This seems to be the season for bizarre diseases. There are things going around that I have never even heard of and, as we travel, we come into contact with people from all over the country. Hand washing and good hygiene is paramount in staving off these illnesses but it is important to remember that just as we can get sick at home, we unfortunately can also get sick while on your long-awaited trip to Walt Disney World.
True to Disney form, the parks have provisions for some common illnesses that can come up. After all, it is both their responsibility and pleasure to provide us with the maximum possibility of having a wonderful trip despite the curves life sometimes throws at us. In each of the four theme parks, you will find First Aid Stations which are fully staffed with medical professionals. Here, they can treat minor injuries like sunburn, blisters, golfer’s vasculitis (which is a nasty-looking but harmless rash I get on the base of my legs every time I visit). The first aid stations are located in the following areas:
- Magic Kingdom – next to The Crystal Palace restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – near Guest Services on Hollywood Boulevard, west of the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
- Epcot – at the Odyssey Center near the bridge between the Future World area and the World Showcase area.
- Animal Kingdom – behind Creature Comforts and near the Pizzafari quick-service restaurant in the Discovery Island area.
The first aid stations are very clean and everyone is very nice. They do not carry medications nor do they have a pharmacy but if that is what you need, they will refer you to other avenues for help.
One of the choices for more serious illnesses, if you are staying on property, is to call down to the front desk and have them contact one of the local doctors to make a house call to your hotel room. The good thing about this option is that you can wait in the comfort of your own room. But, be aware that this option may be costly and may not be covered by your insurance.
Alternatively, you might just want to drive to the nearest clinical facility. The two walk-in clinics with the closest proximity to Disney are Centra Care and Buena Vista Urgent Care. Centra Care is located at 12500 South Apopka Vineland Rd. They are open from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. They have a shuttle for patients staying at local hotels. Buena Vista Urgent Care is located at 8216 World Center Drive, Suite D. They are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Thankfully, I have not had to use either of these facilities but, if I ever do, a review will surely be provided in the form of another blog.
Should you be faced with a very serious illness or injury that requires treatment at the Celebration hospital, Disney will provide complimentary transportation for you to get there. If you need an ambulance, just dial 9-1-1 and emergency services will send an ambulance to take you to the nearest hospital or treat you at the property.
I hope you will never need this information but if you are in the process of making a cheater book, this is exactly the kind of information I keep in the pages of mine – just in case.
Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.