How to Have Fun While Pregnant in Walt Disney World
If you don’t live near Walt Disney World, you may have noticed that most Walt Disney World trips are usually planned way out in advance. For My husband and I’s honeymoon, we start planning and booking our hotel stay at 18 months prior and reserving a spot at restaurants at 180 days. With everything planned so far out in advance, what happens when you are expecting?
That was the question I had to ask myself just a mere two weeks before our honeymoon. What has become such a talked about story amongst my family and friends, I found out I was pregnant two days after our wedding. Not only was I just pregnant, I was 6 months pregnant and I had no idea. I’m going to let you sink that in for a couple minutes…
I won’t be going into every detail about this story, that is for another time, but what I will go into is what the first thing I asked my doctor that made her laugh really hard. After, of course, all the necessary questions that were obviously going through my mind. *
“Will I still be able to go on my honeymoon to Walt Disney World?”
*I made sure that myself and the baby were healthy and that everything was okay first. I had 3-4 doctor visits before leaving for our vacation and had the go ahead. Even though we were still in shock, and kind of frightened over the fact we were going to be parents really quick, we made sure to do all the necessary check-ups and tests and turned our honeymoon into a babymoon.
Being pregnant and going to Walt Disney World wasn’t the most idealistic way to go. At first, I felt like I wasn’t going to enjoy myself. What could I ride? What could I do?
So, through my surprise discovery trip, I will help that mamas-to-be that are going to Disney pregnant is just as much fun and not at all surprising.
Disclaimer: I can’t stress enough always consult your physician on anything that you may be concerned with and what’s okay for you. Things such as what you can and cannot eat, or even what rides you able to go on. I am not a doctor, and won’t be giving you advice on what you can, cannot do, instead I will only give you what I was allowed to do through my own experiences. The tips I am sharing are ideas that will help you enjoy your vacation and not any kind of medical advice.
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Your Trip Will Be Different
Things will be changed with your whole trip, once you find out that you are pregnant. Sometimes it depends on how far along you are, and sometimes it will be what you can tolerate or your restrictions. Just know if you planned your trip before you knew you were pregnant, be prepared to change how you do your vacation.
A List of Rides You Can Go On
Now going to Walt Disney World isn’t necessarily just about the rides, but sometimes it is. You just dream about the smell of Space Mountain, or you have forgotten what it’s like to ride Splash Mountain. For me, I was looking forward to riding everything. It was going to be my first time in Walt Disney World, so I was going to compare the Magic Kingdom rides to Disneyland. Along with exploring all the many other rides that Disneyland didn’t have.
Being pregnant you do have restrictions, but don’t let that restrict your vacation. I did a lot of research on what I could and couldn’t ride, but I could have just saved my time and just looked at the park guides. Right on the park guides are little icons next to attractions that expectant mothers should steer clear of.
Map Tip: To obtain a physical map while on the property, they are either in the entrance of the park you are going to or if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, they will have all the park maps available to you.
On the Walt Disney World app and website, they both have filters where you can apply to the map, an “expectant mother’s advisory” factor, which will also immediately show what rides to avoid.
Quick and easy list for you to remember, you will most likely be able to ride the dark rides or clam-shell rides. If there isn’t a bar on your belly, you are ready to ride.
Top favorites for each park:
Magic Kingdom: Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise
Epcot: Finding Nemo, Frozen, Soarin*
Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari*, Na vi River Journey, It’s Tough to Be a Bug
Hollywood Studios: The Great Movie Ride**, Toy Story Mania, Muppet Vision 3D
*Double check with your physician about these rides, or any rides you are concerned about.
**The Great Movie Ride will be closing down on August 13, 2017
Discover the Parks in a Whole New Way
The best thing about Walt Disney World, there is no running out of options of what to do there. Most families believe that going to Disney parks are all about the rides and/or the shows. There are so many other things to do and see if you must take it easy because of a pregnancy.
When is the last time you met any of the characters scattered around the parks? Don’t think that this is just for kids to enjoy. Meeting any of the characters is just one of the many joys you will receive when visiting a Disney park because you get to interact with your favorites!
When I was a little kid, I always avoided the characters. The big heads scared me, and honestly, I was much too nervous to meet my favorite people in the whole wide world. That is too much anxiety for a little kid to handle. So, most of the time I was mute when asking for an autograph or avoided them all together. The older I got, I just kept believing it was just for little kids and I have missed my shot. Let me tell you, you are never too old to give Mickey a great big hug! Or even to meet your favorite Disney princess and ask if she’s got an extra dinglehopper.
It’s part of the magic of the parks and something that will stick with you through your entire trip.
