Going on a vacation where you are on your feet 80% of the day may not seem ideal to some pregnant women, but a lot of women do it. When I was 8 months pregnant, I was one of those women that decided to conquer Disneyland. Do not buy into the misconception that you can’t go to Disneyland while pregnant, there are still plenty of sights to see, rides to ride, and delicious food to fill your pregnant hearts desire. Call me crazy, but it was actually one of my more favorite trips because I was able to enjoy the little things around the parks. Yes, you don’t get to ride the big thrill attractions, but it is still a fun experience. Here are my top 10 rides and a few tips for women with a little Mouseketeer on the way:
10. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: I put this at the end not because it’s my least favorite, but because you will need to use caution so you will not get sick, especially if you’re in your first trimester. If that is the case, I’d avoid it all together!
9. Haunted Mansion: If you are a fan of taking a spin in the doom buggies, the happy haunts will gladly have you as a guest!
8. Jungle Cruise: Don’t worry they won’t mistake you along the way for the hippopotamus that you think you are (you’re really not as big as you feel you are, trust me) Afterwards, treat yourself to a dole whip at the Tiki Juice Bar! One of my favorite pregnancy craving at the parks!
7. Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage: This ride is enjoyable, but there are two stipulations for pregnant women. If you are extra claustrophobic while pregnant or claustrophobic at all, this isn’t the ride for you. Also, if you are further along with a bigger belly, it will be a little more difficult to maneuver in and out of the vessel. Other than that, Bon voyage!
6. The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure: One of the more tame rides at California Adventure, but still entertaining to go on.
5. Peter Pan’s Flight: This might be considered a kiddie ride, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s a must stop pregnant or not, but it is definitely on the pregnant friendly list.
4. It’s A Small World: Another boat ride that is a perfect ride for pregnant women, or anyone for that matter. If you already have older children that can’t ride the big rides yet, this is a perfect opportunity for you both to enjoy a trip around the world.
3. Toy Story Mania: This is a fun ride to enjoy with the whole family and is considered safe for pregnant women. Since you miss out on the bigger attractions, bonding with family on rides like this is a lot of fun.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: There are two minor drops on this ride, but it’s nothing to worry about. This is about as thrilling as the rides get for pregnant women at the parks, but who doesn’t get excited for pirates?
1. Soarin’ Over California: This ride is already relaxing, but add in some swollen feet and water retention and a simple relaxing ride to everyone else, becomes a pregnant woman’s hang gliding oasis. I loved going on this ride, especially when everyone else was on the bigger rides that aren’t advised to go on while pregnant.
#1 Drink lots of water! I cannot stress this enough! Hydration is extra important while pregnant. Also, misting fans are very helpful.
#2 Consult your Doctor before going: I listed these rides from a personal opinion only. I am not an expert and it’s very important to discuss everything with your doctor before you head out on a trip, especially if you are prone to complications.
#3 Rest when you need to and don’t worry about keeping up with your group.
#4 Become familiar with the park restroom locations.
#5 Adhere to the ride restrictions. Yes, they can’t technically refuse to let you go on the bigger rides, but do not be tempted. It is not worth the risk. No matter if you are in your first, second, or third trimester it makes no difference. The advisories are there for a reason.
Most of all; see the shows, take it slow, stroll the shops, take in the sights, document your bump at the parks and “wander” the Disneyland Resort from a new perspective!