The Feasibility Of Touring Disneyland Paris While Pregnant
I never thought I would be the type of person that brought their 2 year old child to Disneyland, let alone go to Disneyland Paris while pregnant. There are a handful of Disneyland pregnancy restrictions that one needs to be aware of before taking the leap and booking. That isn’t to say you won’t have a great time, it just means you won’t have the same experience as Dad. To find the details on which rides you can and can not ride, check here.
Easy Access Card: for guests with a temporary illness and for expectant mothers. Medical certificate (original copy): in either French or English, issued less than three months previously and signed and stamped by the doctor, certifying that the person has a temporary illness (e.g. is wearing a cast, has recently undergone an operation) or is pregnant.
Disneyland Paris Pregnancy Restrictions
There were a handful of rides that expectant moms are not allowed. I used my judgement and saw that most were because of the type of restraint used. Peter Pan and Snow White had the bar across the lap but they didn’t go down very far; frankly, my son could have slipped out considering the bar was just under his chin. Since I knew it wasn’t bumpy and I am barely showing anyways, I went. Dumbo didn’t have an issue because they used a seat belt restraint, but Aladdin’s flying carpet was the same as Dumbo but with a bar. I could see this bar went much closer to one’s lap and I didn’t want to get hit if the carpet jerked to a stop.
Using The Easy Access Cards
Dubbed the Disneyland Paris Pregnancy Pass, if I was to use the Easy Access card, which I know many mothers that have – further along in their pregnancy – it is pretty easy to obtain. As mentioned above, simply present supporting documents (usually just doctors note stating you are pregnant and can’t stand in line for long periods of time) to City Hall and away you go. The accessibility map, found here, outlines which lines expectant mothers are allowed on.
Once obtained, take your card to the attraction entrance of an Easy Card accessible ride and the cast member will assign a return time, much like a fast pass without using the Fastpass kiosks. Like the Fastpass system, only one will be issued at a time, in order to gain a second return time, the first one must be invalidated (used or canceled).
Card holders are allowed to bring up to 4 helpers with them; some attractions limit this to one or two helpers due to popularity. There are two columns in the map; Greenpass holders stating how many helpers, and expectant mothers. Once you know you can ride, check how many can come with you. The pass holder must go on the ride in order for the group to skip the line.
Also see; What’s in a diaper bag
Not Just The Rides
Being pregnant at Disneyland Paris has a whole other set of rules regarding breaks and meal times. It is important to have breaks, especially during the summer months, to keep the strain off your feet and back. Plan for a few rides that you can’t get on, in between the rides you can. When this isn’t possible, or you feel that a nap is warranted, try clumping all of the inaccessible rides together and make a plan to rejoin the family for dinner. Having nap in the quiet, cool, hotel room is always better than a 20 minutes break on a park bench twiddling your thumbs anyways. Because lets be honest, it’s never 20 minutes and you will end up in a souvenir shop.
While eating at Casey’s Corner twice a day can mean the difference between breaking the bank and having another full day of park time, it isn’t the healthiest meal option in the park. Aim for at least a good dinner, with Air Conditioning and plenty of time to eat slowly. We all know what food doesn’t go down as quickly as it used to, especially the further along you are, so having 1-1.5 hours to finish a full meal is ideal. What’s that, any excuse to have a full Character dinner? Sure, why not. You need to eat, everyone wants to see characters. Why not do it at the same time and save yourself a line in the heat – your Easy Pass doesn’t get you in immediately, they still make you wait a few minutes between each Easy Pass Guest to be fair to the rest of the guests.
Also see: Breastfeeding while Traveling
Munchkin wanted to be held an awful lot and refused to settle for his stroller. When we were in long(ish) lines for rides, hubby and I rotated during the line – him taking the bulk of the time – but I refused if the stroller was accessible.
What rides can you go on at Disneyland Paris while Pregnant?
Dragon under the Castle
Le Pays des Contes de Fees
It’s a Small World
Legends of the Wild West
Pocahontas Indian Village
Buzzlightyear Laser Blast
Les Mysteres du Nautilius
La Cabane des Robinson
Le Passage Enchante d’Aladdin
Walt Disney Studios Park
Art of Disney Animation
Mickey and the Magician
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