The following is an abridged and unedited page from my upcoming book, Vacationing With Food Allergies at Disney. Though you might not have food allergies, there's still some very helpful planning information, because who doesn't get hurt at times on vacation?
Finding First Aid
Disney is well equipped to handle emergencies. Each of the theme parks also has a first aid station. What you’ll find there, is they are able to handle anything from rashes or chemical burns (like from a sunscreen your kid’s face didn’t like!) to headaches, those lovely pollen allergies Florida always seems to have, and just about any of the minor things you might need, including scrapes, sprains, and other injuries. Just don’t expect a Mickey bandaid! Sorry kids, they are plain flesh toned.
All first aid stations are staff by a nurse, be it a Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Licensed Practical Nurse, or some combination of the three, all working for the local hospital system. They are very helpful and caring. More than once we’ve been offered a quiet place to rest or even lie down if needed. And for various little things, we’ve been given a dose for now, a dose for later, or multiple little packets of cream.
Obviously, just because there IS a first aid station fully stocked does not mean you should leave your epipens at home. And, it’s likely you travel with a few meds too. If there’s something you need non urgently, your resort gift shop will likely sell it. We also tend to travel with quite a few first aid essentials, just because. Let’s be honest…it’s always something!
First Aid Essentials
Here’s what I usually put in my mini first aid kit.
I make a small sandwich sized Ziploc bag with a portable kit. A few advil, some bandaids, etc, just to throw in my park bag. I’ve used it more than once.
Last year it was drizzling and our shoes were a bit wet as we stood in line at Space Ranger Spin. There was a child swinging on the bars, maybe ten or so. She was almost my size, so when she slipped off the bars and fell right into me, her body filled with momentum, it literally knocked me over. Thankfully, I didn’t fall on my kids. However, I got a deep gash on my ankle from her shoe, watched as she started swinging into the opposite direction, completely unaware, and cleaned and covered my ankle before we got on the ride.
That mini kit really comes in handy for headaches from the heat, minor skinned knees, or the other little things that you don’t want to be bothered to get out of line for.
For the budget side, I like being able to reach for my own inexpensive products, instead of paying a few dollars for a dose of medicine at the giftshop, or a big bundle for a tube of anti itch cream.
What do you pack in your mini first aid kit?
You guys know there's nothing I love more than FREE money for Disney! It's how our family of four can save BIG on trips to Disney even though just like you guys, our salaries aren't. (And let's be honest, since the pandemic, who has a lot of extra? Everything costs more!)
So, wouldn't $10, $50 or even some fun swag for the kids be AWESOME? Yep! Keep reading.
It's not often you get money totally FREE for reading FREE bedtime stories!
When I heard about this, I HAD to share. Full disclosure, I write for this company, BUT they are being so incredibly generous with this referral program, I got permission to share who they are, what they do, and how YOU can plump up your piggy bank a bit as you save for your next Disney trip. I'm so super envious I can't join, but I want you to be able to!
I'll bet your kids have shelves full of books right? Who doesn't love a story? But do those same stories get a little tiresome, for both you and the kids? What if every night, for FREE a bedtime story was emailed over. Something super cute, like this:
(The details on how to get $10 or $50 or other free goodies is after the story!)
Okay, so now that you've seen there are quality... (and yes, I wrote this one! You can click here to find a little more about what I do as a writer and editor) Let me tell you how you can get the CASH FOR DISNEY!!
As I've already said, it's FREE to sign up for the stories. Stories are delivered every night at the exact same time in your email inbox, just at the perfect moment to share for a snuggle before bedtime or during.
But, by telling others are the stories (that are FREE) and having them sign up with your referral code, you can get some awesome swag and money! What could you buy for $10 or $50 at Target or Amazon in prep for your trip?
Snacks? What about maybe new sneakers? Maybe it's time to get new Park bag essentials?
It's SUPER easy to earn this guys! How big is your family? Got a brother or sister with kids who can sign up? The other moms at playgroup? Your friends at church or the gym? I bet you could get people to sign up easily! All you have to do is tell them it's FREE, book store quality stories, delivered each week night to their email. Easy, peasy. Register, confirm the email and that's IT.
I'm passionate about children reading, and I'm not alone. Watch this short video from the creator of Story Tyke.
I can't wait for you to get your first story! There have been some AWESOME ones! Every night is different! You can click here to read a little more about the people who make StoryTyke happen. You'll even get to see a little image of me!
2020 was pretty crazy, but a lot of good things came out of it. Let's start planning out 2021 or 2022 trip now. Come back and let me know how much you were able to stick in your savings with this trick!
Click on any of the images above to visit StoryTyke or, just click here!
Reading your children stories has never been so rewarding! (Pun totally intended!)
That's my favorite quote. My 8 year old also uses it quite often.
We've a special surprise for you readers today, too. Danielle Jaycox is a gifted graphic artist and writer, who, like those of us here, has a soft spot for all things Disney.
As a special gift, she's giving Disney Magic Mommy Readers a bunch of TOTALLY FREE Wallpapers and Live Wallpapers!
Danielle can make wallpapers out of anything. Family photos, ideas stuck on your head, whatever you are imagining, she can probably create it.
I have done graphic design and writing for almost 14 years. I take pride in helping people make their vision come true, whether it is for something as simple as an invitation or complex as a website for their business. I make wallpapers mostly for fun. I love being able to help people personalize, and since wallpapers are something we see so often I love being able to help make it something that puts a smile on someone's face.
I do any kind of wallpapers, including taking family pictures and editing them for mobile platforms. I also provide personalized graphics for anything from social media, banners, business cards, and anything one can imagine. I would be glad to take request for favorite characters, quotes, etc! I most only ask for a review on my facebook business page.
So I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE wallpapers! For my phone or for my computer, I'm crazy about them. Danielle was amazing enough to offer a ton of them for you guys! Just right click to save, and please, stop by and let her know if you liked them! I've also uploaded the files, just in case it works better for you that way. The ones that say MP4, are the live wallpapers.
Ages ago I posted about my awesome DIY Disney word artwork. Now, I've discovered another amazing way to also create FREE DIsney art. Using Adobe Spark, you can not only access loads of royalty free images, but you can also create just in text and colors custom sized graphics. These can be downloaded, turned into prints through a place like Shutterfly or used online. Here are a few I've made. Obviously...Disney themed.
I've had a bare spot on a short hallway wall that's had a small hole from someone pushing a popped nail in for quite some time. I have been wondering what to do, and I think a bunch of these would be great. I'm planning a variety of sizes, but all in the same color scheme, something that's easy to do at Adobe Spark! I just don't know what I want yet!
You can frame these, or glue them onto canvases. They look so fancy, no one would know how cheap they are!
If you have fun and make a few, let me know!
If you are mourning the loss of the Halloween Party, we have a small DIY for you. No, it's not quite as fun as enjoying the real thing, but if you have kiddos or someone else who is heartbroken about not attending, this might be just the ticket!
Right now, Target has these awesome small treat bags in their dollar spot. There's a cute pumpkin, an awesome teal allergy friendly bag and some others. I only bought these two. They are only $1 and will go fast, which is why I'm sharing this now!
Buy a few bags, fill them with your favorite treats, and either keep for yourself, or boo your neighbors and coworkers! These are the perfect size to hold small toys or plush as well with sturdy little handles!
I want to see what you've put in yours!