5 Reasons You Should Never Go to Disney World When You’re Pregnant

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It’s the most magical place on earth, they said. You’ll have so much fun, they said. All your dreams will come true, they said. Ha. While I was seven months pregnant with my third child, I made the mistake of listening to all of the lies and decided to take my family on a mini-vacay to the happiest place on earth — Disney World. And I just want to say that if you ever find yourself preggers and considering doing Disney World with your family, just.say.no. It was dreadful. To ensure that you will not make the same mistake that I did, here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t go to Disney World when you’re pregnant:

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Reason #1 It’s hot. Like, really hot. Not only did we make the mistake of going over spring break when the park was more packed than I thought was humanly possible, but the combined heat and humidity was enough to make me want to pass out.

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Reason #2 The lines. And then there were the lines—oh, the lines. Wrapping around, seemingly hours on end, without so much as a single bathroom in sight. During one particularly gruesome line, I was forced to exit and make a beeline to the bathroom, only to be met with dirty looks from my fellow patrons. “Man, I wish I could be pregnant at Disney so I could cut in line,” one lady shouted in my direction, rolling her eyes. 5 tips for beating the crowds at Disneyland… 

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Reason #3 The hunger. I have never been as hungry in my entire life as I was at Disney World after waddling around in ninety-degree heat all day. I think I almost wolfed down Mickey Mouse.

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Reason #4 The cost. Um, pardon my French, but Disney is expensive. And unless you’re entirely sure that your kids are going to remember every second of the trip, (mine definitely won’t), you may want to consider saving that cash for something else. Or saving up until they are a little older.

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Reason #5 Three words: Mad tea party. Sure, it’s a magical moment pictured in just about every Disney commercial known to man. But now picture spinning in that giant tea cup while you’re 7 months pregnant. Getting a different visual in mind? I know what it’s like to want to get things done before the baby comes and to not let pregnancy hold you back from doing fun family activities, but ladies – Disney World combined with heat and pregnancy are just three things that should never, ever go together. It's just not worth it. Save those family memories for after your bundle of joy arrives. Would you go to Disney pregnant?

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5 Reasons You Should Never Go to Disney World When You’re Pregnant

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  1. Kristina says:

    I’m surprised at all the negative comments. I don’t see anywhere in here where she blamed Disney. She is just giving her opinion. And when you’re pregnant what’s hot to you is a lot hotter than what most everyone else is experiencing. And as for criticizing her for poor planning, I have had family (my own parents and in-laws) plan trips to Disney 8+ months in advance and then after the planning I found out I was pregnant so it doesn’t mean it is poor planning, just unexpected. I got a good laugh from this article, I like the burning sun picture, it sure does get hot here in Florida.

  2. Kristina says:

    I am surprised at how many critical comments there are on here. The author is just giving her opinion, I never saw anywhere in here where she blamed Disney, it is the pregnancy that seems to be causing issues for her. I would also agree with the comment below by “Amanda” in which she suggests Disney have a ticket price for pregnant people. I think every amusement park should because if you are just going to watch others have fun, it is kind feels like a waste of money to me. And if you have to pay for a chair to wheel around in, it is even more expensive for us prego people. I have my husband’s side of the family coming in July for Disney and my side of the family coming for Legoland in August. I was not even pregnant when these trips were planned a few weeks ago, but I am now and I for one will not be going especially to crowded Disney in July. I got a laugh from this article. Especially with that picture of the hot sun, it definitely feels like fire from the sun is coming down on your neck here in Florida summer.

  3. jmarks says:

    I went 6 months pregnant…during Christmas! It was wall-to-wall people just about everywhere, but the great thing was that it wasn’t too hot. I wouldn’t have chosen to go while pregnant but my in-laws planned the trip. I really missed the rides and ended up using a wheelchair towards the end of the week due to round ligament pain. Definitely not my favorite, but everyone else had a great time and we got some cute Disney stuff for baby!

  4. cassie says:

    One more thing, I wouldnt go to any theme park or water park while pregnant because I wouldnt be able to experience them to their full potential. Plus all the Inconsiderate people would probably leave me short fused with my raging hormones!

  5. cassie says:

    I cant believe some of the rude posts on here!

  6. cassie says:

    Nope, you summed it up in mt perspective.

