• On Sep 29, 2016
    Jennifer from ON Asked

    OMGOODNESS! I have NO IDEA of where to start for planning our first trip to DisneyWorld with our 2 girls (9yrs & 11yrs who has type 1 diabetes) I am totally stressing about medical needs and maximizing our time and experience.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We're here to try to relieve your stress as you plan a magical vacation for your daughters.

    A first trip can be overwhelming. I recommend looking through the Walt Disney World website with your girls and talking about what your priorities are for your visit. Is it rides, shows, dining, parades, fireworks or other special events? It's impossible to do everything, even if you've been dozens of times, so I highly recommend that first-timers decide which things they most want to see.

    Once you've done that and made your resort reservations, then you can start making your itinerary for the theme parks, based on your top picks. Sign up for a My Disney Experience account and use the planning tools there, such as FastPass+, to help.

    And feel free to check back with us as often as you need!

    My friend Jacqui, a former Moms Panel member, recently wrote a blog entry on touringplans.com about her first Disney visit following her 11-year-old's diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. If you search for that, I'm sure it will be reassuring for you.

    Among her recommendations: 1. Ask for a sharps container for your room. 2. Bring twice as many supplies as you expect to need. 3. Ask to speak to the chef at restaurants about your daughter's needs. 4. Look for cool, quiet places to rest and relax through the day. 5. Consider whether a Disability Access Service card might be right for you.

    I'm out of space, but please, please don't hesitate to ask us any other questions you may have. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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