Enjoying Walt Disney World While Expecting

Aleisha M. (NDM#150) (46 Posts)

Growing up inn the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Aleisha has never let distance stop her from enjoying Walt Disney World vacations. From an early age, whether it be on a family vacation or tagging along with a friend on her vacation, she fell in love with the magic and the joy that Disney brought. Now making her own memories as a DVC member with a Star Wars obsessed little boy, she tries to capture the same magical feelings into every day life. She has quickly established a reputation with friends, relatives and coworkers as a real-life Belle. Always with a book in her hand and available to help others plan their magical Disney vacations.

Beyond Disney, Aleisha is a lover of all genres of music; craves a good concert from time to time, considers her food allergies a blessing rather than a curse and can be seen at the good old hockey game during the NHL season.


 

So you’re going to Walt Disney World. You have spent endless amounts of time planning; from carefully planning dining reservations around your Fastpass+ schedule to figuring out which Disney snack you will put your hands on first. You may even get the entire family involved as you count down until arrival day hits. Admit it, you are just as excited as your kid(s) are.

Then you find out you are expecting.

Suddenly a thousand questions come about. Will I still be able to enjoy the trip? Will I have to sit on the sidelines while my family does everything? What about food? Perhaps I should just cancel the entire trip all together?

HAUNTED MANSIONWell take it from me, who has done the parks while expecting, I assure you there is no need to cancel, worry or fret that you won’t be able to enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation while pregnant.  Yes, you may have to rearrange some plans, understand that some rides are not recommended for expectant mothers (Space Mountain, Test Track, Everest and Splash to name a few) yet there are still plenty that you can ride and experience. My advice is not to focus on the ones you can’t do, but rather take in the ones that you can. Sure your kids can ride Space Mountain while you have to sit out, but don’t let that stop you from grabbing one of them and playing eye spy on The People Mover. And don’t forget you can still enjoy the friendly ghost of The Haunted Mansion.

What about those Fastpasses that you had? It is a little bit of a bummer that you may not be able to use them, but don’t forget you can rearrange them before you go and even while you are down there. In fact, my husband and I decided to forgo them all together for one or two days and did the parks and the rides on the whim. It had been years since we did that, and it was nice not having a plan to rely on. It also allowed for the freedom for me to rest without feeling guilty that I was missing or having him miss something,

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photo credit: Disneyland

Spend a day devoted to watching the parades and doing some of the other activities .Yes many do this to begin with, but for others we are too busy trying to get to the Fastpasses that we overlook such things as parades and activities like The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card game. It’s often these moments, when we are not rushing around but observing, taking it all in, that we look back and think about as some of our favorite moments of the trips. So STOP and ENJOY.

If you are a foodie now is the perfect time (and the perfect excuse) to enjoy a taste around the World Showcase at EPCOT.  Perhaps you can’t drink around the World, but eating for two means you have the ability to test out all the tasty treats each individual country brings. And while you are at it, have one of the cast members from each country sign congratulations on something for your little one in their native language, not only does it allow for you to rest, but makes for a great take home souvenir for your little one.

If you are staying on property, take in a movie on the lawn at your resort; enjoy a lazy day by the pool. And if you are feeling up to it, try resort hopping, which is one of my favorite things to do. Not only does it get you out of the room for a bit but allows you the opportunity to check out where you want to stay for future trips.

So yes, you may have to take a lot of breaks here and there but there are still plenty of things to do while you are expecting to make it a magical vacation.

Be sure to drink a lot of water, get plenty of rest and talk to your doctor before going, chances are most will be fine with your trip but they will definitely let you know how much you can do, and if nothing more it will ease your mind.