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January 6, 2020
Walt Disney World’s not just for kids! Today I’m sharing my top tips for how to plan an epic Walt Disney World Babymoon!
If you’ve been around here for a little while, you know how much the hubs and I love Disney! Last month we spent a week vacationing in Walt Disney World on a babymoon before our little girl comes this fall! We had the best time, despite the insanely hot weather, and today I’m sharing with you all my tips for how to plan a Walt Disney World babymoon!
This is the first and most important step! Go straight to your physician for advice on whether or not a babymoon is the right choice for you, during which weeks they would recommend travel, and any other medical advice. I know from having some complications in our pregnancy that every pregnancy is different and it is so vital that you speak with your doctor before booking any plans so that you and your partner make the right and safe choice for you! (We even cancelled a Caribbean cruise we had planned prior to becoming pregnant because we decided against traveling out the country while pregnant and against traveling somewhere with risk for Zika. And somehow still got a full refund without traveler’s insurance. . . see #3 below though: always get traveler’s insurance!).
Another important tip to discuss with your doctor is how far the nearest hospital with OB/GYN services and a labor and delivery unit (and in some cases a special care unit or NICU) needs to be. Mine recommended 20-30 minutes, but your situation may be different, so do be sure to ask your doctor about this before booking so you can scope out the hospitals in the area!
For general guidelines, the American College of Obstetricians and recommends that the best time to travel is between weeks 14-28 (i.e. the second trimester). Once again, however, this is a conversation to have with your doctor about which weeks in your pregnancy are safe and best for travel as every pregnancy is different.
If you’re cleared by your doctor and ready to book, hotel reservations are up first! We love staying on property at Walt Disney World because it just adds so much to the magic of the vacation. There are three options for “levels” of hotels on property at Walt Disney World, which vary in price:
Outside of those, there are also a few other options you have for lodging:
Lastly: get the travel insurance! You want to make sure that as much as possible you book refundable reservations (primarily for your hotel and flight), in case there are any last-minute complications or reasons your pregnancy may cause you to miss your trip. Better safe than sorry, and also better safe with a refundable trip than safe without one!
Self explanatory… don’t forget to make it refundable!
Ahh. . . my favorite part! There is an exhaustive list of restaurants to try, but I recommend if going for your babymoon, take the time to relax and eat at table service restaurants at least some of the time! This relaxation is vital and especially if you’re going to be at Disney World during a hot time of the year. (Okay. . . really potentially any time of the year.)
The Disney Food Blog has tons of great information on restaurant reviews and more, so I won’t go into extensive detail here. But some of our favorite must-do restaurants at each park are listed here:
One last insider tip is to pick up a Tables in Wonderland card to save money on your meals, especially if you plan to visit Walt Disney World more than one time within a year! This gets you 20% off food and alcohol at (a lot of!) select Disney restaurants and is totally worth it!
The one downside to Walt Disney World as a babymoon is that some rides will be off limits to you. But there are still so many fun things to do at each park! Here is a comprehensive list of all the rides that are Disney-approved for pregnancy (of course if you have any specific restrictions or complications with your pregnancy, you should talk to your doctor about which rides are okay before you leave for your trip). This list may change as rides are revamped or new rides open, so be sure to check the recommendations at the beginning of each ride before riding. You can also ask a cast-member at the front of the ride!
Here are some of my favorite Disney-approved-as-pregnancy-safe rides:
It goes without saying, but Florida is hot, especially if your babymoon happens to fall in the summer like ours did! You also have to be careful to stay extra hydrated and rest often during pregnancy in general. And when you’re on vacation here in this magical place, you’ll want to do and see everything, but you have to make sure to listen to your body (and your doctor!) during your trip. Here are some tips we used to keep our trip extra relaxing for mommy-to-be:
Have fun! All your hard work planning this trip is about to pay off, and then on your next trip you’ll have a little one in tow too to show all the magic and wonders of Walt Disney World to! Share with me below what your favorite tips are, or if you had your babymoon at Disney World, what was your favorite thing about the trip?
Note: While I have a medical background, I am not trained in the OBGYN speciality and therefore nothing on this post is to be taken as direct medical advice, as stated on my Disclaimer page. You should speak directly with your OBGYN regarding their recommendations for planning a babymoon, as stated above.
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