Top 6 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World
Summer is a really popular time of year at the Walt Disney World Resorts, and for good reason! With schools out and many families with summer vacation time, it does make it the perfect time to travel- and this summer is certainly no exception, especially with the much anticipated opening of Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30th! Summer in Orlando does, however, bring some unique challenges in terms of weather. Here is my list of the top 6 ways to keep your cool in the Florida sun:
#6 – What time is it?
Visit the theme parks first thing in the morning or in the evenings. These are the coolest parts of your day making them the more pleasant times to be walking about in the hot sun. If you simply must be in the theme parks all day, avoiding the peak sun times as much as you can will help. Make a reservation for lunch in an indoor location and make it extra long, savoring the air conditioning and comfortable seating! Find shady spots to rest and take frequent breaks. Schedule your FastPass reservations for these peak afternoon times and enjoy being inside the cool buildings while you wait.
#5 – Cannonball!
Use those resort pools! The resorts on Walt Disney World property are attractions in and of themselves! The pools at these locations are well maintained, clean and magically themed! Use them! Visit the theme park first thing in the morning. Return for lunch and a swim. Relax, hydrate and get back to the parks for the evening hours. This will not only help with the heat, but it will ensure that your vacation is stress free with a perfect balance of running and relaxing!
#4 – H2O is your friend
This one is common sense- drink PLENTY of water. Did you know that you can get a FREE cup of ice water at any quick service location? Take a break and stay on top of your water intake before you start feeling ill! Make sure you apply (and reapply) plenty of sunscreen- even if you are going to the parks in the morning when the sky is still hazy. My family also likes to pack mini battery operated fans and microfiber cooling cloths that you wet with cold water and put on your neck for some relief. Those are super easy to pack in a couple of Ziploc baggies in your park bag and they really do offer some relief from the hot sun!
#3 – I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream!
Ice cream! Those on the dining plan- take advantage of your 2 snack credits per day and splurge on ice cream! Those not on the dining plan- the heat is the perfect excuse to indulge! Use this as an opportunity to do a tour de ice cream across the 4 theme parks! There are some delicious finds! Try the Dole Whip!!
#2 – Splish Splash
Splash pads can be found in EPCOT and in the Magic Kingdom. In EPCOT, look for the splash area on the main path between Future World and World Showcase. Even adults can get in on the action and get a little relief from the hot sun. In the Magic Kingdom, the splash zone is a bit more elaborate. Look for Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in Storybook Circus near the train station. There are sprayers and water fountains and comfy benches for parents to rest as well! You may want to bring a large Ziploc bag for wet clothes and a change of clothing for your little ones.
#1 Water Parks or Bust
Summer is the PERFECT excuse to visit one of Walt Disney World’s two amazing water parks. With their lazy river, several water slides and splash zone for the littles, Typhoon Lagoon offers plenty of activity that could easily take up your entire day! Or visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach! Located on the top of a ski resort that is melting in the Florida sun, Blizzard Beach has an enormous array of family style rafts, a wave pool and a cool splash feature for the kiddos! Entrance to either park can be purchased separately or guests may upgrade their Park tickets to a Park Hopper Plus which will include the cost of admission to these water parks.
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