Disneyland is a perfect place for walking – in fact, we just covered how you could get your steps in and stay active at the parks while pregnant. However, we know that pregnant moms-to-be (or any moms for that matter) need a restful, quiet, “thotful” spot sometimes to rest their feet, recharge batteries, or just relax when the rest of their party wants to go, go, go. These quiet spaces are especially helpful when your Disneyland companions want to enjoy attractions that expectant moms might want to avoid and you just want to sit, enjoy a snack, or just watch people enjoying their Disneyland visit.
We’ve rounded up just a few of our tried-and-true sitting spots that we love to escape to when you need a place to take a break.
Main Street U.S.A.
If you’re lucky and able to snag a spot on one of the front porches that line Main Street USA, you’ll not only find a lovely resting spot (or maybe even a rocking chair) but prime real estate for some people watching!
Don’t forget, you can also sneak away to the Main Street Cinema or “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” to escape the heat and see a show while you’re at it! If you would prefer not to watch the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” show, there is seating in the waiting area and you can watch a fun video featuring Steve Martin near the Disney Gallery.
Another great place to take a seat and grab a cool drink is inside the Plaza Inn.
There are plenty of places to relax when you’re in Fantasyland. Adjacent to the Matterhorn are some lovely benches under a shady awning that can keep you near the action but out of the sun. This is located near the FastPass distribution center.
If you round the corner near it’s a small world, there’s a nice shady spot with lots of ample tables and seating. This once served as the loading dock for the Motor Boat cruises, and later became the designated smoking area for Fantasyland, but now it’s just a nice escape to enjoy a snack (for those who have a major turkey leg craving), or to wait for your party.
On the side of Galactic Grill (otherwise known as Tomorrowland Terrace), if you’re walking near the Matterhorn side, you’ll find lots of seating available. Avoid this area during the lunch rush because we know it will be packed, but you’re bound to find some shady areas to rest and relax in this area during the day.
The exit area of Space Mountain is also a popular spot for people to rest – it’s near the restrooms and has ample bench seating when waiting. Be forewarned though – sometimes this area can get very packed on busy days.
Disney California Adventure
One of my favorite places to recharge and relax is the Sonoma Terrace, located right past the Wine Country Trattoria (if you’re walking towards the Little Mermaid attraction). This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot has gotten more attention lately as it was the site of the AP Corner for the recent Festival of Holidays, but during the downtime, it’s a nice terrace that serves craft beers, some light snacks, and provides ample shady seating for just kicking back.
The area of the Pacific Garden Grill can also be a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Parks. Often times, the gazebo has a live band playing music and there’s plenty of shady seating.
The Grizzly Peak Recreation Area has plenty of seating areas on these wooden log benches that are scattered throughout. Wait outside of Soarin’ on one of these benches, or find yourself perched on a bench near the Grizzly River Run.
One thing to note: once you’ve welcomed your little bundle of joy, these places are also great spots to consider when you need a quiet spot for breastfeeding (and don’t forget to check out our list of best places in the Parks to breastfeed your baby when the time is right!)
Being pregnant at Disneyland can be a very overwhelming day, but if you plan ahead and know the quiet places to escape when you need to kick up your feet and relax, you can still enjoy a great day of people watching, snacking, and just enjoying the Disneyland atmosphere.
Tell us – what are your favorite places to relax when you’re at the Disneyland Resort?
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