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How to Survive the Heat at Walt Disney World

As the summer starts, so does the heat and the humidity in Walt Disney World.  Take in these tips for fighting the harsh conditions during your vacation.

1. Stay hydrated

First and foremost, make sure to stay hydrated.  We know this seems like a no brainer, but when you get to Disney and are constantly running from ride to reservation, you often forget to drink water.   Disney allows you to bring in bottles of water and also provides water stations throughout the parks.  Take advantage of these water stations to fill up your bottles.  Keep in mind that even though pop and Starbucks will quench your thirst, they won’t help you stay hydrated.  If you do choose a Diet Coke, make sure to also drink a water.  Being hydrated is key to beating the heat and humidity.

2. Go Early, Stay Late

Although the humidity starts early in Disney, the heat doesn’t reach its peak until midday.  With that in mind, consider starting your day right at park opening.  Not only will this allow you to beat a lot of the crowds, but it also will get you a head of the heat.  Another great option is to go late.  During the summer months Disney parks are opened late into the night.  Consider heading back to the park when the sun is starting to go down to once again avoid the main heat of the day.

3. Take Breaks

Another way to beat the heat in Walt Disney World is to take breaks.  When the heat starts to become extreme during the middle of the day, try to take a break back at the resort.  Hit the pool to cool off or take a nap in the air conditioning.  This is a great way to cool your body down and allow yourself to reset.

4. Fans and Cooling Rags

When packing, consider taking a mini fan and cooling rags.  Often times while you are waiting in line there isn’t a lot of air movement and a small fan can make a world of difference.  Also, bring a cooling rag.  These rags will instantly cool you down and provide some much-needed relief.  Don’t forget sunscreen as well.  It is so important to apply and reapply it throughout the day to stay protected from the rays.

 

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5. Find Air Conditioning

Some people call this air conditioning hopping.  This is when you hop from air conditioning ride to air conditioning ride throughout the parks.  Every park has rides, shows, shops and restaurants that will provide you will air conditioning.  As you start to feel hot and sticky, take a break in one of these many locations.

  • Magic Kingdom:
    • Country Bear Jamboree
    • Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Philharmagic
    • Carousel of Progress
    • Hall of Presidents
  • Epcot:
    • Pixar 4D
    • Voices of Liberty
    • Impressions de France
    • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Hollywood Studios:
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
    • First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing Along
    • Muppets 3D
    • Walt Disney Presents
  • Animal Kingdom:
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo- The Musical
    • Tough to Be a Bug

Each of these attractions will provide you with a break from the sun and some air conditioning to allow you to cool down.  Schedule these during the middle of the day when the heat is at its peak.

6. Dress properly

Think about what you are going to pack for clothing.  When heading down to the heat and humidity of Disney, you will want light colored, moisture wicking clothing.  You want clothes that can breathe as well as dry quickly.  Bring a hat or visor to cover your face as well.  Think about shoes that will be comfortable to walk in and socks that will allow your feet to breathe.  Having the proper clothing and footwear will make a world of difference.

7. Slow Down

Finally, slow down.  When it is so hot and humid you can’t accomplish as much as you typically could during a nice, cool fall day.  The heat takes a lot out of your body making it harder to move around in the park.  Give yourself longer to get from place to place so you don’t have to run and rush in the heat.  Schedule in those breaks as mentioned before either back at the resort or in air conditioning.  This is super important if you want to be able to enjoy all of your trip days.

These are some quick tips to help you plan for the heat and humidity during your Walt Disney World vacation.  Hopefully these will help you be more prepared before you head down.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.