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New Food Allergy-Friendly Disney Menus with Allergy Free Mouse 073



It seems as though food allergies are really on the rise and in an informal survey that I conducted in the Special Mouse podcast Facebook group last week, I learned about some of the many food allergies our listeners have to manage on a daily basis.

For example, there were many who had allergies that are more common (such as tree nuts, peanuts, gluten or wheat, shellfish, eggs and milk) and many that are less common but just as problematic (such as red wine, lemons, bananas, mangos, chocolate, corn and even onions!) And, out of the twenty-something people who responded, eight have multiple food allergies. One mother shared that her son is allergic to 20 different foods! That is a lot to manage!

My featured guest on today’s show is Lizzie Reynolds from Allergy Free Mouse and we are chatting about the new food allergy-safe menus that have been popping up all over the Disney theme park and resort hotels restaurants, both table and quick service. We’ll also be giving you valuable tips for staying food allergy safe when dining with The Mouse!


(I decided to leave in an “interruption” by my son, Billy because — well — this is my life with a special-needs child!!)


The Disney Parks have completely banned the use of “selfie sticks.” If you’re not familiar, these are extendable metal sticks with a handle on one end and a clamp on the other end to hold a phone or camera in place so you take a picture of yourself.

Well, as of June 30th, they will no longer be allowed inside the parks. And, from what I’m told by Chrissie in the UK, that’s not just here in the U.S. but in Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo as well.

Margo from Portland, Oregon says “They’ll need to stop selling them in downtown Disney Stores, then. We just saw them in a store there yesterday. I would be quite peeved if I bought something on Disney property and then was told it wasn’t allowed.” Totally agree, Margo!

Personally, coming from a safety standpoint, I’m in favor of the new policy. My hats off to the hard-working security staff who now, in addition to checking bags for guns, knives and bombs, must spend their valuable time (and ours) looking for selfie-stick contraband.

So, what do you think? Are you for or against the new policy?

Tweet me @SpecialMousePod or post your answer on the Special Mouse Podcast Facebook page!

Tip of the Week

I routinely get questions about how to use the alternate entrance accommodation for guests who plan to use a wheelchair or scooter for endurance challenges – meaning, they have the ability to walk and transfer to standard attraction vehicles — who also require the DAS accommodation for a cognitive disability. The same applies to those using the stroller-as-wheelchair accommodation for children with sensory issues who will also be using the DAS.

Often I hear people complaining that there is “no consistency” regarding the implementation of these dual accommodations at the attractions; that they read on a certain forum or FB group that someone had a different experience then they did.

I can certainly understand how frustrating it is not to be able to find a definitive answer about combining the accommodations, but the search, quite honestly, is futile because there really isn’t one answer. This is due to several reasons, (1) Some attractions have queues that are physically accessible to wheelchairs while others do not, (2) These are changing all the time as more and more queues are being renovated to make them accessible (3) Queuing procedures can change from park to park, month to month and even throughout the DAY according to the individual attraction, how busy it is at the park, even with the weather!

Listener Debi Dame visits the parks with her daughter who has both physical and cognitive challenges and she says, “We’ve been on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train several times and have been loaded 3 different ways now, even on the same day!”

So, my tip for you is to anticipate changes in procedure. Communicate your needs to the attraction Cast Members, follow their instructions and try to remain flexible. The only time you should object is if it is a matter of safety. Remember, you WILL get to ride, and the most important thing is to keep you and your family safe while queuing up and boarding.

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Thanks for listening!

Now you know that I rarely ask this, but, if you use iTunes to listen, would you kindly rate and/or review the Special Mouse Podcast? Reviews really do help boost the podcast in the iTunes directory, helping more people to find the show, and it’s easy to do.

You simply open your iTunes store app in your phone (or on your browser).

Type Special Mouse in the search box and click on it when it pops up.

Under the title you’ll see “ratings and reviews.” Click on it and leave your rating and or comments.

It’s as easy as that — thank you!

~ Kathy

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Teen with Autism Channels his Inner Walt Disney to Help Himself and Others – 068


My featured guest is Max Miller, 13-year-old artist and author of Hello, My Name is Max and I Have Autism, and founder of the Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative.

