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Topic: Getting sick at Disneyland

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tashajilek
Wed 1/2/2013 12:57p
I was really paranoid this trip because i have been sick at least twice at Disneyland in the past few years. I thought i was prepared with my flu shot, multi vitamins, airbourne, washing my hands and hand sanitizer. The parks were very busy and full of coughing people and of course i got sick again at Disneyland. The trip was pretty lousy and the cold weather really didnt help much. With outrageous prices, the crowds and how i always seem to catch something at Disneyland i cant say i am rushing to go back any time soon. I travel a lot on airplanes and to other places and never get sick anywhere else.


Does anyone else seem to catch anything from the parks?



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skinnerbox
Wed 1/2/2013 1:11p
In the past 5 to 7 years, I've gotten sick at WDW when I've stayed on property. And these trips are all the same time length, and usually the same resort (POR).

The last time I was at WDW, however, I used some Marriott points and stayed at the Village on the other side of I-4. Surprise... I didn't get sick. Same length of stay, same basic go-to-the-parks behavior, same airline, etc. But I didn't get sick. And I don't get sick typically when flying to other destinations on the east coast.

I've determined that it's the resort stay on property that's doing it, not the visits in the parks nor the 5 hour flight from SFO. And FWIW, I never got sick in the nineties when staying at Wilderness Lodge nor about 10 years ago when I've stayed a few times at AKL. Getting sick has been a more recent phenomenon.


I'm going to blame cost cutting measures regarding room cleaning. The guest rooms are probably overgrown petri dishes that rarely get major sanitizing from top to bottom.




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tashajilek
Wed 1/2/2013 1:20p
"In the past 5 to 7 years, I've gotten sick at WDW when I've stayed on property. And these trips are all the same time length, and usually the same resort (POR). "

I find the longer the stay i get sick. If i go for short trips i dont get sick. Glad that you stayed somewhere new and it seemed to work out. I dont think i will ever be going to Disneyland any longer than a few days now.
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Dabob2
Wed 1/2/2013 1:41p
I've read a couple of places that the one thing you REALLY ought to sanitize in a hotel room (that people rarely think of) is the TV remote. Obviously, people have their hands all over it, and possibly multiple people if a family's staying in the room.

Apparently, it's even more important in a hospital room - again, people don't tend to think of it, but a lot of bad stuff is spread in hospitals via the remotes.
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Dabob2
Wed 1/2/2013 1:42p
I should add: hotel staffs are supposed to sanitize sink handles, toilet handles, doorknobs, etc. - but many places don't require it of the remote.
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mele
Wed 1/2/2013 2:17p
I choose not to think of the germs in the hotel rooms. It's the only way I avoid going into full-blown panic.

I got a bit sick after my trip in October (nothing DayQuil couldn't keep under control) but I assumed it was from being constantly on the run with little sleep.
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tashajilek
Wed 1/2/2013 2:44p
"but I assumed it was from being constantly on the run with little sleep."

Thats the thing too, it's really hard to take it easy on a Disney vacation. When i got sick i stayed for a few hours then went to the hotel for rest and went back later. It probably didnt help it was very busy and the time of year people get sick.
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mawnck
Wed 1/2/2013 2:54p
>>I thought i was prepared with my flu shot, multi vitamins, airbourne, washing my hands and hand sanitizer. <<

Other than washing your hands, none of these things do squat doodle for the common cold.

Common colds have a couple days gestation period. If you flew, then it's just as likely you got sick on the plane, regardless of what happens when you're going anywhere else. You traveled during cold season and you got a cold. Don't blame Disneyland.

And even if you did get sick at the Park, what do you propose they do about it?
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CuriousConstance
Wed 1/2/2013 3:04p
On about two of our maybe 5 trips to the parks in the last several years we got sick not long after coming home. One time it was a horrible, terrible "cold" that dragged on and on and on. Second time it was just a regular cold. But I mean, all those people and railings you walk through to get on rides, and with small kids forgeting about not putting their hands all over their face after touching so many public places, it's really to be expected.
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tashajilek
Wed 1/2/2013 3:30p
"And even if you did get sick at the Park, what do you propose they do about it?"

Huh? when did i say they should do anything?? what could they do? im just saying for me i dont think i will bother going much anymore because i seem to get sick often while visiting.


"If you flew, then it's just as likely you got sick on the plane,"

It's possible, but with a 2 hour flight im not so sure. I fly a good 6 times a year and never get sick anywhere else but Disneyland. One time we drove and got sick too.

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