Best Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during Pregnancy

Animal Kingdom AttractionsIn Part 4 of this four part series, we end our journey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Be sure to read Part 1, Disney’s Magic Kingdom; Part 2, Disney’s Epcot; and Part 3, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints.

 

 

Highly recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Exhibits and Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail*
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek*
  • Discovery Island Trails*
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Flights of Wonder
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street Performers
  • Parade

*These self guided walking trails are paved.

Sometimes recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris: Officially, Disney recommends that pregnant women not ride the safari. Depending on your stage of pregnancy, you may feel comfortable riding it. Just be aware that the ride can be quite bumpy, especially if seated in the rear rows.

Never recommended attractions during pregnancy: The following attractions are a concern during pregnancy because of the rapid starts and stops, jarring forces, and pressures against the body.

  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Dinosaur
  • Primeval Whirl

Lastly, please don’t take this as medical advice, as it is not. Be sure to read my other posts on pregnancy while at Disney. And, I hope I’ll see you looking for tips on visiting Disney with infants and toddlers soon.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Infants and Toddlers

Animal Kingdom AttractionsIn Part 4 of this four part series, we end our journey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Be sure to read Part 1, Disney’s Magic Kingdom; Part 2, Disney’s Epcot; and Part 3, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints.

 

 

Highly recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Wildlife Express Train – Strollers must be folded if you bring them on the train.
  • Exhibits and Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail*
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek*
  • Discovery Island Trails*
  • The Boneyard
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Flights of Wonder
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street Performers
  • Parade

*These walking trails are paved and stroller friendly.

Sometimes recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris: An attraction that features a ride through the African savanna in a tram style vehicle. The ride can be quite bumpy, especially if seated in the rear rows. Most infants and toddlers do well, just hold on tight. The tour lasts about 18 minutes, and you will not be able to get off the ride until the end.
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!: This attraction is a 3D show with periods of darkness, bugs, and loud noises. It scares many toddlers, while infants do fine. You can exit the show early easily.

Never recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain: 44″ minimum height requirement
  • Kali River Rapids: 38″ minimum height requirement
  • Dinosaur: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • Primeval Whirl: 48″ minimum height requirement

Don’t forget, if there are attractions listed above that you and other members of your party would like to experience, be sure to view my post on Disney’s Rider Switch Service, in addition to many other posts on enjoying your Disney world vacation with infants and toddlers.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Pregnancy

Hollywood Studios AttractionsIn Part 3 of our recommended attractions during pregnancy, we head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you haven’t already, be sure to read Part 1, Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Part 2, Disney’s Epcot. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints.

 

 

Highly recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
  • Studio Backlot Tour
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Magic of Disney Animation
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • American Idol Experience
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Show
  • Lights, Motor, Action! Stunt Show
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street Shows and Parade
  • Fantasmic!

Sometimes recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • I don’t have any attractions for this area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is a pretty pregnant friendly park.

Never recommended attractions for children under age 3: The following attractions are a concern during pregnancy because of the rapid starts and stops, jarring forces, and pressures against the body.

  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Just a reminder, this is not medical advice and you should consult your doctor before your trip. Continue on to the last post in this four part series at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or read my other posts on pregnancy.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Infants and Toddlers

Hollywood Studios AttractionsIn Part 3 of our recommended attractions for children under age 3, we head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you haven’t already, be sure to read Part 1, Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Part 2, Disney’s Epcot. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints.

 

 

Highly recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
  • Studio Backlot Tour
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Magic of Disney Animation
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street Shows and Parade
  • Fantasmic!