I have to say a big thank you to Snow White for being the sweetest princess there, which inspired me to try to meet all the princesses!
Helpful Hint: Most of the character designated lines are air conditioned in the Magic Kingdom. Fairy Princess Hall, Ariel’s Grotto, and Town Square Theater are three of the areas that inside for Meet and Greets. Most of the Epcot meet and greets will be held outside. So, plan accordingly.
Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom
This was a fun little surprise that I stumbled upon when wandering Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. All these little kids of all ages were holding these fun Disney cards that reminded me of Magic the Gathering. I just thought they were trading cards at first, until I turned the corner in Fantasyland and saw a magic mirror appear in a window, and kids were showing these cards to the mirror.
Sorcerers of Magic is an interactive card game that takes place throughout the Magic Kingdom. You are given these special cards that have various characters on them with various powers on them. Your goal is to stop the villains of the Disney universe with the aid of these cards.
To learn all about this game you must start at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. The cast members will happily explain the game, give you a map, a key card, and the quest to defeat these villains. The best part, this game is already paid for with the price of your admission. You can really spend the whole day doing this game.
Wilderness Explorers- Animal Kingdom
If you love the Pixar movie Up, you will love this little side quest available at the Animal Kingdom. To get the directions and your field guide, there will be Wilderness Explorer headquarters on the bridge separating the Oasis and Discovery Island. From there, you must follow the challenges given to you, complete them, and earn your badge. Once you get all your badges, you will be a full fledge Wilderness Explorer just like Russel.
On the outside, it may feel like it is just for kids because you are comparing it to the movie and how old Russell is. You are never too old to learn, and with the idea behind the Animal Kingdom of animal conservation, you will continue to learn even after you are done. And for a pregnant who couldn’t ride that many rides, this was a perfect little quest to take and enjoy the park. No time limits! Free!
More details here
There are two other in park “games” available in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot that I noticed, but didn’t get a chance to participate in. I will leave the links for you to discover for yourself.
Pirates Adventure – Magic Kingdom/Adventure Land
Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – Epcot/World Showcase:
This is by far the most fun and participated scavenger hunt in all the Disney parks around the world. Did you know when the Walt Disney Imagineers built the parks, they have placed hidden Mickey Mouse symbols throughout the parks? They can be in paintings, in attractions, landscape, and even the resorts. It’s always a fun game for all ages to find hidden Mickeys while waiting in line. How many can you find? Where is the strangest place did you find one?
If you want a little help, I highly recommend the following book:
Not only does it help you find hidden Mickeys, it will also give you secrets about all areas of the Walt Disney World Resort. It’s my favorite present to give my friends and family when they plan a trip to a Disney park.
Revealing at Disney
Now that you know that you can definitely have fun in Walt Disney World while you’re pregnant, why don’t use the park to your advantage? You are in the happiest place on Earth, and at the King of theming and beautiful imagery, take this opportunity to capture some great pictures for announcements.
This is a relatively new concept for revealing your bundle of joy’s gender. One of the most popular methods for the reveal is saying it with colored balloons. Why not with the iconic Mickey balloons?
This reveal is what my husband and I decided on. AS you remember from my story, in the beginning, we found out I was pregnant at six months. Within one day, I was told I was pregnant, my due date, and the sex of my baby. So, I kind of skipped some steps and I couldn’t do any kind of reveal. When I saw a tiny infant Mickey Mouse ears while Pinteresting, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I got the name we picked for our little boy stitched into a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and combined with PhotoPass I had an instant reveal photo to share with all my friends and family. And it was so magical.
If you are showing more than I was when going to Walt Disney World, you might want to use that time to do maternity pictures. Maternity pictures are for those moms that want to remember how beautiful they look and feel when caring their child/children. Any spot in the Walt Disney World Resort will have a great back drop for these photos.
Photo Tip: Do no use PhotoPass for this, just for the sake of you, your photos and the PhotoPass cast members. PhotoPass is essentially used for souvenirs and small announcements in front of iconic Walt Disney centerpieces. It isn’t, however, used for something as special as maternity pictures. I suggest hiring a photographer who knows their craft and knows what you are looking for. You will be happier in the long run.
Hopefully, I have changed at least one mom-to-be’s mind about going to Walt Disney World while sporting a baby bump. Walt Disney is definitely a place for the young and young at heart, and anyone who stills wants to find the magic. Sooner or later you will return and share that Disney love to the new love of your life.
Remember the magic isn’t as far as you think.
Let us know in the comments of what tip that you enjoyed and if you plan on using any of them.
If you have done any of these ideas, especially one of the photo ones, share them with us!