If you are planning for both a visit to Walt Disney World and a new bundle of joy, here are some tips from Jessica on how to make the most of your vacation while pregnant.
Thinking about going to Walt Disney World while pregnant? I’ve done it twice and have some tips that I hope will help you! The first time my husband and I traveled to Disney World when I was pregnant, it was for our Babymoon. A little over a year later we had planned a return trip for our daughter’s first birthday. But a few months before, I unexpectedly found out that I was expecting again. Those two trips were different but also very similar. Here are some things I learned on both trips.
Where to stay: Whether you decide to stay onsite or off, the most important thing is to choose a resort that is nearest to the things you’ll be doing most. You’re uncomfortable enough, and it’s hot in Florida, keep your travel time to a minimum. If you’re planning to mostly shop and dine at Disney Springs, maybe staying offsite at a resort on Hotel Plaza Blvd makes the most sense. But if you plan to hit the parks, stay as close as you can. I suggest a resort on the monorail loop or Boardwalk. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little for your last vacation without kids!
Avoid the thrills: All rides at Walt Disney World have a list of restrictions, including those for expectant mothers. Do a little research ahead of time and be sure to check the signs at each ride entrance. Don’t expect to ride the roller coasters. Stick to the slow rides and enjoy them without a kid pulling on your arm and asking a hundred questions. And if you have little ones already, that’s where you’re likely spending most of your time anyway. If you’re worried about a ride/not sure if you can ride, ask your doctor before you leave. I was given their blessing to ride at least one that I didn’t think I would be able to.
Drink lots of water! Nothing is more important when you’re pregnant, especially in the Florida heat. Bring a water bottle that you can refill at water fountains or water stations at quick service restaurants.
EAT! Now’s your chance to try all the yummy foods that Walt Disney World has to offer without feeling guilty. Since you can’t drink around the world in Epcot, eat! Try a different snack in each country. If you’re traveling during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this will be especially fun. In the other parks, try one snack from each land. And pick a restaurant or two that you haven’t tried yet. There are so many great, new restaurants to check out in Disney Springs. Eating for two never tasted so good.
Take breaks. If you’re like me, people watching is one of your favorite pastimes. Especially at Walt Disney World. Find a shaded spot, with your water and snack, and sit back and enjoy the crowds as they rush by. If you’re pregnant with little ones in tow, plan to find the perfect viewing area for parades and fireworks. Bring a comfortable blanket and grab your spot early.
Take pictures! The Memory Maker photo package is always an option that will ensure you have lots of photos to remember your magical vacation. But all you really need is a camera phone and your significant other to take some bump shots in your favorite spots. If the timing of your trip works, plan a reveal photo to announce your pregnancy or the gender of the baby. Where a special short or make signs to hold in the photos. You can event get the characters involved!