What can I ride when I'm pregnant?Walt Disney World: Can anyone recommend any rides that I can ride being pregnant? We are going to Magic Kingdom, MGM, Universal, Islands of Adventure, and Seaworld. I know about "It's a Small World" Any others?
From Kara FordCan anyone recommend any rides that I can ride being pregnant? We are going to Magic Kingdom, MGM, Universal, Islands of Adventure, and Seaworld. I know about "It's a Small World" Any others?
Posted February 23, 2007 at 4:42 PM
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Jaivion WilliamsOKay i have some for u For WDW
Posted February 23, 2007 at 8:06 PM
From Erik YatesJavion...she can not ride Buzz Lightyear, or Star Tours...too bumpy.
Posted February 23, 2007 at 9:30 PM
She can ride everything else you mentioned, as well as a lot of things at EPCOT. Nothing really at Animal Kingdom though.
Not a whole lot at Islands of Adventure, but there is a lot of walking and exploring to be done. Also there is a bit of stuff to do at the Studios as there is stationary seating for a lot of stuff.
From Anthony MurphyBuzz Lightyear might be ok. After all, she does have control over the bumpyness of the ride. Basically all the rides at Disney (and probably Universal) will have pregnant warnings in the guide maps and on the rides. Just don't push it!
Posted February 23, 2007 at 11:58 PM
I will make my own list of what you probably shouldn't ride. Please note I am a guy and do not have anybody close to me that is pregnant so take it with a grain of salt!
DO NOT RIDE!
Mission Space (A BIG NO!!!)
Rockn Roller Coaster
Back to the Future (If its still there)
Island of Adventure
From Erik YatesYou're pretty much dead on Anthony, though Buzz Lightyear does have pregnant signs as it does have times when you are not in control.
Posted February 24, 2007 at 6:54 AM
I have kids, and have been in this situation with my own wife. Here's my list, I wont repeat Anthony's list:
Speedway(as people can slam into the back of you)
Anthony Covered it
Anthony Covered it...but thats the entire park
Islands of Adventure:
Dudley Do Right
Cat in the Hat
From Jaivion WilliamsMission Space is a really big no LOL
Posted February 24, 2007 at 8:50 AM
From Kara FordThanks guys. This helps so much. So I can ride Spiderman? I have really been wanting to and have heard so many good things about the spiderman ride. My husband has a quick question too. HE rode the Goliath at Six Flags and loved it. Does the Kraken/Hulk/Dueling Dragons compare at all?Thanks and any other feedback would be great! Kara
Posted February 24, 2007 at 9:54 AM
From Karin SI don't think Spiderman would be a good idea if you're pregnant. It's a great ride but it can knock you around a little. If you have concerns, you should see if there are any warnings posted at the rides you want to try.
Posted February 24, 2007 at 1:23 PM
From Anthony MurphyI was wondering about Spiderman and its safety since I never remembered it being too physically rough, just visually it looks like you are doing things your not!
Posted February 24, 2007 at 2:47 PM
I can't believe I forgot Body Wars!!!
The speedway is another one that is on the fence with me, but Erik is totally right, stupid kids sometime rear end you (on purpose!) Its pretty terrible! I just wonder that any attraction could go cause a pregnant (or any other special needs individual problems). Of course we think Splash Mountain is bad and Erik Pointed out Maelstrom (which I disagree with, but you will see why), but what about Pirates of the Carriean? Its got a drop , though not as extreme as Splash Mountain, just as big as Maelstrom (I think?)
One more thing: Yes, Animal Kingdom basically has one ride that she can ride, but there are beautiful exibits and great shows there! So if you like animals, go there for awhile, if not, skip it this time!
Wow, I never realized that Animal Kingdom could be considered that extreme!
From Tombraider TyThey've been making AK more extreme in hopes of getting more guests there, if you haven't noticed it's one of the least visited parks.
Posted February 24, 2007 at 8:27 PM
From Jaivion Williamsshe can ride pirates of carribean
Posted February 24, 2007 at 10:15 PM
From Dustin KernPart of the reason that Animal Kingdom is the least visited is that it's the farthest away from all the other parks and it's also the smallest. It is beautiful and the three major attractions (Everest, Kilimajaro Rapids, and that Safari Ride ((that can be a little rough at times))). But it also offers a lot of other things to see and do there.
Posted February 25, 2007 at 8:09 PM
From David KirbyWell, technically Dustin, AK is the largest park (around 500 acres), but when it comes to attractions, it does have the fewest. I was also under the impression that with the opening of Everest, it's attendence is now greater than MGM.
Posted February 25, 2007 at 10:11 PM
From Anthony MurphyYou forgot Dinosaur!
Posted February 26, 2007 at 8:41 AM
From Jaivion WilliamsYea i just about to say it is the the biggest park but has less rides idk if she could ride dinosaur bc it jerks and bumps to much
Posted February 26, 2007 at 12:18 PM
From Erik YatesSo does Spiderman for that matter. It spins a lot and jostles back and forth, up and down. Personally, I would say forgo the theme parks, unless you want to do Sea World for the visuals, and hey what about Discovery Cove? You can swim with the fishes.
Posted February 26, 2007 at 3:01 PM
From Iris HernandezListen hun, everyone is different and in the end it all depends on how comfortable you feel when making these decisions on what to ride. I personally didnt stop riding roller coasters till my belly got too big and the harness would secure. That was about @ 8 months. Yes, people call me crazy, BUT, i am a theme park freak and i know every single detail about every ride i got on. So, i know what i was headed for.
