Cast Member’s Corner: A Stress Free Disney Vacation

No one ever wants anything to happen at Disney, it’s the Happiest Place On Earth, but what if something does?  At least you can be prepared and knowledgeable of all the things that are available to you through Disney.  Besides if you have the knowledge maybe it will never happen.  Disney is one of those places that is prepared for almost anything without advertizing that.  Did you know they had First Aid stations?  Or did you know that the four major theme parks have Baby Care Centers.  Whether your camera breaks, you need to send out mail, you need to feed the baby, or your feeling ill Disney can help.

Of course Disney doesn’t want to broadcast that if you’re sick they can help, who wants to think about illness when you’re on vacation?  But it’s a part of life and it happens.  Disney can help though.  If you’re in Magic Kingdom you will find the First Aid station right next to the Crystal Palace.  In Epcot the First Aid station is at the Odyssey Center, which is located on the left hand side on your way to the world showcase.  It’s a good place to stop if you’re feeling some lasting effects after Mission Space.  Hollywood Studios has the First Aid station right when you first enter the park on the left hand side.  Animal Kingdom you will find the First Aid station behind Creature Comforts in Discovery Island.  Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach both have their own First Aid station and you can find them located on the park maps just like all the others.  At these First Aid stations you will find a nurse waiting in the air conditioning who will be more that happy to help you.  She can take your temperature, help you rehydrate, and she has the ability to give first aid care.  She may even have a sewing kit for the popped button of your shorts.  Your own personal doctor can even call in your prescriptions and have them delivered to the first aid stations in the parks.  Some will even deliver to the Disney Resort Hotels.

Now illness may strike at any time.  Who’s to say you’ll be at the parks when it happens?  No need to fear, if you’re staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resorts just give a call down to the front desk.  They often have a first aid kit of their own.  If there is a serious illness though, one that may include hospitalization Disney can even help then.  Call or stop down at the front desk of your Disney Resort and they will arrange transportation to the Celebration Hospital which is right down the road.  This hospital isn’t your run of the mill hospital.  The rooms are very kid friendly in order to not scare your younger loved ones.  Disney wants you to enjoy your vacation and will do whatever they can to make that happen and make a stress free vacation for you, even if you’re sick.

Now say you’re a new mom that has brought your new bundle of joy to Disney World to share in the family experience.  Like all new moms you may need to stop in somewhere to feed your new baby or just go some place quiet, and yes, air conditioned.  Disney has these Baby Care Centers in their four major parks that will give you just that.  This air-conditioned center allows you to change, feed, and spend some quiet time with your baby.  If you forgot anything or ran out of say diapers fear not, the Cast Member in the Baby Care Center will be more than happy to point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find those items you need.  These Baby Care Centers are found near the First Aid stations in the parks.  In the water parks they do not have Baby Care Centers, the bathrooms are equipped with baby changing tables though.

Although it is less of an emergency, if you’re camera breaks on vacation that could be a real upset.  How else are you supposed to capture your memories?  Well you can either take advantage of the Photo Pass Cast Members.  These Cast Members are trained to take professional pictures for you, so you don’t have to carry a camera around.  If you want to though that’s perfectly fine.  There are Camera Services at the four major parks.  These places will have film, camera accessories, and even cameras for sale.  In the Magic Kingdom you’ll find the Camera Center at Box Office Gifts on Main Street.  Epcot has their Camera Center in the Main Entrance Plaza.  In Hollywood Studios you can visit The Darkroom on Hollywood Boulevard.  Animal Kingdom has theirs at the Garden Gates Gifts at the front entrance.

Another non-emergency you may run into is having to send out some mail.  You don’t need to leave Disney Property to send out a letter or a post card.  You can buy stamps at the Disney Resort hotel gift shops or in the parks.  You can buy stamps at The Newsstand in Magic Kingdom, the Camera Center in Epcot, Oscar’s Super Service in Hollywood Studios, and The Outpost or Garden Gate Gifts in Animal Kingdom.  You can also purchase stamps in Downtown Disney.  You can then drop them in the mailboxes in the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts.  Some select Disney Resorts also have Business Centers, which allow you to ship packages out as well.No one wants bad things to happen on vacation but sadly sometimes it does.  Hopefully by informing yourself on what Disney has to offer for you, you will be more prepared if something ever does happen.  Who knows, maybe if you know it then you wont need to use the information?  So whether it’s an illness, finding a quiet spot for the baby, a broken camera, or mail that needs to be sent out Disney can help.  So you may be stressed at any situation that arises but Disney is prepared to help you and bring you back to a stress free vacation.  Have faith and trust, and believe in Disney’s pixie dust that’ll get you through anything.

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Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!

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