5 Tips for a Babymoon to Walt Disney World
We’re having a baby! Why not take a babymoon to Walt Disney World? Here are 5 tips!
While some might be apprehensive about traveling to Walt Disney World while pregnant, it can be a fun place to “babymoon.” For those unaware of this term, “babymoon” refers to a trip that you take before your little bundle of joy arrives. Here are 5 tips for you!
1. Visit the characters
Since Space Mountain will be off limits on a babymoon to Walt Disney World, use that extra fast pass for a character meet & greet. Some of the characters will make a big deal over your baby-to-be! If you have a Disney-related theme for your nursery, try taking pictures with the characters to create a collage in the room. For example, if you have a Disney princess theme in your nursery, take a variety of pictures with Disney princesses. You could even bring a stuffed animal or other memento from home or a sign/special t-shirt to create some consistency in your pictures with the characters. You can have a lot of fun with this. Some people even have chosen to do a gender reveal while taking a picture with Mickey! Regardless, character pictures make a great memento for both you and your little one.
2. Make a souvenir for your baby
Many of the resorts on Walt Disney World property have a community center where they offer arts & crafts for a small fee. There are several items from which to choose. We chose to make a onesie for our baby-to-be while staying at Saratoga Springs. Another option is to visit one of the Christmas shops on property and have a Christmas ornament personalized. These make great souvenirs of your trip!
3. Take your time & stay hydrated
If you have visited Walt Disney World previously, you know that it is possible to walk over 10 miles a day! Couple the heat and humidity with the extra weight of carrying a baby, and walking can be quite exhausting. This is not the time to try to do everything. First, have an idea of what parks & attractions you’d like to visit and have realistic expectations. It may not be possible to stay in a park from morning until night. Next, plan for breaks. If it is hot, plan for a break inside an air-conditioned store or attraction. Make sure you have places to rest your feet. You may not be able to move around as quickly as you’d like, and if you’d like a little extra help, rent a scooter for the day. Also, for the health of you and your baby, you will want to make sure that you are eating and drinking appropriately throughout the day. It is a good idea to carry a large water bottle with you to refill so you can keep track of how much water you are consuming throughout the day.
4. Don’t fret about rides
As I mentioned earlier, Space Mountain might be off limits on a babymoon to Walt Disney World, but that does not mean that you cannot have any fun. There are surprisingly a large number of rides that are OK for expectant mothers, particularly in the Magic Kingdom. This is also a good time to check out the variety of outstanding shows in Walt Disney World. Some of my favorites include Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom, Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Magic Kingdom, and the plethora of street performers in Epcot’s World Showcase. In addition, you can relax and get a great viewing spot of one of the parades (maybe search for a bench along the parade route to give those feet a rest). Each of the attractions at Walt Disney World will list restrictions at the beginning of the queue, so be sure to check those signs. The Walt Disney World website or MyDisneyExperience app are other places to reference ride restrictions.
5. Have maternity photos taken with Disney Event Photography
If you are looking for an extra-special experience, arrange to have maternity photos taken with Disney Event Photography. We did a mini portrait package that included a 30-minute photo session with a photographer at a resort. We received a flash drive with a copyright release and copies of the photos from the session. Our location was the Grand Floridian, and we had some photos taken inside of the resort itself, and then we went outside to have some photos taken with Cinderella’s Castle in the background. There are several packages from which to choose, and guests interested in more information should visit the website: disneyfineartphotography.com.
A babymoon can be a very memorable experience for you and your baby-to-be. It’s never too early to start the magic!