Congratulations! You’re either expecting your first Mouseketeer, or are adding another Mouseketeer to your family, AND you’re heading to where dreams come true, Walt Disney World®! What exactly can you do at Walt Disney World® while pregnant? Where are the best places to put your feet up? What should you bring into the parks with you? Where do you get the best snacks? I’m going to help navigate you through all of this.
First things first, please talk to your doctor before heading to the parks. Did you know the average guest walks about 10 miles per day while at Disney? It’s a lot of exercise in a very hot and humid climate that many are not used to. Make sure you talk it over with your doctor to see what precautions if any, you need to take.
What can you do at Walt Disney World® while pregnant?
More than you think! A majority of attractions and shows are safe to experience while pregnant. The best way to make sure an attraction or experience is marked safe is to check the ride warning sign that Disney has posted. Here’s a list of attractions that Disney advises expectant mothers to NOT ride.
- The Barnstormer®
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain®
- Splash Mountain®
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Mission: SPACE®
- Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours® – The Adventure Continues
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
Disney’s Animal Kingdom®
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest
- Kali River Rapids®
- Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition
- Primeval Whirl®
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
- Crush ‘n’ Gusher
- Gangplank Falls
- Humunga Kowabunga
- Keelhaul Falls
- Mayday Falls
- Storm Slides
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
- Downhill Double Dipper
- Runoff Rapids
- Slush Gusher
- Snow Stormers
- Summit Plummet
- Teamboat Springs
- Toboggan Racers
We now know what you can’t do, but what can you do?
Disney offers an amazing variety of shows in every park. Make sure you check out parades, nighttime spectaculars, and other special shows such as the flag retreat in Magic Kingdom®. You can find this at 5:00 PM every day in front of the train station on Main Street, U.S.A.. One of my favorite things that I did while pregnant was character meet and greets. We had newborn shoes, Mickey Ears with Baby Garmon embroidered on them, as well as a onesie for autographs. We loved telling the characters that we were expecting, especially when we wanted their help to announce it to our friends and family!
Where to go to rest and stay cool
We know there’s a lot of walking involved, and mommas, we know those feet can get swollen and you just get tired. Also; Air conditioning. It’s Florida and it’s already hot about 360 days a year, oh, and you’re pregnant! After all, you are growing a human! Where can you go to rest those legs and put your feet up? Every park has awesome locations to sit back and relax. Here are some of my favorite locations.
- The upper level of the Train Station on Main Street U.S.A. facing Cinderella Castle
- The breezeway in Adventureland near the restrooms
- In Frontierland head inside the Briar Patch Shop, they have 2 rocking chairs. Just be careful because there are sweets here too!
- Check out Memento Mori in Liberty Square. They have rocking chairs on the front porch of the shop.
- The Tangled area in Fantasyland offers excellent seating areas. You can also find benches near the store Sir Mickey that are tucked away and in the shade.
- The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover is not only a fun ride, but it’s a great way to sit down for several minutes too!
- Head over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends®. Not only is it air conditioned, but there’s plenty of places to rest while checking out the marine life!
- The Land offers plenty of seating indoors, plus here you can take a tour on the attraction Living with The Land as well as Soarin!
- The Mexican Pavilion offers outdoor seating at La Cantina de San Angel. I love grabbing a spot by the water for that extra breeze.
- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway not only has nice, shady places to sit, but the snack options here are fantastic!
- The American Adventure is a great stop for indoor seating and a great show!
- Les Halles Boulangrie-Patisserie in France is another favorite for snacks and seating!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
- On Sunset Blvd you can find plenty of outdoor seating at Rosie’s All American Café.
- You can find benches scattered around Echo Lake
- The Tune-In Lounge offers comfy seating plus you can check out one of my favorite snacks here…the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake!
- The ABC Commissary is a great place to head inside and rest your legs at.
- Heading back by Toy Story Land? They have plenty of benches for you to rest at. There isn’t much shade in this area though, so keep that in mind.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom®
- Satu’li Canteen in Pandora has indoor seating which is all covered.
- The Festival of the Lion King might be one of my favorite places in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® to rest my feet. The show is simply amazing!
- Yak & Yeti Food court offers delicious food and covered seating
- The Boneyard Dig Site offers seating, though not really shaded, it makes for a great place for your little Mouseketeers to burn off energy while you rest those feet!
What can I bring into the parks to help be more comfortable during the day?
I would start with ways to keep cool. Cooling towels or misting bottles are a great place to start. You can purchase both before your trip, or you can get misting bottles once at the parks! You can always get a cup of free ice water from any quick service location or outside cart that offers fountain beverages to help keep that mister bottle cold. Oh, and this is also a great way to stay hydrated!
Speaking of staying hydrated, not a fan of the taste of Florida water? That’s okay, many people aren’t. Consider bringing a water bottle with a filter in it to help the taste of water. You can also always get bottled water from the stores, or bring your own bottled water into the parks. You can bring snacks into the parks as well. If you have something that you know you’ll want, bring it with you! Please keep in mind that while you can bring ice packs to keep drinks and snacks cold, no loose or dry ice is permitted.
We did cover how much you’ll be walking during the day, so to keep your feet happy, bring a second pair of your favorite sneakers (make sure they’ve been broken in before you head to Disney). This way, if it rains or you find yourself chasing your little Mouseketeers through some water areas, you’ll have a dry pair of shoes to put on your feet. Although you wouldn’t bring it into the park, don’t hesitate to get a wheelchair once there. Depending on how far along you are and what restrictions, if any, are given by your doctor, this is a great way to get around the park when pregnant.
And now that we’ve gotten this far, let’s talk about what’s really important…SNACKS! I’ve got you covered! I’m going to include some of my favorite snacks at Disney from when I was pregnant, as well as some of my sister’s favorite snacks from when she was pregnant. This should help cover the savory and sweet cravings.
- Mickey Pretzel – Several locations around Walt Disney World®
- Mickey Ice Cream Bar – several locations around Walt Disney World®
- Breadsticks and Pizza Sauce – Pinocchio’s Pizza Haus, Magic Kingdom®
- Sweet Cream Pretzel – Lunching Pad, Magic Kingdom®
- Corn Dog Nuggets – Casey’s Corner, Magic Kingdom®
- Nutella Fruit Waffles – Sleepy Hollow, Magic Kingdom®
- Chocolate Mousse – Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, Epcot®
- Apple Strudel – Sommerfest, Epcot®
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake – Tune In Lounge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
- Pulled Pork and Cheese French Fries – Flame Tree BBQ, Disney’s Animal Kingdom®
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Disney snacks. These are just a few of my and my family’s favorites from our experience while at the parks pregnant, and any other time because really, the snacks are delicious! You really can’t go wrong with any snack at Walt Disney World®. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a snack that I didn’t like there.
My absolute favorite part of going to the parks while pregnant was soaking it all up and enjoying the time I had with my family unit as is knowing that the next time I come back, things would be very different! But that’s all apart of the magic, isn’t it?!
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