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Disney World for Diabetics
Disney World: Sugar-Free/No Sugar Added Treats
Everyone is walking around eating ice cream and sweets. If you are a diabetic, as is my husband, it is so hard to not be tempted. To quote my husband:
"It is especially frustrating as a diabetic, when strolling down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom on a warm Florida day to not be able to buy one of those frozen pineapple treats you see people enjoying, or to be able to relish a cold double-dip chocolate ice cream cone. But after years of return trips to Disney World, with my wife's help, we have discovered alternative ways for a diabetic like me to fully enjoy Disney World with sweet and delectable treats and desserts!"
If an adult with diabetes feels that way, what about a child with juvenile diabetes or an expectant mother with gestational diabetes?
Disney World DOES offer sugar-free and no sugar added treats for those individuals (adults and children) who must restrict sugar intake. Low fat is easy to find everywhere, but here are some great places to go for awesome tasting sugar-free or no sugar added ice cream, mousse, cookies, brownies, cheesecake and even sugar-free candy.
Here are locations for sugar free choices ....
The Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Located in the Magic Kingdom, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor carries Edy's No Sugar-Added Butter Pecan and Sugar-Free/Fat-Free Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl (Soft serve).
As you enter the park, just take a leisurely stroll down Main Street. The last store on your right will be the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. There may be a line, but it is well worth the wait. Their ice cream is scrumptious; especially the No Sugar-Added Butter Pecan.
The ice cream is served in a cone, waffle bowl or dish. For those restricting their sugar intake, the dish is recommended. Cones and waffle bowls contain carbohydrates which turn into sugar. Now you can relax, be worry-free and enjoy a favorite treat. Don't miss out!
You can also find Edy's sugar-free strawberry fruit bars at almost all of the street vendors. You need to ask the vendor since often times the menus do not list this treat. I discovered this delectable treat in May 2010. It was a great find...and refreshing too!
Be Our Guest Restaurant
The new and improved Fantasyland is filled with great finds. Be Our Guest Restaurant is definitely one of them. Their menu is excellent and for those who must limit or have no sugar desserts, I discovered the most delicious find. Lemon Raspberry Cream Puffs. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. A must try when at Walt Disney World.
Be Our Guest Restaurant - Dessert Menu
Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine
If you are looking for a new and refreshing ice pop treat this is where you will find it. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed it and even though I do not have to restrict my sugar intake, it was one of the tastiest ice pops I have ever had. I highly recommend it.
No Sugar Added Chunks Of Fruiti by Natural Food Corp.
During our time at Disney World we found that not only can you find this great cold treat at Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine but you can also find it throughout all of the parks. Try it, you'll love it!
Gaston's Tavern - The New Fantasyland
Disney Studios Treats
For a delicious Sugar-Free/Fat-Free Chocolate Vanilla Swirl just walk down Sunset Boulevard and before you reach Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Scoops is on your left hand side.
Another find for sugar-free ice cream is located at almost all of the ice cream vendors in the Park. There you can indulge in an Edy's no sugar added strawberry fruit bar. One important fact, the "menu" may not list the sugar-free treat so just ask.
The Writer's Stop located on the Streets of America not only sells delicious varieties of coffee but also carries sugar free cookies. It's a great place to stop, relax and enjoy a delectable treat.
Pixar Animation - Disney Studios & The Magic Kingdom
This text is unrelated to diabetes; it is in honor and recognition of Steve Jobs who passed away on October 5. 2011. If not for him, millions or even billions of people would never experience the Pixar characters he created and gave to the world.; not only through his creative technology but just walking around Disney World and being greeted by his creations. No one can deny that both children and adults enjoy Pixar films.They are truly for children of all ages. The world has lost another innovator and visionary (like Walt Disney), but Mr. Jobs leaves a legacy of providing entertainment, happiness and treasured memories for all. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs, and thank you for what you have given to the world.
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Epcot's Land Pavilion
The food court, Sunshine Seasons, in the Land Pavilion carries Edy's Sugar-Free Vanilla ice cream. You can have it in a cup to eliminate the carbohydrates in the cones, which turn into sugar. The taste is great so there is no missing out on a wonderful experience.
The food court in the Land Pavilion also carries sugar-free jello.
