In a perfect world, most guests would book their trips to Walt Disney World in the cooler, more pleasant seasons of year– late fall, winter or early spring. Well let’s face it– the most popular time to visit the Mouse is in the summer when school is out and the majority of people can take their vacations. Unfortunately, this is also the hottest time of the year in central Florida, which often deters potential travelers.
Some people worry that it may be too hot or they may be too heat sensitive to travel during the summer. Trust me, it’s Florida—during ANY season the weather can be warm. I’ve been at Thanksgiving in flip flops and shorts and on Christmas day in 2015 it was 90 degrees!
Long story short—don’t let the weather deter your trip!
Here are some tips and tricks to help you beat the heat, on even the most temperate days at Disney World.
Before You Arrive
In you are traveling during ANY season of the year, here are some essentials you should consider purchasing prior to trip to Orlando.
My family and I never leave our resort room without ours! We purchased ours for around $30 on Amazon, and this investment has helped us stay cool for over 5 years. Make sure to bring extra AA batteries with you in your luggage to keep it running at full power!
Most adults do fine with baseball caps, but for the kids consider purchasing “fishing hats” with the wide all-around brim, to protect more of the upper body from the sun.
Chill-its are synthetic towels meant to be worn around the neck. Simply rinse in water for a minute to activate. I have never tried a Chill-it, but I saw many people sporting them this past summer, and I will purchase one for my next trip.
Planning for Your Visit
One of the cardinal rules for dealing with scorching summer heat is to avoid being outdoors during the hours between 10 AM and 2 PM. I couldn’t agree more. Plan to visit the parks in the early morning, leave mid-day and head back to your resort for a nap or quiet time or visit the pool at your resort. (Don’t worry, there are plenty of activities for the kids around the pool—just check your resort recreation schedule in your room.)After you’ve rested and cooled off in the pool, plan to head back into the parks around 5 or 6. You’ll still have plenty of time to play, during the summer, most of the parks stay open rather late. The best part of this tip is that most people stay ALL day and are leaving the parks around dinner time. Dusk is one of the least crowded times of day to visit!
If you decide to stay in the parks throughout the hottest part of the day here are some attractions you can visit to get you out of the heat and into the air condition for about 30 minutes or so-just enough time to recharge your batteries.
- Hall of Presidents
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Carousel of Progress
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
- The Seas
- Character Meets: Baymax and Joy and Sadness **waits may be long
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Festival of the Lion King *waits may be long
- Finding Nemo the Musical *waits may be long
Caution: Slippery When Wet
Let’s face it, sometimes the only way to cool off is to get wet—soaking wet! Disney offers misting and cooling fans in each of the 4 parks—while they won’t soak you, they will cool you down. In the Magic Kingdom, watch out for a spitting camel in Adventureland, then head over to Splash Mountain to get soaked, plunging into a briar patch. If that’s not good enough-let the kids run and play in Casey Junior’s Splash Park in the back of the New Fantasyland area. In Epcot, splash in the fountains in Futureworld. Finally, over in Animal Kingdom, prepare to get SOAKED on Kali River Rapids!
Chilled Beverages and Snacks
Staying hydrated is probably the best way to protect yourself against heat exhaustion. Purchasing a flat of bottled water at a local grocery store, or having it shipped to your room via Amazon Prime can save you big bucks and snack credits during your stay. We stick them in the freezer section of our resort room’s mini fridge and pull out one for each person before we head to the parks. After you finish the bottle, you can refill it at a water fountain in the parks. However, during those peak afternoon hours snacking on a Mickey ice cream sandwich or a Dole whip will surely hit the spot. Try the Schweitzer Slush at Skipper Canteen or La Fou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern if you are feeling adventurous!
Get Lost in the Shops
If all else fails, head to the ICE COLD shops in any of the four parks. You can really shop, or you can find a nice secluded shop and sit down for a rest. One of my favorites is the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company, the shop by the exit of Space Mountain. It is hardly ever crowded and offers plenty of floor space. Some even choose to stand in the doorway and feel the draft! Another great shop is in United Kingdom of Epcot—The Toy Solider Shop. Walk all the way to the back room and you will find a cozy little nook, arm chairs and all! Sit back and relax and charge your phone—you will see some hidden wall outlets by the armchairs!
If it is just so hot, that you cannot imagine being in the parks—head to one of Disney’s two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. The water parks open at 10 AM and close at 6 PM every day during the warmer seasons. Water park tickets can be purchased at the front of each water park-$65 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children ages 3-9. Prices subject to change. You can use your dining plan to purchase food using your Magic Bands. Be sure to bring towels and plenty of sunscreen! If you have young children, you may want to visit Typhoon Lagoon—there are less height requirement attractions at this water park.
If you are planning to visit Walt Disney World and your only option is summer–don’t let the heat keep you away-stay cool with these “cool” tips.