Magical Disney Trip During Pregnancy: Tips and Advice 

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I’ve traveled to Walt Disney World and Disneyland during various periods of my life: honeymooning, solo traveling, and first trips with my 2-year-old son, Andrew. In many ways, I feel like I have experienced all the different travel modes of Disney, always leaving with the best memories and experiences. Then, it hit me. Despite all my trips to Disney, I had never experienced Disney Magic in one way: pregnant. 

Disney and pregnancy sounds like a daunting task of a trip.  Between the heat and general pregnancy discomfort, it’s easy to think that a trip to the most magical place on earth could end up being a miserable experience.  But, in fact, it is the exact opposite! I recently traveled to Walt Disney World with other Firefly Travel advisors for training (and for a little babymoon prior to our second baby boy’s arrival). Here are some highlights, tips, and advice to make your “Disney while Pregnant” trip one to remember!

Emily Cavanagh | Firely Travels

Tip 1: Consult Your Doctor

Always a first when traveling and experiencing various travel attractions is to consult your doctor.  They’ll be able to guide you on precautions and recommendations for travel to ensure to keep you and your baby safe.  This discussion can help with planning what may need to be avoided, packed, or built into your routine/decision to travel while pregnant.  During this trip I was over halfway through my second trimester and got the green light from my OBGYN to experience all advised attractions for expectant mothers.

Tip 2: Stay on Property

There’s nothing like staying on Disney property.  From the theming, magic, and amenities, Disney offers the best experience.  It’s even more convenient while pregnant to be close to your resort.  Being so close to the parks and having a constant mode of transportation to and from your resort allows you to worry less when you need a break or need to get back to your resort at the end of the day.  During my trip I stayed at the Yacht Club.  This was within walking distance of Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and various transportation options (e.g., Skyliner, bus). This proximity allowed me to easily take a mid-day break to rest, reset, and head back to the parks during the evening. I’ve always been an advocate for being at the parks all day to take advantage of the Genie+, taking a mid-day break while pregnant is a MUST!

Tip 3: Use Disney Genie+

Speaking of Genie+, at first glance you might think you can’t enjoy attractions and rides that Disney has to offer but given a healthy pregnancy and the green light from your doctor, you can experience over 50 attractions and rides across all four parks.  Purchasing and utilizing Genie + is a huge positive experience to cut down wait times to limit your standing and keep you off your feet for periods of time.  I loved experiencing Soarin’, Ratatouille, Toy Story Mania, Haunted Mansion, and the PeopleMover with little to no wait and the ability to rest my feet while enjoying these attractions.  It was also great to experience the wonderful entertainment and shows throughout the day to get more rest as well.

Tip 4: Stay Hydrated and Snack!

Staying hydrated in Disney is always important, but even more so while pregnant in the Florida heat.  I purchased a resort refillable mug and constantly refilled it during our resort tours and with water while in the parks.  Snacks are abundant throughout Disney property making it the best to fulfill all your pregnancy cravings.  I enjoyed so many items from the Festival of the Arts and packed snacks in my bag in case I needed something quicker.

Tip 5: Slow Down (Enjoy the Magic)

I tend to be a rope drop to park close person.  I’m always on the go, trying to experience as much as I can either by myself or with my family.  This trip let me slow down and experience the magic of the parks without the typical hustle I’m used to.  I loved the slower pace and discovering even more of the small details and beautiful construction of parks and attractions.  Slowing down and sitting allowed me to enjoy some shows, character meet and greets, and immerse myself in all the lands at the parks.

Tip 6: Sit Down Restaurants and Mobile Ordering

Another way to rest and enjoy Disney is to experience the wonderful dining options Disney has to offer. There are so many great restaurants to sit and enjoy a meal, getting you off your feet and in the air conditioning for some rest.  I’ve experienced quite a few restaurants on Disney property but for this trip I aimed for a bucket list of having dinner at Topolino’s Terrace at the Riviera Resort on my last night.  It did not disappoint and was the perfect way to end the evening relaxing and enjoying a perfect meal with a wonderful view.  I also took advantage of mobile ordering items to reduce waiting in line at quick service restaurants and save myself some time on my feet.  Super easy and convenient to use!

Tip 7: Expect to be Emotional!

Of course, while pregnant you experience a range of emotions all day long. I found myself more emotional this trip while experiencing shows and attractions while envisioning our next family trip as a family of four. Picturing our sons enjoying park magic together with us was special.  Something to look forward to in the next few years! And don’t forget to take photos of you and your growing bump, something to treasure!

Tip 8: Book a Massage

Did you know that the Grand Floridian Resort also has a spa? It’s wonderful and even better to experience while pregnant at the end of a trip filled with walking.  I booked a foot massage prior to leaving for home and it was the perfect way to decompress and rejuvenate my tired feet. The spa has prenatal massages available as well.  I highly recommend adding this to your babymoon experience!

These are the best tips to ensure you have the best, relaxing, and magical time at the happiest place on earth! I enjoyed this trip and cherished all the memories I made while pregnant with our second baby boy.

Are you ready to plan your next vacation? Schedule a complimentary consultation with Emily to learn more. 

List of Disney World Rides for Pregnant Mothers

These are the best tips to ensure you have the best, relaxing, and magical time at the happiest place on earth! I enjoyed this trip and cherished all the memories I made while pregnant with our second baby boy.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Conservation Station
  • Discovery Island Trails
  • Disney Animals
  • Feathered Friends in Flight
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Finding Nemo- The Big, Blue….and Beyond!
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Na-vi River Journey
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Triceratops Spin

Epcot

  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Soarin’
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Living with the Land
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Gran Fiesta Tour
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Training Lab area of Mission Space
  • Awesome Planet
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • The American Adventure
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival 
  • Harmonious Nighttime Spectacular
  • Impressions de France
  • O Canada!
  • Reflections of China

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic!
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Jr. Live on Stage
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Star Wars Launch Bay

Magic Kingdom 

  • Shows and Live entertainment
  • Parades
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Mickey’s Philharmonic 3D Movie
  • Hall of Presidents
  • Swiss Family Tree House
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • The Magic Carpet of Aladdin
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Tom Sawyers Island
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a small world
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monster’s Laugh Floor

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