What To Do If You Get Sick During Your Disney World Visit
With the Holiday Season officially upon us, that also means the start of flu and cold season! Though no one likes to think about the possibility of getting ill at Walt Disney World, it is always an unfortunate possibility.
That’s why it pays to do a little bit of research on what to do if you get a bad case of the sniffles, a nasty tummy bug or are in need of emergency medical attention.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a helpful guide on what to do should you get sick at Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World First Aid Stations
Whether you have a pounding headache, suffer from motion sickness or inure yourself while getting on or off a ride, each of Disney’s four theme parks and two water parks have a first aid center. You’ll find them in the following locations:
- Magic Kingdom – Near Crystal Palace and Casey’s Corner.
- Epcot –Odyssey Center between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion.
- Hollywood Studios – Near the Main Entrance on the left by Guest Services
- Animal Kingdom –Discovery Island near Creature Comforts
- Typhoon Lagoon – Near Leaning Palms
- Blizzard Beach – Near Lottawatta Lodge
At each of the first aid centers on the property, you’ll find an on-duty nurse. They will be able to dispense single doses of basic over the counter medication and also provide support for a variety of minor issues including bumps and scrapes.
For larger doses of over the counter drugs like Ibuprofen, Asprin etc, you can head to the gift shops. They typically carry enough of these items to get you through your day at the parks.
Feeling Ill While at Your Walt Disney World Resort
If you happen to feel unwell while staying on property at Walt Disney World there are services available. Simply ring the front desk for assistance any time of day. This should be your first course of action as the Cast Members are well versed in medical options available to guests and can direct accordingly.
This could be anything from finding your closest urgent care center to providing you with directions to the nearest pharmacy. I’ve also heard of the Front desk organizing everything from clean linens for ailing patients to whipping up some chicken noodle soup when you have a sick tummy!
Doctors On Call
If you find you have an illness during your stay you may want to consider using the in-room service called Doctors on Call. That number is 407-399-DOCS.
A licensed physician will come to your resort room and will call in any prescriptions if necessary and they will be delivered to the resort from the pharmacy. This means that minor illnesses or ailments can be treated from the comfort of your own resort room.
Urgent Care Centers
Disney recommends AdventHealth Walk-In Urgent Care Centers which are located in close proximity to the resort. The clinics are open from 8 am-midnight.
Complimentary transportation is available from your Walt Disney World Resort. You can find out more information at First Aid, by calling the Front Desk of your resort or 407.934.2273.
Turner Drugs Tourist Prescription Service
For guests that need medication in a hurray Turner Drugs Tourist Prescription Services works closely with Walt Disney World. They are a full pharmacy and retail store and offer same-day delivery of your medications directly to your resort for you. T
he service only takes credit cards or cash. However, if medications are covered by your insurance companies Turner will provide you with the proper paperwork to be reimbursed. You can reach them directly at 407.828.8125.
Tips For Keeping Healthy at Walt Disney World
Though nobody plans on getting ill during a Walt Disney World vacation, injuries, health emergencies or tummy bugs are sometimes inevitable. However, there are some things you can do to keep protect your family:
Consider Travel Insurance – Disney offers a travel insurance policy that provides coverage should something go wrong in the lead-in or while you are on holiday. It is $82.50 per adult ($6 per child) and is a good idea for clients with pre-existing conditions or ailments that may require medical attention while you are at the Walt Disney World.
You can add Travel Insurance to your Walt Disney World vacation package anytime up until the 30-day mark. Simply reach out to Disney or your Travel Agent to find out more!
Remember to Stay Hydrated – Whether you’re visiting in January or in July, heat can always be an issue when travelling to Orlando. Add to that miles upon miles of walking and its not uncommon for people to suffer the effects of dehydration.
That’s why it’s important for you and your family to drink lots of water throughout your Disney visit. All of Disney’s restaurants are required to have water stations available in case you failed to stock up on bottled water but need to refuel quickly.
Pack a First Aid Kid in Your Theme Park Bag – Here at MickeyBlog we regularly write pieces on items that you’ll want to be sure to bring with you into the theme parks and First Aid Kits regularly top our list. I don’t head to the parks without Tylenol, band-aid, tums, pills for motion sickness, cooling towels and other various first aid times.
That means you can quickly remedy little things that may make your family uncomfortable without having to fork out tons of money for over the counter items at theme park gift shops.
Be Sure to Take Breaks – Last time I was at Walt Disney World, I walked 35 miles in 6 days! It’s pretty easy to over-exert yourself while at the same time underestimating the massive workout that a Disney visit can be! Even if you don’t have a pre-existing condition, be sure to take regularly scheduled time outs for everyone to relax. Your body will thank you for it!
The services and advice outlined above are designed to help you with minor illnesses and ailments. If you are having a medical emergency always remember to make calling 911 you first objective!
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