How to NOT Get Sick at Universal Orlando – and what to do if you do

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No one wants to be sick on vacation, but it does happen. So, it makes sense to want to protect yourself when you visit Universal Orlando Resort. What should do to not get sick when you visit? From resort room tips to what to bring into the park, here’s how to not get sick at Universal Orlando – and what to do if it happens. 

Universal Orlando mistakes: Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida entrance.

Disclosure: in no way is this post meant to freak you out or to speak negatively against Universal Orlando Resort. It’s to help you prepare and prevent from getting sick. No shade, Universal. Promise. 

Truth? I’ve been at Universal Orlando. And, while it wasn’t pleasant, I mean, it makes sense. Guests are bringing in germs from all over the world and, without the resistance against them, I’m bound to catch a bug here and there. But, full disclosure, I don’t get sick every time I visit. Not even close. And, even more, I’ve learned what to pack for both the theme parks and my resort room to make me, and my family, more comfortable. 

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1. Carry Hand Sanitizer or Sanitizing Wipes

If you can’t make your way to the restroom, hand sanitizer and hand wipes are a good alternative. We like to carry a small bottle that has a clip and attach it on the outside of our backpack or park bag so it’s extra handy – and there’s no excuse for not using it. 

2. Wash Your Hands More than You Think You’ll Need to

As a general rule, if you’ve touched something at Universal Orlando, chances are thousands of other guests have that day. So, wash your hands frequently. Happily, Universal Orlando has bathrooms located all over the parks. 

If you have smaller children, make sure they wash their hands after every trip to the bathroom, after playing at playgrounds, and after using Universal  transportation. 

Also to note: really try to keep your hands off your face – it’s a great way to avoid getting sick. 

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3. Stay Away from Sick People

You know that sound and look of someone with a cold/flu: coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and a general look of malaise. So, if you see the signs of illness, keep your distance. I’m happy to move to keep from getting sick. 

4. Get a Flu Shot – or Pneumonia Shot

Prevention is the key to getting common viruses and funk, so if a flu shot has a remote chance of keeping me from getting ill, I’m down. If you’re within age range of needing a pneumonia vaccine, check with your doctor and get one, too. 

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5. Drink Plenty of Water

Not only will staying hydrated keep you feeling better in general, but it’s a must-do when you’re in the hot, Central Florida sun. 

For Universal Orlando, you’re allowed two bring in a maximum of two liters of bottles water. If you drink it and need more hydration, any place that sells fountain drinks can give you free glasses of water and ice. 

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6. Stay Away from the Sweet Treats

You may find this surprising, but eating refined sugar can suppress your immune system temporarily for a few hours after ingestion. And, yes, it’s very hard to resist all of those delicious Universal sweets. So, consider snacking on fruit and veggies instead. 


7. Apply Sunscreen Frequently

While you may not think of having a sunburn as being ill, I’ve been and it makes me feel wretched. It’s hard to sleep and move, I get chills, and I just feel gross. So, having learned my lesson, I avoid harmful sun rays by keeping protected -and that means using the highest SPF I can find. 

Guest rooms at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

8. How to NOT Get Sick at Universal Orlando: Resort & Hotel Room Tips

We tend to road trip to WDW, so it’s easy to pack extra items for comfort – and one of them is Lysol spray. I know the rooms get cleaned well, but I like to spray down the handles, toilet, and room door just for extra protection. 

9. Nix the Housekeeping

If we’re not staying long, we also like to decline room cleanings, keeping folks out of our room. The less folks in the room, the less potential for germs. Dig?

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10. Watch Out for Buffets

Again with this, but if you’ve touched a serving spoon, chances are others have. If you have, grab that hand sanitizer or wash your hands before you dig in. 


What to Do if You Get Sick at Universal Orlando

Depending on the severity, you have several options. Each theme park has a first aid center. I’ve popped in for a headache and was given medication, for bandages when I had a blister, etc. It’s also a place to rest if you’re completely exhausted. There’s also first aid centers at Volcano Bay and CityWalk, too.

For both parks and Volcano Bay, the centers are near its front entrance. CityWalk’s is close to Cold Stone Creamery. 

If it’s something more serious, but not life threatening, ask for the nearest urgent care center. I had to go once when I caught the flu. If you don’t have a vehicle, you’ll have to call for an Uber or Lyft. 

Of course, if it’s something serious and life threatening, please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member for help. They’ve been trained in critical care and can assist you. 

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