Disneyland While Pregnant: Make The Most Of Your Visit
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Going to Disneyland while pregnant can be hard on your pregnant body, but it can also be a special trip filled with once-in-a-lifetime memories.
When I was pregnant with Graci in May of 2017, my husband (then boyfriend) and I took our last pre-baby vacation to “The Happiest Place on Earth” and spent two days in the parks.
Ironically, we’d planned our trip the previous September, before we knew we would be expecting. (I didn’t find out until the next month!) I crossed over into my 32nd week of pregnancy on our second day in the parks.
It was an amazing trip, but I learned a lot of information that I hope will help other expecting mommas make the most of their trip.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Can I get on rides at Disneyland while pregnant?
WARNING: Be sure to talk to your OBGYN before going on any ride. This article is not to be considered medical advice.
The short answer to this question is a resounding, YES! There are definitely rides that you can go on at Disneyland while pregnant. Sure, you won’t be able to go on all of them, and rollercoasters may be a no-go, but there are still plenty of rides that you and your bump can go on.
Below, I’ll break down the rides that are a no-go, as well as the rides that are considered okay to enjoy.
Disneyland Expectant Mothers Advisory = Rides You Shouldn’t Go On
Disneyland’s Expectant Mothers Advisory is the warning that they use to indicate rides that they feel pregnant women should not ride.
You can check out which rides are on their list at any time by going to this page or by using the Disneyland App’s attraction filters and selecting “Expectant Mothers Advisory” under “Physical Considerations.” Here’s a screenshot from the app!
At the time of posting, here is the list of attractions that have an “Expectant Mothers Advisory”:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure Park
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Radiator Springs Racers
What Disneyland rides CAN you go on pregnant?
Rides that don’t have an “Expectant Mothers Advisory” are fair game for pregnant moms, at least in the eyes of Disneyland. (Remember to talk to your doctor about your Disney plans before you head to the parks!)
Here are some of the rides you can ride at Disneyland while pregnant:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Astro Orbitor
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
- Disneyland Monorail
- Disneyland Railroad
- Dumbo The Flying Elephant
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Haunted Mansion (a personal FAVORITE)
- “It’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party (this may not be a great one to combine with morning sickness!)
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Pirates of the Caribbean (there are drops on this ride, so you may want to consult your doctor if you are worried)
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
What rides can I ride while pregnant at California Adventure?
The same rules about the “Expectant Mother Advisory” from above apply to Disney California Adventure Park as well.
Here are some of the rides you can ride at Disney California Adventure Park while pregnant:
- Golden Zephyr
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
- Pixar Pal-A-Round
- Red Car Trolley
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
What can you do at Disneyland while pregnant?
If you decide that you’d rather take a break from the rides on your visit, there are still plenty of things that you can do in the parks. Check out our tips below.
Baby Announcement Photos
There are SO many cute way to announce that you’re expecting while on a Disney vacation. Imagine announcing your newest family member in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, or in a photo with Mickey! Oh man. The possibilities are truly endless.
Check out these super cute Disney baby announcement products from Etsy here. Any of these products would be adorable in a photo op!
Already announced your pregnancy? You can still take adorable bump photos at Disneyland. Take a cute couple photo with your bump in front of the castle, or with your favorite Disneyland treat propped up on that belly. When I was pregnant with Graci, I took this one:
Treat Yourself To All Of Your Pregnancy Cravings
Disneyland has a million different treats and snacks to try. So, why not give into your pregnancy cravings? When I was pregnant with Graci, I was super excited about the Mickey Ice Cream Bar, which I took this photo of:
If nothing else, Disneyland offers AMAZING shopping, and you’ve got a new little one to shop for! Make sure to check out all the stores in the parks and Downtown Disney for items for your new addition. Or treat yourself to something special because you deserve it, momma!
General Tips For Doing Disneyland While Pregnant
Here are some general tips for making the most of your Disney trip while pregnant:
Find Lots Of Shade
This one is sort of a no-brainer. But, whenever you have the opportunity to sit down, you should, and you should do so in the shadiest place you can find. Being pregnant at Disneyland is tough enough without having to deal with a sunburn on top of it.
Consider Shortening Your Days
My boyfriend and I opted to shorten our Disney Park days and to go back to the hotel around dinner time. While this wasn’t the most ideal thing in the world, we were both tired and since it was an adult trip, we felt like we should be able to call it a day if we wanted to! We know that this won’t always be the case when we return with little ones who’ll want to stay out as late as possible.
Wear Good Shoes
I cannot express how important wearing good shoes to Disneyland is! Just think, you’re shoes are the only thing between your body and the ground. More cushion the better! (Check out my favorites here!)
