How To Avoid Getting Sick at Disney World

Nothing spoils a Disney vacation faster than a bad sunburn or case of food poisoning and there are few Disney souvenirs worse than a bout of the flu.

Like any crowded place (especially those filled with a) children and b) people from all corners of the globe), theme parks are full of germs, and when you're already trekking around for hours in the hot sun this can be a recipe for trouble.

However, there are some simple safety precautions that you can take to help make sure that you stay healthy while on your Disney vacation!

Clean Your Hotel Room

Next to airplanes, hotel rooms are the places where you’re most likely to pick up germs while on vacation.

When you arrive in your hotel room, be sure to wipe down the doorknobs, remote control, telephone, faucets, and toilet handle with sanitizing wipes.

Also, while bed sheets at hotels are washed after each and every guest, those thick bedspreads are not, so peel those suckers off.

Thankfully, you won’t need them anyway in Florida.

Keep Your Hands Clean

This one is trickier than it seems, as there is no limit to merchandise, handrails, lap-bars, door handles, and other surfaces at Disney World that your hands will be coming into contact with.

Be sure to not only carry hand sanitizer with you, but to make a point to wash your hands with soap and water a few times a day, especially before you eat.

Try to avoid touching doorknobs and handrails if possible.

Use paper towels or hand wipes to open bathroom doors.

If an attraction requires you to hold onto a safety bar, sanitize your hands after getting off.

If the ride is one that attracts a lot of small children, such as Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, don’t feel paranoid about wiping down the safety bars or laser guns with sanitizing wipes (no, seriously).

Avoid Touching Your Face

As much as you can, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, nose, and ears until you make sure your hands are clean.

Keep an eye on children you may be tempted to put everything in their mouths.

Letting your child mouth the handrails in line for A Small World is asking for disaster.

Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated while walking around Walt Disney World is extremely important, especially if you’re visiting during the hot summer months.

Not only will it help prevent dehydration, but also sunstroke, extreme sun burn, fainting spells, and other conditions that can ruin a Disney vacation quite quickly.

First Aid Station

Wear Sunscreen

Wear sunscreen, wear sunscreen, wear sunscreen.

Most people who end up heading to Disney First Aid stations are suffering from sunburns, heat rashes, and sun poisoning, so please remember to apply (and reapply) sunscreen during your time in the parks.

Also be sure to apply sunscreen to your calves and shins, as a common malady among Disney guests is "Disney rash"(or Golfer’s Vasculitis), a severe heat rash caused by bits of glass in Disney pavement (ever wonder why it glitters?) reflecting sunlight back up at your legs.

Get Plenty of Sleep

An extended Disney World trip can be exhausting and it is crucial that you get plenty of rest, otherwise you risk running down your immune system and becoming more vulnerable to germs.

Eat Healthy

Disney World is a wonderland of mammoth cupcakes, Dole Whips, and turkey legs, but it’s important to remember not to overindulge.

Otherwise you might end up with one very upset stomach.

Also be wary of how you ask your food to be prepared.

While you may enjoy your steaks very rare, a five-day Disney vacation may not be the best time to gamble with food poisoning.

If anything you eat in the parks ever tastes strange to you, be sure to alert your server or the cashier at the kiosk.

Disney strives for excellence with its dining, as with all things, and will do everything to make sure that your meal is enjoyable and safe.

Pack Meds

Be sure not to forget any over-the-counter or prescription medications you may need during your trip (if necessary, make a checklist before you pack).

First Aid stations at the parks should have essentials, but it may still be useful to have travel-sized portions of aspirin, upset stomach medicine, and things like band-aids and cough drops in your bag.

Remember always be prepared!

In the event that you still become sick or have a medical emergency, visit the First Aid stations located throughout the park or alert the nearest

Cast Member and they will make sure you receive immediate treatment.

By Marie Ospina

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