Case Study -Disney Children's Hospital

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children

lion king“What is there was a place where entire families coping with a threatening childhood illness could find comfort as well as medical expertise? What if that place was more like home ad the physicians more like family? What if a child could be ill but still play and act like a child?”

This is a quote from the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children website and it says it all. It addresses the key factors that every children’s hospital should strive for. The moment you enter the three story lobby of the hospital, a sense of comfort will come to the child. Immediately greeting the children and their family is a calming nature environment with many Disney movie characters such as, Flounder and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and Timon and Pumba from The Lion King. There goal was to create a space that was engaging and therapeutic through a world a fantasy, imagination, and adventure for both patient and family. Engaging features such as musical step pads that allow them to generate jungle sounds, and virtual fishing allows them to catch fish distract the children.





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Children’s Hospital Features:
  • Private family-centered rooms
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Advanced Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Transplant Services


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Future Additions The plan is to add 15,000 sqft that will be make up seven floors and increase the pediatric beds from 150 to 200 by early 2011. The concepts used in the lobby will be carried into the units and patient rooms with themes, colors, and sounds. The children and their families will be able to interact with hospital as if they are in the Disney movie. Many other features will be added such as, family lounges in each unit, large windows in each room to allow natural light, family centered care, and a child friendly emergency department.


Child Friendly Emergency Department
There were three concepts used in creating this area:
  • A scare free zone of quality care
  • A caring staff who will put your child at ease
  • Child sized care for child of all ages

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