I recently got my hands on a guidebook to Walt Disney World® for guests with type 1 diabetes that’s given out at the Friends for Life® conference there. I was pleased to see that there’s a resource that is specifically intended for me to navigate a successful, yet busy day at Disney World with a child who has type 1. We live in California and have been to Disneyland® many times with our kids, Kaitlyn included, but we have never been to Disney World. Taking on a park of that sheer size is no small feat and no doubt requires a lot of planning to see everything you want to see, find all of the services and dining options, etc. Not to mention, the things a parent of a child with type 1 needs to know, like the following (which you can also find here):
- How to find guest relations and first-aid locations in each park
- How to locate healthy eating options
- Where to dispose of sharps
- Where to store insulin in a refrigerator
I was really pleased to see that the park would make an effort to accommodate some of our medical needs. By doing so, some of the worry is cut out of our day, and our family would be able to enjoy a normal trip! It reminds me of the time I discovered that Disneyland had a special location for families to take care of their infants, where mothers could feed and change their babies away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Even the staff there dressed in Mary Poppins-like attire! It really made such a difference to me and gave me peace of mind for planning future visits.
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.
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