Sometimes recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • The Great Movie Ride:  An 18 minute ride through classic movie scenes. A few scenes have scary props (aliens, the Wicked Witch, gun shots) but these sections only last a few minutes. I recommend just holding your toddler close, your infant is likely to do well. Once you board the ride, you must wait until the end to leave.
  • The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow: A walkthrough presentation with projected images. Your infant or toddler will be fine if they don’t mind pirates.
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream: An attraction presenting historical Disney exhibits. If you don’t mind carrying your child, it is interesting. The attraction ends with a short movie about Walt Disney, that is easily bypassed if your child will not sit still.
  • Muppet Vision 3D: A 3D movie featuring the muppets, with a few loud noises. If you need to leave early, you can do so easily.
  • American Idol Experience: A replica of the television show. Your toddler may not want to stay in their seat. If you do need to leave early, exiting through the rear of the theater is easy.
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Show: A stage show with bleacher seats. If you can get your toddler to stay still, it is a great show with lots of action. Exiting the show early is not difficult if you need to leave. Infants should have no problems with the show.
  • Lights, Motor, Action! Stunt Show: Another stage show with bleacher seats. Again, if your toddler will sit through it, it is action packed. Exiting at the rear of the theater is easy. Infants should have no problems with the show.

Never recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • Rock ‘n Roller Coaster: 48″ minimum height requirement
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 40″ minimum height requirement

If there are attractions listed above that you and other members of your party would like to experience, be sure to view my post on Disney’s Rider Switch Service. To wrap this series up, continue reading with our last stop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Epcot during Pregnancy

Epcot AttractionsIn Part 2 of our recommended attractions while pregnant, we head to Disney’s Epcot. Don’t forget to read Part 1: Best Attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom during Pregnancy. A quick reminder that this isn’t medical advice, just my observations from having visited Epcot many, many times while pregnant. Please consult your doctor before your trip. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints.

Highly recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Living with the Land
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  • Captain EO
  • Maelstrom Closed.
  • The American Adventure
  • Innoventions East and West
  • The Circle of Life
  • O Canada!
  • Impressions de France 
  • Reflections of China
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street performers in the World Showcase
  • Illuminations

Sometimes recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Soarin’: While Disney does officially recommend pregnant women don’t ride Soarin’, I’ve been on it several times in early stages of pregnancy. It is a hang glider simulation, with a lap belt across your belly. If you are prone to nausea, skip it.

Never recommended attractions during pregnancy: The following attractions are a concern during pregnancy because of the rapid starts and stops, jarring forces, and pressures against the body.

  • Test Track
  • Mission: SPACE

Don’t forget to view my other posts on pregnancy, or continue on to the next post in this series, where we visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Epcot for Infants and Toddlers

Epcot AttractionsIn Part 2 of our recommended attractions for children under age 3, we journey to Disney’s Epcot. Don’t forget to read Part 1: Best Attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for Kids Under Age 3. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints.

 

 

 

Highly recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Living with the Land
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street performers in the World Showcase
  • Illuminations

Sometimes recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure: This attraction is a moving show with dark periods and dinosaurs, lasting 45 minutes. Once you board the attraction, you cannot get off until the end of the attraction. It is a great place to get out of the heat or rain.
  • Maelstrom: A boat ride through a mythical Norweigan land. There is a moderate drop in the middle of the attraction, similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, and periods of darkness. Closed.
  • The American Adventure: A stage show featuring animatronic figures depicting parts of America’s history. The show lasts 30 minutes, and is another favorite to escape the heat or rain.
  • Innoventions East and West: Two attractions featuring several interactive exhibits. While the exhibits themselves may not hold the attention of a toddler at all, Innoventions is often not crowded and is a great place to allow young children some time to walk around rather than be confined in a stroller.
  • The Circle of Life, O Canada!, Impressions de France, and Reflections of China: These attractions are all movie presentations. While they may not hold the attention of a toddler long, your infant may appreciate the break from the weather, or constant noise.

Never recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Test Track: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • Soarin’: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • Mission: SPACE: 44″ minimum height requirement
  • Captain EO: There is no height requirement for this attraction, however it is dark and extremely loud. If your young child is weary of noises, I’d recommend skipping this 3D show with an enhanced theater.

If there are attractions listed above that you and other members of your party would like to experience, be sure to view my post on Disney’s Rider Switch Service. Next time, we are heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom during Pregnancy

Pregnant at Magic KingdomAre you heading to Disney World while you are pregnant? Congratulations! Rest assured, pregnancy will not stop you from enjoying many of Disney’s famous attractions. In this 4 part series, I’ll cover each park with recommended attractions. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints. Let’s start our journey at the Magic Kingdom.

