Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 30, 2009
    Natalie from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Any advice on travleing to Disney with my daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes?

    Hi, Natalie!  The best advice I can give you is to consult with your daughter's doctor about some of the do's and don't's that would pertain specifically to her and the medical issues that she faces. 

    As a Type II diabetic, I can tell you that it is important to keep a close eye on her sugars, as they tend to be much different for me at Walt Disney World than when I'm at home.  At home, I might have only tested five times a day, but at Walt Disney World, it was common for me to test seven or more times daily.  I also found a difference in my need for insulin, and sometimes had to decrease the amount I was injecting.

    When making your advanced dining reservations, let them know that you are traveling with someone who has special dietary needs.  They will be more than happy to work with you and accommodate your daughter as best as they can.  With at least 48 hours notice, the chef will be able to work within your daughter's specific needs.

    Travel with at least double the amount of stuff you think you'll need, and something that is absolutely crucial is to travel with half of your supplies in your carry-on bag.  If anything happens to delay your luggage, you will still have enough supplies with you to get you through until your bags show up or until you can get to a pharmacy.

    You will find some excellent information on traveling with Type I Diabetes at www.diabetes.org - just follow the links to the section on travel.

    Have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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