  7. Starshine514 says:

    I totally went to Disneyland while pregnant with my 3 month old. I still had a great time, but needed to take more breaks than usual. Plus, I couldn’t ride everything (including the teacups – didn’t even attempt them). If I knew I wouldn’t be going again for years, I wouldn’t have wasted my ‘once-in-lifetime’ expensive trip by going while pregnant; however, I knew we’d be going again (planning a trip for next May).

  8. Kimberly says:

    WOW! I didn’t read all the replies below, but some were quite mean! I am a disney addict, but I really don’t want to go while pregnant because all of the reasons listed above would bother me on a normal day. BUT, while pregnant, would be ten times worse! Maybe she did her homework and knew to expect it, but got there and felt like it was ten times worse then expected because of being pregnant. I think it’s a great article if you don’t know disney and/or are planning your first trip while pregnant!

  9. Emily says:

    This is quite possibly the worst article I’ve ever wasted my time reading. I went to Disney AND Universal Studios while pregnant, both in the month of July and later in my pregnancies. Knowing that FL is a HOT state in general is just a part of being a smart planner. I mean, what do you expect, 50’s in the summer there? It’s called PLANNING AHEAD. Either go earlier in your pregnancy, go in a different month or just go and make a plan to deal with it. There are plenty of restaurants to eat there(everywhere you look actually), bathrooms to stop in on your way to each ride, and mist areas or stores to stop in to cool down. As for money goes….of course it’s pricey, its Disney for goodness sakes….it’s a kid’s dream ( and adult’s ) come true. My advice, go to Disney, live it up, HAVE FUN. Take your time while you’re there and take it at your own pace.

  10. Jasmine says:

    This post is ridiculous. I’ve visited Disney twice a year for the last 20 years, and it has always been an amazing experience. I am now pregnant with my second child and am excited for our trip in November.

    Firstly, Florida is a hot state, always has been! No matter whether or not you’re pregnant, Florida will be hot from March – October. Therefore, if you are planning a trip to Disney, pack appropriately, and stay hydrated.

    Secondly, there will always be lines at Disney, because Disney is a great place that billions of people visit. The best option is to use Fast Passes, which allow you to ride any ride between a specific time frame and skip the majority of the line.

    When you’re pregnant, you pee a lot. Duhh. Just look at a map and plan to use the bathroom BEFORE getting in line, otherwise, you will pee yourself because you’re PREGNANT and are drinking a ton of water. This is the same as visiting the mall.

    Disney has a concession stand, or two, or three, every where you look!! If you’re hungry, feel free to pack your own stacks, or buy something yummy at the parks, but there is plenty to eat, so no worries.

    And as far as money goes, yes, Disney World is pricey. Unfortunately, that is the price you must pay to visit the best park in the world. That is the price you pay to put those PRICELESS smiles on your children’s face when they see their favorite characters. Don’t forget, all vacations cost money, and so do planning birthday parties, so it is worth spending a couple more bucks on such a great trip.

    Don’t get me wrong, you will be hot and tired! That’s what happens when you spend the day walking around. However, you will never leave Disney unhappy, the staff is great, the food is great, the place is great. There isn’t a trip your children will love more. Do not let this unreasonable mother-to-be tell you otherwise!

    Enjoy Disney World!! I know we always have…

  11. Bekah says:

    I went while pg but I knew that parts would be bad and I planned ahead.
    For instance, I knew that being pg it was far too dangerous to ride most rides so I went with other adults who could ride with the kids and I went with kids that didn’t want to ride those rides and we planned accordingly

  12. i can’t believe i just wasted 5 minutes of my time reading this. it is idiotic…..for many reasons that i do not have another 5 minutes to waste on!

  13. Amanda says:

    SERIOUSLY??? This is the most ridiculous article I have EVER read. It sounds to me like you a poor planner and not very intelligent if you didn’t realize that the Teacups would be a bad decision while pregnant. Geez. I live in Orlando and I went to Disney World countless times up until the very end of my pregnancy. I just planned ahead and made smart decisions like packing my own snacks and researching which attractions to avoid. Walking around Disney was great exercise while I was pregnant and all the other guests there were very understanding if i had to leave a line or get up from a show. But wait, did you say no bathroom in sight? Are you blind? There are bathrooms on every corner! Spring Break is always crowded. How is that surprising? And anybody planning a vacation in Florida knows it is hot! That is one of the reasons people come here! Sounds like you were in a cranky,hormonal mood. Wow, this website just went down a notch in my book for posting this idiotic article.

