Navigating Disney parks with diabetes requires some extra planning and consideration, but with the right preparation, you can have a magical experience while effectively managing your condition. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you enjoy your time at Disney:

Before Your Trip

  • Visit your healthcare provider before your trip to ensure your diabetes is well-managed and discuss any specific concerns related to traveling to Disney parks.
  • Stock up on all necessary diabetes medications, including insulin, syringes, test strips, and glucose tablets/gels. Pack more than enough supplies to last your entire trip, plus extras in case of emergencies.
  • Carry a letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition, medications, and any special accommodations you may require. This can be helpful if you encounter any issues at security checkpoints or need medical assistance during your trip.
  • Research dining options at Disney parks and familiarize yourself with menus to identify diabetic-friendly meal choices. Consider making dining reservations in advance, especially if you have specific dietary requirements. This is where having a travel agent is a huge benefit, as they can help find the best options that fit your dietary needs.

Our goal is to help you enjoy a memorable and safe experience at the happiest place on earth! Read on for more information on navigating Disney with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


A Guide to the DAS Pass for Disney

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The Disability Access Service Pass, commonly referred to as the DAS Pass, is a program designed to assist guests with disabilities in enjoying the attractions and experiences throughout the Disney parks. Here’s a guide to understanding and utilizing the DAS Pass:

What is the DAS Pass?

The DAS Pass is a service provided by Disney to accommodate guests who have difficulty waiting in traditional lines due to a disability. It allows them to schedule return times for attractions, similar to a FastPass system, but with more flexibility and tailored to their needs.

Who is eligible for the Disney DAS Pass?

The DAS Pass is available to guests with disabilities who are unable to wait in a conventional queue due to their condition. Disabilities may include physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, mobility issues, and other conditions that affect their ability to wait in lines. Please note that any disabilities where something like a scooter or wheelchair could help alleviate waiting in line will not be considered when applying for DAS.

How to Get a DAS Pass for Disney for Diabetics

  1. Visit Guest Relations: Upon arrival at the Disney theme park, head to Guest Relations or the Disability Access Service location to inquire about the DAS Pass. Alternatively, you may apply by virtually speaking to a Disney Cast Member for a DAS Pass between 30 and 2 days left until your arrival date. 
  2. Provide Documentation (if required): Depending on the nature of the disability, you may be asked to provide documentation from a healthcare professional to qualify for the DAS Pass.
  3. Discuss Your Specific Needs: Speak with a cast member at Guest Relations about your specific needs and how the DAS Pass can assist you during your visit.
  4. Receive DAS Pass: If eligible, you’ll receive a DAS Pass linked to your park ticket or MagicBand.

How the DAS Pass Works

By understanding how the DAS Pass works and utilizing it effectively, guests with disabilities can enjoy a more accessible and enjoyable experience at Disney theme parks. Here’s an overview of what to expect with the DAS pass as a diabetic at Disney:

  1. Request Return Times: When you’re ready to experience an attraction, select the DAS section on your My Disney Experience App and choose which attraction you would like to set a return time for.
  2. Receive Return Time: The app will assign you a return time based on the current wait time for the attraction.
  3. Return at Assigned Time: Return to the attraction at the specified time and enter through the alternate entrance or FastPass line, scanning your tickets and verifying identification. Whoever is the DAS Pass guest will not only need to be riding the attraction, but will also need to scan their ticket first.
  4. Repeat Process: Once you have scanned into your line, you can request return times for other attractions.

Additional Tips for Using the DAS Pass at Disney

  • Plan Ahead: Be strategic about which attractions you want to visit and request return times accordingly. Note that not all attractions can be booked ahead of time. 
  • Be Patient and Flexible: While the DAS Pass reduces physically waiting in lines as long, it doesn’t eliminate them entirely. Be prepared to wait, especially for popular attractions during peak times.
  • Utilize Other Services: In addition to the DAS Pass, consider utilizing other services offered to guests, such as Rider Switch and Genie+ with Lightning Lanes.
  • Stay Informed: Familiarize yourself with the park’s layout, accessibility features, and any updates to the DAS Pass program before your visit.
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Disney Parks Provide Refillable Water Bottle Stations

What can I take inside Disney parks as a diabetic?

