People say that Disney is supposedly the most magical place on Earth, and that may be true for most. But w you're carrying around a tiny human inside you and you think the temperature is pushing triple digits, going to an amusement park might sound more terrifying than anything else. Just because you're with child, however, doesn't mean you have to go without fun. You just need to know how to survive being pregnant at Disney World.
Before you look at me like I have two heads, it is doable to be at the park while dealing with the ups and downs of pregnancy. Having been born and primarily raised in Florida, going to theme parks was a fairly common activity for almost everyone I knew. And because of that, I've picked up a few trips on how to survive the most magical place on Earth even with a baby bump.
So whether you're going to the Magic Kingdom in your first trimester or your third, there are some basic hacks for making your time at "The House The Mouse Built" super easy. Check out these tips for how to survive being pregnant at Disney World. You might even make some magical memories while you're at it.
1. Bring A Misting Fan
No matter how hot it is outside, as a pregnant woman, you will most likely feel overheated at some point. Since you're carrying a child, it's important to stay cool. That's why I always take a personal misting fan to prevent heat exhaustion.
2. Research Ahead Of Time
The official Walt Disney World Help Center suggested that pregnant women find out in advance what attractions expectant mothers can enjoy at Walt Disney World Resort. This way you won't be stuck in lines or waiting around trying to figure out where you can and cannot go.
3. Go Early Or Late
In my experience, the crowds and heat aren't nearly as bad in the early morning or evening. If possible, try and adjust your schedule so that you can visit Walt Disney World when it's least busy and not too warm.
4. Allow Down Time
According to world-renowned travel guide Fodor's, you should build in plenty of rest breaks during your visit. After all, the The last thing you want is to overexert yourself and cut things short. The publication recommends taking in a show are Epcot and Hollywood Studios so you can rest and recharge, while still enjoying the trip.
5. Bring Snacks
Whether you're still battling morning sickness or you're at the point where you're pretty sure you could put a buffet out of business, it's smart to pack snacks to calm down or fill up your stomach. Plus, it saves you money in the long run since amusement parks have notoriously expensive food and beverage selections.
6. Grab A Guide
Just like IKEA, Disney has maps and directories at every turn. Not to mention the Disney map provides you with the locations of all bathrooms, according to USA Today, which is super helpful for moms-to-be.
7. Opt For Comfort
Disney requires plenty of walking, and your swollen feet will thank you for wearing comfortable shoes. Bonus points if you're confident enough to rock a sports bra and gym shorts, which I've totally done and it felt great.
8. Know The Rules
A mom friend of mine once made the very unfortunate mistake of bringing a backpack, stuffed to capacity, that she ended up having to leave at the Guest Relations office. According to the Walt Disney World Help Center, "you may not bring strollers larger than 36" x 52" (92 x 132 cm), suitcases, coolers or backpacks with or without wheels larger than 24" (61 cm) long x 15" (38 cm) wide x 18" (46 cm) high."
9. Stay Hydrated
This one probably seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how many tourists I've seen desperately asking where they can find water. According to Fodor's, Disney is required to give a free glass of water to anyone who asks, so take advantage of that.
10. Check In With Your Doctor
It might seem random, but you can never be too safe when you're pregnant. Any time you're planning a trip, it's a good idea to consult with your health care provider in case you have any questions or they have any precautionary guidelines.
11. Consider Swimwear
Many people who visit Disney World also choose to stay at one of their resorts. Regardless of where you're staying, though, you might want to bring (or wear) a swimsuit so you can take advantage of pools, splash zones, and other water areas to cool down and relax.