Disneyland with Asthma: Tips for Fire Season and Smog

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Disneyland air quality is a top concern for those struggling with asthma or other health conditions that make breathing difficult. Fire season at Disneyland and smog is a constant concern in Southern California. I put together this guide to help, especially if you’re going to Disneyland with asthma or other breathing related issues.

Disneyland air quality is a top concern for those struggling with asthma or other health conditions that make breathing difficult. Fire season at Disneyland and smog is a constant concern in Southern California. I put together this guide to help, especially if you're going to Disneyland with asthma or other breathing related issues.

Keeping reading for tips on staying healthy during your visit to Disneyland, even when asthma or other health issues collide with fire season and area smog. This article is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult with your physician before traveling or using any recommended products. 

Fires in Southern California and near Disneyland often cause panic for parents who worry about breathing conditions. If you or your child has asthma, this information will help you plan a better Disneyland vacation.

Disneyland Air Quality

How is Disneyland’s air quality with nearby fires? Unfortunately wildfires are common occurrence in Southern California. Even fires that are not close to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California can pose a risk to healthy air quality. Even when nearby fires and air quality does not affect park operations, many people are concerned about breathing conditions when vacationing and being outside for extended hours at Disneyland. I like using WeatherBug to track the air quality near Disneyland and Anaheim, CaliforniaAnaheim Disneyland air quality

Where is the fire near Disneyland? It’s hard to keep track during fire season, but you can be sure Cal Fire is on it. Be sure to check current fires here. You’ll see a map like this showing active fires, burn zones, controlled fires and more. Remember smoke can travel a long way, especially with Southern California’s Santa Ana winds. fire near Disneyland map

Will Disneyland close because of the fire or bad air quality? Not likely. In 2017 the sky was covered in smoke and raining down ash on Disneyland—the parks operated as normal. Even when there was a small structural fire at Disneyland itself, the fire only closed a limited area.

Packing for Disneyland with Asthma

Smoke and fire in Southern California.
Smoke and fire in Southern California.

If you’re flying into LAX or another nearby airport, remember to keep essential medications in your carry-on luggage. If you or your child uses a nebulizer, consider purchasing this portable nebulizer, which can even be used with medication. Along with the above suggestions have this check-list handy:

Disneyland with Asthma inside the Parks

  • If you or your child has severe asthma or you’re visiting the Disneyland Resort with very limited time due to Disneyland fires or smog, consider visiting Guest Services to inquire about special assistance.
  • First Aid Station and Baby Care Centers are available for a quiet area to rest and/or administer medication.

“Nurses are available during normal park operating hours to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages and other quick remedies so you can continue enjoying your visit. If you’re unable to walk to a First Aid location, please tell the nearest Cast Member and a nurse may be able to assist you in the parks.” -Disney First Aid

I also suggest limiting your time outdoors, if possible. Many attractions are inside, especially at California Adventure Park where you could spend hours inside the Animation Academy building, watching the Frozen show and so much more.

Smoke and Smog at Disneyland doesn’t need to drag you down. Join on-going discussions about area fires and air conditions at Disneyland with Kids Facebook group. This article is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult with your physician before traveling or using any recommended products. 

Screenshot of Jay Larson's photo Disneyland Fire.
Screenshot of Jay Larson’s photo Disneyland Fire.

Postponing Your TripDisneyland Main Street

When you can’t risk your health, sometimes you must postpone your Disneyland vacation. This article details how to get refunds or credit on items like airfare, hotels, Disneyland tickets and more. It will help take some of the stress out of an unfortunate circumstance. Are you traveling to Disneyland with asthma or special conditions and are concerned about fires near Disneyland or air quality? Please share your comments and concerns below so we can all help each other have a successful Disneyland trip!

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