So I have been looking at the pros and the cons of getting an Attraction Access Pass at Great America. Last year it was called the Equal Access Pass. Basically it's the same thing. A few years ago my daughter used a pen and not a pump. We found that when we went to the park they wanted us to leave her bag with all her supplies in a bin next to each ride. Well there was no way I was going to leave these life saving supplies unattended and in the heat where they could get stolen or just go bad. We learned that we could leave the insulin at the first aid station so it was refrigerated and safe then we would just carry the carbs and meter and phone with us. It wasn't long before we discovered that if we were in a line for 75 minutes that we would have to wait to correct highs and make special trips (often all the way across the park) to get insulin for meals, etc. We don't get A1Cs in the high sixes by waiting to correct. In fact I work very hard to be prompt with corrections and getting up multiple times at night to make sure that we are not missing opportunities to lower highs. Looking on line I read that various parks had passes that were quite popular with people with diabetes. Most everyone was positive about it but a few people made claims that children with diabetes are not disabled and should not get the pass. So yes, I can see the controversy. After some careful consideration I decided that it did make sense for us to get the pass. It allowed her to wait for a ride without sacrificing her best treatment options. According to what I have since read Type 1 is officially categorized as a disability and at a park the interpretation of the ADA is the same as my thinking: pwd have a right to wait in line without jeopardizing their treatment. That all seemed to make sense and with the pass we were waiting the same amount of time as everyone else just not in the line. In theory anyway, on some rides they told us to come back in a far shorter amount of time and on others the wait was longer. This year I have two kids who use insulin and both of them are on pumps. Now we never have to leave a line to dose. We carry carbs with us and almost always have enough because with two kids they share. Other than the heat possibly ruining the insulin we are set. When in the sun they can just turn away so the pump is shaded. And if it does go bad the back-up is at the first aid station. So this year I told the kids that we did not need to get the passes since they are both on pumps. Additionally, this year the park requires a doctors note which would be no big deal except that at our last visit the diabetes educator spontaneously said that diabetes is not a disability (factually wrong but I understand the sentiment. It's clearly not the same kind of disability as losing the use of one's legs but it does involve the loss of use of a pancreas and that does significantly change one's life). It did not occur to me to ask for a note but if I had thought of it I certainly would have felt guilted at that moment. So I certainly see pros and cons to getting a pass and I also see justification to get one but reasons not to. I don't want to start any arguments and really think every point of view has merit on this issue. But I also could use some feedback. What do people think? Do I cave to the kids and get the passes? Do I get the note from the doctor and wait to get a pass only if we can't use a pump for some reason? Do we decide that we just don't qualify or that it is just not right for us?