Are you realizing you’ll be pregnant at Disneyland for your next Disney vacation? Keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland while pregnant, including where to take Disneyland maternity photos, what rides can you ride at Disneyland while pregnant, and whether or not the Disneyland pregnancy pass is a myth.
This post about visiting Disneyland while pregnant was originally published April 9, 2018 and was updated September 14, 2021 and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.
Are you pregnant and going to Disneyland?
You’re in luck! I have been there, done that. This guide will help you navigate the park while pregnant so you can enjoy your time at the happiest place on earth.
It includes everything from what rides are best for pregnant women, how to manage morning sickness at Disneyland, where to stay when visiting Disneyland with a baby bump, and much more!
You won’t have any worries or concerns once you read this ultimate guide to Disneyland while pregnant!
We cover every single question there is about managing a pregnancy at Disneyland in California.
Whether it’s finding out which rides are safe for pregnant women or if the Disneyland Pregnancy Pass is really a myth, we have got you covered with our comprehensive list of answers.
If there was ever an ultimate resource for managing a pregnancy at Disneyland in California, this would be it! You won’t regret reading through our guide today!
Keep scrolling to find out exactly what to do at Disneyland while pregnant. Plus, I’ve even included links to my favorite Disney maternity clothes!
Pregnant at Disneyland FAQs
Absolutely! There’s nothing stopping you from going to a theme park pregnant. However, there will be some ride restrictions, possibly food restrictions, and you might need to sit down and rest.
No. Doctors don’t recommend riding roller coasters while pregnant (any trimester) because the jarring motion could pull the placenta away from your uterus.
There are a LOT of smells at Disneyland. I recommend bringing some ginger chews and/or preggie pops in case some of the food smells make you nauseous. You can also pop into one of the Baby Care Centers to soak in some air conditioning, use the restroom, and sit down for a bit.
Where to Stay at Disneyland While Pregnant
One thing that can make or break your trip to Disneyland as a pregnant mom is where you stay. If you are too far from the Disney parks, it won’t be easy to return to your hotel in the middle of the day.
That’s why I recommend staying as close to the parks as you can.
DISNEY’S GRAND CALIFORNIAN HOTEL & SPA
This is the premier hotel if you are at Disneyland pregnant. I mean Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has it all.
Not only does it have several pools and world-class dining, but it features a luxurious spa. It even has its own entrance to Disney’s California Adventure Park. This is why it’s my top pick for where to stay at Disneyland pregnant.
It’s also super close to Downtown Disney District. You can purchase all the cute Disney baby clothes and accessories and have them sent directly to your room. Check the latest rates and availability.
The Disneyland Hotel is another great option for Disneyland accommodations while pregnant. It’s just a few steps away from the park entrances and close to the Downtown Disney District.
They have a steak restaurant that’s perfect for a Disney babymoon date night.
DISNEY’S PARADISE PIER HOTEL
We stayed at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel when I was pregnant and we loved it! Their customer service blew us away. They have a rooftop pool perfect for floating around.
You can also watch the fireworks while listening to a live synchronized broadcast of the soundtrack from the third-floor pool deck.
Plus, Donald’s Seaside Breakfast is right in the lobby. Check the latest rates and availability.
ANAHEIM FAIRFIELD INN
If you are looking for a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, the Anaheim Fairfield Inn is across the street from the park entrances.
The rooms are spacious and some face the parks so you can watch the firework shows from the comfort of your room.
Plus, there’s a Panera located in the parking lot. It’s a great way to grab a smoothie or simple food for your pregnant belly. Check the latest rates and availability.
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What Rides Can You Go on at Disneyland While Pregnant?
If you’re worried you won’t be able to go on rides at Disneyland while pregnant, don’t sweat it! You may be surprised just how many Disneyland rides for pregnant moms there are.
Depending on how far along you are, you may want to take a whole row to yourself. I’d recommend checking with your doctor or midwife before your Disneyland trip.
