Going to Disneyland while pregnant isn’t as bad as you might think it is. The park has a lot of accommodations for new parents as well as expecting mothers.
This guide will be your starting point and direct you with which hotels are best for expecting parents at Disneyland, where to take awesome Disney maternity pictures and best of all how to navigate Disneyland while pregnant!
I’ve personally gone to Disneyland while pregnant (8 times now). 3 of those times I was in the first trimester and the other 5 times were during the second and third trimester.
But before we jump into all the amazing things you can do at Disneyland while pregnant I want you to know that each and every pregnancy is different and you should always consult your Doctor about traveling and riding any attraction.
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The Ultimate Guide to Doing Disney While Pregnant
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Before going on your trip – do a little research. You’ll want to have these things ready to go:
- Download the Disneyland APP – it’s FREE
- Use Ebates to book your hotel & get cash back
- Pack Lightly – Comfortably
- Verify which rides to go on / can’t ride
- Get the Best Tips for a fun Disney trip
How To Get The Best Disney Hotel And Cash Back that are perfect for Expecting Families
Every time we go on a trip, I always search Ebates first. It is such a good habit to start doing if you aren’t already.
Ebates if you haven’t heard is a rebate app that is 100% free to use and gives you cashback for things you are already planning on purchasing.
So how do you use it to find Disney Hotels? Super Easy!
You just download the Ebates app, go to the section Travel & Vacations and enter the dates and city you plan to visit. For Example:
Always check Ebates for any online purchase to see if you can get cashback!
What Rides are Safe for Pregnant Women At Disneyland?
- Disneyland Monorail – entrance is by Finding Nemo (please note this ride does not have air conditioning)
- Astro Orbitor – you can go alone if you are far along or fit two if you are a little smaller (if you go during first trimester the spinning may make you nauseous)
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – has a padded lap bar that may be uncomfortable in later pregnancy
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – very tight space and has spiral stairs to go in and out of (better for first trimester)
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey – cart is a little small, lap bar may feel uncomfortable
- Snow White’s Scary Adventure – cart is a little small, lap bar may feel uncomfortable
- Casey Jrs Circus Train – try to get an open cart instead of a cage (easier to get in and out)
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mad Tea Party – best for moms in first few weeks, if you’re further along skip this one
- Storybook Land Canal Boats – may be a little weird to find balance when getting in and out of the boat.
- It’s a Small World
Main Street U.S.A Rides:
- Disneyland Railroads
- Horseless Carriage
- Horse-Drawn Street Cars
- Fire Engine
Wait times for these 4 rides are usually short because people walk right past them.
Related: Disney Lover’s Pregnancy Guide (from clothes to accessories Disney style)
New Orleans Square Rides:
- Pirates of the Caribbean – It has two small dips in the beginning. After that it is so much fun
- Haunted Mansion – yes air conditioning, grab a fast pass for this ride (the line is usually long)
- The many adventures of Winnie The Pooh – no lap bar yay!
- Jungle Cruise – one of my favorites, I go on each and every time. *also grab a dole whip while you wait in line!
- Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
- Mark Twain Riverboat
Mickey’s Toontown Rides:
- Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin
- Visit each Character’s home (it’s all walk-able and shaded)
Which Rides To Avoid While Pregnant At Disneyland
Straight from Disney: check out their expectant mothers adversary warning on ridesDisney
Tomorrowland Rides To Avoid:
- Hyperspace Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventure Con.
Fantasyland Rides To Avoid:
- King Arthur’s Carousel – optional* but I just don’t find it fun unless my little guy is with me
- Mad Tea Party – for moms further along in their pregnancy
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
Critter Country Rides To Avoid:
- Splash Mountain
Adventureland Rides To Avoid:
- Indiana Jones Adventure
Frontierland Rides To Avoid:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Mickey’s Toontown Rides To Avoid:
- Gadet’s Go Coaster
Tips For Going To Disneyland During The First Trimester
If you have been having nausea or morning sickness during this time, I have a few great tips to help you out and keep you having fun at Disneyland.
