No one sets out on vacation thinking they'll get sick or possibly injured; unfortunately, illnesses and injuries are a part of life, even at the place where dreams come true. Luckily, Disney is well prepared for any situation. Here's what to do if you, or someone in your family, gets sick while visiting Walt Disney World.
For minor ailments, such as headaches, blisters, upset stomach, heat exhaustion, etc., you'll find a first-aid station at each of the major parks and two water parks (there is no first-aid station at Downtown Disney). Specifically, you can find them at:
- Magic Kingdom, at the end of Main Street, between Casey’s Corner and Crystal Palace;
- Epcot, at Odyssey Center, between Future World and World Showcase;
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios, at Guest Relations building on Hollywood Boulevard;
- Disney's Animal Kingdom, at Discovery Island, behind Creature Comforts (headed towards Africa);
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, behind Leaning Palms; and
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, between Lottawatta Lodge and Beach Haus.
The first-aid centers are staffed by licensed nurses who are extremely helpful, and their services are free. I've been in there many times for things like Motrin, or a band-aid, and have seen guests of all ages come in for help for everything from a skinned knee to bug bites. While there is no pharmacy inside and there are no doctors on duty, should you require prescription medications or further medical assistance, they can direct you to such services.
If your condition cannot be treated with over-the-counter medicine and you think you need to see a doctor, you can visit one of the local urgent care centers. Two of the most common are Buena Vista Urgent Care and Centra Care.
Buena Vista Urgent Care is located near State Road 535 (the same road as the Crossroads Shopping Plaza) and offers walk-in treatment for everything from minor injuries to family medicine. There is even 24 hour emergency care available, though you do have to call ahead for that. Centra Care is located in the vicinity of Downtown Disney on South Apopka Vineland Road/State Road 535. They are open from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends, and treat all sorts of non-life threatening conditions, from family medicine to pediatrics. The nice thing about both of these urgent care facilities is that they offer a free shuttle to guests staying at nearby hotels and resorts. I would encourage you to call the front desk at your resort if you need an urgent care center and they will be happy to help you.
If you are unable to leave your resort, or you want more personal attention, and are willing to pay extra for it, consider a service like Doctors on Call Service, or "Docs", who will send licensed physicians to your home, resort, hotel, or villa to treat you. You will need to call for pricing.
Should you need a hospital, the closest is Florida Hospital Celebration Health, located in nearby Celebration. If it is a medical emergency, of course call 9-1-1. If the condition is not life threatening, again the front desk at your resort/hotel should be able to assist you in arranging transportation.
Hopefully you never need any of these services, but if you do, it's good to know that they are there and ready to assist you however they can, so that you can get back to feeling better and having a good time.