Max wrote his first book, Hello, My Name is Max and I Have Autism as a way of sharing what autism was like through his perspective. Non-verbal until the age of six, Max struggled with language and used art to express himself. By the age of 10, he learned how to read and write. At 12, he published his first book as he wanted to make a difference for other children, especially for those who could not speak. His intention is to help create compassion, awareness and understanding for children affected by autism.

Max wanted to take his advocacy further and he created Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative. A portion of his royalties benefit his foundation. Max said, “Art saved him,” and he wants to share the gift of art with other children. He is doing so by providing low-income children with Autism Spectrum Disorder “Art Start Kits” to help them get started with their creations and by hosting an art show to celebrate the work of kids on the autism spectrum. You can email Max via his mom at

Max, his mother and I discuss autism, art, his book and something that he shares in common with Walt Disney! His foundation’s first art show, “Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity,” which will run from April 2-25, 2015 on limited days and hours. Friday and Saturday from 1-4 and by appointment.  Call 40 West Arts 303-275-3430 or Blue Ribbon 720-999-6130 to set an appointment time.

Hello, My Name

Max’s book is available on Amazon



Disney has announced they will roll out Allergy-Friendly Menus to around 120 restaurants. The menus will be available at both counter service and table service locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks and resorts and will include offerings at the Disney water parks and Downtown Disney restaurants as well.

You can read more about it on the Disney Food Blog.


The Special Mouse Community will be having its first Disney Parks meet-up next month at Walt Disney World! We’re meeting at the Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Café on Friday, May 22 from 4 to 6 PM. Yes, this is the same day as the Disney Side 24-hour event at the Magic Kingdom! So, if you’ll be up before dawn to attend that event and you find yourself starting to drag just a little in the late afternoon, head on over to the Contemporary and hang out with us in the air-conditioning for a while. Hope to see you there!

Many thanks to all of you who have pledged to support the publication of Walt Disney World with Autism: A Special Needs Guide on Kickstarter! The campaign ends on May 7th.


~ Kathy

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Managing Gluten and Celiac at Walt Disney World with Dr. Kendra Becker – 054

Dr. Kendra Becker, speaker at the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention at Walt Disney World, joins Kathy to discuss many issues related to Disney vacationing with food allergies and Celiac Disease.



It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. so it’s only fitting that today’s show revolves around food, specifically, food allergies. This Saturday, November 22, 2014, Celebrate Awareness, the first-ever Food Allergy and Celiac Convention, will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. I was lucky enough to get one of the speakers, Dr. Kendra Becker, to be a guest on today’s show.

Dr. Kendra has integrated a Doctor of Naturopathy and an Advance Practice Nursing Degree to focus on her specialties, which include asthma, autism, allergies, and eczema. By and large much of the treatment for these conditions includes special diets.  She is a mother, wife and Organic Lifestyleist and lectures on various topics throughout the nation and has made various TV appearances to discuss the importance of naturopathic medicine. She practices in Connecticut and is publishing her first book in 2014, a healthy cookbook to help families jump start special diets.


Dr. Kendra and I discuss the upcoming Food Allergy and Celiac Convention and a myriad of issues surrounding food allergies and how they affect certain conditions such as Celiac, Asthma, Autism and Eczema.

Dr. Kendra is a self-described “Disney Nut” who loves Walt Disney World so much that she founded a travel company, Especially Magical Vacations, which specializes in Family vacations for families with special concerns!

You can contact Dr. Becker at:

Family Wellness Centre of Connecticut
181 Cross Rd
Waterford, CT 06385

You can also connect with her on Facebook.

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Our Tip of the Week involves my recommendations for Food Allergy-related Disney websites you may find helpful when planning your next Walt Disney World vacation!

The first is Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free at Walt Disney World, by Sarah Norris. Sarah, who is co-creator Celebrate Awareness, is a Florida resident whose dietary restrictions include gluten and dairy, along with special considerations related to Chron’s Disease. She provides frequent allergy-free Disney dining reviews and tips for gluten- and dairy-free, as well as vegetarian, dining in Walt Disney World (and more recently, the Disney Cruise Line) via her blog AND podcast.

Another Florida local who blogs about allergy-free dining is Alexis Solerno at Gluten Free in Orlando: Gluten Free Disney and Beyond. Alexis’ dietary restrictions involve gluten and special considerations related to Celiac and Hyperthyroidism. Alexis covers not only the Walt Disney World Resort but all of the greater Orlando area with dining reviews, gluten-free recipes and product reviews.

