I belong to many Disney fan group pages across social media, so I read a lot about people’s upcoming vacations. We have our next Walt Disney World trip planned for September. As always, the closer our trip gets, the more I love to read the little tid bits in these groups.
I recently noticed a trend happening on these forums. Families were cancelling their upcoming Florida Disney vacations because of the Zika virus. The Mother of the family was too worried about contracting the Zika virus, while on vacation, so they cancelled all together.
Being 7 months pregnant, this immediately caught my attention. I’m not a Zika virus expert and this post isn’t about the facts, but seeing others cancel vacations made me slightly worried too.
Am I a bad Mom for going to Walt Disney World next month?
Gee- first time I’ve pondered that! This upcoming trip will be our last trip as a family of 3 before the new baby arrives and the last time JP can visit before he turns 3 years old. I’ve been truly looking forward to this family “babymoon” vacation.
Last April, when the Zika virus was just hitting the news, I went to WDW for the Star Wars Half Marathon. Even though I hadn’t announced it on the blog yet, I was 8 weeks pregnant. Prior to the trip, I asked my doctor permission to go. Without batting an eye, he told me to go. I took precautions while walking around the parks and even ran with an Off Clip-On Fan. I left without a single worry about Zika and only great memories.
Now Zika is a bigger concern though. I can see why these Moms are worried and I think it’s a very personal family decision. It’s the first time I’ve ever considered a Disney vacation to be risky for our family.
Thinking back, I’ve never had trouble with Mosquitos at Disney. Maybe it’s some Disney magic that I don’t know about. And yes- I know there are multiple ways to contract the virus. But once again, I’m not worried about taking this upcoming Disney vacation.
I asked my doctor for a second time about going and he reassured me that I would be fine in central Florida, at Disney World. I still plan to take precautions and be inside at dusk too. I think planning ahead and doing my research has eased my mind about going.
I don’t want to miss the magical memories that we’ll make with my first born son and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival (just being honest here). I completely respect the decision that these other Moms are making, but I feel very confident that I’ll be safe from Zika on our trip.