Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 5, 2010
    Kaitlyn from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, I am taking my brother to Disney World at the end of the month for 9 days and i am a little concerned because he has a form of diabetes, which makes him go to the bathroom constantly and makes him tired easily. Any hints on things i can do??

    Hi, Kaitlyn!  Speaking as a diabetic, the best thing you can do when traveling to Walt Disney World with diabetes is to make a visit to your doctor to see what recommendations they might have for you.  My doctor was always a valuable source of information for me on my trips, and gave me advice on everything from diet and changes in my insulin to making sure I was wearing comfortable shoes and socks to avoid blisters.

    One thing you might consider, especially if your brother tires easily, is obtaining a Guest Assistance Card.  This card will help notify cast members of your brother's special needs, and they can help make your experience a bit more magical.  He may be offered the opportunity to use a Fast Pass line so he doesn't have to wait in a regular line; or you may be directed to a waiting area that allows for him to sit down and wait as opposed to standing in line.

    I know of a mom with a diabetic child who takes a Sharpie marker to the theme parks with her and circles all of the restrooms on the map.  That way, no matter where she is or when nature calls, she can spot the closest restroom immediately and make a bee line in that direction.

    If you are going to have insulin to store, the First Aid stations at the theme parks can store that for you.  They can also dispose of the sharps your brother may use in testing his blood sugar or injecting insulin.

    Have a wonderful time at Walt Disney World!  
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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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