Cold and flu season is upon us, and it seems like everyone knows someone that has been hit by it. Are you stressing about getting sick while you are on vacation? It’s a pretty valid concern and something you should definitely think about so you can be prepared in the event you get sick at Disney World. Being prepared means that you can deal with it quicker and hopefully not let it ruin your entire stay.
Here is what you can do to prepare and deal with it in case you do get sick at Disney World:
Before you even leave for vacation, make sure you are prepared in case you do end up incurring some medical expenses. Medical costs can add up very quickly in the United States, so you want to make sure you protect yourself financially. If you have medical insurance through your employer, or belong to a private plan – make sure to bring your insurance papers with you. You may need to present those if there is a medical emergency, and they also have the phone numbers you can call if you need to get in touch with them.
If you do not have private insurance, then make sure to purchase some for you and your family for the duration of your trip. Here are some recommendations for medical travel insurance:
- Atlas Travel
- BMO (Canadians)
- RBC Insurance (Canadians)
- Blue Cross (Canadians)
Bring Medications from Home
I always think it is a good idea to bring some of the essentials with you, so that you can be covered for at least the minor issues. Also, if you are coming from outside the US, there may be medications that you can purchase over-the-counter at home, but not in the US. For example, in Canada you are able to buy Robaxacet for back pain without a prescription, but in the US you need a prescription for it. If you have any prescribed medications, definitely make sure you add them to your packing list so that you do not forget them. Here are some of the basic medications you may want to bring along with you:
- Cold & Flu Medication
- Cough Medicine
- Pepto Bismol
- Throat lozenges
Check the Hotel Gift Shop
Every Disney hotel has a gift shop and they offer some basic items for medical needs. You’ll find some cold medication, throat lozenges, pain relievers, band-aids etc. If your ailment is not serious, then you may easily find what you need right at the hotel, so make that your first stop to check for over-the-counter medications/supplies.
First Aid Stations
If you are at a theme park and all of a sudden start to not feel well, they have First Aid stations in every park. At the First Aid stations you will find nurses that can offer you over-the-counter medication, bandages, and other quick remedies. There is one at each of the 4 theme parks and the 2 waterparks.
Call the Front Desk
If you are in your hotel room and need assistance, simply call the Front Desk. Disney has some in-room medical services that they can provide depending on what you need. You just need to press the “Front Desk” button on your hotel room phone. This is available to guests 24 hours per day.
One of the Disney resorts recently tested a nurses station in the lobby, so you may want to ask if that is available at your resort. It was a project that they were testing, so it isn’t guaranteed that it will continue and be at every resort.
If you need something from a pharmacy that you cannot get on property at your hotel, then there is a local service that will deliver it to you. Turner Drugs is a local pharmacy that can provide you with prescription and non-prescription medication. They deliver same day, so you won’t have to wait very long to get what you need. They start delivering at 9:30 am and continue until the evening hours.
If you are at a Disney hotel, then there is a delivery fee of $7.50. Other hotels outside of the Disney World area have a delivery fee somewhere between $10 and $15. I’ve personally used their service before and was very pleased with how quick I got my order.
Get a Doctor On Call
If you feel that you may need to be looked at by a doctor, there is a service that you can call to have a doctor come visit you at your hotel room. This is particularly helpful for anyone staying at a Disney hotel as you may not have a car with you to get to a local clinic.
The doctors can only treat certain conditions, so they will do an evaluation with you over the phone before they make the on-site visit. You can reach this service at 407-399-DOCS or at www.doctorsoncallservice.com.
Offsite Urgent Care
If you have a serious issue and require a visit to a clinic, you can get help at Centra Care. Complimentary transportation is provided, so you do not have to worry about having a car. The hours are also very good, open 8AM to midnight Mon-Fri, and 8AM to 8PM Sat and Sun. You can call 407-934-2273 for help with this service and this clinic does accept many insurance plans, so you may not have to initially spend a lot out of pocket.
Finally, if you have an emergency, then call 911. Anything that could be potentially life-threatening will need urgent care at an emergency room and 911 will be your best option.
I’m hoping that none of this information will have to be used, but in the event you do fall ill, the information provided above will be very valuable to you 🙂 Safe traveling!
Our preferred travel agency is Click the Mouse. They specialize in Disney destinations and will help you plan out all the little details. Best part is that their services are FREE when you book your vacation with them. Personalized service at no extra cost to you! To get a quote from a Click the Mouse travel agent, simply click on the quote button below and they will be back in touch with you:Get a Quote from CLICK THE MOUSE
Laura is a mom of one adorable girl with a love of all things Disney. She traveled to Disney World with her family in 2010 and was hooked. They have since been a total of over 10 times. With all her knowledge of planning Disney trips, she now wants to share that with others. She loves giving guidance, tips and advice to others planning their magical vacation!