Ask The Disney Moms: Traveling with Restrictions

Question for The Disney Moms: Hello there! I am planning a trip to Disney World sometime in the late fall or early winter. Unfortunately I don’t have dates yet because I will be having a serious surgery sometime this month. This surgery is going to leave me with an ileostomy and possibly a urostomy. The second is because of removal of the bladder. With these two bags will I be limited to what I can do? Will there be certain rides that I will have to avoid? Also because of my ileostomy I will be on a special medical diet. Will the restaurants accommodate me or will I have to stick to safe foods like the kids menu? Any help you provide will be greatly appreciated.

How exciting that you have a Disney trip in your future!!  We certainly hope your upcoming surgery goes well.  You should still be able to very much enjoy your upcoming trip even with the limitations you’ve described.  One thing I would highly recommend is looking into the Guest Assistance Card (GAC).  Disney does a great job trying to accommodate as many guests as possible and this is one way they do that.  This “card” from Disney will allow you some assistance in various forms around the park based on your medical professional’s diagnosis and your current health situation.  My suggestion would be to contact Disney’s Guest Relations as soon as possible to figure out what will be needed and if the GAC will work for your condition.  Guest Services will also be able to assist you with any dietary restrictions you might have.  My oldest son has several food allergies and we have never had a problem with Cast Members trying to accommodate him from the snack carts to dining in the castle with Cinderella.  It’s helpful for the Cast Members to know about the restrictions as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.  When you make your Advanced Dining Reservations, there’s an area to note any allergies or other special requests.  You can always call and make your meal reservations and let the Cast Member assisting you know so they can note the reservation if you’re more comfortable.

If there are a few attractions you’ll need to skip, you can always take a few minutes to rest and people watch or take some pictures of some of the scenery around the parks.  Hidden Mickeys are always fun to hunt for when you have a few minutes.

Hopefully these tips will help to make your next trip more enjoyable.


Lynn Wiltse lives five hours from the most magical place on Earth and is always planning a visit.  When she’s not writing for The Disney Moms or WDW Fan Zone, she’s managing The Disney Driven Life or writing for her own blog, My Pixie Dust Diary and planning the next  Disney trip.

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