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Cold and Flu Season

You’ll enjoy your trip more if you’re healthy! 

The cold and flu season is just around the corner. That means one thing here in Central Florida; people from all over the world will soon be sharing their germs with us. I love winter in Florida, but I don’t love the fact that I will daily run into someone in the parks who should be sound asleep in their own bed at home.

Please, if you are sick, reschedule your vacation. I will often recommend travel insurance for this very reason. Walt Disney World may be the most magical place on earth, but there isn’t a whole lot of magic when your head is stopped up and you feel like you’ve been on the Mad Tea Party before you’re even in Fantasyland.

If you aren’t sick, protect yourself while you are here. You will spend all day touching things that other people have been touching. I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with me, and I will use it often. I’ll use it after I’ve touched the finger scanner, after a ride, if I open a door, and pretty much after I’ve touched anything. Some people might think that I’m a bit excessive, but I’d rather be excessive than sick.

Hand washing seems to be a lost art. When I worked in food service a long time ago we were required to thoroughly wash our hands often with warm, soapy water. My manager suggested quietly singing Happy Birthday twice to make sure that we washed our hands long enough. It seemed to help, we were a pretty healthy crew. I still do that at Walt Disney World, especially during the cold and flu season.

I don’t have to tell you what precautions to take in order to not get sick. All I’m trying to say is that you need to make sure that you do them. No one wants to leave Walt Disney World with an extra souvenir. If you know that there are germs from all over the planet at Walt Disney World, you will be more likely to take the extra precautions. And again, if you’re sick, reschedule. You want to have good memories of your trip, not memories of how sick you were.