Nobody wants to think that about ending up ill or injured while at the happiest place on Earth. I know I didn’t anticipate it when it happened to me several years ago. Even though I wasn’t the one on a stretcher, it didn’t make the situation any less frightening. While at first aid I realized that I’d never set foot in the building until I urgently needed help. I imagine most people don’t even think about first aid in the parks until they are in a similar circumstance. Since that first visit I’ve made sure that I’m familiar with Disney World’s first aid locations and the services they offer. Today I thought I’d share a little information with everyone in the hope that you never need to use it!
So what is offered at first aid? The honest answer is that very little is offered medically at first aid stations in the parks. What you can expect are over the counter drugs and remedies. This might be a common request like a band-aid, or something less common like contact lens solution or a contact lens case. If you find yourself needing something, it’s a fair bet they might have it at first aid. Even better, anything offered there is given free of charge. I’m certainly not suggesting that you should use first aid as your personal convenience shop! But if you’ve forgotten something you really need to enjoy your time at the parks, you should stop by and see if they can help.
But I’m hurt – what good is first aid? First aid also has a nurse on staff who can begin the triage process if needed and call for emergency assistance. Since Disney has its own Reedy Creek Fire Department respond, an ambulance normally arrives in less than seven minutes. If your situation isn’t quite this urgent, first aid can assist with setting up an appointment with local urgent care clinics. Disney provides complimentary transportation to and from these appointments. These clinics offer common services you’d normally find at an emergency room. Think broken bones and cuts requiring stitches. But they can also help with a case of the sniffles, bug bites, and just about anything else. Even better, they are able to fill prescriptions on-site so you can get back to your vacation.
Here’s where you can find first aid in each park.
- Magic Kingdom: Between Casey’s Corner and The Crystal Palace just off Main Street in the direction of Adventureland
- Epcot: Odyssey Center, which is the building with restrooms between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Between Guest Services and Sid Cahuenga’s, near the entrance
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Behind the MyMagic+ Service Center in Discovery Island, near the bridge to Africa
- Typhoon Lagoon: Just behind Leaning Palms
- Blizzard Beach: Beside Lottawatta Lodge
How about help coming to you? If you’re staying on property at a Disney resort, an in-room medical visit can be arranged by calling the front desk at any time, day or night.
Any cast member can help. If you’re seriously ill, remember you don’t need to make it all the way to first aid. Any cast member can get you the medical help that you need. Don’t be shy asking for assistance!
I hope this information is helpful for anyone visiting Disney World. Do you have any tips here that I’ve missed? Do you have a story about visiting first aid and how they were able to help you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading, and stay safe out there!