Just outside the Land Pavilion when you are walking in the direction of Journey Into the Imagination, there is a vendor who carries Edy's no sugar added strawberry fruit bars. Yummy! This trip (May 2011) I discovered that now most of the ice cream vendors carry the Edy's no sugar added strawberry fruit bar. Now that's catering to the guests.
Epcot's Fountain View Cafe
Epcot's Fountain View Cafe serves Starbucks Coffees, Teas, Artisan Breakfasts and Disney Sweets. Unfortunately, when I was there in May it was not open and I do not know outside of coffees and teas if the breakfasts or sweets are sugar-free. I will have to update this paragraph in May 2014.
Epcot's Mouse Gear
Located in Future World, all your shopping needs are met in Mouse Gear. While your spouse, children, parents or friends are shopping for souvenirs, venture over to the "sweets" area. There you will find sugar-free cookies AND sugar-free chocolate. If you are like my husband and me, the cookies and candy never seem to make it home. Some things just need to be enjoyed when bought. Try it, you'll like it!
Epcot's Norway Pavilion
This is the greatest find ever!!! The unbelievably delicious sugar-free chocolate mousse which can be found at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. As you enter Epcot and walk past Spaceship Earth, just keep going straight (of course avoid the dancing fountain). You will enter Epcot's World Showcase. In the center of the World Showcase is the Lagoon. Walk around the Lagoon to the left. When you see the Maelstrom Viking Attraction, you are there...at the Norway Pavilion. Enjoy and indulge! This is by far my husband's favorite sugar-free treat in all of Walt Disney World.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Many outdoor vendors carry Edy's no sugar added strawberry fruit bars.
In Dinoland, U.S.A., Dino Bite Snacks carries sugar-free/no-sugar added ice cream.
Restaurantosaurus carries no-sugar added brownies which are delicious.
There are also fresh fruits, such as berries, which are lower in sugar.
You Name the Park and You Can Find This - The Best No Sugar Added Strawberry Fruit Bar
I would be posting a photo of my husband eating one of numerous No Sugar Added Fruit Bar but unfortunately he rather I just post the vendor's menu. Let me tell you, they have Strawberry Fruit Bars and No Sugar Added Fruit Bars and I couldn't tell the difference. To sum it up in one word 'YUMMO."
A Wonderful New Find in the Parks
You Have to Taste it!
During our trip in May of 2011 we discovered that Walt Disney World is now carrying No Sugar Added Strawberry Parfaits. My husband and I both "inhaled" it. What a taste. You would never know that the parfait was No Sugar Added. You can find the parfait at Pizzafari and Dinobites in Animal Kingdom and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom (Tomorrowland). This is a must taste, diabetic or not!
The Boardwalk Bakery offers a No-Sugar Added Cheesecake. The Boardwalk Bakery is a sweet stop located on the promenade at Disney's BoardWalk Resort.
Port Orleans Riverside
"I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing"
What a wonderful surprise to find that Boatwrights at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort is now serving a No Sugar Added Lemon Pound Cake with fresh berries. It might not sound "exciting," but to my husband and me the full lemon taste was terrific. We actually questioned the cast member who served us if it was in fact no sugar added.. The answer was yes. Another great find.
On July 11, 2014 I had the privilege to once again dine at Boatwrights. Lo and behold I discovered the most delicious dessert. Are you ready? No-Sugar Added Creme Brulee! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. A must try whether you are diabetic or non-diabetic. I give it a thumbs up!!!
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
On July 12, 2014 I decided to take a bus over to The Art of Animation Resort. This was my first visit to this amazingly beautiful, imaginative and perfectly engineered resort where anyone would love to bring their children; or, the child in them. During my trip around the resort I decided to have some lunch. I couldn't believe what I found in their food court. Two more GREAT finds. No Sugar Added Panna Cotta and No Sugar Added Flourless Chocolate Cake. I guess you all realize what my lunch consisted of. To say both desserts were delicious is an understatement. If you are planning a vacation staying at The Art of Animation Resort try these desserts for yourself. Let me know if you agree...UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS.
Downtown Disney Marketplace
Goofy's Candy Co.
