Summer is one of the most popular times to visit Walt Disney World Resort. Along with the larger crowds and longer lines come the higher temperatures. Don’t let this cause your blood to boil. Check out our tips for beating the heat at Disney and you’ll be one of the cool kids in no time!
Take some time before your trip to stock up on some gear that is guaranteed to make your trip cooler. This list of must have items will help make your summer trip to Walt Disney World easier. Purchasing staple items beforehand can also make it easier on your pocketbook. While most all of these items are available in Disney Parks they are usually overpriced.
Sunscreen/sunblock – this one can also double as your signature summer scent – it smells like the Polynesian Resort looks. Remember to grab one with a high SPF and reapply throughout the day
Hats – grab a hat for everyone in your party – it will help keep your face from being sunburned and keep the sun out of your eyes
Sunglasses – protect your eyes from the suns evil glare and look cool in all your photopass pics.
Cooling towels – run these under the sink before hopping in line and rewet them throughout the day – bonus cool down if you are under a fan (the Jungle Cruise and Expedition Everest queue are both covered and have fans).
Bandana/Sweat band – we like to use these to shade the back of our necks and to wipe the sweat from our eyes on those unbearably hot days.
Personal fan – carry your own personal a/c while you cruise the parks. This is another item you will definitely need and end up overpaying for at the parks. We like this version because it is hands free and hangs around your neck.
Water bottles – Bottled water at Disney is priced anywhere from $3-$5 for 16oz. On a hot day it can really add up trying to stay hydrated. Bring your own bottles instead and refill at the fountains – these bottles can be rolled up to save space when not in use and can be clipped to you daypack. If you are looking for an option to keep your water cool throughout the day a stainless steel water bottle might be more your speed.
Electrolyte drink– one of our “secrets” to staying well-hydrated during a hot day in the parks. Constant sweating can deplete important electrolytes and leave you dehydrated and sluggish. If you aren’t a fan of flavored water, stock up on some electrolyte tablets instead- they are a game changer when the temps are high.
Flip flops/sandals – having a decent pair of flip flops in your daypack to swap into midday is a great way to cool off. If your feet can handle it we recommend wearing flip flops the entire day. Some people experience extra swelling from the heat so closed toes shoes could be more convenient.
Be Smarter than the Sun
Hit the parks early during the coolest part of the day
We cannot stress this enough. If you are staying on property at a Walt Disney World resort, take advantage of the early morning magic hours. You can hit many of the popular attractions before the park begins to get crowded and it starts to heat up, with a little bit of planning. If you do not plan to park hop, we recommend that you use your FastPass+ for later in the day when the lines are longer and the sun is directly overhead.
Take a midday break
While it may seem counter-productive to leave the parks (no one wants to lose precious touring time, but trust us) a couple of hours of down-time will give you the energy boost you need to finish out the night. Head back to your resort for some pool time, a nap or just lounging around in the air-conditioned room. A nice shower and a clean tank top will do wonders for your mood.
Tour after the sun goes down
One of the best things about the heavier crowds during the summer months is that the parks are open later. Things cool down significantly once the sun sets and you can get in a good deal of touring between 6 and park closure. Tourists that have been in the parks since opening are starting to fade. Families with younger children start to head out as well. You may find the parks are less crowded than at rope drop, particularly when the park is open after 10pm.
Find some water
Spending the day at one of Disney’s waterparks isn’t a bad way to make sure you stay cool. A day at the pool is always a good bet as well. This is great option for those that don’t want to waste an extra days admission or have a day to spare on their vacation. All Disney resorts have a bar near the pool, where you can grab a frozen drink while the kids splash around.
Cool off in the Parks
Don’t want to leave the parks? Here’s a list of somewhat lengthy air-conditioned attractions you can take advantage of.
Hall of Presidents – 23 minutes
Enchanted Tiki Room (bonus: you can bring a Dole Whip inside) – 16 minutes
Country Bear Jamboree – 16 minutes
Ellen’s Energy Adventure – 45 minutes
Spaceship Earth – 15 minutes
The Land and Seas Pavilions – you can spend as long as you’d like
The Great Movie Ride – 22 minutes
Muppet*Vision 3D – 15 minutes
Voyage of The Little Mermaid – 17 minutes
Festival of The Lion King – 30 minutes
Finding Nemo: The Musical – 40 minutes
It’s Tough to Be a Bug – 8 minutes
Besides the longer indoor rides, don’t forget to seek shade throughout the day. Random fountains and splash pads are great for children who don’t mind getting wet. There are also plenty of shaded areas to seek shelter. These are a great place to stop and people watch or grab a drink.
Water rides are a good way to increase your chances of getting a little wet. In fact, there is no better way to cool off on a hot day. Hop on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids mid day and let the sun dry you off.
If you are a DVC member then the members only lounge is located above Journey to Imagination inside Epcot. It is a great place to cool off on hot days and grab a complimentary drink and snack. If you are not a member try to find a friend who is a DVC member and join them as a guest.
By slowing down a bit and modifying your days there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to beat the heat during the hottest part of the year.
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