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  • [Question] Disneyland for Pregnant Women

    How's it going! We have a planned trip this November that will be from November 9-16. We just found out that my wife is pregnant and she will be 6-7 months pregnant on our trip. What rides can she definitely NOT do and what rides should be okay? We are annual pass holders from Hawaii and are okay with rider swapping but I'm hoping she can ride some of our favorites without a problem... POTC, Soarin', Midway Mania, etc.

    Thanks!

    Keola

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    Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

    You should avoid rides that have clear warning signs. Since everyone's pregnancy is different, I will only advise slow rides. Even with Pirates and Small World, getting in and out of the vehicle will be a strain. Your trip is five months away. If it is too late to cancel, I would try to look for other things to do locally.

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    • #3
      Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

      Okay, I've looked through the attractions section and here are the rides that have a "WARNING" for expectant women...

      Autopia
      Big Thunder Mountain
      California Screamin'
      Gadgets Go Coaster
      Goofy's Go Coaster
      Goofy's Sky School
      Grizzly River Run
      Indiana Jones
      Luigi's Flying Tires
      Matterhorn Bobsleds
      Radiator Springs Racers
      Space Mountain
      Splash Mountain
      Star Tours
      Tuck & Rolls Drive Em Buggies
      Tower of Terror

      Although these are all of the E-Ticket rides and a lot of others we love, we are still going to spend the week at Disneyland and California Adventure Park and I know we will have an awesome time. There's plenty enough to do and see to make it worth it... AND, we have Deluxe passes so it's not an extra expense as they're already paid for.

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      • #4
        Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

        We have two kids and each came exactly one week after a visit to Disneyland. Neither was a surprise, however, as we went to Disneyland with two weeks left in pregnancy. I got my wife a wheelchair the first time and we went on all the kiddy rides all day, and had a great time. The second time she wanted to walk, and we took it slow and did just fine. Both trips were 3 day trips, and we had a GREAT time.

        Of the rides you've listed, she'd probably be ok going on most of them, but there's no sense in risking it. Autopia would be fine to do. You may think Luigi's Flying tires would be ok, but I would not recommend it. Because it's a stupid ride, not because she'd be endangering the child or anything.

        There's still a lot to do, and you'll have a great time. Just take it slow and enjoy some of the things you may normally skip, like the exhibits or the shows. Congrats, by the way!

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        • #5
          Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

          Of course your wife should follow her own doctor's advice & talk it over with him/her now and again closer to your trip, but my feeling is that the warnings are there for a reason. Maybe some of them seem like 'conservative' thinking on the part of Disney's Risk Mgmt department, but if there's any time to think conservatively, it's when you're expecting.

          As far as Autopia, my thoughts are that although the ride itself wouldn't pose a risk per se, there are always those idiots that think its fun to ram into slower cars in front or stop suddenly so that the car behind slams into them. That sudden jerk or bump could post a risk to an expectant mother and/or the baby.

          At 6-7 months, I wouldn't take ANY chances by riding a ride with a warning. That's just too early to risk premature delivery.

          Stick to Fantasyland. After all, that's where you'll be spending most of your time once you have a toddler. May as well get used to it. LOL.

          BTW, does anyone know if they would actually turn an (obviously) expectant mother away from a ride with a warning?
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          • #6
            Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

            Originally posted by Supertank View Post
            There's still a lot to do, and you'll have a great time. Just take it slow and enjoy some of the things you may normally skip, like the exhibits or the shows. Congrats, by the way!
            THANKS!

            Yep, we are pretty laid back about our visits and take it easy most of the time, letting the kids decide where the day goes. I think this trip will be different in that we won't park hop as often as before. We will try to stick to one park for most of the day and switch off the next day. We've already been to Disneyland a total of 19 days on this annual pass (since November 16, 2012) and can't wait for the last 7 days this coming November. Our kids are 5 and 3 years old and they have been to Disneyland every year since they were born. We bought annual passes last year because of the amount of time we were spending in California on our trip and because of it, made another trip to Disneyland this past April. We can't wait to go this November and I'm sure it will be just as enjoyable, if not more, this time.

            Thanks!

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            • #7
              Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

              Originally posted by Stormy View Post
              Stick to Fantasyland. After all, that's where you'll be spending most of your time once you have a toddler. May as well get used to it. LOL.
              Fantasyland uses those lap bars a lot. You might not be able to pull them down.

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              • #8
                Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

                As others have said, I would stay off of the ones with explicit warnings. Rides like Autopia, you run the risk of people bumping into you. Splash Mountain has the drop, but I've read the risk is actually in the case of an emergency stop, which is quite jarring. Anyway, the rides have the warnings for a reason. It for sure stinks to miss some of your favorites (I know how she feels!!), but it's not worth the risk.

                And congratulations!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Disneyland for Pregnant Women

                  First of all, congratulations.

                  As others have said, any ride that has a clear warning is a no-no for pregnant women (Matterhorn, RSR, Star Tours, etc.). It all comes down to common sense, imo.
                  You should be fine with the Fantasyland rides like Mr. Toad and Snow White along with Little Mermaid and Monster's Inc. inside DCA. They have lapbars but it isn't anything severe and it's not like the rides have sudden drops or stops.
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