My family loves Disneyland! I have had an annual pass for pretty much my entire life, so of course I wasn’t going to give that up when I had kids. On the contrary, I love taking my son to Disneyland! But that is a post for another day. Right now I am past the halfway mark of my second pregnancy and still going strong at Disneyland! Do you have a trip coming up to the Happiest Place on Earth? Are you expecting? It’s definitely doable and even enjoyable! Read on for tips to make the best of your trip.
Don’t try to plan to go on every ride or have a whole packed day planned if you are heading to the parks while pregnant. If this is a vacation and you aren’t a park regular, I would suggest planning at least one day per park so that you don’t get overwhelmed trying to see and do everything too quickly.
Obviously this tip is always important while pregnant (and not!) but especially at Disneyland. You’re going to be walking A LOT and it can get quite warm in Southern California depending on the time of year you visit. Bring your own refillable water bottle and keep it full! You can fill it up at any restaurant that has self-serve fountain drinks. There are also a few water bottle filling stations popping up around the park. First Aid and the Baby Care Center will let you refill there as well. You can always ask for a free cup of ice water from any place that has fountain drinks too!
If you’re planning out your day, make sure there are times of rest in that schedule! This could be sitting down to watch a parade or show, a leisurely lunch, or just a half hour break to people watch on a bench (people watching at Disneyland is one of my favorite pastimes). Don’t push yourself to just keep going, it’s not worth it! Disneyland is great and there is so much magic to see but the health of yourself and your baby isn’t worth it.
Yes, there are still plenty of rides you can go on at Disneyland and California Adventure while pregnant! Look ahead on the Disneyland app or website so that you know and your expectations are ready. You obviously won’t be able to ride big favorites like Space Mountain or Guardians of the Galaxy, but there is still plenty to do! At the time of writing this, here’s a list of pregnancy approved rides at the parks.
Alice in Wonderland
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
“It’s a Small World”
King Arthur Carrousel
Mad Tea Party
Main Street Vehicles
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mark Twain Riverboat
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Pirates of the Caribbean
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
Sailing Ship Columbia
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Jessie’s Critter Carousel
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Silly Symphony Swings
Soarin’ Over California
Toy Story Midway Mania!
Yes, you can go on any of these rides while pregnant! But keep in mind that doesn’t mean that you’ll want to. Especially if you’re visiting toward the end of your pregnancy, jerkier rides like Midway Mania and Luigi’s Roadsters might not be comfortable for you. I rode on Midway Mania 3 days before I gave birth to Gideon and let me tell you, it was not fun! I did enjoy it earlier on in my pregnancy though.
All rides will have a sign outside with ride information, and if they have a red triangle that means it is not advised for expecting mothers to ride. If in doubt, you can always ask the Cast Member at the beginning of the queue!
Since I visit the parks so often, I don’t usually have plans for my trip. But it is good to have some idea of what you want to do at least before you enter the parks. I try to have at least one ride or show in mind, as well as one place that I would like to eat at.
It’s also important to keep in mind what others in your party will want to do. It is almost guaranteed that those you’re going with will want to do something that you won’t be able to do. Have an idea of something you want to do while they enjoy their rides! I like to use these times as a break to stop and sit for a bit. I’ll usually have a snack or dessert too! I’m usually as hungry as about 3 people while I’m pregnant, so no one is missing a meal if I eat without them while they’re on a ride.
These tips should give you a great starting point for an awesome pregnant trip to Disneyland! Give yourself plenty of space to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and you will have an amazing trip! Keep an eye out in the future for more posts on Disneyland, including visiting with newborns and toddlers!
Have you been to a Disney park while pregnant? Give us your tips and favorite things to do! If you have any Disneyland, parenting, or pregnancy questions, feel free to Ask a Bestie!