disneyland with a toddler

At just 13 months of age, Some Boy has been to Disneyland twice now (and once to California Adventure!). People seem to think I'm silly for taking Some Boy to theme parks and zoos…especially when I'm SO exhausted all the time from being pregnant. Yes, I could seriously use a nap, but I think we both benefit from getting out of the house and stretching our legs, and I know that Some Boy is learning a ton by being exposed to all sorts of fun stuff at a young age.

Disneyland's Innoventions Dream Home by HP

Colby and I were invited last weekend to check out Disneyland's Innoventions Dream Home that HP sponsors. I was a wee bit skeptical about being pregnant at Disneyland (no Space Mountain or Indiana Jones for me), but we had an absolute blast! I had no idea how much stuff there is to look at and interact with, even when you're pregnant, at Disneyland.

disneyland innoventions dream home

Innoventions  is the perfect place to let little ones crawl around while parents are entertained by the fun gadgetry that surrounds them. The 2-story rotating building is pretty trippy, with interactive games throughout. It's 5,000 square-foot “home of the future” is astounding, with amazing technology that's actually on the market today. We played with a 3D laptop, the HP Envy 17 3D, and other advanced technology like the HP Omni 27 desktop with a 27-inch display and 3TB of storage space.

HP touchscreen computer

We drew a picture of ourselves on the Touchsmart 610‘s touch screen in the kitchen, which Some Boy got a huge kick out of. Hey, maybe if I buy him the Touchsmart, he'll stop stealing my iPhone! There was also a girl's room with music being seamlessly streamed from a computer to speakers around the room, and wallpaper that changed to suit your mood.

innoventions dream home activities

Our favorite room by far was the boy's pirate-themed room, complete with a cannon that actually smokes. Colby swears she's going to model her kids' room after that someday, while I'm planning on modeling my entire house after this place. Another great bonus to the Innoventions dream home: no long lines to wait in! Even in the summer, this place doesn't tend to get too crowded because it's so spacious.

Pregnant at Disneyland

After touring the home, we checked out the other attractions and rides that are open to babies and pregnant people. That does narrow the list a bit, but we had a ton of fun on Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Winnie the Pooh and all the Fantasyland rides. I'm not sure if pregnant women are technically supposed to be riding any rides at Disneyland, but I figure those tame ones are no bumpier than if I take the truck out to the country home…which I do on a weekly basis. Toontown also has a lot of fun stuff for babies to play around on and see.

Oh, and discovered that Disneyland lets people bring in their own food! I already knew that they allow baby food (as long as it isn't in glass jars), but I went ahead and threw a sandwich, some cookies, a couple sodas, and other random stuff that I'd been craving into Some Boy's diaper bag before heading into the park. Security inspected my bag thoroughly (as usual) but didn't complain about the food…and I saw several other families enjoying their own little picnics in the park. I asked a Disney employee about it, who said that their “official stance” is that no outside food or drinks are allowed, but exceptions are made for people with special dietary restrictions and they don't ever press the issue. Obviously I wouldn't try walking in there with a cooler full of wine, but a few snacks seem to be okay. This is a good way to save a little money when you're pregnant at Disneyland, as opposed to stopping for churros and frozen lemonade every five seconds.

disneyland character

One last tip for parents taking the wee ones to Disneyland: don't try to get pics of the little kids with characters. However hard you try…it just doesn't end well.

This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are my own.