The summer heat is about to arrive but don’t let that stop your Disney trip! Chances are that it will be warm where you live too, so why not spend that time making memories at Disney World? Also, if you plan your trip well, you can alternate between rides that have lines outdoors vs. lines that are indoors (and thus air-conditioned!), making the heat much less of an issue! Here are some tips for managing the heat while touring the parks:
°o° Have you heard of Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads? These special towels are great for cooling you down quickly. The towel is made of a special material that, when wet, gets cold but remains dry. Wrap one around your neck and you’re good for a few hours. When it stops cooling, you just re-wet the towel. Disney has its own version of the Chilly Pad, known as Frosty Towels, available for sale in the parks. If you put the towels in a Ziploc bag when they aren’t in use, ask for some free ice from a Quick-Service vendor to keep them cool while you’re on the go, and you’re set!
°o° The most effective way to manage the heat is to arrive at the parks at least 30 minutes before they open, when it is cooler. You will get a ton of touring done before the crowds start rolling in later in the morning. When it starts to get hot and crowded early in the afternoon, head back to your resort for an afternoon break before going back to a park for dinner and nighttime entertainment. This is where staying at a Deluxe Resort, with easier park access, really pays off. (It’s all about price vs. convenience!)
°o° Speaking of going back to your resort, take advantage of the amazing pools available at Disney’s resorts! Most of the resort pools have a splash pad area and some even have beaches. It’s the ideal way to spend a warm summer afternoon. An alternative to the pool are Disney’s two water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
°o° Disney has lots of areas to cool off built into the parks. Some are subtle, so you might not notice them. For example, the giant Tiki statues near Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise ride is a great place to get a refreshing mist. Other water-play areas exist in the parks, so you might let the kids wear swimsuits (as shorts for boys or under a sundress for girls) or throw a change of clothes in your park bag. In the Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom you will find the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, which will definitely get the kiddos wet. A great place to splash around at Epcot is the fountains between Future World and the World Showcase. When you need a break, find a bench while the kids enjoy the water. Pack a dry pair of shorts and undies to change into when they are done. If you arrive unprepared to get wet, no worries – there is a small store right next door to the fountains that sells beach towels, sunscreen, swimsuits and water shoes. Your kids will have a ball!
°o° Of course staying hydrated is going to be super important! Be sure to ask for a free glass of ice water at nearby Quick-Service dining locations.
°o° Be strategic with your touring and you can take advantage of air conditioning while walking around the parks. The stores on Main Street in Magic Kingdom and on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios are connected. You can walk through the stores and cool off at the same time.
If you’ve tried all of these tricks and someone is still in meltdown mode, then allow yourself to take a break! A little time in the A/C with your feet propped up will go a long way toward restoring everyone’s happiness!
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