So, what can you do at Disneyland if you’re pregnant? Is it even fun? Are you allowed to go on any rides? Do you have to just sit there & be the official “watcher of everyone’s stuff” while they enjoy the parks?
While the Disney experience might look a little different for a heat-sensitive, exhaustion-prone, always hungry pregnant mama, the good news is – the place truly has something for everyone! But, before we continue let us preface, we’re not doctors. Every pregnancy is different, so always speak with your care provider if you are planning a trip to the parks, & they can provide instructions specific to you.
To start, here is what you CAN’T do. Rides that should be avoided are those that operate at high speeds, have jerks & jolts, sudden drops, and/or strong breaking systems. If you knowingly manage to get on to one of the more thrilling (pregnancy-prohibited) rides, just remember the liability is totally on you. Disneyland assumes no responsibility if, heaven forbid, injury results. Exercise caution and take the opportunity to enjoy all the parks have to offer besides wild thrill rides.
Attractions in Fantasyland, slower rides like the Jungle Cruise, Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland Railroad, the Mark Twain and Sailing Ship Columbia, even the Teacups, & so on are fair game for pregnant mamas. Nice & smooth, no huge surprises – lots of fun to be had by all!
Disneyland also offers a variety of live shows and walk-through experiences for all to enjoy. The parades are always a blast – but don’t forget about “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the Tiki Room, the Jedi Training Academy, Tarzan’s Treehouse, Toon Town, endless character meet and greets/photos, & more!
Oh, & you know what else is fun at Disneyland? EATING. The parks have seriously stepped up their food game in the past few years…why not treat yo’self as a consolation prize while the rest of your brood rides the Tower of Terror?
If you’re like us and are prone to morning sickness (or all day sickness in our cases) during the first trimester or longer, we can’t tell you exactly what to do just because everyone is so different, but what worked for us is bringing PLENTY of snacks into the parks that sounded good (food cravings/aversions changed daily for us – ha!). While there are lots of options for food at Disneyland, sometimes none of it appealed to us, so bringing our own cooler bag with food helped. Also, LOTS of water. We also liked to chew gum or have hard candies on hand if we were feeling nauseous. Taking it easy is important and taking breaks whenever necessary is also good (even if that means missing out on rides – there is tons of great entertainment to enjoy around both parks)!
There’s SO much more we can include, but essentially we just wanted to convey that you CAN go to Disneyland while pregnant and still have a great time! Just be sure to stay cool, stay hydrated, and take it easy!