November 3, 2016, 11:11 AM ·
If you get hurt or sick, where can you go for free health care? A theme park!
No, we don't recommend relying on theme park first aid centers for your primary care, life-threatening emergencies or anything else that happens outside of a park. But if you are visiting Disney World, Universal, or some other theme park and start feeling ill, or find yourself hurting in the middle of the day, don't hesitate to seek out the park's first aid center, or just ask a park employee for help.
We've got stories about the guy trying to rent a wheelchair at Disney World while his grandmother was passing out from the heat and the time a certain someone enjoyed at lunch at Disneyland Paris' fanciest restaurant while flying on what seemed like the park's entire supply of muscle relaxants. Good times all around.
And even though free first aid is a nice perk in a country with the world's most expensive health care, any time spent in first aid is time not riding rides or enjoying the rest of the park. So we wrap the episode with some advice on how you can avoid having to use the parks' free health care so that you can enjoy the attractions that parks are actually known for, instead.
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And seriously, drink lots of water on your way to and when you are in the park. It helps.