If you’ve noticed, things have been a little quieter around the travel blog these days. But, with good reason — we are expecting our third child! With the first two pregnancies (both girls), I became really sick and wasn’t able to do much without taking a bucket with me, so it has been a little nicer this time, with the sickness pretty much gone now. I feel so spoiled this time as I was sick right up until delivery with both the girls — could this mean that baby Fettback might be a boy? We are not finding out, so you’ll have to wait and see!
Note: This is not medical advice, always consult your physician before riding any attractions.
When I was pregnant with our first, Madison, I had just found out I was pregnant when we had already booked at trip to New York, and after that trip and all the sickness, I swore I would never travel if I was pregnant ever again. It was brutal. I still can’t look at photos from that trip without getting nauseous. This time, I’ve already broken that rule twice, but now that I’m feeling near-normal, at least for this second trip to Disneyland, it feels amazing to be able to have a little freedom.
Before having kids, I often wondered how it could possibly be fun to go to Disneyland pregnant. How many rides could you possibly go on that would be safe? Turns out, quite a lot! While I didn’t go on any rollercoasters or anything too wild, I was still able to go on my favourite rides (Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Cars, Splash Mountain and the classic rides) and enjoyed every minute of being in Disneyland while being pregnant. Of course, I was sixteen weeks, so my belly wasn’t too overly huge yet, and it was my fourth time at Disneyland so I had a really good idea of what to expect from each ride and already knew what rides I was going to skip (California Screamin’, Hyper Space Mountain, Matterhorn – to name a few).
Disclaimer: If you visit Disneyland pregnant, you could end up with motion sickness easier and you could be jerked around or hit your belly, or complications could be caused due to stress, fear or anxiety that the ride may cause. Before you go, take a look at what Disney suggests you do not ride if you’re pregnant. If you have never been to Disneyland before and aren’t familiar with each ride, I would follow those guidelines Disney provides as Disney wants you to be safe. However, they will not stop you if you do decide to ride, but the liability is on you and no longer on them.
If you’re not interested in many of the rides when you’re pregnant, there is still plenty to take part in all day long to keep you entertained. Parades, firework shows, character meet ‘n’ greets, and the Fantasyland rides are all tame. There’s a full schedule of activities available for those who aren’t big thrill seekers.
Disneyland is also a food heaven for pregnant ladies having a craving. We found some yummy treats that satisfied our sweet teeth and to save money we took most of our food into the park. You’re sure to find anything you desire within Disneyland.
Something I wish I knew before this trip is that pregnant ladies can use a Disability Access Pass, where you don’t skip waiting, but you’re given a pass to return at a specific time and can go relax or do something else while you wait; making it easier on your feet and body. Luckily I was feeling pretty good, so such a pass really wasn’t necessary.
A sample of the Disneyland Rides that are Pregnancy Approved (remember to check with your doctor first):
- Alice in Wonderland: This is a rather smooth ride inside a caterpillar with a pull down lap bar, so you should fit nicely with your belly.
- Astro Orbitor: Very similar to Dumbo ; you go around and up and down in a rocket.
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: Your space cruiser has a pull down bar that can comfortably accommodate baby bumps.
- Casey Jr. Circus Train: If you’re tired of being on your feet, make sure you be sure to pick a comfortable sleigh instead of a cage car.
- Disneyland Railroad: This is currently closed due to the Star Wars expansion. The Disneyland Railroad offers pregnant ladies a nice break from walking, taking you to different stops around the park.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant: This classic ride is perfect for someone pregnant. It’s incredibly smooth!
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage:The stairs to get into the submarine are quite steep, but it’s an enjoyable underwater journey, without getting wet.
- “It’s a small world”: This ride is a smooth boat journey though amazing decor. You may get sick of the song, but as our 18 month old exclaimed this time as we entered all the dolls, you’ll surely think “WOW!”
- Jungle Cruise: This is always a fun ride. The crew makes lame jokes that are always laughable and you get to meet all the “wild animals” along the way.
- King Arthur Carrousel: You’ll have to hop on and off your graceful steed, but if you’re able, go for it!
- Mad Tea Party: You might have a bit of a squeeze fitting in one of the tea cups with the spinning wheel, so it is best for those who still have a small belly.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Ride a beehive through the Hundred-Acre Woods, with lots of space.
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: Be ready for some twists and turns, but it is still safe.
- Peter Pan’s Flight: This ride is one of the longest lines for a reason. You get to board a pirate ship and sail over London and Never Land. Very spacious.
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey: It’s always fun going back to re-live some of the movies you watched when you were a kid. The line is usually pretty short for this one.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: This is one of my favourite rides. There are a couple small drops, but just brace yourself when they are coming up. I felt totally fine as I knew what to expect and the drops are pretty smooth.
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin: Take a ride through Toon Town.
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures: A Simple ride through the story of Snow White.
- Storybook Land Canal Boats: Just be careful getting in and out.
Don’t go into a Disney trip pregnant thinking that it will be the same as trips you have taken in the past; it won’t be. With all that walking, you may find that you get tired easier, need to take things at a slower pace, and may need to sit for a bit of a rest (while enjoying a delicious treat, or course). Bring plenty of water and know that if something does happen, Disney has excellent training for emergency situations.
Tip: Already have kids?
Find the Baby Center in Disneyland and you’ll be happy you did. You’re able to change diapers, there’s a private area for nursing and the kids have their own kid-sized toilets, all within an air-conditioned building. If you forgot baby supplies, you can also buy what you need in the baby centre. It really was a life saver when visiting with young kids! Or, even if you just need a place to put up your swollen feet and take a break for the baby in your belly, the baby centre is the perfect place to do so!
Would I do it again?
This will be our last kid, so I won’t experience this again, but I can say that it was fun visiting Disneyland from the perspective of a pregnant lady. It is so family friendly that I didn’t feel deprived of anything — there is so much to do that we still weren’t able to fit in everything that was on our list. Don’t deny yourself the magical experience of Disney just because you’re pregnant.
Have you ever enjoyed Disneyland pregnant, or with someone who was pregnant?