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  • On Jan 4, 2022
    Elliott from AR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm looking at planning a trip for later this year. We are a family of five and one of our children is type1 diabetic. Is there any programs Disney has or recommendations on how to plan our trip?

    Hi there, Elliott!

    I believe Walt Disney World does an excellent job at making sure your trip is magical even if you have health issues. We have always found everyone to be so helpful with health issues and special dietary needs in our family.

    The dining locations are usually already prepared to handle special diets, including diabetic friendly diets. A member of the culinary team can talk to you about menu items that are most appropriate for you, and they can walk you through a buffet to show you safe choices. In a lot of cases, meals can be altered to accommodate a diabetic diet.

    One caution - there are no carb counts available prior to your visit. Make a list of the restaurants you want to try, and then check out the menus for those restaurants online. You can usually find an estimate of carb counts using the good old internet.

    You'll have the option when making dining reservations to indicate special dietary needs on your reservation, and again, when you check-in, you'll be asked if there are food allergies or special dietary needs. Go right ahead and let folks know!

    You will find first-aid stations in every park, so if something comes up that you feel needs medical attention, you're covered. There is also in-room medical treatment available at the Walt Disney World resorts. If you carry insulin, the Frio wallet can be a fantastic tool in a hot park!

    Have a wonderful time, stay hydrated, and if you need us for anything else, come on back!

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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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