Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 21, 2014
    Jessica from TN Asked

    We have a child with a disease that causes heat intolerance. He wears a cooling vest. The packs need to be changed out every 3 hours. Is there a freezer available in any of the parks for medical supplies of guests?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Jessica ~

    I have a son with Cerebral Palsy who he has a hard time regulating his core body temperature so we have to be extra careful when traveling to Disney World during the warmer months. You can visit First Aid located in each of the theme parks for assistance. They can store your son's packs for his cooling vest so that they are ready when you need them.

    Here are some other things I have found helpful to help keep my son cool:
    * Take an umbrella to shield him from the sun.
    * Go to the parks early so that you miss the huge crowds and it will be a little cooler - if your are staying on property you can take advantage of morning Extra Magic Hours (EMHs).
    * Visit the parks later in the evening when things start to cool off. Take advantage of evening EMHs.
    * Buy a Frogg Togg Chilly Pad or some type of cooling towel (available at most sporting goods stores) to keep around his neck/head. This may help in addition to his cooling vest.
    * Buy a misty fan - available in the parks if you don't already have one.
    * Take a hand held fan - be sure to bring extra batteries.
    * Use a visor instead of a hat.
    * Visit attractions that keep you inside longer. The Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, "it's a small world", and Pirates of the Caribbean are great examples at the Magic Kingdom (let me know if you'd like suggestions at the other parks).
    * Take a break from the parks and go back to your resort when it gets really hot.
    * Wear light colored clothing made of breathable material.
    * Drink LOTS of water. Even before you head out to the parks, make sure he starts drinking so that his body is better prepared to cool itself.

    ​Please feel free to visit again with any other questions. We are hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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