What To Do If You Get Sick While At Walt Disney World (Updated February, 2019)

Traveling to Walt Disney World isn’t easy. You run yourself ragged for the week before your trip, making sure everything at work is done, everything at home is done, everything you need is packed and that you’re all ready to go. You’ve spent a couple of late nights and didn’t get enough sleep. Then you board a plane full of people and are sealed in for several hours, surrounded by coughing, hacking and sneezing passengers who didn’t want to miss out on their vacations. You know what happens next, right? Runny, stuffy nose and coughing. Or maybe your child has an eye or ear infection. Or you might be suffering from a case of the stomach flu or food poisoning from that buffet last night. Whatever the cause, being sick while at Walt Disney World isn’t fun. After all, this is supposed to be the happiest place on earth, right?

Luckily, there are many ways to help you back on the way to wellness while in Orlando. Here are a few tips to help:

Call Your Local Health Care Provider

If you have a primary health care provider, you can call them and explain your situation. If it’s a simple problem like pink eye, ear infections or simple chest cold, they may be sympathetic to your situation and willing to send a prescription to a pharmacy in the area. If you normally use a nationwide chain like Walgreens, CVS or Walmart, they will already have your information on file and you can go there to pick up your order, just like at home.

Check out Telemedicine

What-is-Telemedicine

Many insurance plans include access to a Tele-Doc, Doctor on Demand or a similar service. This is a program that lets you talk to a medical professional over the phone (or by FaceTime chat) and get a recommendation. These providers can send prescriptions to a pharmacy in the area for you. The consultation fee may be free as part of your coverage or might be a relatively small fee (compared to an urgent care copay). If you have your insurance card with you, call the customer service number on the card to see if this is an option available to you. You can also get access to a Virtual Doctor through the Walgreens App for your smartphone – the fee for an evaluation is only $59.

Find A Local Pharmacy Clinic

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There are a number of pharmacies in the area with clinics that have Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants on site that can treat basic problems and write for medications if necessary. It would be best for you to check with your insurance plan to see what locations are covered, but the fees are lower than Urgent Care or Emergency Room visits.

Here are some of the clinics in the Walt Disney World Area:

WALGREENS HEALTHCARE CLINIC
7767 W IRLO BRONSON MEMORIAL HWY
KISSIMMEE, FL 34747

WALGREENS HEALTHCARE CLINIC
12100 S APOPKA VINELAND RD
ORLANDO, FL 32836

CVS MINUTECLINIC
5308 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
KISSIMMEE FL 34746

Local Walk-In Clinics

There are also several walk-in clinics around the WDW area. Since these locations treat guests from all over the world, it’s best to check to see if they take your medical insurance and what fees they charge up front. You don’t want a $300 doctor bill for a sore throat to ruin your vacation.

BUENA VISTA URGENT CARE
8216 WORLD CENTER DRIVE SUITE D
ORLANDO FL 32821-5400

PARAMOUNT URGENT CARE
8972 TURKEY LAKE ROAD SOUTH
ORLANDO, FL 32819

AdventHealth CentraCare

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Centra Care is the urgent care division of AdventHealth (previously Florida Hospital), a local group of hospitals. Their locations are open seven days a week and are staffed by adult and pediatric trained physicians. These locations are where you need to go for a more serious medical issue that may involve X-rays or stitches. There are several locations around Disney World.

LAKE BUENA VISTA CENTRA CARE
(Open until Midnight, Monday – Friday)
12500 S APOPKA VINELAND RD
ORLANDO, FL 32836

ORANGE LAKE CENTRA CARE
8201 W. IRLO BRONSON MEMORIAL HWY
KISSIMMEE, FL 34747

In-Room Medical Care

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An additional option available to guests visiting Orlando is The Medical Concierge. This service by the EastCoast Medical Network runs a Walk-in Clinic open from 8AM to 8PM, provides In-Room Urgent Care (Doctor House Calls) 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week and also can provide services for or provide references to one of their network clinics for the following specialties:

  • Pediatricians
  • Dental*
  • Chiropractor*
  • Dermatology*
  • OB/GYN*
  • Ophthalmology*
  • Orthopedic*
  • Psychiatry*

They can be contacted 24 hours a day at 855-935-5252 and their main clinic is located at:

6000 TURKEY LAKE ROAD
SUITE 206
ORLANDO, FL 32819

I can vouch for this service as we recently had a friend visit from the United Kingdom who needed emergency dental work. He was referred to a local dentist who saw him the next morning and provided medications that helped his problem until it could be addressed when he returned home.

Hospital Emergency Room

Sometimes medical emergencies don’t stick to a timetable. If you need emergency care at any time of the day, the Emergency Room is your final option. There are two hospital locations close to Walt Disney World.

From most of Disney World, the closest hospital is:

ADVENTHEALTH CELEBRATION EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
400 CELEBRATION PLACE
CELEBRATION, Florida 34747

For those on the Eastern (Disney Springs) side of Disney World, another option is:

ORLANDO HEALTH – DR. P. PHILLIPS HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
9400 TURKEY LAKE RD
ORLANDO, FL 32819

INSIDE DISNEY WORLD THEME PARKS

Disney First Aid

If you get ill when inside one of the Disney World Theme Parks, you can get medical attention at one of the First Aid Centers. I’ve never had to visit one of these centers but fellow blogger Ed from Pizza in Motion provided a graphic description from a recent visit due to a stomach bug that hit him during his trip to say farewell to the Wishes fireworks.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While it’s not fun to get sick on vacation, especially if you’re at Walt Disney World, it does happen. Hopefully, these tips will get you in touch with the medical assistance you need and get you back to good health and able to enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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6 thoughts on “What To Do If You Get Sick While At Walt Disney World (Updated February, 2019)”

  1. I injured myself pretty badly at Epcot last year — bleeding profusely — and the First Aid staff was wonderful. They treated my wound and wrapped it up securely, giving me supplies and over-the-counter medications to take with me. Each morning for the rest of the trip I’d stop into First Aid, and they would clean and rebandage my wound. Fantastic level of care!

      1. Recovery time after knee surgery is much shorter than it used to be. The strain of getting around a theme park just might have been too much strain to put on it so soon.

  2. 2 incidents: my mom fell pretty badly in front of Pirates actually at Disneyland. The first aid cleaned her up and recommended she get a few stitches. They actually said it was quicker and easier to just get a cab to the ER than to go get the car, FIND the hospital etc. It was no emergency but still …. So we did just that. She and my dad went in a cab and my husband and I got the car and drove over later to pick her up….the way to go.

    Second incident. My husband had been working a bunch of hours then we had a week Disneyworld trip planned. Well he was having tooth problems back at home but no time for dentist. So he was really in discomfort on the plane. So my nephew and I talked him into finding a dentist after landing. I’m not kidding he just google mapped a dentist that was along the way to our hotel. I think he may have also verified they took our insurance. So we stopped. They took him as a walk in and pulled his tooth! No delay really. We filled his antibiotic rx and just went on to the parks as planned. It all worked out fine. I think the health practitioners in the area have probably seen it all and are accustomed to dealing with walkins. It’s great 👍🏻

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