Walt Disney World is referred to as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but let’s face it. Sometimes things happen making the trip less than magical. Did you know the First Aid Stations located throughout the Walt Disney World parks are not just for band-aids and “boo-boos.” Familiarize yourself with the services offered in the First Aid Stations as you never know when you might need their help.
My husband surprised me one year with a trip to Walt Disney World for my birthday, sans children. This was a bucket list item for me. Sadly, I woke up the morning of my birthday sick with a cold. Clearly, this was karma for coming to Disney without the kids.
Naturally, I didn’t pack any cold medicine. I went to the resort gift shop and paid a ridiculous price for medicine and cough drops. Little did I know, at that time, I could have visited a First Aid Station and received the same thing for free.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY WALT DISNEY WORLD’S FIRST AID
Anytime you are feeling under the weather, stop by a First Aid Station. Ask if they have anything that can ease your pain. Whether you need Tylenol, an antacid, or even contact solution, the First Aid Station is there to provide assistance at no cost to you. You will find a licensed nurse in each location, who is ready to treat what ails you. You can expect to receive samples of medication to get you through the day, possibly two. Full-size medication and other items found in a pharmacy are available for purchase. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Fever – If you think you or your child has a fever, stop by and double check. Thermometer strips are available to take an infant’s temperature. If you need a place to lie down, there is an area in the back with beds. If your child is sick, you also have the option of consoling them with a rocking chair. Should your condition warrant treatment by a physician, the nurse will provide you with a list of urgent care centers in the area.
- Common Cold – First Aid offers samples of cold medicine, cough drops, and packets of tissues.
- Headaches – Headache treatments include samples of Tylenol/Ibuprofen, Powerade (to help with dehydration), damp cloths, and best of all, air conditioning. As a chronic migraine sufferer, I have taken solace in First Aid several times.
- Insect Bite / Allergic Reactions – All First Stations are equipped with EpiPens.
- Upset Stomachs – We all know vacation typically means food, food and more food. If you are experiencing indigestion, food poisoning, or symptoms of a stomach bug, it is always a good idea to stop in and see the nurse. My friend was visiting Disney when she presented with symptoms of a stomach virus. She went to First Aid and learned she was actually having a severe allergic reaction to something she had eaten. The nurse had an ambulance come and transport her to the nearest hospital.
- Eye Irritation – Should anything ever get into your eyes, sunscreen included, stop by First Aid, and they will assist in flushing your eyes. If your eyes are dry, you can also get contact solution here.
- Cuts / Blisters – Band-Aids and bandages are stocked in all stations.
TravelingMom Tip: First Aid Stations do not have blister packs. I recommend packing several Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions in your day bag to help treat the inevitable feet blisters. Simple Band-Aids do not work as well.
SPECIAL SERVICES OFFERED
All First Aid Stations will store refrigerated medication for guests. If you plan to spend the day in the park and need to access your refrigerated medication, simply stop by First Aid as you enter the park. This saves a lot of time from having to navigate back to your resort to get to your medication.
Are you Diabetic or do you have another condition requiring daily injections? These injections can be administered at any First Aid location. Special containers for disposal of hypodermic needles are provided.
Do you have asthma or require breathing treatments? Take your nebulizer to First Aid, and use their facilities for a quiet, air-conditioned environment to administer your medication.
WHERE TO FIND THE WALT DISNEY WORLD FIRST AID STATIONS
First Aid Stations at Walt Disney World can be found in the following general locations:
- Magic Kingdom, located between The Crystal Palace and Casey’s Corner, near the restrooms heading towards Adventureland.
- Epcot, located in the Odyssey Center between Future World and the World Showcase (in between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion.)
- Hollywood Studios, located in the Guest Relations building on Hollywood Boulevard (at the front entrance).
- Animal Kingdom, located at Discovery Island, next to Creature Comforts/Starbucks and across from Terra Treats (just before crossing the bridge into Africa.)
- Typhoon Lagoon, located just behind Leaning Palms.
- Blizzard Beach, located beside Lottawatta Lodge.
WHAT TO DO IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Reedy Creek Emergency Services (RCES) respond to all medical emergencies within the parks. They operate MARC (Medical Assistance Response Carts) that can easily navigate throughout the crowded parks.
If you ever experience a medical emergency, alert the closest Cast Member who will signal for MARC. They will assess the situation, begin treatment, and notify an ambulance if necessary. If you do not see a Cast Member and have access to a cell phone, call 9-1-1.
TravelingMom Tip: If you ever have to call 9-1-1 on your cell phone while in Walt Disney World, make sure to specify you are on Disney property. This will help the operators direct the call to RCES.
No one will ever plan to get sick or have an accident on a Disney vacation. If you are prepared and aware of your options you are less likely to ruin your trip over what could be just a little setback.