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 usually 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
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.
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 upfront. 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
Centra Care is the urgent care division of AdventHealth, 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)
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
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:
They can be contacted 24 hours a day at 855-935-5252 and their main clinic is located at:
6000 TURKEY LAKE ROAD
ORLANDO, FL 32819
I can vouch for this service as we 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
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.
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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