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    Default Expectant Motherís Guide


    Holidays in Orlando can be a wonderful, magical time, even with a baby on the way! Most mums-to-be can enjoy the majority of attractions with relatively few restrictions. However, some precautions are in order for a safe and comfortable day in the parks. Always seek and follow the advice of your doctor or midwife before you visit the theme parks; our guide is meant to be a guide only and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations.

    Most attraction restrictions are obvious (roller coasters, motion simulators) but some restrictions are less obvious. In those instances, we have included the reason the restriction is in place so that you can make an informed decision.

    It is unlikely you will be challenged if you choose to ride any attraction, even if there are posted warnings and you are quite obviously expecting, so be aware the ride attendants are not required to advise you against riding. You must make yourself aware of those attractions that are not safe for Baby, without relying on ride attendants to warn you or remind you.

    Please be aware, expectant mothers are strongly discouraged from experiencing any of the water slides at the water parks, or the Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. There is a posted warning at Typhoon Lagoon’s Crush ‘n Gusher water slide.

    Attractions with Posted Warnings for Expectant Mothers

    Magic Kingdom:
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Space Mountain
    Splash Mountain
    Tomorrowland Speedway
    The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm

    Soarin’ (sudden short, smooth upward motion)
    Mission: SPACE
    Test Track (sharp braking sequence, bumpy sequence, G-Forces)

    Hollywood Studios:
    Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
    Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    Star Tours

    Animal Kingdom:
    Kali River Rapids (sharp impacts with sides of canal, big drop)
    Kilimanjaro Safari (bumpy, jarring ride)
    Primeval Whirl
    Expedition Everest

    Universal Studios:
    Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast (motion simulator-type ride)
    Shrek 4-D (bumpy, jarring seat movements)
    Twister-Ride it Out! (floor collapses at end of attraction)
    Revenge of the Mummy
    Disaster! (sharp side-to-side motion)
    Jaws (sudden starts and stops, tilting)
    Men in Black Alien Attack (ride vehicle spins)
    Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
    ET Adventure (possible instability due to suspended ride vehicle; inclines increase possible instability)
    Terminator 2: 3-D (seat motion; stationary seats available)

    Islands of Adventure:
    Cat in the Hat (ride vehicle spins)
    Dueling Dragons
    Incredible Hulk Coaster
    Jurassic Park River Adventure
    Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
    Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges
    Storm Force Accelatron
    Dr. Doom’s Fearfall
    The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

    Journey to Atlantis
    Jazzie Jellies
    Shamu Express
    Swishy Fishies
    Wild Arctic (ride portion)
    Rock Wall

    Busch Gardens:
    Rhino Rally (bumpy, jarring ride)
    Stanley Falls Log Flume
    Congo River Rapids
    Tanganyika Tidal Wave
    Ubanga-Banga Bumper Cars
    Crazy Camel

    Some attractions do not have a posted warning, but may be uncomfortable for Mums in the later months. These attractions include:
    -Stitch’s Great Escape at Disney’s Magic Kingdom (shoulder harness may impinge on abdomen)
    -Astro Orbitor at Disney’s Magic Kingdom (ride vehicle has a small, tight space)

    Touring Comfortably

    The key elements to keep in mind as you tour with baby-on-board are:

    Rest! It’s a busy, exciting holiday, but your body needs far more rest than you may be used to. Schedule mid-day breaks back at your resort or, at the very least, take regular breaks and time off your feet inside the parks or find a quiet place to nap.

    Water! Even in winter months, your body will need more hydration than you may be used to. In the summer, extra water intake is critical to avoid serious dehydration for you and endangerment to Baby. Fizzy drinks, coffee and tea are dehydrating; be sure to keep a supply of water on hand, even if it means you’ll become acquainted with all the restrooms in Orlando. Your body will thank you and so will your baby.

    Snacks! Bring your own. In the early months you may be a bit queasy and will need to snack often, but may not find anything in the parks that sounds good. In the later months, you may need to snack often if large meals are no longer an option due to limited tummy space.

    Worried you’ll be spending a lot of time apart from the family as they ride attractions you will not be riding? Remember, you can walk through the queue with them, then take the ‘non-rider exit’ near the boarding area.

    Enjoy this special time as you prepare for your new arrival, knowing you can have a memorable holiday as well as a safe one. And Congratulations from Susan and Simon!

    Copyright © Susan and Simon Veness, October 2006-2009
    Last edited by Susan Veness; 02-05-2009 at 09:18 PM. Reason: updates

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