As a diabetic visiting Disney parks, it’s important to ensure you have everything you need to manage your condition effectively throughout the day. Here’s a list of items you can take inside Disney parks as a diabetic:

  • Insulin and Insulin Delivery Devices (Pumps, Pods, Pens, etc.): Bring your insulin vials, pens, or insulin pump, along with any necessary supplies such as needles, syringes, cartridges, or infusion sets.
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring Supplies or Continuous Glucose Monitor Supplies: Pack your blood glucose meter, test strips, lancets, and a lancing device to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. If you wear a CGM, be sure to bring extra transmitters and sensors should yours stop working for any reason so that you are not left without a way to monitor your blood glucose levels.
  • Glucose Tablets or Gel: Carry glucose tablets or gel to treat hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) quickly if needed. These are convenient and portable sources of fast-acting carbohydrates.
  • Snacks: Pack diabetic-friendly snacks such as nuts, cheese, whole grain crackers, fresh fruits, or low-sugar energy bars to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by bringing a refillable water bottle. Dehydration can affect blood sugar levels, so it’s essential to drink plenty of water, especially in warm weather. Walt Disney World offers refill stations throughout the parks to allow guests to refill as needed for free.
  • Medical ID or Bracelet: Wear a medical identification bracelet or necklace that indicates you have diabetes. In case of an emergency, this can provide important information to first responders or Disney cast members. 
  • Emergency Contact Information: It’s also helpful to have a medical ID card in your wallet or purse to identify you as a person with diabetes for first responders in the event of an emergency if you were to become separated from your friends or family. Keep a card in your wallet or phone case with emergency contact information, including your doctor’s name and phone number, and any relevant medical history.
  • Medications: If you take additional medications other than insulin for your diabetes or any other health conditions, be sure to bring them along and take them as prescribed. It’s also a good idea to bring your prescriptions in the provided containers with prescription labels so that security can identify your prescriptions quickly.
  • Cooling Pack or Insulated Bag: If you’re carrying insulin or other medications that require refrigeration, consider using a cooling pack or insulated bag to keep them at the appropriate temperature.
  • Documentation: While not always necessary, it can be helpful to carry a letter from your endocrinologist or primary care doctor explaining your medical condition and the need for insulin and other diabetes supplies. This can be useful in case you encounter any issues at security checkpoints.

Remember to keep your diabetes supplies easily accessible throughout the day, whether in a backpack, purse, or pocket. By planning ahead and being prepared, you can enjoy your time at Disney parks while effectively managing your diabetes.

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More Tips for Navigating Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort with Diabetes

Navigating Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort with diabetes requires careful planning and consideration to ensure you can enjoy the parks while managing your condition effectively. Here are some additional tips to help you make the most of your visit:

Dietary Considerations

  • Research dining options in advance and identify restaurants that offer diabetic-friendly menu items or customizable options.
  • Inform Disney dining staff about your dietary needs and ask for assistance in selecting suitable meal options.
  • Monitor portion sizes and carbohydrate intake, and make adjustments to your meal plan as needed throughout the day.
  • If you’re staying late for nighttime entertainment or fireworks, plan your meals and snacks accordingly to avoid disruptions to your meal schedule and blood sugar levels.

Regular Blood Sugar Checks

  • Plan regular breaks throughout the day to check your blood sugar levels, especially before meals and snacks, and after periods of physical activity.
  • Use the Baby Care Centers or First Aid stations in the parks as quiet and private spaces for blood sugar checks if needed.

Prevent or Manage Hypoglycemia

  • Carry fast-acting glucose sources such as glucose tablets, gel, or juice to treat low blood sugar episodes promptly.
  • Make sure your travel companions are aware of the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and know how to assist you in case of an emergency.

Stay Active But Cautious

  • Take advantage of walking and exploring the parks as a form of exercise, but be mindful of your energy levels and monitor your blood sugar accordingly.
  • Consider participating in less strenuous attractions or activities during peak sun and heat hours to avoid fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

Rest and Hydrate

  • Pace yourself throughout the day and take breaks to rest and recharge, especially during hot weather.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water regularly, and avoid sugary beverages that can cause spikes in blood sugar levels.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Carry a small emergency kit with extra diabetes supplies, including insulin, syringes, test strips, and batteries for your glucose meter or insulin pump. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of First Aid stations and know how to access emergency medical assistance if needed.

Utilize Disability Services

  • Take advantage of the Disability Access Service (DAS) Pass or other accommodations offered by Disney to minimize wait times for attractions and reduce physical exertion.
  • Communicate your needs to Disney cast members, who are trained to assist guests with disabilities and medical conditions.

By incorporating these tips into your planning and preparation, you can enjoy a memorable and safe experience at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort while effectively managing your diabetes.

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Travel Agents Familiar with Disability Accommodations

Many of our agents have family members and friends with diabetes who have helped them gain experience navigating Disneyland and Walt Disney World vacations for people with diabetes. Contact one of our agents today to request a quote for your Disney trip knowing you’re in good hands with an agent familiar with the DAS Pass, disability services, and more, to help you make the most of your vacation.