So, what rides can pregnant ladies ride at Disneyland? These are my all-time favorite pregnancy safe rides at Disneyland:
“IT’S A SMALL WORLD”
This is my favorite ride to do while pregnant at Disneyland. The music is so nostalgic and you get to see animated kids from around the world. I always get emotional and it will make you excited to bring a new baby into the world.
Plus, it’s air-conditioned and you get to float on water!
DUMBO THE FLYING ELEPHANT
Don’t worry! You can still ride one of Disneyland’s most iconic rides while pregnant! Opt to sit by yourself for maximum comfort.
You’ll appreciate the wind in your face and being able to control how high you travel.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
I was actually surprised by how pregnancy-friendly this ride is. Except for a couple of little dips, this ride is pretty calm. Sit back and enjoy the air conditioning.
Plus, Disney just removed the bride auction from the ride!
I’m a huge fan of the Jungle Cruise. I like the fresh air, the corny jokes, and transporting myself to another place. And it’s even better now that the Jungle Cruise movie is out!
I’d recommend picking up some fresh fruit in Adventureland or a Dole Whip to enjoy while you are waiting in line.
The following rides are also Disneyland pregnancy approved:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Astro Orbitor
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
- Disneyland Monorail
- Disneyland Railroad
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (although it may be difficult to get in/out)
- Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
- Golden Zephyr
- Haunted Mansion
- Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
- “it’s a small world”
- Jessie’s Critter Carousel
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
- Jungle Cruise
- King Arthur Carrousel
- The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
- Mad Tea Party
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monster’s Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Pixar Pal-A-Round
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- WEB-SLINGER: A Spider-Man Adventure
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What Rides to AVOID at Disneyland While Pregnant
I hate to break it to you, but roller coasters and pregnancy first trimester don’t mix. And prepare yourself that you cannot ride Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run pregnant.
Basically, you should stay away from any “thrilling” ride or one that jerks around a lot. These are the Disneyland rides pregnant women should avoid:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly Run River
- Guardian’s of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Indiana Jones™ Adventure
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
You can read the latest full list here.
Does the Disneyland Pregnancy Pass Exist?
Nope. Sorry, the Disneyland Pregnancy Pass is a myth.
However, pregnant women may be able to use the Disability Access Pass. You won’t get to skip the line, but it will let you avoid standing in line. Your body will thank you, trust me!
HOW TO GET THE DISABILITY ACCESS PASS
- Stop by a Guest Relations Main Entrance. There’s one at City Hall at Disneyland Park and one at the Chamber of Commerce near the main entrance at Disney California Adventure Park.
- Speak with a Guest Relations Cast Member. Tell them you are pregnant and they will determine if you qualify for the Disability Access Pass.
- Register for the Pass. You will show them your park ticket and a Guest Relations cast member will take your photo. Note: if you are Magic Key Passholder, this Disability Access Pass is good for 60 days!
- Get your first return time. Right after your pass is issued, ask for a return time. Once you have used that first return time, visit any Guest Relations kiosk at either park to get additional return times.
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No matter what stage of pregnancy you are during your Disneyland vacation, you need to take care of yourself. Lower your expectations of how much you will accomplish in one day. And each pregnancy is different.
Just because your friend didn’t take breaks doesn’t mean you won’t need to.
This is the easiest thing to forget to do at Disneyland. I’m guilty of it myself. But, Disney makes it SO easy.
Grab a reusable Disney water bottle like this one and head to any Disney restaurant for free water refills. I love that this Beauty & the Beast water bottle has timed reminders to keep drinking water!
I like to add just a little bit of fruit juice to mine to help me drink a bit more. You can also squeeze fresh fruit for infused water.
Pregnant tummies can be so finicky. You will be burning so many calories just walking around the park. It’s so important to eat to fuel your body.
I like to pack granola bars and almonds as my snack to eat while in line for food at the parks!
ENJOY DISNEY TREATS
You know how there’s that long list of foods pregnant women are supposed to avoid? Well, Disneyland has a ton of snacks that you CAN enjoy! And since you’re pregnant, it’s almost guilt-free. Right?
