Orlando is known for its almost year-round warm temperatures, so normally we look for places to cool off at Walt Disney World. But there can also be cold days at WDW, and this can be a nasty shock to guests who aren’t prepared! So we’ve put together a list of ten places you’re sure to stay nice and warm on Disney’s cold days – while enjoying some Disney magic!
10. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
If you’re looking for an escape from cold weather, look no further than The Seas with Nemo & Friends! You’ll meet all of your favorite characters from Finding Nemo as you explore the sea on a moving clamobile. And once you’ve finished the ride, stick around to spend some time exploring some real sea creatures – more than 4000 of them, in fact – in their giant aquarium. You can spend a good chunk of time having fun and learning a thing or two at The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion, all of it out of the cold.
9. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Don’t overlook this classic attraction on a cold day! Mickey’s PhilharMagic in the Magic Kingdom has an indoor queue and preshow, so it’s a great place to warm up. It’s a 12-minute 3-D movie featuring all of your favorite Disney characters, and scenes from a handful of Disney animated films. You may just want to watch it twice!
8. Conservation Station
Animal Kingdom as a whole generally feels hotter and more humid than any other Walt Disney World parks (because of all of the foliage and lack of shade), so it’s a good park to visit during cold weather. Try heading to Conservation Station, an indoor area with a ton of fun info on animals, as well as meet and greets with Disney characters, and chances to interact with real animals who call Animal Kingdom home.
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7. Walt Disney World Monorail System
We never need an excuse to ride the Walt Disney World Monorail System. But there’s even more of a reason to ride on a cold day: you’ll find comfort, relief from chilly weather, and beautiful views, all with minimal wait times. Plus, if you ride the Resort Monorail, you can stop off at some pretty amazing deluxe resorts to explore some more perfect places to keep warm!
6. Rapunzel’s Bathrooms
Ok, we admit it seems strange to talk about a bathroom as a place to keep warm in Walt Disney World. But we’ve used WDW bathrooms as a reprieve from bad weather more than once! And if you’re in the vicinity of Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, there are no better bathrooms than Rapunzel’s, right beside It’s a Small World. They’re loaded with gorgeous details like lanterns, jewel-toned tiles, banners and even wanted posters for characters from Tangled.
5. Enchanted Tiki Room
There’s never much of a wait for the Magic Kingdom’s Enchanted Tiki Room, so even though the line is outdoors, this attraction makes the list. Once you get in, it’s a cosy indoor haven from inclement weather, where you can relax on comfortable benches and watch the 10-minute show. The Enchanted Tiki Room is often passed over by guests, but it’s a fascinating look at Disney audio-animatronics that have made our favorite attractions possible.
4. Resort Pools
Though it seems counterintuitive, your Walt Disney World resort’s pool could actually help you warm up on a cold day. Once the water temperature falls below 75 degrees, all the resort pools are heated, so you’ll have a consistently pleasant swimming experience no matter when you swim. (Of course, you’ll have to brave the cold air once you get out of the pool, so swimming in cold weather is not for the faint of heart!)
If the weather outside is frightful, head into Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. You’ll be protected from the elements here, so why not linger and enjoy the intoxicating smell of Werther’s Caramel in the shop’s caramel kitchen? You can watch as cast members make caramel popcorn right before your eyes – and take some with you! Luckily, it can take some time choosing between all the tantalizing baked goods, so relax and enjoy the reprieve from the cold.
2. Spaceship Earth
This 16 minute ride takes you inside Epcot’s iconic and beloved geosphere, and it’s narrated by Judi Dench, so it’s a winner any day. But it’s especially great in cold weather because it’s one of the longer attractions at Walt Disney World, so you can enjoy a nice indoor break. However, the queue is outside, and it can get pretty windy, so you may want to snag a FastPass+ for Spaceship Earth on a cold day – or try your luck and hopefully you’ll hit it at the right time, and avoid the lines altogether.
1. Festival of the Lion King
You can’t go wrong with this show regardless of the weather! But you’ll appreciate Festival of the Lion King even more on a cold day. It’s 30 minutes long, so it gives you a nice long break from inclement weather. Often you’ll be able to find a seat even if you arrive just before the show, so there are no long waits in the cold here (and the queue area is covered, which helps). Plus, the show itself is simply stunning.