Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 16, 2012
    Allison from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My daughter has recently been diagnosed type 1 diabetic, the last time we were there we waited at a restaurant for more than 45 min. With her insulin schedule we cant do that now - is there a way to avoid that and still do sit down meals.

    Hi, Allison!  I know how difficult it can be to keep insulin regulated while enjoying a theme park vacation!  I want to highly recommend that you discuss options that might work best for your daughter.  I know on past trips, I've had to alter my insulin schedule, pack extra snacks in my bag, and test my sugars even more frequently than I do at home.  Your daughter's doctor might be able to recommend things along those lines that will help you avert a crisis.

    It always helps to make advanced dining reservations.  You can do that online at Disney World Dining or you can call 407-933-3463 to make reservations.  Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance.

    Even with reservations, you may encounter a delay in being seated.  If you're very close to time when she's going to need to eat to avoid a crash, mention that when you check in.  There's very little they can do if they are waiting for tables to clear, but they can certainly do their best to turn a table around very quickly.  On one occasion, early in my disease, I had no idea how much all the walking could impact my sugar levels, and I was desperate by the time we arrived at the restaurant.  They were kind enough to bring me a glass of juice while I waited for our table to be ready.

    So, the list of things you can do - get advice from your doctor, make advanced dining reservations, and keep supplies in a bag so you're ready in an emergency!  That will help make the trip much more memorable in a GOOD way!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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