I’d recommend churros, Dole Whip, Mickey ear ice cream bars, and whatever your baby is craving!
This is a serious tip, ladies. You might feel pressured to spend the whole day at the park. This is a fatal mistake!
Chances are, you will push all morning and afternoon and need to be carted out of the parks before dinner. Your feet will be swollen and you’ll feel light-headed.
Instead, plan an afternoon break back at your hotel every day. Use that time to take a nap, cool off in the pool, or simply put your feet up in an air-conditioned room.
While you are in the parks, try to do one sit-down meal. This will give your feet a break from all the walking and it will force you to eat and drink.
And catch a few shows where you can sit down and relax a bit.
BABY CARE CENTER
Did you know you can use the Baby Care Center BEFORE your baby is born? This is the perfect spot to sit down in a quiet area to recharge. They have air conditioning.
Usually, it’s a lot of nursing moms and it’s just so peaceful.
You can also talk to the other moms to get tips for when you bring your baby to Disneyland!
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How to Manage Stages of Pregnancy at Disneyland
Disneyland While Pregnant: First Trimester
The first trimester of pregnancy can be rough. I was simply exhausted. Keep this in mind when you are figuring out your Disneyland accommodations.
You may need an afternoon nap just to function the rest of the day.
If you are visiting Disneyland during your first trimester, you might want to take it slow. Instead of trying to do a park in one day, try to spread it out over a few days.
And focus on one area of the park at a time so you aren’t running all over.
I’d avoid any spinning ride like Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (the infamous teacups.) I would also think twice about Dumbo the Flying Elephant if you think that might trigger nausea.
I’d also bring some ginger chews and crackers in case you need to settle your stomach. This will also help with the food smells at Disneyland.
Even your favorite Disneyland snacks may make you nauseous while pregnant.
So, you might also want to pack your own food or figure out which Disneyland restaurants offer food you can eat.
Disneyland While Pregnant: Second Trimester
This is the golden time to experience Disneyland while pregnant! You may have enough energy to spend the entire day at the park.
And hopefully, you aren’t experiencing morning sickness at Disneyland, so you can take advantage of all the yummy snacks and treats!
Plus, you may be starting to show, which can be fun for Disney pregnancy announcements!
Disneyland While Pregnant: Third Trimester
Once you hit that third trimester, Disneyland can be a bit trickier. You may not be able to comfortably fit in rides like Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage or the Casey Jr. Circus Train.
And you might have a hard time balancing with a big belly as you try to step into boat rides, like Storybook Land Canal Boats.
But, this is the perfect time for a Disney maternity photoshoot! I mean, you will have that lovely baby bump!
You might also spend time at the Animation Academy and The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for a little daytime break.
And take advantage of the Disneyland Railroad to get you around the park!
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Disney Maternity Clothes
Are you wondering what to wear at Disneyland while pregnant? Comfortable footwear is the most important thing.
For me, these FitFlops are my favorite because they kept my feet cool. I think these are the best sandals to wear at Disneyland while pregnant. They were a total lifesaver! Check the latest prices here.
I also recently discovered Fit My Foot custom sandals and insoles and they would have been really helpful when pregnant at Disneyland.
However, if you are nervous about open-toed shoes at Disneyland, wear your most comfortable athletic shoes.
But, I’m sure you also want to look cute while pregnant at Disney, right?
DISNEY PREGNANCY CLOTHING
I liked to wear loose graphic t-shirts over a tank top at Disneyland. They usually have good deals at Kohl’s and Target in the junior department.
And, there are some awesome deals on Disney shirts on Amazon. Just be sure to size up to fit your belly at the time of your trip.
There are also super cute Disney maternity shirts. Here are some of the best ones I’ve found that would be perfect for your Disneyland packing list!
- Minnie Mouse Maternity Tee at Kohl’s
- This is My Happy Place Maternity Tee at Kohl’s
- Beauty and the Bump Disney Maternity Tee at Amazon
- Monster’s Inc Maternity Tee at Amazon
- Disney Snacking for Two Maternity Tee on Etsy
- Bibiddi Bobiddi Bump Disney Maternity Tee on Etsy
Plus, you can add Minnie ears to any outfit to make it cute for Disney!
