This is it, the big trip to Walt Disney World. You have planned for months, ordered the Magic Bands and made dining reservations. The morning of the trip you pull off the epic surprise for the trip of a lifetime and two days after you arrive someone gets sick. Calm down! This is not the end of your perfect vacation, just a little bump in the road.
When you have the most magical of all vacations planned, you don’t want to get sick. Getting sick is unavoidable and can happen anywhere. Yes, even Walt Disney World! How do I know this so well? My nephew’s first visit was almost ruined by an ear infection. My husband’s asthma has flared up from nowhere and we needed his medicine and fast. My daughter got a huge splinter at Magic Kingdom. The list never ends but the treatment is fast and you can continue your magical vacation in no time.
Many times we have visited a Disney park First Aid Station. They can give single doses of many medications in most cases, like Tylenol or Pepto. Heck, you can even get contact solution. Nurses are available during normal park hours to help with whatever you may need. You can also purchase full size medications if you will need them in the park throughout the remainder of your day. Child suffering from a nose bleed? No problem, they will pack the nose and help you get on your way.
It’s really a well run place, and there is always a nurse on duty for the bigger incidents. You will be out the door in no time and able to get to that Fast Pass + attraction.
Here is a list of the first aid stations in each park.
- Magic Kingdom: Between Casey’s Corner and The Crystal Palace just off Main Street
- Epcot: Odyssey Center, which is the brown building with restrooms between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: By guest services near the entrance
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Behind the MyMagic+ Service Center in Discovery Island, near the bridge to Africa
- Typhoon Lagoon: Just behind Leaning Palms
- Blizzard Beach: Beside Lottawatta Lodge
If you happen to be at your resort and get sick, in-room medical services are available at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Simply touch “Front Desk” from your in-room phone for assistance, 24 hours a day. Each resort has a variety of medicine for purchase in the gift shop as well. I have also found that if you are too sick to leave your room (or have a little one you can’t leave alone) Disney will bring you items such as clean sheets, fresh towels, chicken soup, water and crackers for no charge. Disney is very understanding that things happen and will do as much as they can to accommodate a not so ideal part of your vacation.
During our last visit we didn’t have my husband’s maintenance medicine for his asthma. We also didn’t have a car to run to the local drug stores off Disney property. When we inquired at the front desk they let us know we could get medicine filled and delivered by Turner Drugs. They only take cash or credit and will provide you with the paperwork to submit to your insurance when you return home. We had his medicine within 90 minutes and were able to carry on with the rest of our vacation without an issue. Turner Drugs is a Disney Preferred Provider.
Unfortunately you cannot control a medical emergency. That is where Florida Hospital Centra Care Walk-In Urgent Care Centers come in handy. They are open 8:00 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary transportation is available from your Walt Disney World Resort and many insurance plans are accepted. We all know how urgent care centers work; this isn’t always the fastest route. This is where my poor nephew spent six hours of his first Disney vacation. The poor guy was miserable, he had a small head cold and from flying it turned into an ear infection. Centra Care took great care of him, got his antibiotics filled and he was back to normal within 24 hours.
If you have a car, you can visit a CVS Minute Clinic. Those come in handy if you need a quick visit for a non emergency issue such as a head cold or pink eye. There is a CVS right outside of the main Disney gates near Disney Springs.
Now that you know what your options are, don’t let a little sickness ruin your trip of a lifetime. There are plenty of ways to get you on the road to healing in no time.
Have you ever gotten sick on a Walt Disney World vacation? How did you handle it?