Posted February 27, 2007 at 2:02 PM
You can ride all the kiddie rides at all the theme parks, including buzz lightyear, cuase that ride is not that serious. DO NOT ride star tours or back to the future. I was having contractions after those...they knock you around way too much...oh and spiderman, due to some forces of inertia and a little joltiness i do not recommend riding(sorry). Trust your instincts, if it does feel right to be waiting in line for that ride,then dont do it. God bless and good luck.
From Erik YatesRule of thumb: Follow the signs. They are there for a reason.
Posted February 27, 2007 at 3:40 PM
From Kara FordThanks all!
Posted February 28, 2007 at 6:31 AM
From Ken MartinAsk your doctor! it should be a no-brainer.
Posted March 1, 2007 at 4:30 PM
From RANDY TAYLORWow, i'm really surprised that so many of you ride while pregnant. For me, even if the risk is minimal, I wouldn't feel comfortable for my wife to do it. There will be other chances to ride and for me, it is an unnecessary risk.
Posted March 2, 2007 at 1:24 PM
From Erik YatesI'm very surprised at that as well. And I'm very surprised at how many men really oppose the idea. It seems the only ones who dont are the ones without children, no offense to anyone meant. Safety is a big issue, and even if the signs seem unnecessary, I would follow them. There is always a chance that something wont go the way you thought....thats why they're called accidents.
Posted March 2, 2007 at 3:23 PM
From Dan BabbittWell technically anyone who is pregnant can ride any attraction on Disney property. Cast Members can not tell someone can that they can not ride a particular ride so anyone can ride. Of course there are warning signs, But if you read them they say you SHOULD NOT, ride not CAN NOT ride! It covers are butts if some one gets on. Being a Cast Member at the Tower of Terror and I let on at least one pregnant women on the ride. Of course I warned her many times but she said she was fine and said she rode many other rides like Dinosaur and other coaster. But we cant stop them! If we didnt want to send them on a ride like that then we can have someone else do it for us but we cant stop them so technically anyone who meets are height reguirements can ride!
Posted March 21, 2007 at 10:14 PM
From Kara FordWell thank you. I will take your advice. I will go ahead and follow the signs though. Just to be safe! Thanks again!
Posted March 22, 2007 at 8:08 AM
From Jacque DoubleyouYeah, I am a big supporter of people making their own decisions and of other people not making judgements. But come on, roller coasters up to eight months? That's just so risky, thank goodness everything turned out ok for that baby.
Posted March 3, 2009 at 11:42 PM
My last pregnancy I talked about Disneyland with my doctor and a long time L and D nurse that was a friend of the family. They both said the same thing, obey all of the restrictions with possibly the exception of splash mountain. The g force you experience on braking at the bottom of the hill is less than braking for a red light. But I went once and felt so sick, the thought that there was a remote possibility that I may have hurt my child really killed me. It ruined my day for the next few hours. Follow your gut, if you have common sense and you put your baby first you will know.
From Dan BabbittAgain, technically speaking, anyone that is pregnant can ride any ride! We will warn you so many times that your head will explode!! But people dont listen to us sometimes and you just have to let them in. Remeber the signs say "should not", not , "could not" so due to legal verbiatage it covers our backs.
Posted March 4, 2009 at 9:03 PM
I remember at the Tower of Terror I had to let somebody that was 8-9 months pregnant on the ride even though I warned her about 5 times at the load platform!
So people will do just about anything they want to do.
From Jacquelynne CookDoes anyone know what rides at Hersey are safe for me at 4 months along in my pregnancy? I emailed Hersey and haven't heard back from them yet. thanks
Posted March 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM
From Rebecca SandersALL rides have warning signs saying pregnant women can't ride. It doesn't matter what the ride is. But it isn't b/c it is necessarily dangerous, it is b/c of lawsuits in case something were to happen while you were on it or right after. It is safer for them to just say "don't" than for them to be the pregnancy-police and try to figure out what is safe and what isn't. I went to Six Flags when 4 months pregnant and rode the ferris wheel and a kiddie coaster.... but signs still said not to. I'll be going to an amusement park this weekend and am 3 months... and again will ride little rides even though signs will say not to. If it isn't a bumpy ride and doesn't have any g-force... I'd ride it.
Posted April 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM
From Dan BabbittIf you read the sign closely they say they "SHOULD NOT" ride instead of "COULD NOT" so technically they can but we warned them. Believe I know I once sent someone on the Tower of Terror who was 8 months pregnant!! I had to let her through!
Posted April 21, 2009 at 10:43 AM
From Christina HorwitzI went on vacation to Disneyland when I was just 2 months pregnant. I stuck to all the 'tame/lame' rides and surpisingly found that even things like It's a Small World bothered me - and here I am a coaster fanatic (the bigger, the better) but the motion of the darn boat just made me queazy. I was also on line once for ToT at WDW and this woman was having a heated argument with the ride op...turns out she was past her due date and was trying to get on the ride in an effort to induce the labor - needless to say, she did not get on the ride and managment came and took her to the side for a talk. Think its all about what you feel comfortable doing though. This might be a good opportunity for you to enjoy some of the things you might normally bypass on a regular (non-preggo) visit - like relaxing by the pool or taking in some of the shows, etc.
Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:38 AM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Plan your theme park vacation with our readers' travel guides:
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive