Friday, July 17, 2015

Pregnant in Disneyland

This past weekend I left Bill at home and took a girls' trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!  It was a blast to be with all of my Disney geek friends!  Of course, Disneyland is a bit different when you are pregnant.  Truth be told, this wasn't my first pregnant trip--we had been there twice while pregnant, but it was before we made the big social media announcement, so we had to keep things hush hush. 

Now that it's out there, here are some tips and tricks to traveling to Disney while pregnant:

1. Bring lots of water and dress comfortably.  My friends were all cute, Disney bounding, and dressed in full Disney gear.  I opted for comfy shorts, a tank, and sneakers.  I also had a refillable water bottle attached to my bag that I kept full all day.  As it bumped my butt while I was walking, I was constantly reminded to drink lots of water.

2. Get a map.  If you're anything like me, you know those parks inside and out.  I never take a map, but on this trip, the map gave me two important pieces of info: where the closest bathroom was and what rides I needed to avoid.  Look for the red triangle, but common sense would tell you that it's most of the roller coasters.

3. Use FastPasses!  You can't ride the rides, but your friends and family will want to, so to make your wait at the exit shorter, take advantage of the FastPass service.  When all else fails, the single rider line works too.

4. Drink up!  We usually will stop for a drink at some of our favorite spots like Trader Sam's and Carthay Circle.  Of course, alcohol is off-limits, but I was surprised to see how many non-alcoholic options were available.  I'm talking fun mixed drinks, not just soda and lemonade!

5. Take a break.  I'm still deep into my "fatigue" stage of pregnancy where there is not enough sleep to be had.  Each day, mid-afternoon, we headed back to the hotel and rested for a few hours.  It was exactly what I needed to make it to midnight!

6. Enjoy the "others" at Disney.  There are a million fun things to do that have no big drops or free falls.  Parades, fireworks, and my personal favorite, the Animation Academy, can provide a ton of fun and entertainment.  Take this time to ride all the Fantasyland rides that you might skip for a spin around Space Mountain.  Oh...and don't forget about all of the great food (that could be it's own blog!).

Six isn't quite the best round number, but hey, that's where it ended!  Any other mamas-to-be have any other tips?  I have two more Disneyland trips planned while pregnant.  What am I missing?

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