Summer is a favorite season for many of us. But, being outdoors in the heat and humidity for long periods of time can be miserable. And if there isn’t an ocean, pool or lake around? That definitely doesn’t help.
The good news is that it is possible to survive this kind of summer heat at Walt Disney World.
Here are 5 tips to help you make it through!
(1) Stay Hydrated Before and During Walt Disney World
Not everyone may know that to be properly hydrated, you need to drink plenty of water days before you’ll actually need it! Try to drink as much water possible about 3 days before your first day at the park.
It’s too easy to become dehydrated unless you prepare yourself. Water is always the best option for staying hydrated and ice water is free from any café or restaurant with a soda fountain. Bring refillable water bottles to make it easier to carry around.
(While you’re at Disney World, try to eat lightly in the summer heat. The heavy, fried foods and overload of sugary snacks and desserts will make you feel sluggish. If you avoid salt and caffeine, you’ll stay hydrated for longer. Fruits and veggies are packed with water, so keep that in mind when choosing meals and snacks.)
(2) Find Ways to Keep Yourself Cool
Bring a strong, compact umbrella. Even if it doesn’t rain, (and who are we kidding, the rain would feel great), you can use it for shade. Make sure it’s not a gigantic umbrella because those are a hassle to travel with.
Buy a hand-held fan that operates through your phone via USB plug. Just plug the fan into your phone’s charging dock and take in the breeze! Buy more than one if you can. If you’re with a family or group, they’ll be reaching for yours!
Then there’s also the spray bottle with a fan. Fill it with water, turn it on, and take in the misty breeze! These really are lifesavers when fighting the summer heat. There are several stores in Orlando that carry them as well as stores inside Walt Disney World.
Bring a cooling towel! These will surprisingly stay cool for hours. If you combine that with your fan, the cooling effect (as the breeze moves over the towel) feels incredible. Otherwise, it’s nice to just lay it against your neck when you feel overheated.
A similar option would be a cooling bandana, which are reusable and provide a constant cooling effect.
(3) Indoor Attractions
Luckily, there are plenty of Walt Disney World attractions indoors, such as Space Mountain, Soarin’, The Haunted Mansion, Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and many more. All of which are air-conditioned!
If you take advantage of the Walt Disney World FastPass, you can skip the line and hop right on the rides! Using the FastPass allows you to skip waiting in line while they sun beats down on you.
Since you only have a certain number of FastPass uses per day, it’s best to book your reservations when crowds are at their peak. Planning ahead by booking your Disney World FastPass attractions and times will come in handy in the summer heat.
(4) Dress Appropriately
What you wear in the summer heat at Walt Disney World is one of the most important things to consider when packing. Choose clothes that are lightweight, such as natural, breathable cotton. If you wear items that are light in color, they’ll reflect the sun. Or, even wear long sleeve shirts that protect your skin from its harsh rays.
Assuming you’ve got a backpack, and let’s hope you do, pack a pair of flip flops or sandals. Your feet will be better supported with tennis shoes but they can be heavy.
They can be inconvenient after water rides such as Splash Mountain, so, that’s when the sandals come in handy. While they’re lightweight and breathable, they might be a bit painful to walk in all day. Just make sure you’re feet are comfortable, too!
(5) Take a Break
When you start to feel fatigued and the heat becomes unbearable, head back to the hotel! Break up the day and go for a swim in the pool. Since Disney World is open late into the night, you have plenty of time to cool off and rest. Then you can come back having more energy and less heat to battle. And, by the time you do come back, most families might be finishing their day. Take advantage of fewer lines and lighter crowds.
If you keep these 5 tips and suggestions in mind when you plan your summer trip to Walt Disney World, you’ll be well-prepared to beat the heat comfortably.