My pregnant daughter and her husband joined me for a few days for their first offsite stay at Walt Disney World. Here’s how that trip went…
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My daughter, Payton, and her husband, Quinn, joined me during part of my March trip. We stayed at Windsor Hills this time – their first time staying offsite.
In addition to being lactose intolerant, Payton is pregnant and has been very nauseous, something that played a big role in this trip.
Disney World while pregnant
In order to plan for this trip, Payton looked at Disney World’s pregnancy ride info to see what was and wasn’t included. She also consulted her doctor on what she should ride.
She planned to ride just about everything except anything with big drops or spins. For those, she stood in line with Quinn and me and took the chicken exit just before boarding.
In addition to pregnancy warnings, nausea has been a big issue during her pregnancy. During this trip, Payton was able to take nausea medicine, have slow starts in the mornings, and eat a little bit at a time which worked very well while at Flower and Garden Festival with so many outdoor kitchens available.
Disney World with a milk allergy
Though Payton has been to Disney World about 10 times, this was her first with a milk allergy. She was so impressed with how Disney handles it at every meal, including the mobile order and table service options.
She especially loves that there are separate menus for each allergy as opposed to one overall menu to encompass all allergies at once.
Staying at Windsor Hills
This was Payton and Quinn’s first time staying offsite. Though they enjoyed having their own bedroom, bathroom, access to a kitchen, and a pool, Payton feels like being onsite is more magical. Having to drive to and from the parks was new to her, and parking at Magic Kingdom felt like a hassle.
She did think having access to a kitchen was easier with a food allergy since you can cook your own food.
Our first park day together was at Epcot, primarily for Flower and Garden Festival where we sampled several booths. We especially enjoyed the outdoor kitchens in China, Germany, and America. We also got ice cream at L’Artisan des Glaces in France.
During their time at Hollywood Studios, they saw Galaxy’s Edge for the first time, starting with a ride on Rise of the Resistance which they both loved.
Lunch was mobile ordered at Docking Bay 7, and Payton was a big fan of the Endorian Fried Chicken Tip Yip from the milk allergy menu.
Quinn is a real life pilot, and getting to ride Smuggler’s Run with an actual pilot was fun.
Outside of Galaxy’s Edge, we shopped, enjoyed the motorcades, and went on a couple other rides.
One of the highlights of our Magic Kingdom day was lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern. The restaurant serves food family style, but people with a milk allergy get their own food already plated.
Payton absolutely loved this meal, especially the dressing. The only regular menu thing they didn’t provide was macaroni and cheese, understandably.
Payton and Quinn planned to take a quick pregnancy announcement pic with a PhotoPass photographer, and they were surprised to end up with a mini-photo session with lots of pics to choose from.
Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs
Payton and Quinn did Animal Kingdom on their own because I was unable to get a park pass for me. They loved seeing the character cruises along the water, including Pocahontas.
They’re both big animal lovers and took time on Maharajah Jungle Trek, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, and Kilimanjaro Safaris.
They had lunch at Yak and Yeti, and Payton noted that the chef came out to discuss her allergy and it took longer to get their food, something that’s common at the restaurants that aren’t owned by Disney.
It was a similar experience that night at The Edison where we all met for dinner.
Before heading to Disney Springs, they took a bus from Animal Kingdom to Animal Kingdom Lodge to check it out since it’s on their bucket list of places to stay in the future. They were impressed with how beautiful it is and how many animals were out.