How to Survive Disney Pregnant – Part I

Yes, yes I am pregnant in this picture 🙂
6 months actually

Pregnancy! It’s such a fun thing to experience as I’ve come to understand. I originally wrote this piece during my first pregnancy and have now experienced multiple trips to Disneyland while pregnant and while nursing. I’ve researched all the park rides and have tested all the services available for our use and am here to share what I’ve learned. Since I had so many questions my first time around and have many things to share, I’ve decided to make this a three-part post.

As any new mother would, I had a lot of questions. However, my main question concerning Disneyland was “Which of all the attractions can I ride?”

I decided to do a little research to understand what I should and should not do while expecting. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the folks at Disney have published quite a bit to help us expecting moms, and I’ve uncovered a lot thru my own research and experience. So, without further ado, let’s start with the thrill rides.

Thrill Attractions that specifically state, “Expectant Mothers should not ride”:

Disneyland Thrill Attractions

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mtn.
  • Indiana Jones
  • Matterhorn
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours

California Adventures Thrill Attractions

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Incredicoaster
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Grizzly’s River Run (temp. closed)
  • Radiator Springs Racers

These attractions have warnings posted for your protection, but it’s a good idea to supplement this with your own research to make sure you understand the risks of each attraction. And, of course, consult with your physician about your trip to Disneyland for a more in-depth personal guide. Use your common sense and maternal instincts, especially if you’re close to your due date. The last thing any of us wants is to go into labor while at Disneyland, even if it means the kiddo will be born an honorary Disney citizen 😉 For more information regarding ride cautions please visit Disneyland’s official website.

Attractions without stated cautions for Expectant Mothers:

Disneyland Thrill Attractions

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Astro Orbitor (temp. closed)
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Davy Crockett’s Canoes
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • King Arthur Carousel
  • Mad Tea Party (spinning Ride)
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Roger Rabbit (spinning ride)
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

California Adventure Thrill Attractions

  • Golden Zephyr
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Mater’s Junkyard (spinning ride)
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round
  • Silly Symphony Swings (temp. closed)
  • Soarin’ Over the World (motion sickness warning)
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

Of course, common sense dictates that every expectant mother should weigh the risks of each attraction – even if it has no specific warning. You know your body, and you know what you can and cannot handle. Use caution for every attraction you consider going on.

If the rides aren’t enough, or if they’re not your cup of tea, try one of the many other attractions. Here are a few that I recommend:

Disneyland Attractions

  • The Disney Gallery
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Mark Twain River Boat
  • Mickey’s House
  • Minnie’s House
  • Tom Sawyer’s Island (a nice break from the crowd and the bathrooms aren’t usually crowded)
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse

California Adventure Attractions

  • Animation Academy
  • The Bakery Tour (free fresh sourdough bread slices!)
  • Redwood Creek Challenge (become a Wilderness Explorer!)
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
  • Turtle Talk with Crush (ask crush the names of his kids!)

One of my personal favorites is the Animation Academy, where you learn how to draw your favorite characters from a Disney artist! It’s also cool in there and not usually too crowded. I also love the nostalgia of the Main Street Cinema, where you can watch some of Walt’s earliest animations in an old time theater. It’s also out of the sun and away from the crowds (and they recently installed benches) . And I really enjoy Tarzan’s Treehouse, where you get to walk through snippets of the animated film, and at the end there is a “camp” where the young ones, and young at heart, can bang on pots and pans or climb a rope. And be sure to catch the many shows and parades that go on each day – they’re fun and exciting, and offer chances to rest the feet and hydrate – grab a guide in the park for show times!

People often ask me how I can go to Disneyland so often and never get bored, especially when pregnant. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s because there are so many rides, sights to see, and tons of hidden secrets just waiting for you to discover. The Magic is everywhere – even for expecting moms!

Check back soon for Part 2 of this series, and as always…
Keep Doin’ Disney Right!

-LittleRed

(All information regarding ride cautions was gathered directly from the Disneyland official website)

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2 comments On How to Survive Disney Pregnant – Part I

  • Since I’m not the blogger here, I can’t be held responsible for my opinion… BUT, I went on every ride in Disneyland except Space Mountain while 5 1/2 months pregnant. California Adventure wasn’t opened yet at the time. I find all Disney rides to be very smooth and safer than going on a bumpy road in a car, or chasing a toddler who is running away, but the Disney Corp. can’t take the chance that something might coincidentally happen after a pregnant visit to Disneyland so they HAVE to post the warnings. I would say that of all the rides I rode, I found Thunder Mountain to be a teensy bit nerve wracking and maybe stay off the bobsled if you are overly cautious but the rest in Disneyland are SO totally safe up to 6 months pregnant. They really are. IMO

    • BabyBizLiz, thanks so much for reading my blog about Expectant Mothers at Disneyland! Your interest and support motivate me to keep posting! I appreciate the fact that Disney has taken the time to think of us expectant mothers, and to be concerned about our safety, and about our enjoyment and comfort while on property. Its wonderful that you were able to enjoy so much of what Disneyland has to offer while you were pregnant, which is what I hope for all of us moms. Look for Part II of this post very soon, and as always, keep Doin Disney Right!

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