Last, but not least, please check out Pixie Lizzie’s site, Allergy Free Mouse. This site offers trip-planning tips, food allergy-related Disney dining reviews (including many submitted by readers) and a list of allergy-free foods you will find at the restaurants in Walt Disney World, Disneyland and on the Disney Cruise ships. Allergy Free Mouse goes beyond gluten and dairy, including the top eight food allergies (Peanut, Tree Nut, Dairy, Eggs, Wheat/Gluten, Soy, Fish and Shellfish).


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Princesses with Pumps: Touring Walt Disney World with an Insulin Pump

Kayla (right) with her sister, Trinity

The three girls shrieked and squealed as they chased each other across the brick courtyard.  Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen were late for their meet ‘n greet in Liberty Square and the children were getting antsy.  One of the moms standing in line broke from her conversation and called out, “Kayla, sit down and check your blood sugar!”

That’s a new one.  When one of mine starts revving up I say, “Take a chill pill!” or “Cool your jets!”

The oldest girl immediately stopped running and sat down.  Whoa. “Check your blood sugar” just zoomed to the top of the Mom-isms list!

Kayla reached into the blue and white sport-pack at her waist and pulled out her cell phone.  Ah, typical tween!  Always texting.  But, wait.  That was no cell phone…

She wiped a fingertip with an alcohol pad, pricked it with a tiny lancet and touched it to the device.   After pressing a few buttons, she slipped it into her bag and ran off to play.   I had just witnessed a ten year-old managing her diabetes “on the go” in the Magic Kingdom!

Like three million other Americans, Kayla has Type 1 diabetes.  It’s a condition that occurs when the pancreas, an organ about the size of a hand, stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body move glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into cells throughout the body.  Without insulin the glucose stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all the organs of the body.

For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive.  That means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, like Kayla’s.   In order to know how much insulin is needed throughout the day, the amount of sugar in the blood needs to be checked frequently.  Kayla must prick her finger and test her blood six or more times a day; even when she is in Walt Disney World.

Especially when she is in Walt Disney World!

People with diabetes must carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels.   This helps them avoid low blood sugar and high blood sugar reactions, which can be life threatening.   The balancing act can be especially difficult when a vacation messes with their daily routine.

My curiosity was piqued, so I introduced myself to Kayla’s mother and father, who were standing behind me in the queue.  Sarah and Chris were more than happy to talk Disney and Diabetes with me.  I learned that their second daughter, Trinity, has diabetes but Leah, the youngest, does not.  Trinity uses an insulin pump like her big sister.

I was especially interested in learning more about the pump. “It’s a Ping One-Touch,” Chris explained. (Men! They love to talk about technology!) He introduced me to Kayla.  She graciously opened her bag and took out the remote device that helps her manage her blood sugar.  I was amazed at how small it was!

I recall working as a Visiting Nurse in the early 1980’s; back then we carried bulky glucose meters that needed large “hanging drops” of blood to measure a patient’s blood sugar.   Let me tell you, getting that much blood out of a child’s fingertip is not fun.   I spent a lot of time teaching parents how to do it, as well as how to draw up insulin syringes and administer the injections to their children.  The injection sites need to be “rotated” around the body… the arms, the legs, the abdomen… to prevent skin damage from repeated trauma of the needles.   And then there was the issue of needle safety and disposal of the sharps.

What a difference with today’s technology!

Kayla and her dad told me how the two-part system worked.  Basically, the pump acts as a pancreas, secreting small amounts of insulin into the bloodstream throughout the day.  It is connected to the body using an infusion device.  Theremote is the cell phone-like gadget Kayla carries in her bag.  It reads her blood sugar using a tiny drop of blood on a test strip, then communicates the information to the pump using wireless technology. It can also be used to count carbs in a meal or snack!  This way, the pump can continually fine-tune the amount of insulin Kayla’s body needs as she goes about her day.

“That’s amazing!” I said to Kayla.  “You can work this thing all by yourself?”  She grinned.  “Sure, it’s easy!” she replied.  I was in awe of the technology AND the ten year-old.   With obvious pride, Sarah informed me that both Kayla and her sister, Trinity, are Youth Ambassadors for the North Florida Chapter of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.)

