Going to Disneyland with diabetic supplies

Kelly H
By Kelly H Latest Reply 2011-01-12 17:14:32 -0600
Started 2011-01-10 14:41:08 -0600

We are fortunate to be going to Disneyland with family next spring. My question is this: What can I carry on the rides? I would like to take a small backpack to Disneyland so that I can have all my supplies with me: glucose tabs, Meter (I am using Omnipod insulin pump system that uses Pods applied to my skin). So I'd also need insulin, needles (just in case), extra pods (just in case), healthy snacks, along with other stuff women carry in their purses. I do not feel comfortable with leaving my diabetic supplies at the First Aid Station. I prefer to have them with me at all times.

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CaliKo 2011-01-12 16:11:52 -0600 Report

I heard back from Disneyland and this is what they say. Notice that they don't say you HAVE to store meds at the First Aid Station, just that you are welcome to (perhaps if you need the refrigeration). Have a nice trip!

Thank you for your e-mail to the DISNEYLAND® Resort.

With the exception of food items for Guests with specific dietary
restrictions, we do not permit Guests to bring food and beverage items
into our theme parks. We request that all food and beverages brought to
the parks by our visitors be left in the lockers located in the Picnic
Area. Generally, however, small snacks and plastic bottles for water,
juice, etc. are allowed. For safety reasons, please note that metal
utensils and glass containers are not permitted in the theme parks.

Guests are welcome to bring backpacks, purses, waist bags, diaper bags,
and camera bags to the DISNEYLAND® Resort. However, please note that all
bags may be subject to search upon entering the theme parks and you may
also be asked to open your jackets or sweatshirts. To expedite the
screening process, any bags that are worn must be removed and unzipped
for our Cast Members at the screening locations.

To ensure the safety of all of our Guests and Cast Members, certain
items will not be permitted inside our theme parks. These items may
include, but not limited to, weapons, mace or pepper spray, alcoholic
beverages, any type of glass merchandise or bottles, unprepared food
items, wrapped gifts, wagons, luggage carriers, folding chairs,
igloos/coolers larger than a 6-pack, motorized coolers and two-wheeled

Guests are welcome to store items in their vehicle or hotel room prior
to visiting the DISNEYLAND® Resort. We also have a limited number of
lockers available in the Picnic Area, which is located outside in the
Main Entry Plaza to the left of the entrance to DISNEYLAND® Park. The
cost is $7, $10, $11, $12 or $15, depending on the size of the locker,
and payment may be made in cash or credit card. You will be issued a PIN
code by the system, which allows multiple access throughout the day.
Lockers are granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Following are the locker sizes:

Small Locker: 9.5" x 11" x 18"
Medium Locker: 12.5" x 17" x 18"
Large Locker: 15" x 16.6" x 22.6"
Jumbo Locker: 15" x 23" x 22.6" Inside Picnic Area Only

Guest First Aid locations. These locations are open during normal
operating hours and are centrally located in each park. Should the need
arise, Guests are welcome to visit these facilities at anytime. Each
Guest First Aid Station is staffed by trained medical personnel and
Registered Nurses are on site at all times.

Guests are welcome to store any medications or medical devices necessary
at these locations free of charge, medical refrigeration is available.
Medications should be in their original containers with the Guest's name
clearly visible on the original label. Guests must provide a name and
contact phone number when storing medication. Please note, due to state
regulations, no food of any type may be stored at this location.
Additionally, syringe storage and disposal is available free of charge.

In DISNEYLAND® Park, the Guest First Aid Station is centrally located at
the North end of Main Street, U.S.A., adjacent to the Main Street Photo
Supply Co., on the right side of the street.

In DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE® Park, the Guest First Aid Station is
located in the Golden State District, across from the Golden Vine
Winery, to the left of the Mission Tortilla Factory.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write. We hope you will have the
opportunity to visit the DISNEYLAND® Resort soon and trust your visit
will be pleasant in all regards.

lesalew 2011-01-11 17:56:36 -0600 Report

You can use a small purse or a diaper bag, even a small lunch bag with an ice pack something with a strap. The rides are family friendly so they are made for you to have some type of small bag.

Kelly H
Kelly H 2011-01-12 12:12:03 -0600 Report

Thank you for your advice. This web site is full of people with experience and I am so thankful. Kelly

2011-01-11 16:26:13 -0600 Report

I have a timeshare near Disney and go there all the time. I'm an insulin injection person and I carried my supplies in my purse. I had to check the purse in a locker, provided next to EVERY ride. It's easy to do, you just can't carry it ON the rides with you. Put some form of emergency sugar in your pocket just in case. I had no problems traveling with my supplies.

GabbyPA 2011-01-11 11:13:28 -0600 Report

I went to Disney World a few years ago with a backpack and had not problems. You have to find a place for it on some rides where it won't be in your way, but I don't recall having to leave it anywhere separate. I am sure if you contact the customer service at Disney they can advise you of what to do. I know they really bend over backwards to accommodate their guests.

Kelly H
Kelly H 2011-01-11 12:24:26 -0600 Report

Thanks, Gabby. I did go to their website and printed out some of their guidelines re: size of backpacks allowed. I should be ok. Many years ago, I was in the Disneyland parking lot and was taking an insulin injection when all of a sudden I was surrounded by the "Disneyland Police". They made me hand over everything for inspection, like I was a drug addict. It was humiliating. Now that I wear a pump I can be discrete. Also, I'm sure things have changed since then.

CaliKo 2011-01-10 14:59:54 -0600 Report

That's a really good question. I was recently annoyed at an air show that didn't allow "outside food" and all they had was fried fast food. I sent a question to Disneyland via their website, I'll let you know what they say if they answer.

jayabee52 2011-01-10 17:09:04 -0600 Report

It might be tough to do at an airshow, but someplace like Disneyland should be ADA complient. D-land is such a big place they cannot expect your supplies to reach you on time.

You might, Calico, find out the promoter of the air show and let them know about the problem you had and the ADA requirements. It might change their tune if there is a next time.

CaliKo 2011-01-10 17:13:17 -0600 Report

That's a good idea, thanks. It's a recurring show, so I should be able to find the promoters. Turned out the (military) guards didn't really check my small purse very well, I had a couple of my mini whole-wheat bagels in the very bottom so that helped me out. I guess I don't look like much of a smuggler or threat to security!

jayabee52 2011-01-11 11:29:20 -0600 Report

Where is this show?

There's an aiirshow that sounds like much the same here in the Vegas metro area.

Haven't gone for years. Maybe it's time to go again.

CaliKo 2011-01-11 11:51:00 -0600 Report

We went to the Fort Worth Air Show last October. But its probably the same show that you see in Vegas, give or take some of the performers and planes. It features the Blue Angels. It was a great show.

jayabee52 2011-01-11 18:02:41 -0600 Report

Actually with Nellis AFB right here we have the Thunderbirds. I don't know about right now, Nellis was the home of the Thunderbirds. a few yrars ago their "home" moved away, but I heard they're now back at Nellis (at least as of 3 years ago when I had moved away from the LV Valley) Again that could have changed while I was away.

My son is a Navy man, (wants to e a "lifer") and is based in Jacksonville FL. I think he's partial to the Blue Angels, but LV is an Air Force town,

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