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What to do when you or your child is sick at Disney World

What to do when you are sick at Disney World
Rachel Dillin

You planned your trip to Disney World in Florida for months. You even scored the dinner reservation to Be Our Guest. All the Fast Pass+ selections have been made, and you are actually at Disney World enjoying the fruits of your careful planning. Unfortunately, either you or your child gets unexpectedly sick while in one of the parks.

What do you do when you or your child gets sick at Disney World? The first thing you do is head to the First Aid station in the park you are visiting at the time. Each park has its own First Aid station where nurses are on duty to dispense fever reducers, pain relievers, and upset stomach aids, take temperatures, and help in caring for minor scrapes and wounds. Here is a list of the First Aid stations in each Walt Disney World Park.

Florida Hospital Centra Care Walk-In Urgent Care Centers provide free transportation to their clinics, which are open 8:00 AM to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday. This may be the best option for many people visiting the parks who have a more serious illness like an ear infection, sinus infection, or more.

However, some people may prefer to use a clinic that is on their insurance plan. Before hopping on the free transportation to Florida Hospital Centra Care, you may want to check to see if they are on your plan. If you check and find that they are not, there are other options. First, if you have a close relationship with your primary care physician or your child's pediatrician, you could give the office and call, describe the symptoms, tell the doctor your situation, and see what s/he can do for you. Failing that, you could locate a clinic that is on your insurance plan and call a cab or drive your own car to get there. These options could end up saving you hundreds over a non-covered health care visit if you find yourself or your child sick at Disney World.

The good news is, getting sick at Disney World does not have to ruin your vacation. In fact, you get a cool Minnie Mouse Nurse sticker at First Aid that you cannot get anywhere else, so be sure to pick one up. While nobody wants to be sick at the Happiest Place on Earth, it is also not the end of the world.