You can read more about the program here:

After hearing that the family lives in Florida I asked Kayla how many times she had visited Walt Disney World.

“Oh,” she said, tapping her chin with her index finger, “about eighty.”

EIGHTY!  My mouth dropped open and they all laughed.  “We do come here a lot,” Sarah admitted.

Eighty trips may not be an exaggeration; the family lives only an hour’s drive from the World.  They take frequent day trips. “We must’ve spent three out of four weeks here last July.”   Sometimes they stay on property… on this particular trip the family was camping at Fort Wilderness in an RV.

“Do you ever mix it up and go to Sea World or Universal?”  (I had to ask.)

Chris smiled. “We’ve been there, but I would rather be here because they make it so easy,” he said.  “At one point Kayla developed celiac disease and required a gluten-free diet,” Sarah interrupted.  “At Universal they were, like, ‘what’s gluten-free?’ We had to explain everything!”

Chris continued, “Here at Disney, every restaurant accommodates my daughter’s special diet; you don’t have to explain, they just do it.”

That confidence in Disney chefs is invaluable; for Kayla it could mean the difference between life and death.   She has severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts and would have a life-threatening reaction if they were ingested accidentally.   Her mom carries an EpiPen auto-injector in case of such an emergency.

You can learn more about the EpiPen here:

“That’s a lot to worry about,” I said.  “Has she ever had any medical emergencies at Disney?”

“Kayla had a diabetic emergency last year while visiting Hollywood Studios,” said Sarah.  “Her blood sugar dropped dangerously low.  I ran to a Cast Member and told him that my daughter needed juice right away.  He immediately stopped what he was doing, got the juice and gave it to me… no questions asked.”   Thank Goodness! Kayla’s Disney day could have ended in the Emergency Department had her mother not kept her under her watchful eye.

It was about this time that we were beginning to wonder if Tiana and Naveen had decided to play royal hooky that day.  (We soon learned from a passing CM that we had miscalculated the meet ‘n greet time by an hour!)  The little queue reluctantly disbanded, but not before Kayla’s parents agreed to let me take a picture of her.  I took out my camera and little Trinity jumped up and down with excitement.  “Can my sister be in the picture too?” Kayla asked.  Trinity looked up adoringly at her big sister. The girls wrapped their arms around each other and posed.

I got my princess meet ‘n greet after all.

~ Kathy

(This article appeared originally as a part of my Faces in the Queue series at WDW Fan Zone.)

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Meet Liz & Jeff From Allergy Free Mouse!

Picture a young family enjoying their first visit to one of the Disney parks.  It’s a blazing-hot afternoon in June and they’ve been touring since the park opened. The children are starting to get fussy – it’s time to head back to the resort for a nap. They whine at the mention of leaving, but settle down after the parents announce they will stop for ice cream on their way out of the park.

Sitting in her stroller, little Mary is attempting to eat her first Mickey bar all by herself.  Soon her face, hands, and bib are covered with chocolate. Onlookers smile. “Adorable!” they coo.  At the bus stop her father snaps half a dozen pictures of his messy girl. Mary begins to blink and cough. Her mother pats her gently on the back, imagining that a mouthful went down the wrong way.  She pulls out a sippy-cup filled with water. The toddler takes it, but the liquid makes her gag. “Mama,” she cries in a hoarse voice, rubbing her eyes furiously. Soon her face is covered with raised red welts and her lips have swollen to twice their normal size. The coughing turns to wheezing. Her parents begin to panic as they realize their daughter is having difficulty breathing…

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Mary is having a severe allergic food reaction, one that could even be life-threatening. (See ANAPHYLAXIS.)

Imagine the stress when contemplating a trip to Walt Disney World with a person who has such an allergy. Danger lurks in every restaurant, buffet, and food cart!  Even less serious food allergies can trigger or worsen asthma, eczema, and other disorders. That’s not very magical.

Never fear, a new planning resource is available to allergy families! Meet Liz and Jeff from Allergy Free Mouse!

The Atlanta, GA couple first visited Walt Disney World in 2009 with their then-five-year old daughter, who has a severe (anaphylactic) dairy allergy. “During our first trip I made some notes about things to remember for the next trip and added to it after the trip,” Liz explains. They had packed a lot of food for the trip, “just in case,” but ended up driving home with most of it. “Once we realized how great Disney is with food allergies we knew we were going back.”

