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!