It’s the one place in Walt Disney World no one wants to visit—no, I’m not talking about Stich’s Great Escape or the reviled Primeval Whirl. Nothing dampers a Disney trip like having to halt your magical day to visit First Aid.
Many a diehard Disney fan will power through blisters, bug bites, and churning stomachs without considering going to First Aid. After all, just the words “First Aid” bring to mind broken bones, fingers gushing blood, and serious medical emergencies. When nuisance situations arise, most guests talk themselves out of ever bothering to step inside those mysterious doors.
For the first time in thirty years of Disney travel, I found myself in a situation where I had to take a family member to First Aid, and I was astonished by the sheer amount of resources they had available that I’d never tapped into. Did you know Disney First Aid offered these helpful services? Some will surprise you.
1. First, the obvious
Disney has First Aid stations in each of their parks at the following locations:
- Magic Kingdom – On Main Street next to the Crystal Palace
- Epcot – Outside the Odyssey building, on the side closest to World Showcase
- Hollywood Studios – Next to Guest Relations at the entrance
- Animal Kingdom – Discovery Island, near the bridge to Africa
- Blizzard Beach – Next to Lottawatta Lodge
- Typhoon Lagoon – Behind Leaning Palms
As we’ve discussed previously at Theme Park Tourist, Disney cast members are forbidden from administering medical treatment, even helping to put a bandage on a paper cut. In most cases, whether it be lightheadedness or your-oh-so-excited-to-be-at-Disney-little-angel plowing face first into a pole, they will direct you to First Aid.
It goes without saying that Disney First Aid offers a wide range of expected benefits: bandages for skinned knees, ice for sprained ankles, treatment for giant wasp stings (thanks, Florida). Each location has a team of triage nurses who can help you with basic medical care.
We’ll discuss this more, but it is important to know that in serious medical emergencies, you should always call 911 or alert the nearest cast member rather than hunting for First Aid. Disney keeps paramedics on site, and they can get guests to proper medical treatment much faster than you’ll be able to locate the First Aid office.
2. Over-the-counter medication
It is a sad truth that theme parks are something of a stew pot for pathogens. It is very easy to pick up germs at Disney World, even as meticulous as the parks are about cleanliness. Most guests never realize that Disney First Aid offers a full variety of over-the-counter medications for free. It’s not the type of thing that usually comes to mind when you’re pumped full of endorphins on Space Mountain, but a little Tylenol or cough syrup can go a long way to improving a Disney vacation ruined by illness.
Stomach doing flips from that funnel cake you just knew you shouldn’t have eaten? First Aid can help you out with Tums, Mylanta, or similar medications. Suffering from the dreaded “Disney diarrhea” (something so frightfully common, it’s mentioned on warning signs)? First Aid keeps Imodium to keep you regular for days.
Struggling with allergies? They have medication for that too (for a life-threatening reaction, call 911 or alert a cast member to call paramedics.) The point is this: don’t trudge through your trip sniffling and melancholy if you’re not feeling well. First Aid has a quality selection of free OTC remedies to help you get back to your day.