Disney parks have entertained millions upon millions of people since Disneyland, the original park, opened in 1955. Walt Disney World, in Florida, opened in 1971. After that was when Disney started going international, with Tokyo Disneyland making its debut in 1983.
The next Disney park, Disneyland Paris (DLP), opened in 1992. Located in Chessy, France, it’s about 20 miles from Paris. Originally called “Euro Disneyland,” it’s easily accessible by train (although that accessibility will be somewhat decreased, come June, 2023). The park is, not surprisingly, very popular with European tourists.
That popularity means, of course, long queues. Granted, they’re not as long as the lines at some of the other Disney parks around the world, but waits of 45 minutes to an hour for more popular attractions aren’t unusual.
Some of the more popular rides at DLP allow a shorter wait via the park’s Disney Premiere Access feature – essentially a paid “Fast Pass.” But if you don’t want to pay for that “privilege,” you’re always welcome to just stand in line.
That’s all well and good for most people. But if you’re pregnant, it’s another story. Prolonged standing while you’re expecting, especially later on in the pregnancy, may cause back, pelvis, hip and leg pain, swelling in the legs, etc. We won’t even go into the issue of frequent urination toward the end of a person’s pregnancy. So having to stand in line for upwards of an hour while you’re pregnant may not be the best thing.
However they’ve addressed that issue at Disneyland Paris, as they provide expectant mothers with a priority bracelet, “so they can enjoy their stay with confidence.” While wearing a Pregnant Woman bracelet, it allows those who are expecting priority but not immediate access to attractions, shows and meetings with Disney Characters, as well as to the cash desks of our restaurants and shops.
From DLP’s website:
Disneyland Paris provides expectant mothers with a priority bracelet so that they can enjoy your stay with confidence.
Collect this bracelet on presentation of a medical certificate dated less than 3 months (French or English) at the dedicated counters at the entrance to Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, at hotel concierge services or at City Hall and Studio Services.The Pregnant Woman bracelet allows priority but not immediate access to attractions, shows and meetings with Disney Characters, as well as to the cash desks of our restaurants and shops. Contact our Cast Members.
You can be accompanied by 4 attendants for the attractions and shows, and 2 attendants for the parades.
Please consult the Accessibility Maps (https://brochure.disneylandparis.com/HCP/UK/catalogue/index.html) for details of how to access our attractions.
What about the other Disney parks?
- Disneyland (Anaheim, CA) – does not offer any sort of pregnancy pass. However they do offer Disability Access Services (DAS), which is a program offered at the Disneyland Resort theme parks to assist Guests who have difficulty tolerating extended waits in a conventional queue environment due to a disability. Anecdotally, while some pregnant people have been able to use Disneyland’s DAS system, most have not.
- Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) – also does not offer any sort of pregnancy pass. However, like Disneyland, they do offer Disability Access Services (DAS), which is a program offered at the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks to assist Guests who have difficulty tolerating extended waits in a conventional queue environment due to a disability. Anecdotally, while some pregnant people have been able to use WDW’s DAS system, most have not.
- Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo, Japan) – Pregnant people at Tokyo Disneyland can request a physical disability certificate, if they can’t stand in lines for long periods of time (this physical disability certificate is specifically for, “persons in wheelchairs, persons of advanced age, expectant mothers, and persons with disabilities”). They won’t be able to skip the queues, but instead will be able to wait at a separate area instead of the queue until the designated time.
- Disneyland Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – I couldn’t find any information about accessibility for pregnant people at Disneyland Hong Kong.
- Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai, China) – I couldn’t find any information about accessibility for pregnant people at Shanghai Disneyland.
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