A trip to Universal Studios Florida — with its shows, roller coasters and immersive rides — is a bucket list trip for some families. If you’re planning a visit to Universal Studios when you’re pregnant, though, there are some things you’ll need to consider.
We’ve outlined safe things to do, see and experience if you’re pregnant at Universal Studios, including which rides and attractions you can enjoy. We also have some tips for making the visit more comfortable.
Visiting Universal Studios while pregnant
Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fun. But you’ll want to consider how far along you are and whether the limited number of rides and attractions you can participate in will be worth the price of admission.
If you’re visiting Universal Studios during the first trimester of a low-risk pregnancy, you may be able to enjoy a few rides. However, experts generally agree that the jerky and jarring movements you experience on roller coaster-type attractions aren’t ideal for a developing fetus, and they could potentially lead to serious complications.
So before you stand in line, check the posted warnings for each ride and play it safe by avoiding any ride that recommends pregnant visitors not participate.
Pregnancy-safe rides at Universal Studios
While some attractions post a warning that advises pregnant people to avoid them, a handful of relaxed rides are considered safe. Here’s a list of Universal Studios rides that pregnant individuals can enjoy, as listed on the park’s website.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
These rides are deemed safe for pregnancy at Universal’s Islands of Adventure:
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade Station.
Universal Studios Florida
These Universal Studios Florida rides are safe for pregnancy:
Animal Actors On Location!
Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl.
Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station.
Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show.
The Bourne Stuntacular Show.
Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast.
There aren’t a ton of rides and attractions recommended for pregnant visitors. However, you can still wander the parks, visit immersive worlds within each park — like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — and enjoy most of the live shows, street entertainment and games. Of course, you can also try the many food offerings.
Tips for visiting Universal while pregnant
It’s important to consider how you’ll be feeling. For example, if you’re often tired during the day, keep your energy levels in mind when planning your itinerary. Consider booking a hotel on site so you don’t have to travel far if you need a midday nap or want to end the day early.
Likewise, if you experience morning sickness and snacking helps you feel better, consider planning activities around visits to snack stands and restaurants so you can sit, eat and reenergize whenever necessary. At the very least, come prepared with snacks you know will soothe your nausea. Small snacks and bottled water are permitted in the park.
If you’re in your third trimester, make sure you’re cleared by your doctor to travel, especially if the trip involves flying. Some airlines may request a note from your physician approving the travel, depending on how far along you are.
Whenever you visit, stay hydrated, especially if it’s hot outside, and pace yourself. It may not hurt to study a map of where the bathrooms are, either.
Wear comfortable shoes, don’t try to carry too much with you throughout the day and listen to your body. Have fun, but also rest when you need to.
Visiting Universal Studios Florida while pregnant recapped
If you’re pregnant at Universal Studios Orlando, take heart: You won’t be sitting on a park bench the whole day — unless you want to. You should know most rides will be off-limits per safety warnings, which means shows, attractions and character encounters will be the main events for you.
If that’s enough, make sure to plan your day around your needs to enjoy the experience.
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