Disney World can be magical and fun and exciting, but it can also be NASTY.
Umm…what? Well, there are some very gross problems you might encounter when you’re in the parks, and we want to make sure that you’re prepared. (No matter how disgusting they may be!) So grab that hand sanitizer and those disinfecting wipes, because we’re diving into the list of nasty Disney World problems that you aren’t prepared for.
Sweat. Lots of Sweat.
Florida is HOT most of the year, and humid for just as long. Let’s be honest here — you will sweat like you’ve never sweat before (unless you literally live in a rainforest). And if you’re not prepared for that reality, it can be a little jarring.
You’ll want to make sure that you pack your best antiperspirant, and wear clothing that is light and breathable. (Now is not the time for the heavy fabrics or the colors that show sweat stains!) Take plenty of breaks in the air conditioning throughout the day, and drink lots of water…and we mean LOTS. It’s very easy to get dehydrated when you’re sweating so much.
And speaking of problems caused by the Florida heat and humidity, we have to mention everyone’s worst friend — chafing. This is one of those issues that will get uncomfortable VERY quickly if not handled properly, so come prepared with clothing and shoes that fit well and can handle a lot of steps.
We also like to recommend anti-chafing sticks for those who are prone to this issue, and if you’re wearing a skirt or dress, it’s probably not a bad idea to wear slip shorts or biker shorts underneath. That’ll save you a lot of misery at the end of the day!
Germs, Germs, and More Germs
Oh buddy, there are germs EVERYWHERE in Disney World. We’ve come home from the parks with a little bit of sickness more than once in the past, and that’s likely due to the sheer volume of people and the proximity in which you will encounter those people.
If you’re concerned about sickness, bring along your chosen vitamins (including that Vitamin C!) and wash your hands often with soap and water. It’s also probably a good idea to keep hand sanitizer in your bag at all times.
Everything is Sticky
There are a lot of sticky foods in Disney World and there are equally as many sticky guests. Especially children! Combine sugary sweets with sticky fingers that want to touch every surface imaginable, and you get sticky handrails, tables, doorknobs, and much more.
If you don’t want to continue asking the question “ew, what is THAT?” every time you sit down at a table, we suggest packing some wet wipes to swipe those surfaces clean before touching. They’ll also be good for keeping your family’s hands clean after those melty Mickey bars.
The Disappointing Toilet Paper
Time to talk about something we’re all thinking but nobody will say…the toilet paper in Disney World leaves much to be desired! It’s thin, wispy, rips too easily, and isn’t great at umm, doing its job. (If you know what we mean.) We suppose that when you’re buying TP for as many bathrooms as there are in Disney World, the price point makes a big difference, but that doesn’t mean that we like it.
So what should you do? Well, for your hotel room, it’s pretty easy to pack your own or have it delivered with a grocery delivery service. And if you’re really dedicated, you can keep a roll or some wipes in your park bag as well.
Sunburn and All Its Horrendous Consequences
What’s one of the consequences of spending all day in that Florida sun? The dreaded sunburn! And if you find yourself turning pink partway through the day, you may later discover that you’re peeling, blistering, and quite uncomfortable for the rest of your trip. Nobody wants that!
Thankfully, the solution for this one is obvious. Make sure to apply (and re-apply!) sunscreen anytime you go outside, and you might want to pack some aloe just in case. That way, if the sunburn sneaks up on you, you’re still prepared with a solution. If you forget these products, you’ll also be able to find them in select gift shops and at First Aid locations.
One of the most absolutely uncomfortable things we’ve encountered during our many visits to Disney World is a pair of wet, squishy socks. If you’re the type to wear close-toed shoes to the parks, you may run into this issue frequently after those midday rainstorms or a ride on Kali River Rapids.
For those days when the weather forecast is showing cloudy skies, bring a backup pair of shoes to wear during the rain or the water rides. It might also be helpful to carry a dry pair of socks just in case. You will be surprised at how refreshed you feel once you change!
Speaking of socks and shoes, let’s talk blisters! If you can help it, avoid wearing new shoes in Disney World at all costs. Breaking in those new kicks on a 20,000-step day will probably lead to some pretty nasty blisters!
And if you’re unsure about your shoes, pack some bandaids or moleskin to fix any problems. This is another instance where a bonus pair of socks will come in handy too!
Finally, we’ve got to talk about the most dreaded issue — getting sick! You’re probably eating a lot more fried food and a lot fewer vegetables during your vacation. Couple that with rides that may make you sick, and you might encounter some stomach problems. Have some solutions handy, drink lots of water, and be careful about what you eat and ride if you’re susceptible.
And for other sicknesses, don’t be afraid to visit First Aid or a nearby Urgent Care center if you’re truly feeling bad. In that case, you definitely shouldn’t be visiting the theme parks, and some rest in the hotel room will do you a lot of good!
There are some great ways to prevent dealing with most of these problems (sorry, we can’t do much about the sweat!), and as long as you think ahead, you should be able to minimize the nastiness. And if you have any medical-related issues in the parks, you’re always welcome to visit First Aid or the Baby Care Center to get the necessary supplies and care.
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Which of these problems have you dealt with in Disney World? Tell us in the comments!
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