Are you headed to Walt Disney World this summer? Get ready for a scorcher. I’m sure you already know that its going to be hot if you’re planning on vacationing in Orlando this summer, but we want to make sure you’re prepared so you can have the best vacation possible, even in 95+ degree heat. Here are some tips to help you beat the heat at Walt Disney World this summer.
We cannot stress this ENOUGH. Dehydration is no joke, especially if you are traveling with kids or the elderly. Be sure you have your water bottles ready and fill them often. Epcot recently got a new filtration system for their water fountains, which has made filling water bottles a lot easier there. We are hoping the rest of the Parks will follow suit.
But keep in mind, you can get free cups of water at any counter service restaurant. We have a pretty strict rule that any time we are getting Starbucks, we also get a water. When we are done with the water, pour the leftover ice cubes into your water bottle to keep it full and cool. Grabbing a Mickey pretzel for a snack? Do the same thing.
Get out of the heat
Obviously, if you want to enjoy the Parks, you can’t always get out of the heat. But during the peak sunshine hours of the day, between 12-4, make an effort to get out of the direct sun. Go to an inside ride or attraction, head back to your hotel to take advantage of the activities they have there or at the very least, spend some time in the shade.
Never going to stop saying it. Put it on in the morning and reapply throughout the day. Nothing can ruin a magical vacation as much as a painful sunburn. We like this one and its basically our go to for every Disney Vacation.
Dress for the weather
I realize this may seem silly to even mention, but we’ve seen it many times. Kids dressed head to toe in full costume-like attire in 95 degree heat. There’s nothing wrong with wanting those cute little outfits for the perfect character meet photo, but be smart about what you or your kids are wearing when it gets that hot. Choose light breathable fabrics and avoid overdressing. If you absolutely must have your little Belle photographed matching her favorite princess, bring a change of clothes so she can cool off once the photos have been taken.
Head to the Water Parks
We feel like the water Parks at Walt Disney World just don’t get enough love. Maybe that’s because everyone is just too busy to visit them, or maybe they don’t get enough press. Whatever the case, we think both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are both a great way to spend a hotter day, with lots of opportunities to cool off on rides, lazy rivers, wave pools or just putting your toes in the sand in one of the many shaded areas.
Spend some time at the Pool
The resorts at Walt Disney World are all beautifully themed. Their pools are no exception. We feel like a lot of people are in such a rush to get to the Parks and get everything done, that they forget that they are paying for the luxury of their resort. Take advantage of it! Throw on your swimsuit, grab a cool drink from the Pool Bar(yes they have non-alcoholic drinks for littles) or bring your own and spend some time enjoying that resort that you paid for.
Whether you want to take a break at your resort, a restaurant, or just take a quick rest break on the People Mover, remember that your body is working a lot harder when its hot. You may not even realize you need a break because you might feel like you haven’t really done anything, but trust us: walking 10 miles throughout the day at the Parks in 100 degree heat indexes isn’t the same as walking 10 miles when the temp is lower. Your body has to work a lot harder; make sure you let yourself rest.
A lot of people, including us, don’t really feel like eating when the temperatures soar. It’s important to remember though, that you still need to eat to keep your body fueled. Even if it’s just smaller snacks throughout the day, it will help you keep your energy levels up.
Knowledge is Power
Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. I realize this may sound a little grave for a Disney blog, but Cast Members will actually warn you of heat stroke signs when it gets too hot. Being able to recognize the early signs of these conditions can keep a bad situation from becoming worse.
The best thing you can do to beat the heat at Walt Disney World is simply be prepared. Buy the things you need before your trip, so when the temps start to rise, you have the right tools in your bag to help you and your family cool down.
What are your tips for staying cool? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear them!