Skip to main content

First Aid First Timer

I’m not usually clumsy – heck, I’m a competitive ballroom dancer – but during a trip to Walt Disney World, I found myself in need of first aid due to an act of gracelessness.

While boarding a Test Track vehicle, my toes caught the edge of the vehicle on the way in and I fell into the passenger area with an unceremonious ‘thud.’ My shin hit the grab bar between two seats, causing me to see stars. Someone was trying to climb in beside me, so I righted myself and tried to act like nothing had happened. 

At first, I walked it off, but within 20 minutes I had a baseball-sized hematoma on my right shin. The rapid swelling caused intense throbbing and pain, so after consulting my park map, I headed to First Aid.

When I arrived I was asked to sign in and after a short wait, someone came out to examine my injury. After explaining what had happened, I was given a slushy pack (ice pack with water) and a net tube to slide over my foot to hold the pack in place. I was told to replace the pack every few hours and offered several two-pill packs of an over-the-counter pain reliever/anti-inflammatory medicine. 

The slushy pack offered remarkable relief. It wasn’t so cold to completely numb my skin, but it was cool enough to combat the swelling. Every few hours, as instructed, I hobbled into a First Aid center for a replacement pack. This went on for the rest of my vacation, during which I learned the locations of each First Aid center in all four theme parks, plus what they can and cannot treat.

 There are six First Aid centers in the following locations:

Epcot – Odyssey building
Magic Kingdom – between Crystal Palace and the back of Casey’s
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – just to the left as you enter the park
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – next to Creature Comforts
Disney’s Blizzard Beach – between Lottawatta Lodge and Beach Haus
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon – Leaning Palms

Most commonly treated ailments are; sunburn, headaches and blisters. They cannot treat head injuries or wounds that require suturing, but they will make arrangements for complimentary transportation to the nearest medical facility.

In-room medical services are also available 24 x 7 at all WDW resort hotels. Contact the Front Desk for assistance. In case of an emergency, dial 911 from any phone.

Services provided to me at the First Aid centers were excellent. The slushy pack and netting solution worked well. I was able to continue touring with minimal interruption for stops at First Aid centers to obtain replacement slushy packs when mine melted. They even gave me extras at the end of the day to get me through the night.

Nobody wants to go to First Aid while on vacation, but it is comforting to know that Walt Disney World offers basic care to their guests when needed. Be sure to watch your head and step when entering or exiting ride vehicles!  

 

Julie Saunders is a freelance writer living in North Carolina. She is the mother of two sons and writes about family travel in general and Walt Disney World in particular. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

5 Ways To Get Psyched For Your Disney Trip!

Hey-Howdy-Hey, Disney Guys and Gals!      Is anyone familiar with Barney Stinson's "Get Psyched" Mix? Anyone? How I Met your Mother Fans? Ok, great! So you totally get where I'm going with this! If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can watch a clip  HERE!  Basically, the theory is that no matter what's going on in your life, you can get yourself psyched up and ready for something awesome to happen, all by listening to the right piece of music. Playing off of that theory, I feel that one of the very best things about a Disney trip is actually  preparing  for it, or getting psyched! You can have a whole bunch of crappy stuff happening in your life at the time, but if you have a Disney trip on the horizon... even if it's 564 days away, you have something to look forward to and enjoy preparing yourself for. In fact, many Disney fans, (myself included), pretty much get from one day to the next by preparing for upcoming trips. You may even book a ne

You Must Be This Tall to Ride... Universal Orlando Resort Edition

Universal Orlando Resort has branded itself as the more grown-up vacation destination in central Florida. With advertising campaigns like "kids grow up, so do vacations" and "grow bolder", it should be no surprise that there are many attractions at the Universal Theme Parks with height requirements.  If you're visiting the Universal Orlando Theme Parks with little ones, it's very important to familiarize yourself with the ride height requirements so you know which attractions your little ones can, and can't ride, based on their height. You'll find these helpful signs with height requirements for all of the attractions when you enter the Universal Orlando Theme Parks. Universal Studios Florida 34 inches - E.T. Adventure 36 inches - Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster 40 inches - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 40 inches - Fast & Furious - Supercharged 40 inches - Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon 40 inches - The Simpsons Ride 40 inches -

Frontera Cocina at Disney Springs

Frontera Cocina is one of the many restaurants you will find with a celebrity chef at Disney Springs, this one is brought to you by seven-time James Beard award winner, Rick Bayless.  The warm colors and open atmosphere is very welcoming for a contemporary Mexican dining experience.  Reservations are highly suggested and can be made via My Disney Experience or the Open Table app and the restaurant is typically open for lunch and dinner from 11am to 11pm daily.   We had lunch here on a Monday afternoon and the restaurant wasn't too terribly busy at all, which was a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the weekend. We settled in at a table in the middle of the restaurant and got ready for the meal ahead.  While somehow I missed a photo, we did start our meal with $5 margaritas which is definitely a great deal while on Disney property!  This was a "Margarita Monday" special and we would highly recommend it!  We also opted for some chips and salsa and some queso. Now,