When I was pregnant with both of my kids, I knew I wanted to plan a babymoon – a time to relax and just enjoy the last few weeks of being a family of 2 (or 3 in the case of my second pregnancy).
For both babymoons, my family headed to Walt Disney World.
But hear me out…
When you have a watermelon sized belly, you are forced to move at a more relaxing pace and several rides at the parks are a no go – roller coasters, thrill rides etc. Having visited Walt Disney World both times I was pregnant, I can honestly say, it was the two most relaxing trips to the mouse’s house.
1. Visit During Low Season
If you can swing it, try to visit during low season or when it isn’t too crowded. Avoid major holidays and summer if you can. By visiting during low season, you’ll avoid long line ups – for food and rides.
Both times we babymooned at Disney World the longest I had to wait in line for a ride was 20 minutes.
Granted, we visited in early December and then late January so it was very quiet and crowds were quite low at the parks. Weather was great too because it was warm enough for my husband and daughter to do without jackets and winter gear while I was in a t shirt and capris for most of the trip – one of the benefits of being pregnant!
2. Take Advantage of Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane
If you want to go on the more popular rides (ones that pregnant women are allowed on of course), try to book those online before your trip. This will cut down on lining up completely as you can just walk onto the ride/show at the designated time.
3. Plan for Some Daily Downtime
Plan for some downtime every day – whether it be a nap or just people watching from a quiet spot in the park or hotel.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I took a few hours each day to either nap at the hotel or relax somewhere quiet. Lying in a hammock at the Grand Floridian is glorious by the way – even in December. If it looks like I’m stuck in the hammock in the picture above it’s because I am. Having a bump to deal with makes it a bit more difficult to get out of – my husband had to help me after he snapped this photo. 😉
For our second babymoon, I napped with our daughter every afternoon. It was the only way both her and I could make it to and enjoy dinner time and the rest of the evening. This was one of the reasons we love staying on-site! Disney’s transportation system makes it so easy to get back easily for some downtime.
4. Make Advance Dining Reservations
If you are on the dining plan or plan to eat at any sit down restaurants at the park, resort hotels or Disney Springs, make sure you make your reservations in advance instead of taking the chance of finding a table the day of.
It’s stressful researching menus and planning what you’re going to eat months or weeks in advance but it’s even more stressful having to wait 1.5 hours for a table.
5. Wear Flip Flops or Comfy Sandals
While flip flops or sandals aren’t the best shoe for Disney World trips because of all the walking involved, your feet are probably a bit bigger than normal. Or in my case a lot bigger. I went up a full size and my feet were unrecognizable due to swelling. Isn’t pregnancy fun?
Walking around in flip flops or sandals is much more comfortable than trying to stuff your sausage of a foot into running shoes.
I tried wearing new sandals (these are the ones that accompany me on every theme park vacation) on the first day of our trip (the first babymoon) and I was in so much pain after only one hour of walking around Magic Kingdom I had to go back to the hotel to change into my $1 Old Navy flip flops! So if you have time, make sure to break in your shoes or sandals, I can’t recommend it enough. Since then, I always make sure all my shoes are broken in properly before packing them into the suitcase!
6. Don’t Push Yourself
With four parks, Disney Springs and some incredible Disney owned resorts in the area, it’s hard not to want to see and do everything. This is not the time to race to be the first person on a particular ride each day or to make it for rope drop (when the parks open for the day).
You can do all of that during your next visit with baby in tow. When your baby gets older, you’ll HAVE to do all those things so you might as well relax now while you can!