I carry an EpiPen at Disney, here’s everything I’ve learned

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While I carry an Epipen for my allergy, there are other versions like the Adrenaclick and Auvi-Q. For my Allergy friends, we know these are used in case of anaphylaxis.

Thankfully I’ve never had a severe reaction at Disney, but here are some things I’ve learned along the way while asking questions and planning for trips.

One Allergy Myth I hear all the time: Disney has it’s own Ambulance at each park

Actually: Disney has dedicated first aid centers (many staffed with nurses and EMS) at the Parks. You should always call 911, then find a cast member to let them know.

First Aid Centers are marked on the maps with a cross:

  • Magic Kingdom at the end of Main Street USA closest to the Castle and to the left (near Baby Care Center). It’s in between Adventureland and Main Street USA, sandwiched between Casey’s Corner and Crystal Palace.
  • EPCOT in the Odyssey Building near Baby Care Center. Its across the walkway from Mexico.
  • Hollywood Studios at the immediate entrance of the park on the left hand side. It’s in an alcove by Guest Services (this one is easy to miss).
  • Animal Kingdom is tucked in a hallway with the Baby Care Center. If you have walked into Animal Kingdom and see the Tree of Life, head on the walkway going left follow it with a slight bend to the right, before entering Africa it will be on the left (immediately passed Creature Comforts and across from Terra Treats).
  • Typhoon Lagoon is further inside the park on the left side of the park, near the main quick service Leaning Palms. You’ll need to walk inside, make a left at the shops/lockers/bathrooms, another left onto the walkway that circles the park, and you’ll find it tucked on the left hand side of Leaning Palms.
  • Blizzard Beach is on the left hand side immediately passed the shops as you walk inside. It’s near the main quick serve Lottawatta Lodge.
  • Disney Springs does not have a First Aid listed

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Carrying in the Heat at Disney

Disney gets hot hot and Auto Injectors need to be kept at room temperature to work best. Epipen safety and storage guidelines recommends “a temperature of 20-25 °C (68-77 °F); however, temperature excursions between 15-30 ºC (59-86 ºF) are permitted”

So you’ll need an insulated container for your trip if you come between late February and December as it’s not uncommon to see temps in the high 70s and low 80s even in Autumn and Winter.

Since different Auto Injectors can be different sizes, be sure to grab a carrying case that fits your specific injector. So if you have Auvi-Q, search on amazon for an Auvi-q case.

For my epipen, I have a compact waist option like this one, and then a solid case I use for roadtrips (I never leave it in the car, but it’s more robust). You could bring either of these into Disney!

I also use a small lunchbox with an ice pack that I throw in my backpack for when I’m going to be at the parks on a hot day.

And I also use my own bags, where I’ll just throw it in an insulated sleeve, put it in my bag and be sure to keep an eye on the temp.

Should you bring an ice pack? You can, and Disney has some guidelines on that. It need to be either a small bag of ice they can see into (no coolers of ice) or an ice pack. For Disney, I’d recommend a box of the instant ice packs so you don’t have to worry about cooling it from one day to the next.

If you are new to the florida heat, a temperature gage inside your insulated epipen bag helps too. Many of them come with that, but if not, you can grab one to add to your bag.

Personally I make sure that I take breaks in the A/C when I start to feel hot. If I’m hot, my epipen might be hot, and we can both stay cool together!

Carrying on the Rides

You can (and Should!) carry your bags in every line at Disney. The only ride you have a locker for your bag on the ride is Tron (but there is a small phone storage option on tron).

On all the other rides, you’ll keep your bag with you the entire time.

People do eat in line, so keep that in mind.

The only ride I get uncomfortable on is the Safari Ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. With only one cast member on the ride (who is also driving), I’ve seen people eat on the ride. I’ve also been on the ride when an animal has walked in the path and I’ve needed to sit for 10 minutes while they move. I don’t skip it, but I do take all the factors into consideration for how I’m feeling that day.

Carrying at the Water Parks

The Water Parks are the hardest for me to carry my Epi. This comes down to ride restrictions (many don’t want you to have shoes, bags etc) and also worry about damage/water damage as the auto injector I have isn’t water proof.

So about half the rides at the Water Parks need you to have no bags on you, the other half are find.

I should have a better solution, but I’ve struggled to find a water proof, insulated, small bag that I can carry in the Florida Heat and not worry about water damage.

In lieu of a good solution, What I do (and you need to decide your own comfort level), is move my bag around the park with me. I try to leave my bag near the ride exit, which I feel comfortable with as most lines are less than 15 minutes. I do take my bag with me on other rides like the lazy river.

Another thing i’ve noticed is that no one is eating in lines at the Water Parks. We’re all wet and no one has bags in line (unlike at the four disney theme parks) and that makes it easier.

FAQ

Does Disney have EpiPens/Auto Injectors at the Parks?

Yes, They added these in 2014. On the original roll out, the EpiPens were marked on the map. Now, they are no longer marked on the maps, but you can still find them at the First Aid Centers.

Allergic Living did an post in 2014 about adding the Epipens to the parks and how they were on the map. Here are three screenshots from 2024 where they are no longer marked on the map (both regular and disability guide), the Disney App and the Search feature in the Disney App.

Do you need a Doctors note for bringing in EpiPens/Auto Injectors at the Parks?

Nope. Disney won’t ask for a Doctor’s note if you are bringing it inside the parks.

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