Help­ing Hands

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY KATH­LEEN WOLFE

No mat­ter how long you’ve la­bored over your Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort tour­ing plan, there is one un­pre­dictable fac­tor that can bring all your months of hard work to a screech­ing halt... ill­ness. In fact, “some­one get­ting sick” was the num­ber one con­cern of va­ca­tion plan­ners in a re­cent poll among my Face­book com­mu­nity. Even some­thing as mi­nor as a com­mon cold can re­ally put a damper on things, let alone a more se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion re­quir­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Re­mem­ber, Walt Dis­ney World is full of peo­ple from all over the world, and with them come their germs. Be sure to take some proac­tive mea­sures prior to your trip, such as be­ing dili­gent with your daily vi­ta­min, drink­ing plenty of wa­ter, and mak­ing sure your get­ting enough rest, so your im­mune sys­tem is at its strong­est when you travel. Also, avoid touch­ing your eyes, nose, or mouth if you haven’t had a chance to first wash your hands. Hand wash­ing is the sin­gle best way to avoid spread­ing germs. When you can’t wash, hand san­i­tizer works in a pinch. De­spite your best ef­forts, how­ever, it is quite pos­si­ble that some­one may suc­cumb to ill­ness dur­ing your trip, and if that hap­pens, Dis­ney has you cov­ered.

Should you sud­denly feel ill while tour­ing the parks, there is a First Aid Cen­ter (pro­vided by Florida Hos­pi­tal) at all of the WDW parks and are clearly marked on the park maps. Each is staffed with a nurse and stocked with ba­sic over-the-counter reme­dies and ban­dages to pro­vide tem­po­rary re­lief for what­ever ails you. My fam­ily has vis­ited a cou­ple of these cen­ters for pain re­liev­ers and ban­dages a time, or two, over the years. These First Aid Cen­ters can also store med­i­ca­tions that re­quire re­frig­er­a­tion, should you be trav­el­ing with some.

Here’s where you’ll find the First Aid Cen­ter at each park:

Magic King­dom: Be­tween Casey’s Cor­ner and the Crystal Palace

Ep­cot: In the Odyssey Cen­ter build­ing, just past the re­strooms

An­i­mal King­dom: Just be­fore the bridge to Africa, be­side Crea­ture Com­forts

Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios: At the front of the park, by Guest Ser­vices

Typhoon La­goon: Be­hind Lean­ing Palms

Bl­iz­zard Beach: Next to Lot­tawatta Lodge

Your Re­sort ho­tel gift shop will have a good se­lec­tion of over-the-counter reme­dies as well. How­ever, should the sit­u­a­tion be­come more se­ri­ous, in-room med­i­cal ser­vices are avail­able at ev­ery Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort ho­tel. Press­ing “Front Desk” from your in-room phone will get you as­sis­tance, 24-hours a day.

If you feel that you, or a mem­ber of your party, re­quire ur­gent care, the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort pro­vides com­pli­men­tary trans­porta­tion to the off-site Florida Hos­pi­tal Cen­tra Care Walk-in Ur­gent Care Cen­ter. They are avail­able from 8:00 AM to mid­night, Mon­day through Fri­day, and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Satur­day and Sun­day. Many in­sur­ance plans are ac­cepted. Keep this num­ber handy for more in­for­ma­tion (407) 934-2273, but al­ways dial 911 from any phone in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Just know that no mat­ter how mi­nor, or se­ri­ous, the sit­u­a­tion, the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort has pro­to­cols in place and pro­vi­sions on-hand to care for their Guests in the best pos­si­ble way. Here’s to stay­ing healthy!

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