If you are planning a trip to Disney World this summer, you need to think about more than scheduling ADR’s or picking a park to visit that day. You need to think about how to stay cool when the Florida temperatures are hitting 90+ degrees. The heat can be brutal, and you don’t want to miss out on part of your vacation because you got overheated and felt sick. Luckily, there are things you can do that allow you to still enjoy the parks and stay cool!
1. Take breaks in the afternoon.
Maybe the most important way to beat the heat in the Orlando summers is to take a break from the mid-day sun. After spending a morning in the parks, going back to the resort for a few hours and hitting the pool is a great way to give your feet a break and cool off. Many of the resort pools have activities going on during the day so the kids will have fun entertainment to participate with.
If the pool isn’t quite your scene, there is always the water parks. Blizzard beach and Typhoon Lagoon both have a many slides, family raft rides, and lazy rivers to enjoy. The cost is included in your water parks and more ticket and the premium annual pass, otherwise the cost is $52.00 per day for adults and $44.00 for children.
2. Choose your clothes carefully
Another good idea when walking through the parks is wearing wicking fabric clothing. It makes a world of difference when the sun is beating down on you. Even though you may be sweating, the material will keep you much cooler than wearing regular cotton tops. Wicking socks help prevent moisture from causing blisters too, because you’ll be walking a ton of miles each day.
3. Freeze some water to take with you.
Most of the resorts now have refrigerators in the rooms. This gives you the ability to freeze some water bottles the night before heading to the parks. This will give you colder water throughout the day. You may also want to bring some Ziploc bags with you when you go down to Disney. You can wet some wash cloths, put them in the freezer and then carry them in the Ziploc bags at the park. It’s a great way to cool you down quickly.
4. Seek out the cold air.
All of the parks and Downtown Disney have many, many fabulous shops. They are all air-conditioned, and doing some browsing in them will give you some time to cool down. People often stand in doorways just to cool off a bit. Just be careful about spending too much time in the stores or you may find your wallet a little lighter
5. Two words for you…ICE CREAM!
There are more places than I can even mention that have all different types of ice cream to suit any taste. I recommend the Dole Whip if you are at the Magic Kingdom, but all of the parks have great choices. They are sure to cool you down for a bit, and I don’t know of many kids that would turn that down!
6. Choose park rides with air conditioning.
Each park has some rides and attractions that are great choices for cooling you down.
At Hollywood Studios, The Great Movie Ride is a long ride that will give you a chance to sit down and relax. Another good choice there is Muppet Vision 3D. Both of these attractions are indoors and air-conditioned.
At Epcot, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Living with the Land, and Captain EO are longer indoor attractions. For something a little different, you can also walk through Club Cool. Not only is it nice and cold, but you can also get a chance to try Coca Cola flavors from around the world. Be sure to try the Beverly…you won’t regret it
At Animal Kingdom, it is very easy to get overheated. There are a few places though that you can still go to cool off. Kali River Rapids is a good choice. Now granted, you will get wet, but when the weather is over 90 does it really matter? Finding Nemo- The Musical and It’s Tough to Be a Bug are indoor attractions at the park, and very entertaining shows.
At the Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Philharmagic, The Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, and Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor are all longer air-conditioned attractions. For rides that are a bit longer, It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean are good choices. Plus your child may get a nice nap during It’s a Small World!
As you can see, there are a lot of options to keep cool in the parks. Just be careful, make sure you drink lots of water, sit down and rest when needed, and don’t feel bad about going back to the room during the extra hot hours if needed. Better to take a few hours out of the afternoon to rest than to lose a few days of your vacation because you got overheated.
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you with out water bottle, headed for a Disney pool.
She has been to Disney over 70 times and worked at Blizzard Beach as part of the Disney College Program.
She is now working on finding a way to move to FL, so she can be closer to her favorite place on Earth!