Happy belated Mother’s Day to all! Mothers have always played a special role in the Disney story. From Walt’s own mother to those on our favorite animated movies and cartoons, Disney mothers are some of the most loving, caring and compassionate of their kind. It takes a special person to bring life into this world and an even more special person to travel to Disney while pregnant. And that’s where today’s article comes in…
Welcome to Believe Vacations’ Weekly Post where today, we are going to provide you with 10 Tips for Traveling to Disney While Pregnant. You’ve met my dear friend Christie Pownall many times before. She has always been amazing with her time and advice for these articles and videos. She’s expecting her second child in the fall and just like those Disney mothers I mentioned earlier, had the love, care and compassion to come up with this beautiful list full of advice for expectant mothers. Let’s see what she had to say:
Wear comfortable shoes
You will be doing A LOT of walking and standing. You want to make sure you are wearing some tried and true, comfortable walking shoes. You are pregnant. No one is judging you. Don’t be ashamed to rock those Crocs.
Enjoy all the food around the World Showcase in EPCOT and beyond
While your friends/family may be enjoying the drinks–try the food! ALL. THE. FOOD. Egg Rolls in China?! Yes, please! Pickle and Mickey Ice Cream Hollywood Studios?! WHY NOT!?
Take lots of pictures
You will want to look back and remember this special time. Since there are many rides you won’t be able to ride, use some of that free time to take some pictures of you and your bump. We actually scheduled a session with Disney’s Fine Art Photography and this is one of my favorite pictures ever! You can now also book a Capture Your Moment Session with Disney’s Photopass Photographers for a personalized 20-minute photo session for $50!
Make sure to grab a “First Visit” button from Guest Services
This is technically your child’s first visit–put that button on your belly and take some pictures to remember it!
Ride some attractions you may not normally ride
Sometimes we are so busy trying to get to the next exciting attraction that we miss the magical rides that are right in front of us. Take your bump for a spin on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, The PeopleMover, Dumbo, etc!
Enjoy the shows
Disney hires the best of the best in entertainment! Take the opportunity to enjoy the live performances while getting a chance to sit and rest your feet in the air conditioning!
Browse the shops for your new little mouseketeer
Who doesn’t enjoy doing a little souvenir shopping!? Tell your friends/family to go ahead and enjoy some rides while you browse for some goodies for your little one–or yourself!
I always encourage my clients to bring a refillable water bottle to the parks. The heat can be intense when you’re walking around the Disney parks, and you want to make sure you are drinking enough water. Another tip: you can always ask food/drink vendors for a free cup of ice water. My favorite is Starbucks. Why, you ask? “Starbucks uses a triple filtered reverse osmosis system (3-stage RO). The 3-stage RO purifies water way better than the sediment and carbon systems (2-stage) which are typically used in other establishments and homes. That explains why their water tastes so darn good!” -waterfiltrationtips.com
Know Your Limits
When I go to Disney, I go hard. However, when you are pregnant, it is important that you pay attention to your body and know when you need a break. Sit down, rest your feet, get a drink of water or a snack when needed, or even leave the park if you need to. Go back to your resort and relax by the pool for a few hours! Your body will thank you for it!
Last, but not least: ENJOY every minute!
Visiting Disney while pregnant is the perfect time to just sit back, relax, and enjoy all the hidden gems and magic built into every detail of the park. Take in the sights and sounds, and just be. If you are traveling with other children, soak up every smile and giggle and just enjoy experiencing the park through the eyes of a child. It truly is magic.