The Best Ways to Beat the Heat in Walt Disney World

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Now that we are heading into spring and summer at the Walt Disney World Resort, the temperatures are going to start climbing and humidity is going to get worse and worse each day. It’s no shock when the real feel tops one hundred degrees with humidity at one hundred percent during the summer months, and this intense Florida heat can make it difficult, and even dangerous, to enjoy all that Walt Disney World has to offer.

Luckily, there are several tricks and tips that can help Guests to beat the beat and keep cool while enjoying the Disney Parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs. By following a few simple steps and being aware of themselves, Guests can avoid overheating and feeling sick and still enjoy an amazing vacation in the summer months. Let’s check out the best ways to beat the heat at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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It may seem obvious, but staying hydrated while at the Walt Disney World Resort is one of the key ways to help stay cool and avoid heat stroke. Between the high temperatures and humidity, being outside for the majority of the day in the sun, extensive walking, and long hours, it’s extremely easy to become dehydrated. Guests should plan on drinking way more water than they think they need, and a great way to make this task easy is by carrying a refillable water bottle with a filter that they can continue to top off throughout each day for free at water fountains.

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The other most important way to help combat the heat at the Walt Disney World Resort is to use sunscreen consistently. With lots of sun exposure, it is very easy to burn, and once burned Guests can feel uncomfortable, itchy, and even in pain. Making sure to apply sunscreen consistently throughout each day can help to avoid any burns and help Guests continue to feel cool and comfortable.

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Early Mornings & Late Nights

On days that are extremely hot, the afternoon hours are the most miserable, when the sun is directly overhead and there is little shade to be found. To avoid these unbearable moments of heat, Guests can plan on enjoying the Disney Parks early in the mornings and late at night, when the temperatures are more enjoyable and manageable.

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Nap & Pool Breaks

Those Guests who do avoid the Disney Parks midday to beat the heat can head back to their Disney Resort to enjoy time cooling off in the beautifully themed pools, enjoying a refreshing shower, or even taking a nap in their air-conditioned room. Just stopping to take time to relax and cool off at a Disney Resort can help to make heading back out into the heat later in the day much more manageable!

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Enjoy Indoor Attractions

While in the Disney Parks, the best way to beat the heat is to enjoy indoor attractions that offer the chance to sit down for a period of time, rest, and soak in the delicious air conditioning. Some of the best options to cool off in include the Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, The American Adventure, Impressions de France, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, and It’s Tough to be a Bug!

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Enjoy Water Attractions

In addition to indoor attractions pumping with air conditioning, Guests can also beat the heat while in the Disney Parks by enjoying water-based attractions that are designed to create splashes and get Guests wet. Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are the two best options for getting a little wet and cooling down on a hot day in the Disney Parks.


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Change of Clothes

Guests should also plan on carrying a change of clothing with them, or at least a change of shirt, that they can switch into after getting a little too wet on a water-based attraction or sweating too much. Having a clean and dry shirt can help to just feel fresher and cooler, and is a simple way to help combat the high temperatures and discomfort that comes with them.


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Stop for Table Service Meals

Guests who are looking to get off their feet and recharge while in the Disney Parks can do so by stopping to enjoy a table service meal. By sitting down in the air conditioning for a period of time, Guests automatically cool off and, when paired with dining, can help to re-energize them for the rest of the day. Some great options include Chefs de France in EPCOT’s World Showcase, Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Those who find themselves not particularly hungry in high heat can still dine on light options in nearly every single table service restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Cooling Towels

A great item that Guests can pack from home to help beat the heat in the Disney Parks is a cooling towel, which can be purchased both online and in-store at a number of locations. These ingenious items conveniently fold up, making them easy to pack, and Guests simply have to run them under water to make them work. Once wet and wrung out, a cooling towel can be used on the back of a Guest’s neck or elsewhere to create a cooling, yet dry, sensation that helps to reduce body temperature and make the heat more bearable.

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Disney Water Parks

The best way to truly combat the heat at the Walt Disney World Resort is opting to spend a day at one of the two beautifully themed Disney Water Parks, which are filled with both thrilling and relaxing water-based attractions and experiences designed to keep Guests cool. Disney’s Blizzard Beach was once a ski resort that is now melting in the Florida sun, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is an aquatic playground that was created after a freak typhoon. Both options are wonderful ways to enjoy a hot and humid day at the Walt Disney World Resort!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.