Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Escape the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World

As a Wisconsin girl, I am most comfortable with temperatures between 73 and 82 degrees. That's it! One degree cooler and I freeze - one degree warmer and I am a pool of sweat. Therefore, you will never catch me visiting my most favorite place in the world anytime between June and August. I just can't even. However, I know many of you must travel during the summer season due to family schedules. If I had to, I would also travel during this time as I would rather visit when it is hot than not at all!



When vacationing on the surface of the sun at Walt Disney World Resort in the heat of Summer, there are some ways you can keep cool.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER


DRINK UP!
I can not tell you how many times, even in May or September, I have seen someone collapse from dehydration at Disney World. Yes, many of the water fountains produce water that tastes like you are sipping H2O from the bottom of a swamp. I get it. That's nasty. There are other ways to quench your thirst other than paying $3-$4 for a bottle of water in the parks. You can ask for water at any quick service dining location - for free. Now whether or not you will get filtered water from their soft drink machines or swamp water from their faucet is a gamble. We like to play a game called swamp or no swamp. Spoiler alert: if it is swamp nobody wins. You also can bring bottled water into the Theme Parks. Really, you can! Nobody cares. We purchase cases of bottled water the day we arrive as we make our way onto Disney property. If you don't have a car with you, groceries can be ordered from an online grocer such as Garden Grocer. Everyone brings two bottles for themselves in their park bags. (EVERYONE carries their own stuff in our family at Disney World. It is too exhausting to be the family pack mule!) Skip the soda at meals and get water. Your body will thank you!

GET OUT OF THE SUN


Making movies in the shade!
Anytime you are taking a break, waiting for someone to use the restroom, stopping to listen to the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., watching a parade - get in the shade! Even if it isn't the 'perfect' spot - it is a cool one. 

WEAR LIGHT COLORED AND LIGHT WEIGHT CLOTHING


Staying cool on Main Street, U.S.A.!
My boys love wearing athletic clothing designed to help you stay cool such as Nike Dri-FIT. It is even more helpful to stay away from darker colored shirts. 

HEAD INSIDE


The Cantina ~ Star Wars Launch Bay
Many shows are indoors. Even if you aren't getting into a show right away, the queue is indoors! Not only can you cool off but once you get into a seat you can also sit down. PHEW! Also indoors you can experience some character meet and greets and some exhibits such as One Man's dream and Star Wars Launch bay at Hollywood Studios and many pavilions inside Epcot. 

STEP INTO A SHOP


I want to buy all the Mickey things!
The gift shops are plentiful - and also air conditioned! I cannot, however, be responsible for any damage this does to your wallet. 

TAKE A RIDE

Hello from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!
Most Walt Disney World resort ride attractions also have queues that are also at least partly indoors. Even most attractions themselves are completely indoors. 

AVOID THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DAY


Dining with Winnie the Pooh at Crystal Palace
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! If you plan on eating at least one Table Service meal during the day - why not make it lunch? Sit down and take a load off when the Theme Parks are not only the hottest - they are also the busiest. (Don't forget the first tip and make sure you drink lots of water!)

TECH IT UP



There are many gadgets you can bring with you to help keep you cool. Bring along personal cooling fans, misting fans, cooling towels, etc. Buy these items before you arrive and bring them with to save some money. 

SHADE THE LITTLE ONES


A cool baby is a happy baby!

Make sure your stroller has a shade canopy for your small prince and princesses. Avoid strollers that are too enclosed though, you still want to make sure a breeze can get in there. If they are hot and cranky - you are not far behind!

GET TO THE PARKS EARLY AND STAY LATE



And I mean REALLY early. As in -  you are waiting for the park to open kind of early. You can not only get there before the day heats up, but you can also get quite a few attractions in before the crowds arrive! Take a mid-day break and come back to heat up the night after the sun goes down.

GET WET



Jump on Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom or Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom. Bonus - if you are wet nobody can see you are sweating. 



With some planning ahead and knowing what to expect - your summer Walt Disney World vacation will be a success! Let me help you plan your family's next Disney World visit - my services are completely free! Contact me for a free vacation quote today. 



1 comments:

  1. Those are all good tips and ones I utilize whenever I go to Disney in the summer. We'll be there in July, "Heat Central" and we'll definitely be stocking up on water and trying to avoid the heat.

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