Excitement is building. Plans for your Disney vacation are in place. Your traveling party is ready. Countdown on your Disney app reads five days.
Then the unexpected occurs.
An illness, such as a cold, sore throat, or stomach virus, strikes. Possibly a fall or sports injury hits one of the traveling party. Do you continue with your plans or postpone the trip? Awareness of the services available at Disney can help minimize the problem and maximize the magic. The same strategies can be used should unexpected medical problems occur after you arrive at Disney.
1 – Stay Mobile
Mobility is essential at Disney. If a temporary setback occurs, take advantage of the assistance available. Wheelchair rentals are very accessible. A leg cast or knee brace can slow you down, so a wheelchair or scooter may help.
First, request a wheelchair accessible room. While all rooms are easy enough to roll into, rooms that are truly accessible have a little bit more space for the chair as well as roll-in showers and other accommodations. In the parks and other public spaces, use the companion restrooms for more space and convenience than other restrooms.
Second, you’ll need to get around the resort. The monorail, Skyliner, and bus transportation are wheelchair and scooter friendly. Boat transportation is also easily accessible, and while typically more direct than bus transportation, the boats don’t hold as many scooters or wheelchairs, so you might have to wait for another boat is more than two other people are ahead of you.
2 – Request Disability Access Services
Enjoying the theme parks when wearing a leg brace or cast requires planning but isn’t a major inconvenience. On arrival at the theme park, go to Guest Relations and register for Disability Access Services (DAS). This will significantly decrease the waiting time in a queue. At the selected attraction, the guest can schedule a return time to begin the ride. Wait time is comparable to the current queue wait. DAS can be combined with FastPass+ for more options.
3 – Follow Doctor’s Orders
If mobility isn’t the issue but there is a recent onset of an illness, formulate a reasonable treatment plan and off you go.
Pay attention to your medication schedule. Carry with you all treatments when traveling. Don’t keep any medications or medical supplies in checked baggage. If you left a prescription item at home, no problem. Have your prescriber call in the prescription to Turner Drugs (407 828 8125). Give Turner your info and they will deliver to the front desk of any one of the Disney resort hotels as well as those on property but not owned by Disney and charge it to your room.
Take advantage of your hotel amenities and get the rest you need. Avoid the temptation of all-day park visits. Afternoons by the pool and a nap will add enjoyment after your more vigorous activities.
4 – Get Some Help
Should a minor illness or an injury occur after your arrival at Disney, there are services that can address that situation. If your problem needs professional attention, you may consider a First Aid Station available in each of the parks. Nurses are available during normal park hours with over the counter medications, bandages, and advice. You may get treatment or be pointed in the right direction for assistance. If you need more assistance than the nurses on property can provide, they will provide complimentary transportation to an urgent care office or hospital nearby.
Doctors on Call (407 399 DOCS) is a service where a physician comes to your hotel room and treats you. They do not accept insurance but will provide a detailed receipt that you can submit to insurance. Doctors on Call does a telephone evaluation before coming to your room to be sure they can help you.
Another option is Centra Care (Centracare.org, 407 934 2273), which is an urgent care clinic that provides a free shuttle that will pick you up at your resort and bring you back after your visit. They accept insurance. They may provide prescription medication and could save a trip or call to a pharmacy. You may miss two hours of your vacation time, but the vacation enjoyment may be quickly restarted.
5 – Keep a Good Attitude
Vacations are not immune to medical problems. Good, unemotional planning and thought in evaluating a problem for its possible solutions should give a positive outcome.
Have you ever required medical attention in Disney World?