I’m not going to relay my whole Disney experience, because frankly, I’m lazy. Plus there are tons of blogs out there already about DDWP (Doing Disney While Pregnant.) Instead I’ll just say a few things.
Definitely be prepared and know that this won’t be like any of your other Disney trips. Don’t put pressure on yourself to ride all the rides, even the ones you can do. Most rides have a posting out front if you’re not supposed to ride them while pregnant. The “craziest” ride I did was the Toy Story shooting one at MGM. (I know it’s called Disney Hollywood now, but whatev. It’s still MGM to me.) If you’re feeling a little tired and you see a bench, take a seat. Have someone grab you a drink, and just sit back, relax and people watch. Or pop into one of the less crowded sit-down “shows” like Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom.
In fact, be prepared to give up on some of your favorites. I fully intended to get a Dole Whip, but the line was forEVER and I was pretty done at that point :( (PS did you know Dole Whips are vegan?! Sigh…next time.)
If you’re not staying at a Disney property, double-check your hotel’s shuttle times before you check in. Ours ended up being pretty inconvenient. If yours is too, you might want to change hotels. The last thing you want, at the end of a long day is to be stranded somewhere and have to wait forever to get back to your hotel. (Especially while pregnant.)
Wear comfy shoes. Even if you’ve done Disney in flip-flops in the past, now is not the time to worry about fashion. In fact, just dress comfy all around. Seriously.
The one thing you must absolutely try to do, is take pictures with costumed characters! And then when you do, ask them to place their hand on your belly. Some of them will get clever and do other cute poses as well! Here are mine:
All of these were taken at Epcot, they had the shortest lines for characters. I don’t recommend asking the non mask-wearing characters (Princesses, etc) to do fun stuff like this, because it can get awkward. Trust me. There was a relatively short waiting time for Tinkerbell at the Magic Kingdom, so I went for it. It was just…weird. The only exception I’d say would be Gaston! But he is too famous now and had a loooong line! I bet he would have been pretty funny though.
I plan on putting all of these in one frame and hanging it in the baby’s room! :)
Oh, and also…I was about 12 weeks in these pics. I felt much bigger than I actually looked! Because of bloat, I was already wearing maternity shorts, they were so comfy!
So anyway, there you go. Short and sweet and maybe a little tip you might not have thought of :) Anyone else ever DDWP? Or plan to?