Congratulations! You’re Pregnant! But wait, does that mean you can’t go to Disneyland? Absolutely not! Here are some tips to ensure you still have a blast at Disneyland, even while pregnant.

What You Can and Can’t Ride

First of all, always talk to your doctor or midwife before riding anything. Depending on the doctor and your pregnancy, you may be able to ride anything you want during the first trimester However, there are some rides that, according to Disney, expectant mothers should not ride. They are:

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Gadget’s Go-Coaster
  • Indiana Jones Temple of the Forbidden Eye
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon–Smuggler’s Run
  • Rise of the Resistance (when it opens)
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

Disney’s California Adventure

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers

Must-Dos, Must-Haves, & Advice

  1. Pictures: This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take photos of your baby bump with Disney-themed backdrops…so take advantage! Any announcements? If you have not announced the gender, or even your pregnancy, to the world yet… Disneyland might be the perfect place to do it! Check out Pinterest for some awesome ideas.
  2. Free Water: Pregnant women need a lot of water (about a gallon a day, based on my doctor’s advice, but always make your own doctor’s advice over mine) to stay hydrated. And in California–where it can be humid and hot–it is especially important. There are several locations around the entire resort that offer free iced water. We highly recommend using a hydro flask and refilling it throughout the day.
  3. Take in the atmosphere: Use this opportunity to enjoy the parades, theatre shows, fireworks, and overall atmosphere of the parks instead of the rides. You’ll experience Disney like never before.
  4. Wheelchair/ECV Rental? While walking around is amazing for pregnant women, if you think it will be too much or even if your doctor recommends it, wheelchairs and ECVs are available at the front of each park. Wheelchairs are $12/day/chair (+$20 refundable deposit upon return). ECVs are $50/day/vehicle (+$20 refundable deposit upon return)
  5. Which Trimester? If you can help it, we recommend going to Disneyland during your second, or even your first, trimester. Most moms start feeling much more energized and less sick during their second trimester of pregnancy, which might make the trip more enjoyable. However, during the first trimester, depending on your doctor/midwife’s advice, you might be able to ride more rides. Talk to your healthcare professional to see what is best for you.
  6. Where to Stay: If you can, stay on Disney property. It’ll be a short walk! If not, stay at one of the Good Neighbor Hotels, which are usually within walking distance of the park.
  7. Take Breaks: Another reason to stay on property. It is also beneficial to plan ahead for when you will: stay off a ride and rest; when you’ll shop indoors; when you’ll snack, or even when you will just come back to the hotel to nap.
  8. Support System: Make sure your party knows what is going on and what your plans are to ensure everything runs smoothly.
  9. Bring Snacks: You will be hungry, nauseous, both, etc. and Disney snacks might not be appealing anymore. We suggest bringing something you know you will eat, just in case.
  10. Best Places to Take Breaks (and stay cool!): Star Wars Launch Bay (Tomorrowland); Tomorrowland Theatre; Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough (accessible experience); Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (accessible experience); Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (very little wait); Grizzly Peak or Art of Animation Studio (Hollywoodland).