Surviving Disneyworld while pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant I couldn’t be more proud of how I handled myself over the last 2 days of park hopping. I’d like to share some tried and tested tips that have helped me survive the last two days at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Day 1-Animal Kingdom
Before I left home I researched on the Disney boards to see what rides I would be restricted from riding. The consensus seemed to agree AK park was the least pregnant friendly amongst the other WDW.

So I approached this day as an opportunity to really slow down and enjoy the natural surroundings of AK. I met with family around 9:30, a big group of about 15 people and as the day went on we branched out and discovered our own path to AK.

Here are my tips from this day-
Carefully select the rides you ride. Throughout all parks at Disney they give fair warning on what rides aren’t safe for pregnant women. Take those warnings seriously! No ride is worth risking the health & safety of your baby. At AK I didn’t ride anything.

Find alternatives to rides.

Disney has put in an insane amount of work in creating world-class, live shows and parades. My favorite at AK is the Festival of the Lion King!

Play carnival games & enjoy sweet treats. My husband and I had the opportunity to take my adorable niece around DinoLand while her mom (my sis) & dad enjoyed some big kid rides. We also fed her Mickey ice cream. She absolutely loved it! And we did too! We won her 4 new stuffed animals or “new friends” as she likes to call them!

Slow down, and enjoy your surroundings. At AK they offer many walking trails through animal exhibits. Take time to enjoy the beauty of nature displayed at this park.

Take mid-day breaks. I only sat during 2 shows and 2 meal breaks for a short time each. Being on your feet for almost 10 hours for anyone can be a challenge for any adult, but when you’re pregnant it can take a complete toll on your body. Take the time to return back to your hotel for a nap and to refresh yourself.

Elevate your feet to let your body fully relax: I elevated my legs on a stack of pillows and let my body relax after a nice cold shower.

Day 2: Magic Kingdom
After running on only 5-6 hours of sleep for the last three nights we decided to take the opportunity to sleep 8 hours last night. It felt amazing!

We arrived at the park at 9:30 am, and met up with family. We took off towards fantasy land and ran around non-stop until hunger struck. We stopped at the new Gaston’s tavern-a cute little quick service area. We enjoyed a pork shank that was to-die-for! Fall off the bone amazing! Then we were off again. Around 3, I needed a break.

Here are my tips-
Run on your own schedule: If you keep sacrificing sleep for park time you put you and your baby’s health and well being at risk. You’ll be too tired to truly enjoy the magic that is Disney. It’s ok to fall behind your group, you can catch up later.

Eat & drink: make sure you are eating enough food, we probably stopped and ate 6 times throughout the day. Stay hydrated, I brought a 100ml hydration pack by Dakine and make sure to finish it all by the end of the day. In the morning I fill it up at our hotel for free. It’ll save you at least $50 on water a day. Yes, at the parks they charge $3 or so for a bottle of water! Bring your own!

Take advantage to rest in the AC buildings. Listen to your body, if you need to stop, stop! Florida heat+tons of walking+being pregnant=a high possibility of overheating, dehydration, or much worse!

Rest frequently for long periods of time throughout the day. Don’t hesitate to just rest your feet on an empty bench for 30-40 minutes. I took a lot of moments to just sit.
Unlike day one, where I only sat during the shows and meals.

My favorite rest break was at a little garden area across the castle during the Celebrate a Dream parade with my mom & hubby! We were able to catch views of the parade while letting our feet breath!

Accept the fact that you can’t keep up with everyone else! This lesson was one I learned from my mom, and It took me a couple days to come to terms with this reality but I’m still learning to adjust to my pregnant body.

We stayed at the park till 7, and then went back to our hotel for the rest of the night. I still didn’t learn from my own tips from day 1 to take a mid day break. I promised myself and my husband last night that we would enact this as a rule. For the other two park days we will leave by 3:30 for a midday break! I’ll keep you all posted to see how it goes!

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Me resting my feet during the parade

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A few pictures from the last two days

We are back!

My husband and I are back at Disneyworld! The happiest place on Earth!

On May 5th my sweet cousin married the love of his life, and I’m so glad we were able to be here to witness this happy union!

We’re on day two of Disney magic fun. Our days have been packed! Tons of walking, eating, and pictures!

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Highlights

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1. Rockin rollercoaster
2. Hollywood tower of terror
3. Hoopla stage!
4. After the Finding Nemo ride we spent a long time observing the fish in the observation area, these are cute little clown fish!
5 & 6 pics from the Lion King play at Animal Kingdom- one of my favorite shows at the Disney parks!

It’s been such an amazing time here at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom!

Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios-Research phase 5

Hollywood Studios is actually our first park of the week! We will be engulfed in Star Wars Mania! I’m looking forward to all the events, shows, and special guests that will be attending specifically for this weekend. This will be the first time I’ve gone to Disneyworld during Star Wars weekend & I can’t wait to experience the Hoopla! My sister has expressed that this will also be our longest day, we will be leaving the hotel at 6:30 AM & the park will be open until 10:00 PM. I’m figuring we’ll be eating two lunches so I wanted to select a few more options. It will also be an event filled day, we needed quick bites for lunch & dinner!

