Post # 1
Darling Husband booked our first trip to Disney and Universal Studios back in March as a 3rd wedding anniversary present…now the trip is a week away and I’m 8 weeks pregnant! I’ve read lots of tips on dealing with the heat/morning sickness/etc. while pregnant, but I was wondering if any of you momma/pregant bees had been to an amusement park while pregnant?
I’m most concerned about the rides– which ones I can/can’t ride on (I think that they post warning signs). Also, has anyone been to Harry Potter World in Universal? If so, is the Harry Potter ride too rough for pregnant women?
My doctor won’t see pregnant patients until they’re 12 weeks or else I would have brought this up at an appointment. Thanks all!!
Post # 3
I feel like almost every ride at disneyland says not to ride if you’re pregnant (I’m sure some of it is because they have to make sure nobody can sue them if they had anything go wrong). You might not be able to go on a lot of rides, but the atmosphere is great an the food is good (but expensive!). I would just say to take it really easy on yourself. That’s a lot of walking to do for a tired pregnant lady!
Post # 4
Almost all rides will say not to ride when pregnant just to cover themselves. However, if a ride goes very slow and is just on a track or a circle, it’s probably ok. Things like Small World, Peter Pan ride, Snow White’s Adventure, Haunted Mansion etc would be ok. I would stay away from Space Mountain, Thunder Railroad, and Splash Mountain. The shows (and air conditioning!!) will be your friend.
As for Universal… the Harry Potter ride is too rough for people who are not pregnant lol. Seriously, both my husband and I were SO motion sick/banged around from it. Luckily Universal has a lot of walk through/show things to do.
Extra tip- if you get tired, rent a wheel chair. You’ll have less lines to wait in and you can take a break from walking. (and of course drink lots of water, stay in the shade, etc)
Have a great trip and good luck with your pregnancy!
Post # 5
I went to disney in march at 25 weeks. There were only probably 3-4 rides that I couldn’t go on because I was pregnant. You should be fine. I avoided the roller coasters mainly. Th only one I got “kicked off” of was the astro orbiter, but that’s because we couldn’t get the safety belt around both dh and I, not specifically because I was preggers.
Post # 6
I would love to go to Disney while pregnant – just to soak up the atmosphere and the fun! I echo PP’s – take it easy, especially with the heat. Most if not all of the rides should have information on whether or not pregnant women should be riding, both in the park maps and at the entrance to the queue lines. Enjoy all the yummy food and the cute kids 🙂
Post # 7
I found out I was pregnant the day before we left for Disney in February. My doctor told me I could ride anything that didn’t make me fee like crap! If you google it, you’ll find a list of rides they recommend you avoid – its only a few at each park. I still went on the safari, but I did avoid test track, mission space, and rock n rollercoaster. There’s still plenty to do! PM Imelda for more details if you want.
Post # 8
Florida is pretty hot right now, especially next week’s forecast. I live an hour from Disney. I’d sugget that you bring an empty water bottle and keep hydrated. Most restaurants will fill it for free. Wear good shoes and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat. It is a LOT of walking but you can break it up with meals and shows. The nice thing about Disney is that they do free fast passes. I’d stay away from Universal. Most of the rides including Harry Potter would not be good for a pregnant woman. And the lines are soooo long unless you spend the extra $70/person for express that you get to do 4 rides in 12 hours. It’s ridiculous. We waited for the castle ride for 2.5 hours. It’s just not worth it.
Post # 9
There are plenty of rides you’ll be able to experience while pregnant — especially in the Magic Kingdom. Just steer clear of the roller coasters.
We went in March (not pregnant, though) and I purchased the Unofficial Guide Book to Walt Disney World, 2013. It is a great resource on ride intensity, as well as hints as far as touring schedules, best places to eat, etc.
I think the biggest concern will be the heat. Make sure to take sunscreen and stay hydrated. If you’re into wearing hats, I would recommend investing in a cute hat with a broad rim to shield your face from the sun’s rays. Most pregnant women I know burned a lot faster and the burns were a lot more intense while they were pregnant. And nothing ruins the fun in a vacation like a bad sunburn!
Also, I highly recommend investing in a comfortable pair of sneakers. I saw in the guidebook that they recommended carrying Moleskin in your purse in case you developed blisters on your feet. I thought it was unnecessary, but packed it anyway — and WOW, what a lifesaver for blisters! This stuff is cheap, and so helpful if you start developing blisters.
Enjoy your trip!!
Post # 10
OMG I want to go. I think you will be fine 🙂 I would consider the wheel chair though, lol.
Post # 11
@Cory_loves_this_girl: +1, sometimes I like to go to Disney just to walk around. It’s like being in a fairytale.
There are still a lot of easy, slower rides you can go on, as some PPs have mentioned! I don’t know about Universal. I haven’t been there in a long time, but from what I remember, most of the rides were kind of fast/rough.
Post # 12
I wasn’t pregnant for our last WDW/Universal trip but my sister was and we discovered that almost everything was good at Disney… minus some obvious ones like the roller coasters, motion simulators and the Tower of Terror…
At Universal, though, it ended up that pretty much everything was off-limits. Even their dark rides on a track were kind of rough compared to say, Peter Pans Flight at WDW.
Post # 13
I went to Disney at 26 weeks pregnant back in January. The only rides in the Magic Kingdom you can’t ride are the roller coasters. Darling Husband and I had such a great time, it was one of our best trips, actually! (And we live in Orlando and go all the time). Definitely stay hydrated and bring snacks and sunscreen.
As for Harry Potter, that ride is rough even not pregnant, as someone mentioned above. If your Darling Husband wants to ride it though, i would definitely suggest going through the line with him, its the only way to see inside Hogwarts castle, and is (in my opinion) the best part of the ride experience. Universal would probably entail more walking around enjoying the atmosphere vs riding a lot of rides, especially Islands of Adventure, the rides there are definitely more thrill rides.
Post # 14
There will be warning signs, but liks PPS have said the Harry Potter ride is without a doubt too roug to ride. Here’s a list of the rides that are unsafe to ride at Disney: http://www.wdwinfo.com/pregnancy.htm
The list is more extensive for Universal/IOA. Having trouble finding a site that gives an actual list, but going through their rides myself I would say you should definitely skip Revenge of the Mummy and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios because they’re coasters, and I’d be pretty iffy on Men in Black and The Simpsons Ride because they do jerk you around and can be quite rough, especially The Simpsons. At Islands of Adventures, definitely skip Jurassic Park River Adventure, Dragon Challenge, Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls, The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, Doctor Doom’s Freefall, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – I know that’s a very long list, but the rides there are rougher and all of these either have major hills and/or jerk you around a ton and are definitely unsafe.
Post # 15
I haven’t done actual amusement parks since I got PG but I have been to the zoo and the safari park. I think the most important thing is to listen to your body and to take it easy. When I was around 9 weeks, I felt nauseous and exhausted all the time, so I personally couldn’t conquer an entire amusement park but each woman is different. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear comfy shoes and know your limits!
If you’re remotely nauseous, I would caution against riding any ride that’s not super slow because that might cause you to want to lose your lunch. 🙂
Post # 16
I am not pregnant but we did our honeymoon at WDW last May. While there will of course be gentle rides you can go on I would mainly be concerned with the heat and overall discomfort. You can’t really take it easy in 90+ degree heat with 90% humidity while walking miles and miles. Just pay attention to how you feel, stay hydrated and remember to rest and sit when you have the opportunity.