Top Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer at Walt Disney World

Disney's BoardWalk Pool

When it comes to a vacation to Walt Disney World in the summer, you need to be prepared for the heat.  We have the top ways to beat the heat this summer when you head down to Walt Disney World.

1. Prepare Ahead of Time

Before heading down to Walt Disney World and the summer heat, you want to make sure you prepare ahead of time.  This means making sure you pack the right items to help you beat the heat.  When looking at clothing, make sure you have light, comfortable clothes that breathe easily.  Don’t pack lots of dark, cotton shirts as you will quickly regret that choice.

Bring cooling times such as a portable fan or cooling rags.  Although they might not look the coolest, they will definitely help you feel cooler.  Umbrellas are also great for blocking out the sun.  When waiting outside in a long queue like Slinky Dog Dash, there isn’t a lot of shade.  Having your own umbrella can really help block those harsh sun rays.

Finally, consider purchasing hydration packets.  It is super hard to stay hydrated right now with the regulations regarding eating and drinking in the parks.  Bringing some hydration packets can help you stay hydrated on those super-hot days.

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2. Take Breaks

One of the major keys to beating the heat in the summer months is to take breaks.  This can be super hard to do when you have spent so much time, energy and money on the trip; however, investing in some breaktime will pay off in the end.  Allow yourself to head back to the resort during the heat of the day.  Cool off, take a shower and relax in the air conditioning.  It is amazing what it will do for everyone’s spirits.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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3. Relaxation Areas

If you don’t want to head back to the resort, then we highly recommend looking into the variety of relaxation stations in each park.  These areas are designated areas that allow you to relax and take a mask break. During the heat of the day, allowing some time for a mask break is extremely important.  Find these areas and take some down time to help yourself rejuvenate.

Relaxation Station

4. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is always important during a trip to Walt Disney World, but the heat of the summer makes it even more important.  Remember all quick service locations will have free ice water.  Take advantage of this freebee and keep yourself hydrated.  As you can’t walk around and eat and drink, schedule some specific time to get a snack and drink water.  This might seem silly or tedious, but it will be key to keep everything hydrated.

Galaxy’s Edge Bottled Water

5. Use the Pool

A great part of the summer heat is that it is a fantastic time to take advantage of Disney’s amazing resort pools.  Beat the heat in the afternoon by enjoying the resort pool.  Cool off, have a drink or snack and enjoy some time cooling down in one of Walt Disney’s amazing pools.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

6. Jump to Air Conditioning

Another great way to beat the heat in the summer is to hop from air conditioning to air conditioning spot.  To help make sure you aren’t outside the whole time you are in the parks, schedule in time to visit those rides, attractions and shows that are inside.  In Magic Kingdom, check out the Enchanted Tiki Room or Country Bear Jamboree.  In Epcot, see one of the films in China, Canada, America or France.  These are ways to get out of the heat without having to leave the parks or stop experiencing attractions.

Country Bear Jamboree

7. Schedule a Meal

If you are looking for a delicious way to get out of the heat, book some dining options.  Disney has some great table service options throughout all four parks.  Book a meal for lunch or supper to allow yourself to get out of the heat and refuel your body.  Even though you can grab some quick food options and find a shady place to eat, having a scheduled break in the air conditioning is a smart way to beat the heat.

These are a few of our tips for beating the summer heat at Walt Disney World.  We hope they will help you have a fantastic time during your vacation this summer.

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.