DISNEYBOUNDING WHILE PREGNANT
Wondering what Disneybounding is? Basically, you dress up as contemporary versions of Disney characters. That’s why it’s ideal for maternity clothes!
First, you go through your closet and see what color maternity shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, etc you have. Then, pick a Disney character to inspire your outfit.
If you really want to go down this rabbit hole, check out the official Disneybound blog for outfit inspiration.
Disney Pregnancy Announcement
I’m all about maximizing every trip we take, especially Disney vacations. So, take advantage of all the amazing photo ops for announcing a pregnancy at Disneyland.
I mean, how often can you have a Disney character help you tell the world you are pregnant?
My favorite way to announce a pregnancy at Disneyland is with Mickey Mouse himself. Disney is very strict about taking character photos with signs. Here’s what I suggest:
- Soak in all that glorious air conditioning while watching classic Mickey cartoons.
- Once you get into the holding area, let everyone else go in front of you.
- Tell the cast member assisting Mickey Mouse that you are pregnant and would love Mickey to be part of the announcement.
- Bring an ultrasound photo, little baby shoes, a little Mickey Mouse, baby Mickey ears or any other prop you think would be cute.
- Hand your phone over to the cast member to take a video of you telling Mickey you are pregnant. Even though he can’t talk, you’ll be amazed just how excited and animated he will be for you!
- Then, smile for the Disney PhotoPass photographer!
I’d also suggest doing a pregnancy announcement with Minnie Mouse. Since she often does photos outdoors, the lighting should be ideal.
Disneyland Maternity Photo Shoot
Take advantage of all the Disneyland PhotoPass spots! They are set up in iconic spots all over the park and they will take your photo using their camera or your own camera.
It’s an easy and cost-effective way to do maternity photos at Disneyland.
If you really want to splurge, hire a professional photographer to meet you at Disneyland to do a professional Disney maternity photoshoot. SAVE $25 HERE
I recently met up with A & C Photography at Disneyland for a photoshoot and Adam was telling me all about some of the adorable pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, and maternity photos he’s been able to capture over the years.
What a fantastic way to commemorate a new baby! Plus you’ll get some adorable pregnant Disneyland photos!
Here are my favorite maternity photo spots at Disneyland:
SLEEPING BEAUTY’S CASTLE
The trick to getting the best photo at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is to take advantage of Magic Mornings or Magic Hours.
Or, get there before rope drop. That’s the best time to get a photo in front of the castle with the least amount of people in the background. Just make sure to head straight there.
SNOW WHITE GROTTO + WISHING WELL
Easily overlooked, Snow White Grotto is a lovely backdrop for maternity photos at Disney. It’s located to the right of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and it’s a popular spot for engagements.
Plus, there’s the Wishing Well where you can make wishes for your baby while supporting a charity.
DUMBO THE FLYING ELEPHANT
This is one of the few rides at Disneyland that has a designated “photo op” area.
Hop in a pink or blue one for a gender reveal photo or take a ride in any of them for cute Disney maternity photos. Insider tip: Keep your elephant fairly low for the best photos.
I’m a sucker for pregnancy photos that involve food. Disneyland has so many Mickey-shaped snacks that are perfect for including in maternity photos.
I probably ate my weight in Dole Whips while pregnant, but now I’d be all over those Mickey macarons and rose gold cupcakes!
Disney for Pregnant Moms Wrap Up
Now that you know my top tips for visiting Disneyland while pregnant, I hope you have a great time!
If this is your first pregnancy or if it has been a while since you had one last visit to the Happiest Place on Earth, it can be hard figuring out what’s safe and not.
Let me give you some of my best advice for making sure that your trip is as magical as possible – just like any other day at the park.
Make sure to order your Disney maternity shirts ahead of time, which are perfect for showing off those new baby bumps.
And they are perfect for doing a pregnancy announcement at Disneyland so share the news in style!
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