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PREGNANCY

Tips For Visiting Disneyland While Pregnant

Visiting Disneyland pregnant may not sound like a lot of fun - but it can be! Check out all my tips and tricks so that you can still enjoy the Disney magic!

Who Can Say “No” To Disneyland?!

Disneyland is one of my favorite places on the planet. Whenever I get the chance to visit the parks, I am always eager to go. Even if that means visiting Disneyland pregnant.

Last year, 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.

This trip was supposed to be dedicated to us running the TinkerBell Half Marathon and 5K races, but due to my pregnancy, our plans changed a bit! Still, we opted to go to the parks and he still completed the 5K on his own.

Prior to our trip, I wasn’t really sure how well I’d do with all the walking in the parks. I had experienced really bad pelvic pain since fairly early in my pregnancy and walking tended to exacerbate all of my negative symptoms.

My plan was to walk for as long and as far as I was able to, and then rent a wheelchair if necessary (it was my LAST resort). However, with a little planning and the tips below, I was able to spend two days in the parks without needing any mobility assistance!

Warning: Please consult a doctor before visiting Disneyland or doing anything out of the ordinary while pregnant. They will be able to let you know if you are up to the activity.

How This Trip Will Be Different

Rides you cannot ride.

This is the biggest bummer of being at Disneyland while pregnant. If you are like me, it will kill you a little bit to not be able to go on the fast rides.

Believe me, there was a part of me that questioned the validity of some of the pregnancy advisories for certain rides. However, the thing to remind yourself is that if Disney has advised expectant moms to avoid the ride, it is in your best interest to take their warning seriously. No amount of fun is worth putting your little baby in danger.

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Currently, there are “Expectant Mother Advisory” warnings on the following attractions:

Disneyland:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue

California Adventure:

  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

You will likely be split up from your party.

Since it was just my boyfriend and I on this trip to Disneyland, I wanted to make sure that he was able to ride everything that he wanted to, even if I couldn’t. That meant that there were times that we were split up from one another while he waited in line and did the ride itself.

If you happen to find yourself in a similar situation, you may be able to take advantage of the “Single Rider” option on some rides. Basically, this means that anyone who is riding by themselves goes to a separate line and they are placed on the ride as Cast Members have an empty spot available on the ride. This means that you will get placed with larger parties who cannot fill the ride by themselves, but leave an empty spot.

As of right now, the following rides offer a “Single Rider” option:

  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Splash Mountain

To see which rides offer this service while in the park,download the Disneyland App on your iPhone and on the map, click Attractions at the top, then click the Filter button at the bottom right (it looks like a funnel), scroll down and under Interestsclick More options, then click Single Rider Offered and click Done. Finally, click the List Icon in the bottom right.

You are going to need more rest.

This one almost goes without saying, but you are going to get much more tired, much more quickly. Just keep in mind that when there is an opportunity for you to sit down, you need to do it!

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Each time that I sent my husband on a ride, I’d find a shady spot to relax. This helped me keep going and made the experience of walking all around the two parks a lot less painful.

 

Fun Things To Do At Disneyland, Pregnant

Okay, now that we got the un-fun part out of the way, we should talk about all the fun things that you can still do at Disneyland, even when you’re pregnant:

Eat!

I was all about ice cream treats on our vacation, and I didn’t feel so badly about indulging since we were both burning off a ton of calories walk all around the two parks.

My husband and I also opted to have a date night at Blue Bayou, one of Disneyland’s higher-end dining experiences. This was a fun way to celebrate our last trip to the parks without kiddos!

 

Ride the classic rides that are often overlooked for the high-thrill rides.

On this trip, I made to slow down and appreciate the classics like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. I’ve always loved these rides, but sometimes my eagerness to get on the rollercoasters makes them less of a priority to ride.

 

Slow down and people watch.

While my husband rode rides, I spent a lot of time taking in the ambiance of being in Disneyland and got the opportunity to people watch. It was also nice to soak in the nice weather and just RELAX.

 

Shop for baby souvenirs.

There wasn’t much that I really wanted by way of souvenirs this trip. The one thing that I did decide that I wanted was an infant ear hat for our daughter. So, we scoped out the available hats in the hat shops, chose a little pink one and got it embroidered. Though it will be awhile before she can wear these ears, it was such a special item for her daddy and I to purchase before her big arrival!

Tips For Visiting Disneyland While Pregnant
Graci got her first “Ears” before she was even born!

 

How To Reduce Your Discomfort

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.

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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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Are you going to Disneyland while pregnant? Have you visited any parks while expecting? Either way, I’d love to hear from you below in the comments!