Liz continued to take notes on their next visit. By the time the family had made their third trip to Walt Disney World, she realized just how many notes she had taken and how difficult it was to work all those details into planning a safe and successful trip.

“We guessed that other people probably had the same difficulty, even with the help of Disney’s Special Diets Team,” she explains. “That’s when we decided to put together the website.”

“It’s her brainchild,” Jeff says, “I’m just the tech guy!”

Planning is the key to any successful Disney trip and that is especially true for first-time visitors with food allergies.

“We have a whole section for planning a trip that links to other areas of the site, so that the reader can find the tips and [restaurant] reviews,” Liz explains. “And we have some sections specific to the top eight food allergies as defined by FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network).”

What are the top eight food allergies?


*Tree nuts

*Dairy, casein & milk


*Wheat / gluten




It is possible for one person/family to have multiple food allergies. “Some food allergies are really complex. Some are mild, and some are very severe, like ours,” Jeff says. “We’ve always encouraged [readers] to share experiences; to share different perspectives [on] different food allergies.”

In addition to trip- planning tips and restaurant reviews, Liz and Jeff offer tips on avoiding inadvertent allergic reactions, such as contact with furry Disney characters:

If your food sensitivity includes skin contact, be especially careful when Character Dining. The Disney characters love to hug, as they walk around and meet the diners, but they may be carrying allergens from other kids who may not wipe their mouths or hands before their time with character. Therefore, be aware of this, and wipe your hands and face after a furry hug.

According to Jeff and Liz, allergy families should prepare themselves for interacting with another important group of Cast Members – the Disney Chefs. “We always tell the chefs that they are the real reason that we’re there, not for Mickey and Tinkerbell,” Liz says. “They allow parents to have a true vacation thanks to their commitment and the time [they take] to make sure you have a safe meal.”

Photo courtesy of Chip & Co.

“Only the chef really knows what he/she uses when preparing the food, and they will be the one preparing your allergy free meal,” Liz says. “Try to be respectful of their time as they are managing a very busy kitchen…”

“…but always make sure you’re confident of the responses they give you,” adds Jeff.

“They will be taking time away from their other meals to prepare your meal,” Liz advises. “Remember to always be polite and that you can’t say ‘thank you’ enough! They are usually really happy to help, but thanking them really encourages them for the next person with food allergies.”

The couple has plans to further enhance the site, including the addition of restaurant reviews for Disneyland and theDisney Cruise Line.  “Our website is currently available on mobile phones via the web browser,” says Jeff. “We are going to make it available in a downloadable app for the iPhone, since you can’t always get connected while in the parks.”

As far as Liz and Jeff are concerned, their most important goal is to get the word out: guests with food allergies do have options when they visit the Disney Parks!

“Often, when we were discussing our Disney trips with other parents of kids with food allergies, we discovered that they didn’t know you could get Divvies cookies and French Meadow Bakery items at Disney,” says Liz. “We’re really excited to have the opportunity to reach out to parents [of kids who have food allergies] so they, too, can have a real vacation.” Liz enjoyed helping others so much, she decided to become a Disney Travel Agent with Pixie Vacations!

If you or someone you love has a food allergy, I recommend that you visit Allergy Free Mouse and let Liz and Jeff help you make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation!

 Thanks for reading!

~ Kathy

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Disney-with-Special-Needs Blogging Bonanza! – 030

Kathy shares excerpts from a dozen unofficial Disney-themed blogs written from a special needs point of view.


Here are the links to all of the blogs mentioned in our “Blogging Bonanza” episode! I hope you will enjoy discovering some new Disney blogs and re-visiting some old favorites!

