Are you and your family taking a trip to Disney World soon? Being pregnant is tiring enough without having to walk around a hot (but super fun!) park all day. Here are my tips for surviving Disney World while pregnant.
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If you have been following my blog long enough, you would know just how much my family LOVES all things Disney! My parents took me every year they could since I was 6 months old. My husband and I met there almost 8 years ago and have been coming back AT LEAST twice a year ever since. Needless to say, I think we know our way around the Disney World parks!
This February, we found out were were pregnant with our first child, and what better place to announce our little miracle baby than Disney World! So, after our first doctors appointment and a few weeks of preparing, we hopped in the car and drove down to Orlando to tell my husband’s parents as well as make our big announcement.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 Steven and I are SO excited to announce that Baby Weaver is making his or her appearance in the fall of 2018! 2 and a half years of praying, wishing, struggling and many emotional days were all SO worth it. MY GOD IS AMAZING!!!❤️ He answers prayers! We couldn’t be more excited and thankful to God and all our family and friends for praying with us. 💕
Doing Disney World while pregnant can be TOUGH, but it is definitely worth it and sooooo much fun! I was only about 7 weeks pregnant when we went for the first time this pregnancy, but I think that week was the most challenging for me! I was struggling so much with nausea from morning sickness and extreme fatigue that I didn’t feel like walking to the car much less walking through a huge park. In February, it wasn’t extremely hot in Florida, but it sure wasn’t cold either! So the heat didn’t make it any better for me! But I got through it because of these tips. I enjoyed our time so much and it is definitely a trip I will remember forever.
Now Steven and I are only a few more weeks away from our next trip, and I will be 23 weeks pregnant! I’ll have to deal with the July heat, but with these tips I’m about to share with you I think I will make it through and have an amazing time with my hubby on our baby moon; even with swollen feet 😃
So, if you are planning a trip to Disney while your pregnant, I hope these tips can help you survive the heat and all that walking! I know they sure have helped me!
Drink LOTS of water and eat lots of protein filled snacks
This might seem like a given, but it is so important. When you are walking around in the heat you probably don’t feel like making sure you eat/drink enough. But your sweet baby needs you to stay hydrated and full! You are allowed to bring in one water bottle per person and also a few snacks if you don’t want to pay the prices in the park. My advice is to bring a refillable water bottle that keeps ice well (like a Yeti cup, I LOVE mine!) and stop by the nearest restaurant or food truck to get a cup of ice water. It’s free and you don’t have to worry about your water getting hot! Some good snacks to bring are things like granola or cereal bars, 100 calorie snack packs, nuts, chips, or anything that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. We bring a backpack with us in the parks so snacks like these fit perfectly in them.
Bring a Frogg Toggs Chilly Sport Band to keep yourself cool
These things are a LIFESAVER! This should definitely be on your packing list for Disney or any other hot destination. The chilly sport band is a cooling towel that you wet (but stays dry) and keeps you cool up to 30 degrees. It can also protect your skin from the sun! I usually where it around my neck to wipe my face when I get hot. It is seriously perfect for those super hot days in the sun. I absolutely love mine and take it everywhere in the summer, and the best part is they are only $12.94! You can get one here from Amazon. If this isn’t something you think you’d like but still want something to keep you cool, try a handheld fan like this one (that you can charge with a USB) or you could buy a fan at the park that has a water sprayer with it.
Another thing that sounds like a given, but also important! Getting sunburnt while pregnant is especially painful, so make sure you head to the store to pick up a bottle or two before your trip (otherwise you will pay an arm and a leg for one bottle at the park!)
