If you have a Disney World trip coming up and you are pregnant, or are wondering about how you might navigate Disney World while expecting then this post is for you! Recently, Meghan traveled to Disney World during each trimester of her pregnancy, and has tons of advice to share from her experiences.
Here are our top 10 things to remember when visiting Disney World while pregnant:
1. Be on the lookout for pregnancy warning signs for rides and save our lists below for each theme park. Remember just because a ride is safe does not mean you have to ride it! For instance, the teacups at Magic Kingdom are technically safe, but could absolutely exacerbate morning sickness. Pay attention to your body and if your gut is telling you no, then listen. Utilize rider switch, so your partner or other adult in your party can take your other children on the rides you sit out on.
2. Remember to factor in breaks and do not be afraid to speak up when you need something. Not only are Disney cast members amazingly helpful (one offered Meghan ice for her swollen feet), but your family will want to look out for you as well, so let them.
3. Florida is HOT. Take advantage of early mornings and evening time in the parks. Make dining reservations for the middle of the day, schedule air conditioned indoor shows/experiences in between times spent outdoors, and ask for free ice water at quick service locations to stay hydrated.
4. Dress comfortably! This is so important. We recommend loose dresses, but wear whatever you are typically most comfortable in. Meghan would actually bring a second pair of shoes with her (start with sandals and then switch to her Nikes) for longer park days.
5. Schedule a Capture Your Moment photo session! Be sure to read our previous blog post all about photography sessions available at each theme park with Disney’s PhotoPass photographers. These should be booked 60 days in advance (like dining) because the appointments sell out fast. Meghan’s Capture Your Moment gender reveal at Magic Kingdom produced the most amazingly magical pictures her family will treasure forever.
6. Visit the front desk of your hotel or guest services at the theme parks for I’m Celebrating buttons! They are free, super fun to wear, and may just result in a little extra pixie dust from Disney cast members.
7. Enjoy all the Disney snacks! Don’t forget you are eating for two (or more if expecting multiples!). Allow yourself to indulge! But also in all seriousness, walking around the parks takes a lot of energy and you should definitely take many snack breaks to keep your blood sugar up and prevent dizzy spells. Listen to your body!
8. Add a rest day to your trip! We highly suggest a rest day for all family trips, but especially when you are expecting. Enjoy a day lounging at the pool and experiencing the various entertainment offerings at your Disney resort. Be sure to request a resort schedule from the front desk (stop by to pick-up even if you complete online check-in).
9. Remember you can bring in food to the parks, even ice as long as it isn’t loose. You can take advantage of the free ice at many quick service locations, and of course indulge in all the best Disney treats, but sometimes your favorite pack of crackers or go-to granola bar is the only thing that will quell a bout of morning sickness. If this is you then you should definitely plan to pack and bring your favorites.
10. Shop all our Disney World pregnancy must haves:
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Have you been to Disney World while pregnant? Or planning a visit while pregnant soon? Comment below with any thoughts and questions, we'd love to hear from you!