10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Summer At Walt Disney World

Summer, especially the end of June through the beginning of August, is one of the most popular times to go to Walt Disney World. Kids are out of school, and parents have vacation time that they want to use up. Visiting during the summer can be a little bit hectic, so here are ten tips to try to help you to get the most out of your summer Walt Disney World vacation.

10. Take a Tour

Since some of the busiest weeks of the year are during the summer, you might want a break from the crowds. Consider taking a behind the scenes tour. The size of the group will be limited, and you’ll have a chance to see part of Walt Disney World in a whole new way. For more information or to see what is available, call 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687).

9. Dance the Crowd Away

If you’re tired of standing in lines and want to move a little bit, join in on a dance party! You’ll often find one in Hollywood Studios near Toy Story Land as well as in Animal Kingdom called the “Hakuna Matata Dance Party”. If everyone in your group is over 21, you can dance the night away at Atlantic Dance Hall located at Disney’s BoardWalk.

8. Stay an Extra Day

If possible, consider staying an extra day if you’re visiting Walt Disney World during the summer. That extra day will allow you to take things at a slower pace, and if you add a date to your ticket you’ll be able to make three more FastPass+ reservations.

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7. Look for the Extras

There is always extra fun at Walt Disney World during the summer. In the past it has been Frozen Summer of Fun and Incredible Summer. The extra celebrations include more characters and fun that isn’t found in the parks during the rest of the year. Take advantage of the celebrations.

6. Drink Water

Summers in Central Florida are hot and humid. There is often a short storm in the afternoon, and then it will be hotter and even more humid. You need to stay hydrated, so make sure that you drink plenty of water so that you don’t get sick.

5. Use Extra Magic Hours

If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. This is the best way to make sure that you can visit while the crowds are the lowest. If you aren’t staying on property, arrive at rope drop. The first hour of the day is your best chance to hit attractions that you didn’t get FastPass+ for.

4. Check Wait Times

Download the My Disney Experience App, and check Wait Times fairly often. If a ride has a “reasonable” wait, try it out, even if it wasn’t on your must-do list. Only you can decide what is reasonable for you and your family. Make sure that you close the app when you’re not using it, you don’t want to drain your battery.

3. Give Yourself Extra Time

During the summer, there will be more people waiting for the buses, more people going through bag check, more people at the counter service restaurants, and more people leaving the park after the fireworks. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need, especially if you have dining reservations. It’s better to be early than late.

2. Use FastPass+

If you are visiting during the summer, you will wait in lots of lines. With FastPass+, you will have three shorter lines to wait in each day. Make your reservations as early in the day as possible, because after you have used the first three you can make more reservations through the My Disney Experience App. You might not be able to get one of the most popular rides for your fourth selection, but any shorter wait on a busy summer day is a victory.

1. Have a Good Time!

Ultimately, you are in control on how much you enjoy your vacation. If you spend your entire trip complaining about the heat and the crowds, you will bring down your entire party. If you decide to have the vacation of a lifetime even though it’s hot and crowded, you will be able to make the most out of your summer vacation. It’s all up to you.

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.