Craving some delicious candy? Goofy's Candy Co. offers a selection of sugar-free chocolate and candies. Just ask a cast member to show you to the sugar-free section and enjoy the different varieties. If you are restricting your sugar intake, nothing can beat the taste of a really good piece of sugar-free chocolate. As for myself, I truly enjoy these delicious candies and do not need to restrict my sugar intake. Somethings are just too good to resist!
Downtown Disney Marketplace
The World of Disney
This store is truly amazing. It sells just about everything Disney...
AND OF COURSE, SUGAR-FREE CANDY AND SUGAR-FREE COOKIES.
A true highlight of shopping at the Disney's Downtown Marketplace. Accessible by car, bus and boats from various hotels located along the Sassagoula River.
Downtown Disney Market Place
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop now offers sugar-free (and fat-free) ice cream. This popular spot can get extremely busy, particularly in the evening so get there early! There is nothing that tastes more delicious than a Ghirardelli ice cream.
Sugar-Free/No Sugar Added
There is no place in world that wants to accommodate their guests as in Disney World. The chefs are happy to please those who have dietary restrictions, including sugar intake. When planning your vacation and dining reservations, just call ahead (1-407-WDW-DINE) to advise them of your dietary restrictions. When you arrive at the restaurant(s) of your choice, there will be specially prepared desserts and other items to meet your needs. The Disney Dining Plan is a plus when it comes to making plans to eat at your favorite restaurants.
This is one of the numerous reasons that Disney World is a number one vacation spot in the world. My hat goes off to the chefs (or should I say my "ears" go off to the chefs).
Staying at a Disney World Resort
Sweet Treats for Diabetics
If you are staying at a Disney World Resort, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, you will always find sugar-free and no-sugar added treats as well as meals low in carbohydrates.
Whether you are staying at a Disney Deluxe Hotel:
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney's Beach Club
Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
A Disney Moderate Resort Hotel:
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter (My personal favorite moderate resort)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
A Disney Value Resort Hotel:
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
Disney's All-Star Music Resort
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disney's Art of Animation Resort; they are there for you.
And, of course, there is also the Swan Hotel and Dolphin Hotel.
You can always find sugar-free and no-sugar added desserts...just ask.
Meals can be prepared to your liking.
Disney goes out of its way to offer special dietary needs. The following is a list of email addresses and contact numbers to assist you:
General Disney Special Diets Contact: SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com, or 407-824-5967
Magic Kingdom: WDWMKSpecialDiets@email.disney.com, or 407-824-5967
Epcot: WDWECSpecialDiets@email.disney.com, or 407-560-6395
Animal Kingdom: WDWAKSpecialDiets@email.disney.com, or 407-938-3288
Disney's Hollywood Studios: WDWSTSpecialDiets@email.disney.com, or 407-560-3551
Thank You Disney World
On a personal note, my husband and I want to thank all the Cast Members and Chefs at Disney World for making our stay each and every year a memorable and "delectable" one. There is no reason why an individual who needs to watch their sugar intake cannot enjoy a wonderful meal, dessert and treat of any kind at Disney World whether in the Theme Parks or the Resorts.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Helpful Tips for Type 1 and Type 2 Dependent Diabetics
Here are some great tips to make it easier for you to enjoy each and every day at Disney World...
1. If staying at a resort hotel, the majority of the rooms are equipped with a refrigerator. However, there are no freezers. If you have blue ice to keep your insulin cold, every Bell Service Luggage area is equipped with a full size refrigerator with freezer. Access to the refrigerator is 24 hours a day. Just put your name on the blue ice and the cast members are more than willing to store it for you.
2. If you plan on dining at one of the parks more than once, a good suggestion is to bring an extra bottle (or more) of insulin and leave a bottle at the nurse's station (first aid station) in that park (together with your syringes). My husband and I always dine in Epcot's World Showcase a number of times during our stay. When we arrive at the park, we go directly to the nurse's station, leave our blue ice, carrying case (which we pick up at the end of that day) and leave the insulin in the refrigerator (and syringes). All that is needed is your name on the signup sheet and when you will be picking up the insulin to take home. You cannot believe what a convenience this is.
3. The food courts in the resorts will also store your blue ice; however, they are not open 24 hours a day.
4. Always remember to carry your blood sugar meter and extra strips. Meters are small and can be carried in your pocket, or in our case, my backpack. Checking your blood sugar level is essential for all diabetics.
