I’ve been to Disneyland three times while pregnant, once with each of my children. The first time I was 34 weeks along (around 7 1/2 months). The second time I was pregnant 12 weeks (around 3 months). The last baby (twelve years between the first and the last), I was 35 weeks! Each visit offered it’s own unique challenges. Don’t think you can’t have a magical time at Disneyland, just because you’re pregnant. There is plenty to do, see, eat and enjoy even while pregnant at Disneyland!
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Pregnant at Disneyland – What Can I Ride?
On my last trip to Disneyland while 35 weeks pregnant there was another pregnant mama visiting with her family. However instead of standing in line, she was waiting at the exit for them. We struck up a conversation and I let her know that she could safely go on just about any ride in Disneyland, save for just a few. She was so happy to hear since she’d already spent most of the day waiting outside the rides for her family.
There are very few rides that offer the restriction for expectant moms; these include mostly vigorous thrill rides or rides that may be jerky or jarring to the body (rides like Indiana Jones or California Screamin’). Do not ignore those warnings, even if you are still in your first trimester. The sharp stops and G-force pressure of certain rides can injure your delicate cargo so it’s not worth the risk. Signs posted outside each attraction will detail if pregnant moms should skip.
What to Bring?
In addition to packing your usual Disney Parks day bag, I’ve compiled a list of expectant mom must-haves. Check out this post about what pregnant moms should bring to Disney.
That first trimester is a doozy. Throw in a few too many spins on the Mad Tea Party and you might be feeling nauseated. Check out my post about dealing with motion sickness at Disney.
These Rides Might Be Awkward
Even if a ride or attraction is okay for expectant moms, you might find that navigating your 8-month pregnant belly into some of these might be a challenge.
- The Finding Nemo Submarines are a smooth ride that is safe for expectant moms. However you’ll have to climb down and up a steep spiral staircase and sit in a narrow flip-down chair in a tight space.
- Over in Fantasyland there are many dark rides that are just fine for expectant moms but several have small vehicles that may prove challenging to get into. If riding Casey Jr. Circus Train, opt for an open car instead of a caged vehicle. With the Storybook Land Canal Boats you might have difficulty balancing to get in and out of the boat.
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes may also offer challenges getting in and out of the canoe. Be careful exerting yourself rowing the oar. Plus you’ll be un-shaded and it gets hot out there on the water.
- The Astro Orbitor is safe to ride but the high sides and low seats are touch to get in and out of without help.
Keep Up the Healthy Eating
Continue to eat plenty of fruits and veggies (don’t forget to pack your prenatal vitamins!) Limit your sodium intake and stay well hydrated to reduce swelling in your feet and legs. You can also bring in your own water bottles and snacks to make sure you are getting the healthy and nutritious food you (and your baby) need.
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Relax and Rest
When I visited Disneyland in the later months of my pregnancy, I did a bit more resting in the shade with my feet on a bench instead of standing in queues. There are plenty of places you can rest your swollen feet and still enjoy the Parks.
- Find a shady spot and a bench to yourself. Consider bringing a small pillow to set at your back or to sit on to make yourself more comfortable.
- Stake out a great seat on the parade route ahead of time and save places for your family to join you later.
- A grand circle tour on the Disneyland Railroad offers almost 20 minutes of rest and fresh air along with a relaxing tour around Disneyland Park.
- Pull up a chair and enjoy the cool air that blows across the waters of the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
- Sit in the shade of Tomorrowland Terrace to eat lunch, watch a show and possibly have your young ones participate at the Jedi Training Academy show.
- Mickey and the Magical Map offers bench seating in the shade and a live musical stage show.
- I enjoyed resting on a bench on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail while the kids climbed the ropes and rock climbed.
Dress For Your Growing Body
- Wear comfortable shoes and consider taking a second pair to switch into if you are prone to swelling. I like to start off with tennis shoes and switch over to well-cushioned sandals in the evening.
- Dress in layers so if you get hot or chilled you can add or remove layers as needed.
- Ditch the heavy purse and pack light with a small backpack or tote that you can put on and take off easily. Or consider renting a locker to store your items until you need them.
Seek Air conditioned Attractions
Keep rested inside by finding attractions that combine sitting along with cool air.
- Soak in a little history (and air conditioning) inside The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
- Enchanted Tiki Room is a whimsical place with cushioned benches…and you can bring in a snack!
- Oh yes, the looping music is worth 15-minutes inside It’s a Small World! You might want to ride it twice!
- If you have little ones, get there early for the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show. There are benches across the back of the theater (otherwise you’ll have to sit on the carpet).
- 60-minutes of pure amazement in cushy theater chairs – Frozen – Live at the Hyperion is a can’t miss show.
- Plenty of sit-down restaurants have both outdoor and indoor dining that gives you both a break and a healthy meal.
If little miss or mister is frequently doing the hot-diggety-dog dance on your bladder, consider reviewing a Park map online before your trip. Always take a potty break before getting on a ride (you don’t want to get stuck when the urge strikes!)
Listen To Your Body
Now is not the time to push your vacation to the limits. Pregnancy can be very hard on your body and with exhaustion and discomfort already at the max, there is no need to exacerbate any issues.
- Take a break inside the First Aid station if you feel uncomfortable or in pain. First Aid can help you out and offer a place to lay down for a while.
- If you’re exhausted, go back to your hotel room for a refreshing swim or to take a nap.
- Get plenty of sleep even if that means going to bed while everyone else in your group is still up late watching the fireworks.
- If you are truly miserable and can’t walk, consider renting a wheelchair or motorized scooter in the Park to minimize the amount of time you are on your feet.
- Look forward to your next trip when your little one will be with you to enjoy it!
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Read more about being pregnant at Disneyland on my posts at Traveling Mom.