“Can I have fun at a theme park when I’m pregnant?” My answer is yes! With a little preparation, there are so many magical moments to be had.
Tips for Going to Disney When Pregnant
Walt Disney’s original vision for his theme parks was a place where families experienced things together. My recommendations are all based on personal experience. If you have any specific questions or concerns, you should always consult your physician. These tips for going to Disney when pregnant will help you make the most of your vacation!
Get a Physical Map
First, grab a map and time sheet when entering the park. Even in this technologically advanced era, I never want to chance that technology will fail me in my time of need. If a map gets you to the closest restroom quickly during an emergency situation, it will be worth its weight in gold.
Use FastPass or Set FastPass+ Reservations
Going to Disney while pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t ride anything. A good rule of thumb is if it doesn’t have a height requirement, you can ride it. If you have any doubt, however, don’t ride. When you purchase tickets ahead of time for WDW, you can make your FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance. If you’re staying at a WDW resort, you can make your selections 60 days in advance for your entire visit.
At Disneyland, take advantage of MaxPass or regular FastPass reservations. Taking advantage of FastPass, Max Pass, or FastPass+ will cut down on wait times which means less time on your feet standing in line!
Wear comfortable clothes at all times and wear layer if necessary. Florida weather can be unpredictable at times. Most indoor shows and restaurants usually have the air conditioner running full blast so having a light jacket might not be a bad idea. In California, layers are a must for when the sun goes down!
Disney parks allow most outside foods, so take advantage of this flexible rule. I highly recommend packing a bag or lunch box full of food you are able to eat. A reusable water bottle is a priceless resource. Staying hydrated is so important. Quick service restaurants will give you a free cup of water upon request. The amount of snacks to pack is really up to your discretion. Disney has gotten better at providing healthier food options, so consider that when planning your bag. Of course, the occasional indulgence is perfectly acceptable, especially at Disney Parks!
Throughout your pregnancy, it is essential that you listen to your body. You can overexert yourself easily and quickly. I often found a shady spot to rest while waiting on others as much as possible. Enjoy as much free water from the quick service restaurants as you want. If you ever start to feel sick or dizzy, get the attention of any Disney cast member and they will get the necessary EMT personnel to you as soon as possible.
Use Baby Care Centers
All Disney parks have Baby Care Centers. First time parents might be confused as to why this is important to know about before your baby is born. These centers are a great place to recharge. They have a lot of the amenities of your hotel room without having to leave the park.
Baby Care Centers are full-service facilities with private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing rooms with tables, feeding areas with highchairs, a kitchen with a microwave, oven and sink, and main room with a TV, chairs and sofa. All centers have an on-site shop fully stocked with formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing available for purchase. Accidents happen and supplies run out. It’s good to know Disney has a back up plan on-site for you.