  14. Sarah says:

    Sounds like you just didn’t plan your trip. Those aren’t reasons not to go.

  15. Zahra says:

    So… you didn’t like WDW while pregnant because…

    1- It’s hot (Newsflash: WDW is in Florida and it tends to get hot as you get closer to summer. Prepare for it.)
    2- There were endless lines (It was Spring Break, did you expect a deserted park?)
    3- You were hungry (Did you bring snacks? Stop to eat?)
    4- It’s expensive (Well, duh. It’s WDW, not the county fair!)
    5- 1 attraction was not fun. (Why did you go on it? Was it preventable on your end? If not, chalk it up to experience.)

    Personally, I’ve been looking into going to WDW one day and none of those come as a surprise to me. I’d be ready to have my children skip school for a week (with some homework from the teachers that we could do during the hottest hours of the day, in the cool hotel room) just to get an un-crowded WDW experience. Bonus: hotel will be cheaper and if you stay on-site, meal plans may be on discount too.

  16. Heather says:

    I also had a horrible time but would maybe try again when not preg and my children are older. I think the local Walmart was worse! What a mad house.

  17. Taryn says:

    Who wins? Um, your other kids, maybe?

  18. Taryn says:

    I’ve been to Disney while pregnant 3 times. Although, I didn’t have the experience that the author did, I found her article pretty hysterical. 🙂

  19. JSmommy0811 says:

    I would go pregnant & I did go pregnant – I went several times while I was pregnant with my first daughter – my hubby & I love Epcot & I even went during the food & wine festival while pregnant. If you actually check out things about Florida & the weather, you would know better when to come here. Spring Break is a bad idea – even when you’re not pregnant. The lines aren’t like that all the time, l live here & I know – I hate that so many people come & get the idea that it’s always packed like that, it isn’t. I also took my oldest when I was pregnant with our second to the Magic Kingdom, it was the end of May, I was 32 weeks along. I was fine except I let my blood sugar go a little too low (my fault, there was no line to see Mickey & I thought I could make it until after to eat lunch) & the Disney cast members were amazing & helpful. I love Disney, my family loves Disney. I think the author is just complaining to complain. Those are all things that can get annoying even if you are not pregnant!! But find something else to do instead of waiting in the long lines, get fast passes, just enjoy the day! 🙂

  20. Valerie says:

    I have a feeling that you are going to be miserable no matter when you go.

  21. Valerie says:

    You lump pregnancy together with disability? Seriously?? And because YOU chose to reproduce you think you deserve special prices?

  22. Valerie says:

    If you did a little research BEFORE you got to Disney, you would not have had all of those problems. I was six months pregnant when I went. We were not there during spring break (why would you choose that week, anyway??). The lines were minimal, at best. I carried bottled water and light snacks with me. And I didn’t go on any rides that were going to make me sick. It sounds like you created most of your issues by not researching Disney and thinking ahead.

  23. Those are all the things that make Disney miserable for ANYONE. I kind of agree with Angela here. It’s too bad you had a bad time, but I’m not sure what exactly you were expecting… Had you never been to a theme park before? And if you hadn’t, why would you choose the busiest one in the country while you were pregnant? Totally your bad decision, not disney’s fault for being too successful…

  24. angela says:

    I went 6 months pregnant in August and had a great time. It is a choice to go! If you don’t want to, that is fine, but don’t discourage others. That is terrible! It is really none of your business what others do for vacation and no one wants to hear your miserable rants. You are probably the same type of person who tells everyone how terrible labor is too. Well, as I said I went to Disney 6 months pregnant in August and had the time of my life. AND…I have three children and my longest labor was 72 minutes… YES MINUTES! Not everything is as bad as ignorant opionated people say it is!

  25. Amanda Hart says:

    When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I went to Disney World when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. This was in the middle of July. We lived close by at the time and yes it was hot and yes it was busy, but we expected that. I had a blast and wasn’t miserable at all.

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