tip: kids under 3 get in free to all of the Disney parks! If you’re looking for tips on taking your little ones to Disney, check out Magic Kingdom Mamas. (Their Instagram is so fun to follow, too!) And you can bet our share our visit here when the time comes.