Physical Examination Required to Enter Disney Parks

Going to Disney World is a physically demanding task. In fact, many people say a week-long trip to Disney is more exhausting than climbing Mount Everest. Disney is even creating a game show like Wipeout inside the parks as we reported here to highlight this notion. Because of how physically demanding going to Disney is, they are now requiring a doctor’s physical examination before entering the park.

Disney World will require physical examination to enter
Disney World will require a physical examination to enter. Original photo via tiege.com

Oftentimes when someone wants to play a sport, they are required to take a sports physical. This ensures that it’s safe for the athlete to play the sport. They check things like height, weight, blood pressure, listen to your heart and lungs, and so on. The premise is to ensure you are healthy enough to participate in athletics. Disney World is taking this approach for visiting their parks.

Why is Disney Requiring Physicals?

For 50 years, Disney World has not required a physical to enter the parks. However, things are now changing. This is primarily due to an increase in health issues across their parks. In fact, there has been a rise in health-related incidents inside Disney World parks. In fact, in 2022, there was a 250% increase in health-related injuries at Disney. This could be guests fainting to even injuries on rides, like the man who lost his hands on Space Mountain as we reported here.

Increase in injuries at Disney leads to required physical to enter park
An increase in injuries at Disney leads to required physical to enter the parks. Photo via Melanie Evans

A 250% increase in injuries at Disney World is significant. So what is causing that? Each year, Disney trips get more intense. With Disney adding more rides, the addition of Genie+, and longer park hours, a day at Disney is no longer relaxing. Guests are going to bed later and waking up earlier, causing them to get less sleep. Also, guests are walking almost triple the amount of steps in 2023 as they did back in 2003. Clearly, the physical intensity of visiting Disney World is far greater than what it once was. A trip to Disney requires guests to be in peak physical condition.

What is Disney Requiring for a Physical Examination?

You’ll need to visit a certified doctor to have your physical exam done. Disney will require guests to have a physical done every 4 years to be up to date and enter their parks. The My Disney Experience app will have a portal to connect to their health provider. This allows you to update your physical status with Disney.

Update physical exams in My Disney Experience app
Update physical exams in My Disney Experience app

If you don’t have a physical exam connected to your My Disney Experience account, Disney may prevent you from entering the park. There’s no guarantee that they will stop you, however, when scanning your MagicBand, they’ll see you’re not up to date on your physical. If they see this as a concern, they will not let you go inside the park until you have a physical done. However, there’s good news. For those who can’t see a doctor for a physical or forget, Disney will help.

Disney will offer on-site physicals for those who don’t have one in their system. It will take 5-10 minutes to complete. They will sync it with your My Disney Experience account and you will be allowed in the park. Of course, Disney will let you pay to skip the lines for your physical, much like the new Lightning Lanes for Starbucks. This may be helpful as Disney anticipates wait times for these physicals to be 1-2 hours or more.

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