Visiting Disneyland Tips


Tom had been planning to go to a conference in California for the last few months. Leading up to it we decided that we didn’t want to risk going with a high risk pregnancy. As time went on we kept getting good news and our OBGYN went from saying it wasn’t a good idea to we could go as long as we were prepared. We made sure we were by a good hospital and that I would have plenty of time off my feet between fun. So 2 weeks before Tom was going to leave we booked tickets to go with him. Very last minute, but it would be nice to go with Audrey before a new baby arrived. Plus we all needed a vacation.

We stayed at a Homewood Suites less than a mile from the parks. It was a nice hotel for families because it had a kitchen, living room, bunk bed, and king size bed. Breakfast and WIFI were also included which is a very important perk for families. We went Friday-Wednesday and that was plenty of time to rest between Tom’s meetings and seeing the parks.

The biggest obstacle we faced was having a good, exhausting day while already being tired and pregnant all the time. Here are some tips for all you pregnant momma’s heading to Disneyland.

1) If you are going to rent a wheel chair make sure you do it when you first arrive. Disney doesn’t offer half day discounts so to get your moneys worth and rent in the morning and use all day. Also the wheel chair rentals are outside of the park on the Disneyland side. You must be 16 or older to rent the motorized wheel chairs. Don’t forget your stroller! I recommend bringing your stroller even for older children. We have a BOB and we will probably use it for Audrey until she’s 6 or 7 for theme parks. Seeing all the double BOBs at Disney convinced us to buy one just for this purpose.


2) Bring your water bottle and pack your snacks. Having water with you wherever you go is so important during pregnancy. Also Disney lets you pack a lunch and bring it in so take advantage of that and save money. I would get hungry for a snack every hour so having a backpack full of food really helped.

3) Hit the most popular rides first. When you arrive (hopefully in the morning) head straight to the most popular rides so you can avoid huge lines. We went straight to the Pirates of the Caribbean to get that out of the way. Keep in mind that in Disneyland (not California Adventure) you can skip most lines when you have a wheel chair!  Talk to your doctor about what rides you can go on. We only avoided rides with height restrictions or ones that listed not safe for pregnancy.

4) Treat yourself! Make sure to save room for ice cream. It’s nice to be able to stop and order something sweet to enjoy with the family.

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5) Prepare yourself for a long day! Get lots of rest the day before you go. Swelling is not a fun part of pregnancy so make sure you take a little rest from the activity every hour or so. Make sure you see the shows! They are wonderful and you can rest while watching. Your map will have the show times listed.

6) Find a spot for fireworks and parades an hour before it starts. Spots fill up so quickly so make sure you get there early. It’s a nice opportunity to sit and rest, maybe eat a snack.

7) Know where all the bathrooms are! We had a tough time finding the bathrooms when we first arrived. DISNEY PLEASE MAKE MORE BATHROOMS! We pregnant women are dying trying to find them. I was drinking a lot of water so I needed to use the bathroom a lot, what a pain.


8) Make your dinner reservations way ahead of time. The restaurants fill up weeks before you arrive so do it online when you make the rest of your travel arrangements. There are lots of concession stands if you are not interested in restaurant dining. As long as you know where your meals are coming from you’ll be happy and pregnant.

9) Bring an umbrella for shade. I forgot to bring mine but last year at Disney World I ended up buying one there. The sun takes it’s toll on you, especially if you are pregnant. I had a hat, but sitting waiting for the parade I really wished I had my umbrella. Also don’t forget things like sunblock and hand sanitizes.

10) Pack your extra battery packs. I packed extra batteries for my cameras but we forgot out phone batteries. By the end of the day our phones would be dead. We used the app all day so it would drain out batteries. Next time I’m going to buy a battery case for my iphone.

Making memories at Disneyland is so much fun. Take as many pictures as you can. Make sure you take a lot of belly shots in the park! That will be a nice memory once your baby is old enough to go to Disney. You can take a picture holding him at the same spot you took the belly shot.


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