Highly recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • It’s a Small World
  • Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street Parties and Parades
  • Wishes

Sometimes recommended attractions during pregnancy:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: This boat ride has a moderate drop in the middle of the attraction.
  • Swiss Family Treehouse: A walking tour of the Robinson’s home, depending on your stage of pregnancy, you may not want to climb the 116 steps in this attraction.
  • Tom Sawyer Island: An island attraction themed after Mark Twain’s writings. You’ll need to be able to navigate navigate bridges, stairs, and uneven terrain.
  • Mad Tea Party: Depending on the amount of nausea you experience during your pregnancy, riding in a spinning teacup might make it worse.
  • Casey Junior Splash ‘n Soak Station: A great place to cool down in the heat, if you don’t mind getting wet.

Never recommended attractions during pregnancy: The following attractions are a concern during pregnancy because of the rapid starts and stops, jarring forces, and pressures against the body.

  • Splash Mountain
  • Space Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • The Barnstormer
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

Please note, this is not medical advice and you should consult your doctor before your trip. Having spent nearly three years straight pregnant, and visited the theme parks weekly during this time, you’ll find plenty to do during your trip. Join me next time as we continue our journey to Disney’s Epcot, and be sure to read my other posts on pregnancy.

Best Attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for Infants and Toddlers

Magic Kingdom AttractionsAs you are planning your trip to Walt Disney World, you may be surprised to learn that your child under age 3 can experience many of Disney’s famous attractions. In this 4 part series, I’ll cover each park with recommended attractions. Below, I’ve listed each attraction, as well as a few helpful hints. Let’s start our journey at the Magic Kingdom.

Highly recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • It’s a Small World
  • Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Walt Disney World Railroad: Strollers must be emptied and folded on the train.
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Street Parties and Parades
  • Wishes

Sometimes recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Mad Tea Party: This attraction features tea cups that spin quickly. You do have some control over the speed of spinning in your individual cup, although the cups move along on a spinning track. If taking your infant, hold on tight!
  • The Hall of Presidents: A stage style show with animatronic figures presenting presidential history. This attraction may not hold the attention of a toddler long, but it is a great place to get away from the heat or rain. If your child gets unruly, it is easy to leave during the show.
  • Haunted Mansion: A ride through a haunted mansion. Nothing in the actual ride is too scary, however the entrance of the ride features a short presentation with total darkness and loud noises. After boarding the ride, if your child gets spooked, you have to wait until the end of the attraction to exit.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: A boat ride through a land of pirates. Has a few loud parts. If your child gets scared, you have to wait until the end of the attraction to exit.
  • Carousel of Progress: A moving stage show with animatronic figures presenting human progress through the decades. Toddlers may not want to stay in their seats, but it is another great place to get away from the heat or rain. If you need to leave during the show, you can let the cast member know, they can help you exit.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic: A 3D show that has a few loud parts. If your child gets upset, it is easy to leave during the show.
  • Swiss Family Treehouse: A walking tour of the Robinson’s home. Strollers are not allowed, and you’ll need to climb 116 steps during the attraction.
  • Casey Junior Splash ‘n Soak Station: A great water play area, but be sure to have a change of clothes for your child.
  • Tom Sawyer Island: An island attraction themed after Mark Twain’s writings. This is a non-stroller friendly attraction. If you don’t mind carrying your children, you’ll need to navigate bridges, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Never recommended attractions for children under age 3:

  • Splash Mountain: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • Space Mountain: 44″ minimum height requirement
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • Stitch’s Great Escape: 40″ minimum height requirement
  • The Barnstormer: 35″ minimum height requirement
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: 38″ minimum height requirement
  • Tomorrowland Speedway: 32″ minimum height requirement

If there are attractions listed above that you and other members of your party would like to experience, be sure to view my post on Disney’s Rider Switch Service. Continue reading as we head to the Best Attractions at Disney’s Epcot for Kids Under Age 3.