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”:
- Big Thunder Mtn.
- Indiana Jones
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
- Goofy’s Sky School
- 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:
- 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
- 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 attractions I mentioned above aren’t your cup of tea, try some of these alternatives, they’ll keep the fun rolling and won’t tax your body:
- 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
- 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 out Part 2 of this post to see more tips and tricks to help pregnant moms enjoy the happiest place on earth!
And as always… Keep Doin’ Disney Right!
Here’s my disclaimer: The above is not intended as medical advice, and all of the information regarding attraction precautions for pregnancy was gathered directly from the Disneyland official website.