Pregnancy & Rides
*Updated February 3rd 2020.
So you’re heading to Walt Disney World and your pregnant. For some, this is a trip that was planned and then the unexpected happened or maybe this was all part of your master plan. Whatever the scenario, on many pregnant women’s brain when looking forward to their magical vacation is what rides can I ride during my Disney vacation? The answer is quite a lot. There are many rides beyond the thrill rides that are fine for expecting mothers. So let’s take a look at the attractions you can and can not ride during your pregnant vacation at Walt Disney World.
When you’re looking at rides that are not recommended for riders who are pregnant you can certainly use your discretion. When I was pregnant with both MacKenzie and Lincoln I rode Splash Mountain, when I was pregnant with MacKenzie I rode Grizzly River Run and Radiator Springs Racers. I did choose to forgo Tomorrowland Speedway when I was pregnant with Lincoln. And to be honest, when I rode Splash Mountain, I didn’t enjoy it. I felt nervous the whole time and therefore in the end it wasn’t worth it. Especially since we go back so often, I know I’ll ride it again.
How you know which rides are not recommended is to spy the red triangle on the park maps. All rides that have this red triangle symbol are not recommended for pregnant guests. And then there are a few others that have a not recommended for pregnant riders italicized in the description of the ride on the map, which do not have the triangle symbol. The reason the parks do this is to ensure that you can not sue them for loss of pregnancy.
Now all of the waterslides on Walt Disney World property are not recommended for pregnant guests. Which can make for a pretty boring trip to Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. So you may want to skip the water parks for this vacation.
Here is the list of rides not recommended for guests who are pregnant by park.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Star Tours-The Adventure Continues
Slink Dog Dash
Rock’n’Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Rise of the Resistance
Avatar Flight of Passage
Kali River Rapids
Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Every ride that is made for all heights is in the clear for expectant mother, that’s 88 attractions, with the exception of Kilimanjaro Safaris. That doesn’t even include entertainment and at Hollywood Studios that’s 20 different experiences. So there is still plenty to do even without riding all the attractions.
If it’s really bumming you out that you don’t get to enjoy some of your favourite rides, then focus on something else. Make up a snack goal list. Plan out special snacks to eat at each and every park and at your resort. You’ll be surprised to find how many places have speciality items you can’t get anywhere else. Take this trip to meet every single character and fill up your autograph book. Finally discover all the knooks and crannies of Epcot’s World Showcase, checking out all the shops at each pavilion. Take some fantastic pictures. Spend time looking for those beautiful shots to build your own collection. Focus on all the things you can do instead of all the things you can’t and you may surprise yourself to find a whole other end of Walt Disney World you’ve left unturned. Just be sure to take care of yourself. Make sure you rest and drink lots of fluids. Bring along a water bottle or a Dining Plan mug and make use of the fountains placed all over the theme parks.
We just returned from our 3rd pregnant Disney vacation and while they haven’t been my favourite visits, they’ve all had their special moments. And in my opinion, I would rather travel to Disney pregnant than with a newborn and when you travel to Disney every year you have to do one or the other right? Happy Planning, Friends.