What a whirlwind of a trip! Instead of a full-fledged vacation, we took about 4 days to hop down to Florida and visit my most favorite place in the world. I did keep working while we were gone, but the load wasn't too much to handle while riding the monorail or trams to and from the parking lot. Our visit was much different that usual, mainly because I'm pregnant, but also because it was Cal's parents, his brother, our new sister in law, and us in Florida AT THE SAME TIME! It's been a dream of my father in law's to have us all together in Disney, and it finally happened. Our time together was short, but I feel it bonded us and I'm looking forward to the next visit!
I'd love to touch on what it was like to do Disney while pregnant, but first, let me tell you all about our nightmare travel day. Our flight was supposed to leave Norfolk at 6 am (yikes!!!), but didn't get off the ground until almost 7. Our connection was a short turnaround to start, and if we would have left on time, we would have made it. Instead, we missed our second flight by THREE minutes. Not only did they not hold our flight, United so kindly let our second plane leave EARLY. I was so upset, mainly because I had to RUN over a mile through the airport with my carry on and belly, but also because we had dinner reservations that night. Our missed flight wasn't the worst though. One couple was going to Rome and would have to wait at least a day or two to catch the next plane overseas. After much more hurried walking through Dulles, United handed us over to American Air and we were on our merry way. It took us 13 hours and 3 separate planes to get us to Orlando. I'll most likely never fly United again. Poor, poor customer service.
When you've been to your favorite vacation spot a good number of times, you develop a list of must-dos during each visit. This time, my list was MUCH different. Not only did I have to sit out on Space Mountain (my fave!!), but I was limited to about 5 attractions during our entire stay. Yes, I was sad I couldn't take the plunge on Splash Mountain or scream my heart out on Tower of Terror, but I was MORE than happy to give all that up so baby would be safe. Luckily, rides like Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean were still okay.
One super awesome perk of being pregnant in Disney is the huge selection of food! Dole Whip, beignets at French Quarter, endless Hawaiian eats at Ohana, it was all so perfect. I didn't hesitate to let baby try whatever she wanted. I have tried so hard to be good in everyday life, vacation is a good time to splurge. The best food experience was the lemon meringue ice cream in Epcot's France.
There is a downside to going to Disney while pregnant: the walking. My Fitbit read 27,000 steps one day. Needless to say, my feet hurt. Bad. Like all day long. If you are going to Disney, I'd say good shoes are a must, but this applies even more to pregnant ladies who might be carrying extra weight. I don't have much extra, but I felt every single one of those 13lbs. Cal's mom let me wear her Rockports for the last couple of days. Still, each day ended with Cal rubbing my feet because they were so sore and slightly swollen.
Drinking water is always a challenge at Disney. I'm good at stopping at every water fountain, but when you have to consume several quarts of water each day, water fountains don't cut it. I would chug an entire Nalgene before leaving our room, drink one on the way to the park, then grab a bottle or two of water in between meals. Hydration is key to a healthy pregnancy, and I certainly tried, but with that much walking and the heat, I'm sure I could have done more. However, drinking a lot of water also means lots of pit stops. ;)
Am I happy we went during my pregnancy? You betcha. Would I do it again? Perhaps. It has been a bucket list item of mine, to take my unborn child to WDW, but it did wear me slam out. Now that I've done it, I may opt for a slower paced getaway should we have another baby in the future. Best part of the trip, I got one heck of a cute Minnie Mouse outfit for you know who. :)