Traveling to Walt Disney World with Diabetes

Over Christmas and New year I’m going to be traveling overseas to the US and Latinamerica.  As part of the preparations I’ve started to do some research on a few of our destinations and have decided to share my findings.

DisneyI plan to share some of the resources I’ve found, some general and some more specific to the destination. And speaking of destitation, what better place to start than the most magic place on earth… Walt Disney World.

My first surprise when I searched the internet was the sheer amount of information specifically on Type 1 diabetes and Disney Parks. There are quite a few sites either dedicated or with significant sections on visiting Disney with D. On close inspection, however, it looks like some of the sites have not been updated in the last few years. Maybe this is just a signal that nothing has changed.

The first mention in my resource list goes to AllEars. Not only do they have an incredible section on D but also plenty of information about Disney parks in general.  It is also worth visiting the old but still online content of the original Disney with Diabetes blog site.

Dlife also has a section on Disney travel. While less comprehensive, also gave me a few interesting tips, specially around hydration and the effects of adrenaline.

Overall I feel well prepared for the 3 or 4 days I’ll spend at the parks, and I’m sure to post here my experiences.  Needless to say, I plan to test very often and pack at least twice as much supplies as I need (including a second pump, but more about that in another post).



2 Responses to Traveling to Walt Disney World with Diabetes

  1. letitiajanehughes says:

    Interesting to read your blog about travelling with diabetes, especially so close to World Diabetes Day on the 14th November. The campaign slogan for 2009 is “Understand Diabetes and Take Control”. Diabetes imposes life-long demands on the 285 million people now living with diabetes and their families. People with diabetes must deliver 95% of their own care, so it is important to be able to manage your diabetes and take control, in a way that is tailored to your personal needs.

    One way to ‘take control’ is to carry on with your normal activities like going on holiday abroad. After all, for me, the key word for the 14th November is ‘world’ – how better to commemorate the day than travelling? Having diabetes should not limit people from enjoying their holidays as long as there is adequate preparation beforehand, with advice taken from the relevant medical professional. For example, your travel insurance may be invalid if you don’t declare that you have diabetes so it is important to ensure that you have specialist travel insurance to cover your pre-existing medical condition, take a look at AllClear More information on travelling with diabetes, that might be useful, can be found here

    And I look forward to hearing how your holiday went in Disneyland!

  2. Alan says:

    Have fun in DisneyWorld.

    I wrote this a while back; although I’m type 2 it may help you get through some of the US airports 🙂

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