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The Disney Dining Blog: Staying Cool and Staying Safe

The Disney Dining Blog: Staying Cool and Staying Safe

The heat of the summer is upon us, so I thought that this might be a good time to mention staying healthy at this time of year. It is easy to underestimate the Florida sun, it is something that you need to experience in order to realize just how hot it can get. The extreme humidity makes it feel even hotter. A few years ago I passed out because of the heat (fortunately I was not at Disney at the time) and that has caused me to be more careful. A few simple tips can help you to stay healthy, even on the hottest days of the year.

Drink plenty of water.  You hear that all the time, you need to put it into practice. There are water fountains around every turn at Walt Disney World, take advantage of them. If you want, bring a water bottle into the park and fill it up when needed, Disney won’t mind. Bottles of water can also be purchased at kiosks and food stands. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that you can do to stay cooler on a hot day.

Take a break out of the heat. If you find that the heat is getting the better of you, get out of it for a few minutes. Browse in a store or catch an indoor show. Give yourself a little bit of time to enjoy the air conditioning and catch your breath before heading back outdoors.

Enjoy a cool treat. Want an excuse to buy a Mickey ice cream bar? You now have it. Ice cream, frozen lemonade and other cool treats can give you an energy boost and help you to feel more comfortable. The fact that they taste great is an added bonus.

Get help. If a member of your party is feeling dizzy or nauseous in the heat, tell the nearest cast member. It is better to be safe than sorry. If I had paid attention to the warning signs the day that I fainted from the heat it never would have happened. It is better to miss a couple of hours in the park while receiving first aid than to have something happen that might have more serious consequences.

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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.