Before going any further I have to let you guys know that a “Disneyland Pregnancy Pass” is NOT real. You can TRY (keyword here is trying) to get a Disability Access Pass but more than likely they will not give you the pass.
You can also opt for getting a wheelchair (once you are further along) but you will still have to wait or return at specific times for an attraction.
Wearing the Correct Clothing During The First Trimester @ Disneyland
This is a great tip no matter which trimester you are in, but I found that I would get really tired if I wore sandals while at the park during my first trimester.
To avoid my feet from hurting, my next visit was in sneakers and just that change alone made the day more bearable.
I personally like to wear maternity jeans and a tee shirt. (for each trimester this is my go-to outfit at the parks) *except if you do Maternity Pictures at the park*
Pro Tip: If you are having morning sickness when you go to the park, take lemon drops or ask at different food locations for a lemon wedge and suck on it. Lemon is a natural morning sickness suppressant.
Did you know you can take your own food and water into Disneyland? This is awesome for expecting moms! (or anyone really)
Because you will be on your feet so much (in lines, walking to and from places) you are going to be needing to stay hydrated.
If drinking water is hard for you normally. I highly recommend you do this:
Pro Tip: Set an alarm every 1.5 hours to make sure you are drinking water. Carry a water bottle with you in every line, and because of this added water intake, download the Disney App to find the nearest restroom!
If you are staying close to the park you may also want to consider taking a mid-day nap as it does get hot in Anaheim (no matter what season you go)
Disneyland While Pregnant Second Trimester
This is the best time to go. You pass the hurdle that is the first trimester and you start to feel better. Your bump isn’t incredibly huge and you can keep more food down. AWESOME!
During this time it is best that you do as many rides that feel comfortable. Some of the rides that have a lap bar may now start to feel uncomfortable with your growing bump.
Keep drinking water and use the same Drinking Water Hack as mentioned for the first trimester moms.
I also suggest that you use this time to take Maternity Pictures at the park.
Best Places to take Maternity Pictures at Disneyland:
- In front of the Castle (really early morning, by rope drop time, the moment they open) You get less people in the background
- Snow White’s Wishing Well
- Minnie’s House in Toontown
- It’s a Small World side wall
- Main Street U.S.A – Main Street Cinema Stairs
- The Mad Hatter Shop In Fantasyland (by the teacups is the White Rabbit’s mini door – great for photo-ops)
- Trail by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (facing the water, usually not crowded)
Disneyland During The Third Trimester
During your third trimester Disneyland visit you may start feeling a little uncomfortable getting in and out of rides. You may also start to tire more easily.
Did you know they have seating and shade all around Disneyland?
Pro Tip: Take multiple breaks, sitting and lifting your legs to ease yourself and help relax.
One of my favorite places to take breaks in was the Baby Center (and yes it’s perfect for expecting mothers) You normally see breastfeeding & pumping moms in the Baby Center.
This is perfect to go into some air conditioning and sit for a bit (normally not crowded)
Pro Tip: To avoid walking while in the Third Trimester use Disney’s Railroad to get from one area of the park to another
Extra Tips for doing Disney while Pregnant!
Take a lot of fruit
Ziplock bags of mango, watermelon, melon, and oranges were my go-to. Stick them in a backpack with an ice pack and you are set to keep yourself hydrated with fruit!
Bring your own water bottle
A large water bottle that can stay cool for 8+ hours will work perfectly! And it helps that you don’t have to spend $5+ for a water bottle at the park itself.
Listen to your body
If you don’t feel well, start to feel sick, or just don’t feel comfortable going on certain rides. Relax, sit down, drink water, and don’t go on rides that you don’t feel comfortable going on!
With all this information I know you are bound to have a fun and magical Disney adventure right now while you are expecting. Let’s review the major things we went over to make sure you have everything you need!
- Use EBATES to get your Hotel & set up your vacation
- Download the Disneyland App & get used to it
- Wear comfortable clothes / Stay Hydrated
- Look over the do ride & do not ride list
- Each trimester will have its perks and let-downs for going
- Bring all the snacks!