Drink Lots Of Water
It is so important to stay hydrated while you’re out in the heat! Make sure you’re chugging that water (even if it means using every single bathroom in the parks)! You can quickly and easily find the closest bathrooms in the Disneyland App by going to the map, and scrolling across to “Restrooms”. (Grab a cute Mickey Mouse water bottle from Amazon here.)
Use In-Park Transportation To Get Around
If you are lucky enough to be at Disneyland when the Monorail and the Train are working, make sure that you take advantage of these! Whether you are using these modes of transportation to get around, or just as a nice place to sit and do something for a few minutes, these are valuable tools for a momma-to-be.
The Monorail has two stops – one in Tomorrowland and one in Downtown Disney.
The Train will take you to several stops around the park – Tomorrowland, ToonTown, New Orleans Square, and Main Street.
Stay Close To The Parks
When going to Disneyland while pregnant, you will want to consider how hard it is going to be to get back and forth to your hotel. You may need to take an afternoon nap, or just make it easier on your tired body when you head back for the night. There are a ton of hotels nearby Disneyland within walking distance, and if you really want to splurge, you can stay “on property” at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels – The Grand Californian, Paradise Pier or the Disneyland Hotel.
Reduce the time you spend standing in line by using Disney’s free FASTPASS system. Check out more about how FASTPASS works here.
Consider Purchasing Disney MaxPass
The new MaxPass is amazing! You can make FASTPASS selections in the Disneyland App, and save yourself from running all over the park to get your FASTPASS selections. With your MaxPass purchase, you also get digital downloads of your PhotoPass photos – a great perk to use to get those bump photos!
Check out more about MaxPass here.
See If Attractions Offer Single Rider Lines
If only a few people want to ride a particular ride, make sure to see if that ride offers a Single Rider line. If so, the people who want to ride the attraction can get on quicker by riding individually. Find out more about Single Rider here.
Trimester Specific Tips For Disneyland While Pregnant:
Over the course of your pregnancy, you can feel different. Depending on how large your belly has grown or your exhaustion level, you may feel better or worse depending on the stage of your pregnancy.
While the information above about rides while pregnant is the same for EVERY trimester of pregnancy, here are some things you might want to keep in mind depending on the stage of your pregnancy.
Disneyland while pregnant in your first trimester
- You may be feeling more nauseous at this stage, so you may want to make sure to pack some snacks and things like Preggie Pop Drops to ease the nausea.
- It may be super important during this stage of pregnancy to plan in a lot of breaks to sit down or head back to the hotel for naps. I was SUPER tired during the first trimester with my daughter!
Disneyland while pregnant in your second trimester
- Many women feel their best during the second trimester, but this is definitely a very personal, pregnancy-specific thing. If you’re feeling best during your second trimester, it may be the best time to plan a Disney trip.
Disneyland while pregnant in your third trimester
- For me, the third trimester was really difficult. My feet were always swelling and all of my symptoms were exacerbated. When we visited the park and I was at 32 weeks pregnant, being on my feet all day was hard. We ended up doing two shorter than normal days in the park.
- Staying hydrated was really hard for me when I went to the park. Make sure to keep drinking water, more than you think that you need.
- Keep in mind that you are going to have a harder time physically getting on and off the rides due to your growing belly.
Disneyland Pregnancy Rumors We Have ALL Heard That Are Actually Just Urban Legends
Free passes if your baby is born on Disneyland grounds
Nothing good happens if your baby is born on Disneyland grounds. No free passes for life or any of the other rumored benefits. If you are close to delivery, I really wouldn’t risk heading into the parks. You wouldn’t want to go into labor and be stuck in a crowd or across the park from the entrance.
Disneyland Pregnancy Pass
There are a lot of rumors online about a “Pregnancy Pass” that will allow you to get to the front of the lines. I’m sorry to say that this doesn’t exist either. Chances are, Disneyland staff will suggest that you rent a wheelchair if standing in line or getting around the park gets difficult.
What To Pack For Doing Disneyland While Pregnant
Backup phone battery charger
Since it is likely that you are going to need to take more breaks than the rest of your party, it will be super handy to be able to charge your phone. We use solar battery chargers that are great for the parks because the sun helps to keep them charged. Check them out here.
It is worth noting that Disneyland now has their own reusable batteries available in the parks, but they are expensive and won’t be as useful after your Disneyland trip. If you’re curious though, check them out here!
Something for nausea
Here are my ABSOLUTE favorite shoes for Disneyland below. They aren’t the prettiest thing ever, but they are so comfortable and will keep you going! In fact, I loved them so much that they made my list of favorite pregnancy products here.
When we go to the parks, we like to bring our own snacks, but we like to try and keep our snacks Disney-themed so we still feel in the spirit. Make sure to check out these reusable snack pouches!
Any water bottle will do, but here are a bunch of Mickey Mouse themed ones from Amazon!
Have you visited Disneyland while pregnant? I’d love to hear your top tips below!