Lunch Options

Backlot Express

  • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich – Toasted roll, mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato, watercress, and cheese-$8.99
  • Chicken ceasar wrap– $8.99
  • Turkey Club– $9.99

Starring Rolls Café

  • Whole Wheat Veggie Pita – With chips or fresh fruit – $8.89

Sunset Ranch Market

  • Vegetarian Cheeseburger – $6.89

Dinner Options

Hollywood Brown Derby

  • Split Roasted Half Chicken – With rosemary and juniper, black and white barley, apple chutney and natural chicken reduction – $30.00

Sci-Fi Dine in Theater

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – With watercress, vine ripened tomatoes, mayonnaise and drizzled with balsamic vinegar on a caraway salted bun served with choice of cucumber salad or French fries, (of course I would order without Mayo) – $14.99
  • Whole Grain Pasta – With seasonal vegetables and fresh tomato broth – $17.99

Ok readers, this is the last post of eating healthy at Disneyworld research. We will be leaving for Disneyworld in; I can’t believe it, less than 2 days! I’m beyond excited! I hope to post quick highlights of our trip. Please stay with me! I hope you all have an amazing fun-filled, adventurous Memorial Weekend! We all need a holiday!

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants at WDWinfo.com

Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom-Research phase 4

Animal kingdom is an exciting, adventure filled park with rides like Expedition Everest and Kali river rapids. With so many adventures to be had at this park you need a lunch that won’t weigh you down. I’ve selected a few options below that will provide the right balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables to help power through the day. I’ve selected a few options at Yak & Yeti for dinner that sounded unique and flavorful, but healthy.

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Lunch Options-

Flame Tree BBQ

  • Barbecued Chicken Salad-with mixed greens tossed with barbecued chicken $7.79

Restaurantosaurus

  • Vegetable Subosaurus-grilled vegetables, mushrooms, onions, provolone, served on a toasted roll with sweet potato fries $9.39
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken $7.79

Dinner Options-

Anandapur Yak and Yeti Restaurant

  • Seared Ahi Tuna-chilled, sesame-encrusted ahi tuna, wasabi aioli, and sweet chili slaw $10.99
  • Maple Tamarind Chicken-Seared chicken breast, Indonesian tamarind glaze, coconut ginger rice, baby bok choy, shiitake mushroom stir fry. $19.99
  • Seared Miso Salmon-miso glazed Atlantic salmon, jasmine rice, baby bok choy and shiitake mushroom stir-fry $23.99

Sweet Endings-

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

  • Frozen Chai – $4.89,5.39,5.89

found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com


Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s EPCOT-Research phase 3

I’m definitely the most excited for our day at Epcot! I love the World Showcase and exploring the different cultures of our beautiful WORLD. Below are just a few options I wanted to highlight, but the wide assortment of cuisine also brings tons of healthy food options.

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Lunch Options-

Teppan Edo:

  • Sushi Sampler – tuna, salmon, shrimp nigiri and 2 pieces of California roll $9.50
  • Miso Soup – traditional soybean paste soup $3.00

Tangierine Café:

  • Shawarma Platters – served with side of Hummus, Tabouleh and a Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan bread
  • Chicken & Lamb Combo $13.99

Rose and Crown:

  • Open-faced Chicken Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich – with oven-dried tomatos, sauteed mushrooms and onions, cheddar, and English chips $11.99

Dinner Options-

Nine Dragons:

  • Appetizer Trio (serves two) – sampler of cucumber salad, spicy beef, and fragrant chicken $11.98
  • Fragrant Five-Spiced Fish – light but flavorful sautéed whitefish fillets with a classic Chinese Five-Spice sauce $22.98

La Hacienda de San Angel

  • Pescado a la Talla– Grilled tilapia served with esquites (roasted corn), nopales (cactus leaves) and mango Chutney $23.95

Sweet endings-

Kabuki café

  • Kaki Gori-Shaved ice topped with fruit syrups: choice of strawberry, melon, mikan (tangerine), or rainbow (all three flavors) $3.50

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com

Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom-Research phase 2

The iconic Magic Kingdom is breathtaking! Walking in you just feel happy, and I always get filled with the excitement I felt the first time I went to Disneyworld! I have so many great memories stemming from this park. The park is chockfull of entertainment, rides, and characters. This day will be doing a ton of running around and taking pictures. I tried to find places that would offer quick, yet satisfying meals for lunch. For dinner I wanted to find a place that offered hearty, yet healthy meals to help restore my energy for the rest of the night!

Lunch Options-

Cosmic Rays:

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – served with apple slices or fries $9.39
  • Turkey Sandwich $9.39

Columbia Harbor House:

  • Grilled Salmon – served with couscous and steamed fresh broccoli $10.19

Plaza Restaurant:

  • Vegetarian Sandwich – fresh mozzarella, hummus, basil pesto, cucumber, roasted red pepper, tomato, and lettuce on a freshly baked foccaccia $10.99
  • Chicken Strawberry Salad– fresh garden greens, grilled chicken breast, fresh strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, tossed in a white zinfandel vinaigrette dressing $14.99

Dinner options-

Tony’s Town Square:

  • Seafood Diavolo – Linguini pasta with Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Shrimp, and fresh fish of the day in a spicy Tomato sauce $22.99 (I’m hoping I can request whole wheat linguine)
  • Tony’s Fish of the Day – market price

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com