So, next week I’ll be out and not blogging, as we are taking Henry to Disney World for the first time. I booked this way long ago and with coronavirus, flu and being 6 months preggo, I’m kind of like, “what was I thinking?” but I am also so excited to see Henry’s head absolutely explode. He’s been talking about this non-stop for weeks and weeks. I’m thinking of it as our last hurrah as a family of three before baby girl comes in early June. Luckily, one of my followers is an amazing Disney planner (her site is here) and she did EVERYTHING for us, including waking up at 6 am on New Years Day to book our Fast Passes. You should absolutely use one of these planners and they cost you nothing (Disney pays them) and it made this whole experience SO much easier (dining reservations, advice on where to go, what to do, car service, stroller rental, etc.)
This made me think about everyone going on spring break and packing. Packing is tough, especially when you are going somewhere as active as Disney. You need a mix of practical, super comfy stuff with a few nicer options for going out to dinner and of course spending time by the pool. So I did two wardrobes- one for those not pregnant and one for those who are! :)
Comfy shoes (these white sneaks are my go-to), dresses that do double duty (that bottom one can easily be a pool coverup) and tops that can work with shorts or jeans are all key. I prefer jeans for places like Disney because sitting down on rides and benches with bare legs makes me squirm.
Comfort is key here- from my fave pregnancy leggings to stretchy dresses (that pink one is not maternity and looks great on both pregnant women and non). I also packed this support tank to wear with leggings, leopard sneakers and a denim jacket for our full day of walking from dawn to dusk. Also, this swimsuit I had when pregnant with Henry, and while it’s not maternity, the ruching allows for your belly and it’s supportive and comfy.
Did you go with your regular size in the swim suit even though you’re expecting? Curious because I’m also expecting and want to get this but leery when it comes to sizing.
Erin, is there a way to read/view all of your posts starting from the very beginning of your blog? I am posting this comment on Thursday March 5th, so by the time you read this you will be back from Disney World. Being a Californian, I’ve only been to Disneyland, not Disney World, but it’s truly a magical place for children and families. Hope you and Henry had a wonderful time!
I am so excited for you, I am a Disney fan and I will be there this week. Leaving today actually.
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Have a great trip! Such fun memories. There’s just no place like Disney. I’d love to see a post on rain coats. I’m going to Paris in May, and I expect to have some rainy days. I’d love to look glam and stay dry. Thanks!
Your wardrobe choices look beautiful…I can’t believe anyone would by a $350 dress to wear to Disney World! Shorts, sundresses and comfy shoes are what are best. It’s not very glamorous these days!!!! Save the expensive dresses for a special event.
I would have never believed how absolutely magical Disney is…I also used a planner and it was a lifesaver. I hope that you have a wonderful time. Seeing the magic thru Henry’s eyes will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced as a mom.
As an aside…we took our trip to Disney in March. It’s so expensive and we went all out thinking that it would be our only one for some time. Even my husband was hooked, and we quickly planned a trip for December because it was Just. That. Amazing. 💫
Omg I would not wear white jeans to Disney. Unless you don’t mind washing them everyday or you bring a pair for each day! I was dreading going to Disney with my kids (long lines, bad food, germs, etc) but it was actually really fun, one of our best trips ever. And the food was much better than expected. Have the best time!
Plan on wearing the out to dinner at night, not to the park! :)
Have fun! Took my sons for their 5th birthdays (twins) and I will never forget seeing their eyes light up when they saw Magic Kingdom for the first time. Thanks for suggestions as we are heading back in March!
First time poster. I went to Disney last year with my family (and nieces and nephew) and I brought I couple of pairs of what I thought were comfortable walking shoes. The only pair that worked all day at the parks were my Allbirds. And I live in Chicago/walk everywhere/don’t own a car. That trip was the first time I wore them. I’m now a convert. Truly amazing. That was my secret to make it so I thought I’d share.
We started going to go Disneyland every year when my daughter was one. She’s now 11. Definitely rent the stroller. Even when Henry is out walking, you’ll appreciate the bottom shelf to store your extra gear, sunscreen, etc. I definitely recommend finding the baby care center. At Disneyland it’s near Main Street USA, not sure where it is at WDW. It has toddler size toilets and made for young families. Also, try to find the Silhouette (sp?) Studio (probably on Main St USA). For $9.99 you can get a really nice cutout profile of Henry.
Have fun and dress casually. Aside from adult Disney fanatics who dress as much like a character as allowed, pretty much every one is dressing for comfort.
Love your suggestions. I do have many similar pieces already. I just need to get creative. Comfy shoes is number one for me…
Thanks for the fast pass tip. I’ll jump on that now.
Have such a good time! We did Disney a bunch when our kids were in that 3yrs – 9yrs range, so I have two pieces of unsolicited advice. First, it’s FINE to rent a stroller, even though yes, Henry can walk every where. It is a ton of walking, and his little legs will give out at some point. (You may be thinking, of course it’s fine, who wouldn’t think it’s fine? But I have plenty of friends who refused to rent a stroller for a 4 or 5 year old because on principle they thought their kids should walk.)
Second, and I’m sure you already know this, but I definitely recommend an afternoon break every day with a nap, some pool time, and then go back to the park. Pushing through all day is a recipe for disaster.
Have the best time!!
Fun! We are going for Spring Break, feel the same about “what am I thinking” but oh well. It’s the happiest place on Earth! Have the best time!