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What to do if you Get Sick at Disney World

What to do if you Get Sick at Disney World

It’s our worst nightmare, right? Getting sick on your vacation is what everyone wants to avoid. That’s why we recommend bringing along some hand sanitizer and taking your vitamins. Everywhere from the airport to the theme parks are a breeding zone for germs, so be aware and don’t ignore the importance of washing those hands! So despite your best efforts to avoid getting sick you or a family member gets sick on your trip. Let’s be honest you can get sick at any time, anywhere. So we are going to cover what to do if you get sick at Disney World.

Pack Basic Medications Beforehand

While you can find basic medications at your resort gift shop no one wants to be subjected to Disney World pricing. I always bring a little pill kit with me on vacation. It’s just a basic one I found in the travel section of Walmart, you know where all those dollar items are? Some of the staples I always include are Advil, Tylenol, Sudafed, Antacids, Imodium, Benadryl, DayQuil and NyQuil. Of course, if you have little ones makes sure to bring along the kids version of these medications.

If you forget any of these medications and have a car there are lots of local drug stores like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Publix and more! If you have a car you have plenty of options that are 15 minutes or less away.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to bring along a basic little first aid kit. I just picked up this one off of Amazon, it’s cheap and includes everything you need and then some.

Disney Parks First Aid Center

If you find yourself needing medical assistance while at a Disney Theme Park each location has a first aid center where they can help you. During their operating hours, they always have a nurse on staff. Here they can handle minor injuries like the time I cut my knee open at Typhoon Lagoon! They bandaged me up and sent me right back out quickly! They also can give out single doses of medication, if you need/want more they also have the full sizes available for purchase.

First aid locations by Disney Park

  • Magic Kingdom: Between Casey’s Corner and The Crystal Palace just off Main Street
  • Epcot: Odyssey Center, which is the brown building with restrooms between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: By guest services 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

If you Need to See a Doctor at Disney World

If the situation becomes worse and you need to get the medical care of a doctor then it’s time to head to Centra Care. There are several locations around Disney World and you can check out an up to date listing of them here. Centra Care provides instant access to quality physician care for travelers and residents without a doctor. An appointment is never needed at their locations and many centers are open until midnight plus they have free transportation pickup at most area attractions, resorts, and hotels. If you are staying at a Disney World Resort just call the front desk and they will handle arranging everything. They are open 8:00 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

If You Need a Prescription at Disney World

There is an amazing pharmacy called Turner Drugs that will deliver prescriptions to you anywhere in the Disney World area (even if you are not staying on property).  Turner Drugs is a full pharmacy and retail store with prescription and non-prescription products available for delivery 365 days a year, open Monday – Friday 8 AM – 7 PM, Saturday – Sunday 8 AM-7 PM. They will deliver the same day for a fee of $5. To find out more or request a delivery call (407) 828-8125.

Of course, if you have access to a car or want to take an Uber there are plenty of drugstores located around Disney where you can pick up your prescription as well.


As always, for all emergencies, dial 911 from any phone.