Hand sanitizer stations?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by heather13, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. cajunprincess

    cajunprincess DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2009
    I agree. I am a huge hand washer, but it's not always possible. My favorite example is when I get gas. I feel gross after that.

    I just think people are being a tad over zealous on a question that just asked if there was sanitizer around the parks...
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  3. ccgirl

    ccgirl DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2009
    Personally, I NEVER use those stations. Have you ever seen anyone cough in their hands then touch the station? I only carry my own little bottle of hand sanitizer with me.
  4. MyGirlLovesTink

    MyGirlLovesTink Mouseketeer

    Apr 4, 2010
    I will always choose to wash my hands first before eating or anytime I am in a washroom. If for whatever reason, it is inconvenient to go wash your hands right at that moment, I think wet wipes would be better than hand sanitizer since you are in fact wiping the germs off your hands?
  5. xipotec

    xipotec Grinning Ghosts

    Feb 16, 2011
    Facts are people do not wash their hands so hand sanitizer is better than nothing.
    People will use hand sanitizer if avaiable.

    Now the question of using it PROPERLY, thats another case all together.
  6. Frikadela

    Frikadela Earning My Ears

    Jan 18, 2012
    Wow weird coincidence I actually referenced both of these in my essay. 100% agree hand sanitizers just don't cut the mustard when compared with good old fashioned soap and water
  7. GenieCat

    GenieCat DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2007
  8. dvcwannabe

    dvcwannabe Mouseketeer

    Feb 12, 2003
    Oh boy, the problem is not with me washing my hands with soap and water, but....all the people who do NOT wash their hands properly or at all for that matter. Way too many people using the restroom, messing with their nose and goodness know what else, and not washing THEIR hands.
  9. Beyerfamily

    Beyerfamily Earning My Ears

    Sep 30, 2012
    I was wondering the same thing!!! Thanks for asking!!!:offtopic:
  10. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    You're much better off washing your hands. Using hand sanitizer should never be viewed as a substitute.
  11. Good Morning Dewdrop

    Good Morning Dewdrop Everything Is Awesome!

    Sep 17, 2009
    we're avid hand washers too but I had to laugh when I saw a big burly guy dressed as Jack Sparrow for a party (on the way over to MK on the ferry). He had a little thing of hand sanitizer clipped onto his backpack. Guess even tough pirates can't be too careful :lmao:
  12. MouseyMin

    MouseyMin DIS Veteran

    Sep 16, 2006
    I use hand sanitizer and then go straight to the restroom after the finger scan at the entrance to the parks. Imagine what's on those machines!!!
  13. Bagheera23608

    Bagheera23608 Bagheera23608

    Apr 9, 2009
    *sigh* Hand sanitizers are anti-BACTERIAL. Most bugs going around are VIRAL. You can use hand sanitizer till you are blue in the face and you can stil catch a virus. Now the good news is that you shouldn't get a bacterial infection, :lmao:

    I do use the stuff and I will be bringing it with me next time, mostly because it just makes me feel better to use, a placebo thing. I've worked with kids all day long for years now and I still get sick from time to time. In WDW you are exposed to so many viruses and infections you have no immunity too on top of being stressed and tired. It's quite surpring more folks don't sick.

    Wash your hands, keep em out of your mouth, use your hand sanitizer if you want, but relax and enjoy your trip to WALT DISNEY WORLD.
  14. chartle

    chartle DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2008
    The same stuff thats on every other surface that people touch at WDW? :confused3
  15. J3nn78

    J3nn78 DIS Veteran

    Jul 20, 2008
    Actually, we always do this. We sit down and order and then take turns going to the bathroom to wash.

    I never feel clean using sanitizer.

    We also head straight to wash up after any interactive rides like Buzz, TSM, etc...
  16. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    There is a reason we are seeing so many illnesses nowadays. We never saw this sort of issue 25 years ago. We all ate our 'pound of dirt' so to speak. The human body needs viruses and germs in order to function. But, now we have all these 'super cleansers' that kill everything in sight. And so, we never get exposed to any germs!!! I have a friend who also grabs the Purell as soon as they hand off the menus. Then, again before they actually eat. And??? She hates the public restrooms...breeding grounds for all sorts of bad stuff!!! So, no hand washing going on there!!!
    In all reality??? A good thorough hand washing is going to be enough. Teach your kids how to properly wash their hands..it will serve them well all through life.
    Do I carry hand sanitizer? Yes, I do. I have a small portable bottle on my handbag. And I usually use it after leaving the grocery store...hate what is probably on those cart handles. Then, a good wash when I get home.
    In WDW??? I try to keep my hands off all railings and grab bars. I tend to wash my hands much more often in WDW..maybe it's all the addtl water I drink, so I'm in the bathroom more than usual anyway. Who knows. But, I've never gotten sick at WDW. No one in my family has gotten sick while in WDW. Well, except for the one time my dd got really sick, but that was the day after we arrived...we had gone to the parks for a few hours upon arrival, went to bed, and then headed to DHS for a few hours when she spiked a fever!!! I highly doubt she got anything during those first 18 hrs.
  17. fla4fun

    fla4fun DIS Veteran

    Nov 12, 2006
    I carry the individually packaged Wet Ones towelettes. They have an ingredient that kills the norovirus. I can handle going to the parks with a cold, but not with a norovirus. I don't spend a lot of time washing hands in the parks, and I'm not particular about touching grab bars or rails - I just wash when I happen to be in the restroom, and use a Wet Ones right before dining (after handling any menus).

    The only hand sanitizer stand I've seen is at the Contempo Cafe, but I imagine they have them in some other locations. I don't like hand sanitizer myself - I picture myself having hands still covered in dirt and dead germs when I use sanitizer.
  18. dvc one day

    dvc one day Mouseketeer

    Mar 23, 2012
    I honestly don't know what is in those towelettes, but the CDC website states that the norovirus can only be killed by a certain concentration of bleach (I don't remember the concentration level required).

    Your best hope with the norovirus is that you are one of the approx 30% of people who are asymptomatic once being infected. :thumbsup2
  19. lucifie

    lucifie DIS Veteran

    Feb 14, 2012
    I'm glad they don't have those stations because my kids think they need to stop at them every. single. time they see one. I'm not a germaphobe at all and don't use sanitizer often, but I do use it occasionally. My kids probably have excellent immune systems, even with all the sanitizer they use in school, but what I want to know is why, if hand sanitizer is so bad, does every medical facility have sanitizer every 5 feet?
  20. dvc one day

    dvc one day Mouseketeer

    Mar 23, 2012
    I don't think hand sanitizers are bad. If I had to guess about having it every five feet in a medical facility, I would guess it's because doctors and nurses are going from patient to patient and the goal would be to prevent bacteria from transferring between patients.
  21. PaulaSB12

    PaulaSB12 DIS Veteran

    Oct 7, 2005
    When did we get so neurotic about germs and bugs? We now have viruses becoming immune to antibiotics because of the over use of them people are worried about touching a menu!!!! I have seen people on this board talking about using sanitising bombs to clean their hotel rooms before sleeping in them. We didn't become the dominant species on the planet by being neurotic lets not risk losing that for a little neurosis.

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