Rest often in an air conditioned place
I don’t know about y’all, but when I get too hot I get SICK. And then I’m no fun. I have to have some kind of air conditioning every once in a while on a hot day. Since you are walking in the heat so much, you need to make sure you rest your feet and your body often and as much as you need. Take a few minutes to sit down in a table service restaurant or even go to the First Aid department in the park. I’m telling you, those ladies keep that air blasting in there and that is probably the best place to sit down and rest for a while! Don’t feel bad for taking all the breaks you need. You are growing a little human and it’s taking a toll on your body. Your family can take a few minutes to wait on you! 😉
Make a day for the water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon
I personally have never been to a Disney World water park (but I want to go SO badly! It’s on my bucket list), but I have heard they are amazing and perfect for a hot day! When you want to take a break from the parks but still have fun outside, try a water park for a day. You have to buy a separate ticket from the park, but they are actually cheaper than the park and a great way to relax and stay cool. There aren’t many rides there for pregnant women (because water slides are unfortunately a no-no), but you could enjoy relaxing in the lazy river or take a dip in the pool. I really hope to get there one day!
Have a pool day at your Disney resort hotel
Disney World hotels have the best pools no matter where you choose to stay. They are big enough to accommodate a bunch of people and are so adorably themed. I love them! If you need a day to rest and recuperate, skip the parks and stay by the pool! Every resort has a nice restaurant where you can grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between so you don’t ever have to leave the hotel unless you want to. If any of the non-pregnant adults in your party would like a specialty drink, there is a poolside bar where they can grab their favorite. AND your room is only a short walk away where you can go take a nap when you are ready to get out of the sun. Saves you money AND you get to take a nap; what could be better? 😉
Wear loose, comfortable clothing
Okay, so this is probably another given, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women (AND pregnant women) come into the park wearing fancy, top dollar dresses and high heels. By the end of the day I see them again and they look SO exhausted and uncomfortable, and I can understand why! Don’t try to just go for the “cute” look, go for the “cute and comfy” look. I can promise you if you wear uncomfortable clothing and shoes you WILL regret it 30 minutes or less into walking in the park. I’ve been there and done that and I will never do it again, especially pregnant! Try wearing a cute sports bra with a pretty flowy top and some black exercise capris, or go for some soft shorts and a cute t-shirt. Whatever you feel most comfortable in, wear it! If you have a comfortable bathing suit, you could wear that with a casual t-shirt dress over it. The reason why I say that? There are several spots in the parks where they have sprinklers and fountains for kids to run around in. Hey, you’re carrying a kid right? Take full advantage of that part of the park when you want to! 😉
Choose rides that will cool you off
We have several staple rides that we ALWAYS go on at every visit to the parks. These are actually the rides that keep us the most cool and the ones that are pregnancy friendly! Our staple rides at Magic Kingdom are the People Mover (we ride this on repeat sometimes), The Carousel of Progress (more of a show, but it has air conditioning nonetheless!), The Haunted Mansion, The Pirates of the Caribbean (you might get splashed on this ride!), and Peter Pan’s Flight. At Epcot, we love Spaceship Earth (the ball), Living with the Land (a boat ride through a garden), Frozen Ever After, Journey into Imagination with Figment, and Soarin’ (our favorite!). At Hollywood Studios, we like to see any of the inside shows and also ride Toy Story Mania. At Animal Kingdom, It’s Tough to be a Bug! is great! We usually love to ride the Kilimanjaro Safari’s, but I think the bumpiness would not be good for you while pregnant, so I would skip that one!
There are SO many places in all of the parks to find ice cream and other cold treats. There are tons of food trucks, quick service and table service restaurants that serve them. Our favorite ice cream shop is in Magic Kingdom on Main Street, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor! Get the brownie sundae, it is AMAZING!
Go to the parks at night
We do this all the time because it is much cooler at night. And it gives us time to sleep-in in the mornings! Plus, the firework shows at night are the best and you can’t miss them!
Ride the train around Magic Kingdom
If you want a break from walking but need to get somewhere, take a ride on the Walt Disney World railroad! There are stops at Main Street, Fantasyland, and Frontierland and it’s a great way to see the “backstage" parts of Magic Kingdom. It gives a great breeze too!