The Many Adventures of a Disney-Lovin’ Spectrum Mom – Kathy Kelly – Autism, Walt Disney World
The Autistic World of Disney – Jackie Psarianos – Autism, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World
DIStherapy – Didi Marie – Autism, runDisney, Disneyland
Mousecation – Laurie Smith – Special Diets and Disney Dining Reviews
Orlando Informer Blog – Special Needs are Universal – Debi Dane – Mobility, wheelchair, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Cognitive Disabilities
Pixie Dust Girls – Ellen Gerstein – Autism, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World
Return to Disney – Tricia Ballad – Autism, Walt Disney World
Rolling with the Magic – Melissa Knight Coulter – wheelchair accessibility, Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Temporary Tourist – Aunesty Janssen – Autism, Walt Disney World
WDW Dreamin’ – Amy Hughes – Autism, Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Wishing Well Travel Blog – Tabitha Nixon – Disabilities, Walt Disney World
Wishes and Pixie Dust – Mark & Jen Vitek – Autism, Walt Disney World
Fort Friends: Camping with Disabilities – Ed Russell – Fort Wilderness Camping, wheelchair runDisney
Dare to Be – Kerry Kingdon – wheelchair runDisney

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Thank you for listening! Please join me for Real-Time Disney and special-needs chat in our CHAT ROOM on Thursday nights at 8pm, EST. Just click on the CHAT ROOM tab, above. Find me on Social Media by clicking the tabs in the sidebar, right.

Bye for now,

~ Kathy

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WDW Food Allergy Update and “Crunchy” Mothering at Disney – 029

Sarah Norris from Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW discusses the closing of DTD BabyCakes NYC, gives us an overview of gluten-free options at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival kiosks, and provides information on Celebrate Awareness, the first-ever Food Allergy and Celiac Convention to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in November. Then Lottie Ferguson from Crunchy Disney Ma talks “crunchy” mothering on a Disney vacation. Topics include touring the parks while pregnant, breastfeeding in the parks and cloth-diapering while on vacation. The Tip-of-the-Week is for Disney Cruise Line guests who have Seizure Disorder.

Sarah Norris blogs about special diets and food allergies at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Listen to her podcast at gfdfwdw. Connect with Sarah on Twitter @gfdf_wdw.

For information on the First Annual Food Allergy and Celiac Convention that will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in November, please visit Celebrate Awareness.

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Lottie Ferguson blogs about all things “crunchy” at Walt Disney World at Crunchy Disney Ma. Connect with Lottie on Twitter @CrunchyDisneyMa.

Lottie recommends ECO Nuts for cloth diaper care!

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Remember to send your Disney-with-special-needs Travel Tips to!

Thanks for listening,


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Special Mouse Listener Questions

Kathy answers listener questions: Using an ECV at  Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, Quick-Service Dining with Lactose Intolerance, Accessible Taxi Service at Walt Disney World, Park Touring Tips for Third Trimester Pregnancy and more!

Links Mentioned in the Show:

Transtar Transportation Group (accessible taxi service)

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GAC to be Replaced with DAS Card; WDW Trip Report with Asperger’s, Anxiety and Food Allergies

Disney confirms that the Guest Assistance Card will be replaced by the Disability Access Service Card on Oct. 9 “to create a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities.”  Then, Julie Westberg shares a Special WDW Trip Report with four kids, Asperger’s, Anxiety and Food Allergies.

Connect with Julie at Julie’s Mickey Memories and More where she blogs about crafting and scrapbooking.

You can read more about her family’s Disney experience HERE.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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004: WDW Autism, Soarin’ in a Wheelchair and Disney with Diabetes!


We begin with an excellent question from one of our listeners about Food Allergies and the International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.

If you have a special-needs Disney travel question, please use the Contact Page — or — connect with me on Twitter @SpecialMousePod or on Facebook at Special Mouse Podcast!

Ray and Rachel Pilgrim from the Mouse Travel Tips podcast join me for the feature interview. We discuss their original venture,, and how it serves as a valuable planning resource for families with autism spectrum disorder.

You can connect with Ray on Facebook at Ray Pilgrim and with Rachel at Rachel Williams Pilgrim.

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Melissa Knight from the Disney on Wheels Blog gives us wheelchair accessibility tips for the Soarin’ attraction at Epcot.

You can connect with Melissa on Facebook at Melissa Knight Coulter and on Twitter @DisneyOnWheels.

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Finally, Cheryl Koren from New Jersey gives us a Special Trip Report on her recent trip to Walt Disney World with insulin-dependent diabetes and food allergies.



Cheryl blogs about Disney at Magical Memory Maker.  She is a Magic Maker with Off to Neverland Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

You can connect with Cheryl on Facebook at Cheryl Koren – Off to Neverland Travel.  Her Pinterest board is Magical Memory Maker

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Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy 



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