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Disney 2001 - Saturday

Families enjoyed the nice weather in the morning Saturday was Family Day at Magic Kingdom® Park. In spite of getting little sleep the two previous nights, many families took advantage of the early opening of the park for Disney hotel guests and were at the Magic Kingdom before 8am. Some had a special character breakfast, while others headed straight for the busiest attractions to get in an early ride. Families generally headed off on their own, though some small groups got together to enjoy the rides. Special access passes allowed our kids to bypass long lines if their blood sugar levels needed to be checked.


Family at the park All throughout the park, you could see families wearing the conference T-shirts. Some families reported that people stopped them and asked about the shirt and the conference, which provided a great opportunity to show that diabetes is everywhere and to educate people about what living with diabetes is all about. (More family photos: Photo 2, Photo 3) Many of the older teens went off by themselves, as parents took the younger kids around.


It poured in the afternoon! Shortly after the afternoon parade, it began to rain. And rain. And rain. In fact, it poured. Several inches of standing -- well, flooding -- water filled the streets of Main Street and other areas of the park. Everyone not wearing rain protection got soaked. Well-prepared families broke out Disney ponchos, while others dashed into the closest store to purchase one for every family member. Even if you were wearing ponchos, which many of our families were, the rain was so intense that shoes and socks got drenched.


Pumpers show how easy it is to eat dessert! After shaking off the rain, and buying sandals to help dry soaked feet, a small group of families got together for dinner at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary resort. Nothing demonstrated the advances in diabetes care more than our teens eating dessert. Using insulin pumps allows them the freedom to eat more like kids without diabetes, which they do at every opportunity! (Blood sugars were fine afterwards, no doubt from well-calculated boluses and all the exercise walking around at the park all day.)


As Saturday wound to a close, hundreds of families from around the United States and the world reflected on the many new friendships they'd made, the skills they'd learned, and the advice they'd heard from both medical professionals and other families. For many families, this was the first time they'd met with others living with diabetes. These families were among the most grateful, noting how much they'd learned about caring for diabetes and how powerfully emotional the conference was for them.

 

The Crowleys early at the Magic Kingdom
The Crowleys early at the Magic Kingdom
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The Rozgonyi family from Hungary enjoyed a character lunch at the Crystal Palace
The Rozgonyi family from Hungary enjoyed a character lunch at the Crystal Palace
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Kids enjoyed a character lunch at the Crystal Palace
Kids enjoyed a character lunch at the Crystal Palace
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Our kids had a great time at the Magic Kingdom
Our kids had a great time at the Magic Kingdom
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