Mid June I got to take a much needed vacation to Orlando. During my trip, there was something very important I discovered and have been excited to share. :)
Most important: I went to Universal and was able to get an attraction assistance pass from guest services. This allowed me to skip the line on rides with a wait time less than 30 minutes. If the wait was longer, they’d give me a return time (no waiting in line)! Plus, I was able to bring my backpack with me and leave it in a special locker so I could get it again right away when I got off the ride. This allowed me to keep my rileylink nice and close to me all day(green circles, woohoo), eat as needed/as I pleased, and not have to worry about my back-up supplies (pod, insulin, extra sensor, meter, etc). This taught me an important lesson, it doesn’t hurt to ask! Truth is, there is quite a bit of extra burden living with diabetes and going to amusement parks. The assistance pass made things super duper easy for me and my experience was much more enjoyable. Also, my Dexcom and pod were fine and survived all the rides with no problems. Thank you Universal!
Another day I went to Aquata, a waterpark. I asked again if they had any assistance passes. Unfortunately, no special passes were offered here. :( But, they did give me a free meal pass which allowed me to get something hourly. Only problem was the lines to get food were two and a half hours long. No biggie here, it was super nice of them to provide it and free food isn’t really a perk I needed. I didn’t end up going on any of the water rides (lines were just too long) but did spend a lot of time in the lazy river with my waterproof rileylink case. No complaints.
In my 12 years living with T1D I never used any accommodations. I’m super glad I did!
Kathryn Gentile is a clinical exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally, she is an ACSM-CEP(clinical exercise physiologist), Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Sports Nutritionist.