Keeping It Magical During The Summer Heat at Disney


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Keeping It Magical During The Hot Summer Months

Added: May 31, 2019
Category: Disney

It is no secret that Florida is hot.  I mean, really hot.  But there are ways to combat the heat and keep the magic going throughout your summer visit to Disney.

Hydrate, Hydrate & Hydrate

An absolute must do is to keep hydrated when visiting Florida, especially when playing in the parks in the summer heat.  Don't underestimate just how hot it can be and how quickly things can change if you are not hydrated.  In a matter of minutes, you can go from having a magical time to a miserable one, simply because you are having so much fun that you forget to drink a lot of water.  We are continuously sipping on water from sunrise through sunset regardless of where we are (even at the pool).  Many people freeze water bottles and pack them in their backpacks to take in the parks.  Another tip is to know water is free at any quick service location; all you have to do is ask.  Bring your refillable water bottles and keep drinking all day.   You are allowed to fill them up at any self-serve station as well.


Speaking of refillable water bottles, I like to fill them to the rim with ice and then fill the bottle with water.  You would be surprised how cool you will feel when you are crunching away on ice cubes all day.

Fill Up Those Water Bottles Before You Ride 

Another important tip that people don’t realize is to make sure you have a full bottle of water when you go on any outdoor rides.  Though Disney is very quick to get ride delays resolved, they do occur from time to time for various reasons.  My family never hops on without a full bottle of ice water because it can become quite hot while waiting for a cast member to reach you when you are sitting high on rides like Mount Everest with the sun beating on you.     

Go To The Parks Early

Arriving to the parks early, preferably when they first open, is ideal to getting the most of your Disney park time no matter what time of year you visit.  However, during the summer months, it’s one of the best things you can do because you can hit many rides before the crowds thicken and the day really heats up.   We usually head directly to the outdoor rides that have the longest lines such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  When we see the crowds are building, we take start heading to rides indoor cue's or with shorter lines.  We also take time to enjoy all the touches and details the parks have to offer.

Set Your Expectations
Disney always has an exciting new event going on that draws the crowds to them.  Festivals, shows, marathons, you name it, Disney offers it! The days of the crowd size being lower vs. higher seem to be behind us and summer is no exception. Summer is a time when kids are out of school and parents are able to schedule their vacation time to plan a perfect trip.  However, the good news is that unlike a particular week such as Christmas, New Years, Spring Break or Thanksgiving, summer is an entire season long therefore the crowds are a bit more spread out.  If you are able to plan your trip in early June or after August 15th, the summer crowd size is at it's lowest.  

FASTPASS+ Selections

When visiting any of the theme parks, utilizing the FastPass+ system is a must.  We tend to start our selections beginning with our first Fastpass+ around 11:15 am if we plan to stay the entire day or closer to 6pm if we plan to take a mid-day break and we are coming back later (highly suggested during the summer).

Slow Down & Take Breaks

One of the most important things you can do to keep the magic going on the hottest days are to slow the pace.  Long, hot days in the parks can definitely take a toll on you and make your magical trip a miserable one.  I would suggest to leave the park midday, enjoy your pool and then return later or take the morning off and head to the parks in the late afternoon and stay late when the parks light up and the fireworks are plenty.  Another good idea is to perhaps take a day off from the parks all together.  Let yourself relax and refresh poolside or take a short drive to one of the beautiful beaches Florida has to offer such as Cocoa Beach or Clearwater Beach. Any way you like to do it, a break in the schedule, especially in the summer, is something we recommend and we do often.

Head for Shade and Air Conditioning

The parks and the crowds are a lot more tolerable when you are not over heated.  There are plenty of indoor attractions and ways to get a little rest while being thoroughly entertained by visiting an air conditioned show throughout the Disney theme parks.   Get your jokes ready and visit Mike’s Laugh Floor at the Magic Kingdom for a comical array of laughter and interactive fun, or watch an energetic rendition of Frozen at Hollywood Studios as kids of all ages will enjoy seeing their favorite Frozen characters and catch a few snow flurries, enjoy a patriotic presentation about US History at the American Adventure Theater in Epcot or be surrounded by the artistry and wonder of the African Savanna at The Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  There are so many amazing shows throughout the parks and they are a great way to be entertained, educated and inspired while you sit back comfortably, cool off and enjoy the show!

Even on overcast days, it is important to apply sunscreen throughout the day. Florida sun rays are strong and even on those days where it is overcast, you can easily get sunburned.  It is also very important to remember to reapply often and even more frequently during an unwinding poolside day.  Between the reflection of and feeling cool in the water, people lose track of the time and become sunburned.  Being sunburned definitely is miserable and can make your next trip a lot less magical!   

Florida is known for its mid-day rain storms.  Keep in mind, the storms are usually quick unless a more significant storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico.  However, try not to let the rain dampen your fun.  Be sure to pack or purchase a poncho and wear shoes that quickly dry or pack a spare set of shoes to change into should yours become rain soaked.   All rides will remain open in the rain, however for the safety of guests and cast members, they will shut down while lightening is within a 10 mile radius of the parks.  Once the lightening clears out, the rides will reopen. Try to embrace the rain, dance and hop in puddles.  Remember, you make your own magic, especially on rainy days and don't forget to snap a few pictures too! 

Written by: Nancy Karas


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