5. Of course, always drink plenty of water/fluids in the Florida heat. Keep yourself hydrated at all times.
6. It is important to wear a medical i.d. bracelet for safety's sake.
Disney World Restrooms
Now who would think of writing about this subject?
One of the most helpful items to pick up in each theme park is their map. Not only will it show you were to find the attractions, restaurants, entertainment, nurse's station, guest services, pin-trading locations, etc., but also where the bathroom/restrooms are located. Between my husband's diabetes and the two of us drinking plenty of water walking around the theme park...the restroom locations are essential (even more so if you have children).
The restrooms are kept immaculate. Handwashing and flushing are automated so no need to touch anything. If you need to take your blood sugar reading, this is a perfect, inconspicuous location.
This may sound like a ridiculous subject, but not when you are in the theme park.
Disney World Security Check
Security Will Check Your Insulin Case
As a security measure, It is always better to be safe than sorry. When you go through the securty checkpoint at any of the Disney World theme parks, you will have to open all bags/cases/backpacks/fanny packs, etc. that you carry. The security personnel are used to seeng insulin cases so this module is just to prepare you. Again I stress, leave your insulin at the Nurse's/First Aid Station in the theme parks. It will give you piece mind that you always know where your insulin is located; you will not worry about losing it and it will be kept at the correct temperature. The nurses are wonderful and very accommodating.
Very Important Facts About Diabetes
Blood Sugar Highs and Lows
The danger of rapidly fluctuating blood sugar, either up or down, is that blood sugar instability on a long term basis will eventually cause side effects that include potential heart problems, circulation problems, and often eyesight problems.
Low blood sugar means you need food and high blood sugar means you need insulin. If your blood sugar gets too low (for example below 35) it could lead to a diabetic coma. If your blood sugar gets too high (for example above 600) it could also lead to a diabetic coma.
The best thing to do is to monitor your blood sugar regularly, exercise regularly and watch your carboyhydrate intake.
Guest Services and Cast Members
Disney World has the nicest and most informative people working for them. If you have a question on where to find a "treat" or a place to eat, just ask. Each theme park has a Guest Services Center. Or, you can just ask a Cast Member to steer you in the right direction. They are knowledgeable and will help you in any way they can. Looking for fruit (berries are low in sugar)? No-Sugar Added/Sugar-free ice cream? Sugar-free and No-Sugar Added candy? Diet drink, etc.? They will help you. Remember, as a diabetic or someone who must watch their sugar intake, there are always options on what to eat. DO REMEMBER, carbohydrates turn into sugar so be careful and monitor your blood sugar.
Enjoy your vacation. We always do.
Make Sure You Take Time to Sit Down and Take a Break - The perfect spot to relax
Some of My Favorite Photos/Memories For Your Enjoyment-Even Better, Vacation at Disney World and Make Your Own "Sweet" Memories - Magic Kingdom
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Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Epcot - Future World
Epcot - Future World
Epcot - World Showcase
Epcot - World Showcase
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Other Resourceful Websites
I have contributed articles about my "sugar-free and no-sugar added" findings (as well as other non-related subjects) on the following website.
Medical I.D. Bracelets Are Important
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Medical brace that standouts and is exceptionally comfortable for both children and adults. This bracelett is especially good for teenagers who are in that "embarrassed" stage of their lives because it "looks cool."
This is a child's bracelet. Every "Princess" would love to wear their pink medical alert bracelet. A must for any child suffering with juvenile diabetes or any other affliction.
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What is more beautiful than a Lenox Disney Princess, especially Belle, my favorite.
My husband and I were married in Disney World in 2006. Of all the wedding presents we received, this is my favorite.
A great Christmas present. I am personally going to order this one for my collection.
My husband bought me this Jim Shore Belle for our wedding anniversary. The details are absolutely beautiful. I cherish it.
Cookbooks, Travel Books and Behind the Scenes Books - Great Books to Own or Give as Gifts
I highly recommend purchasing this cookbook. The recipes are delicious. I have tried just about every recipe in the book. YUM!
Disney Jewelry - The Perfect Gift for a Disney Fan
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I am not a nurse, doctor or in the healthcare profession. The information contained in this lens is from my own research. In addition, this lens is not affiliated with, authorized or endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates
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