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Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

Updated: Jun 18, 2019

Your summer Disney trip is quickly approaching and if you live anywhere other than the deep south you may not be sure what’s in store for your family vs the heat of central Florida. Don’t worry we have some great tips, tricks and ideas for surviving the summer heat coming right up.

1. Sunscreen-- First and foremost, use sunscreen. This may not directly keep you cool in the summer heat, but I prefer to be “finally getting gorgeously tan” like Olaf than to be burnt to a crisp. Without sunscreen the rest of your trip will be uncomfortable, hot and painful. A good tip is to keep a small 1.5oz rub on sunscreen in your carry-on bag so that you can protect yourself as soon as you hit the ground in Orlando, but be sure to pack plenty in your checked luggage.

2. Dress for the weather- Shorts, dresses, skirts, tank tops, sandals, t-shirts and hats. From May to September less is more. Changing outfits during a mid-day break is also a great way to start the evening with a refreshed outlook.

3. Stay hydrated- Take advantage of the free ice water available at quick service restaurants. This is especially easy at locations with mobile ordering. Just walk up to the mobile order pick up counter and ask for ice water. If you are on the dining plan, utilize your refillable mug while eating at your resort and grab a bottle of water to complete your dining credit. You can take the bottled water with you into the parks. You can also bring your own insulated water bottle and refill throughout the day. Worried about carrying the bottle around all day? Get a bottle that can hook onto a carabiner and clip it to your bag. Want to take it even a step further, invest in a camelback. Not only will you stay hydrated, but the ice water on your back can help keep you cool.

4. Take mid-day breaks- There is no better way to recharge your battery than to head back to your resort during the hottest part of the day, take a shower, cool off and start fresh as the intensity of the sun sets during the evening.

5. Take a Dip- Spend your midday break cooling off at your resort pool. Even though your Key to Adventure travel agent has spent many hours with you planning your perfect trip, your kids are likely to remember the time spent at the pool. Deluxe and moderate resorts main pools even have water slides!

Coronado Springs Resort Pool

6. Strategically plan indoor attractions- Carousel of Progress, Pixar Short Film Festival, Finding Nemo-The Musical and For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration are all great air-conditioned attractions capable of holding a large amount of people. It might even cool down enough to snow.

7. Plan a meal at an indoor restaurant- If taking a midday break is not in the cards for your family another great way to recharge is at lunch, but be sure to pick a restaurant that is indoors. While Harambe Market and Woody’s Lunch Box are great dining choices neither are indoors so you won't get much reprieve from the sun.

8. Utilize Fast Pass Plus on attractions that have outdoor queues- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Spaceship Earth, Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari are just a couple of attractions that have queues that are predominantly outside without much reprieve from the heat. It is best to avoid the stand by queue if at all possible.

9. Fans and Towels- Cooling towels such as Frogg Togg brand are great to beat the heat. Get them wet, wring them out and they stay cool to the touch without dripping. Toss one around your neck, but remember to throw a Ziploc bag in your park bag to store the towel when not in use. Misting fans, stroller fans and personal fans keep the air moving around you which can help on those thick humid days.

10. Splash Pads- You may want to bring a change of clothes for the littles ones because located inside some parks is a splash pad. Inside Magic Kingdom there is a train themed fountain which is great for kids to cool off. Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is found in Storybook Circus near Dumbo- The Flying Elephant. Inside Epcot on the main path betw

een Future World and World Showcases there are dancing fountains where kids can splash around.

Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak Station- Magic Kingdom

11. Water parks- Last, but not least plan a day at one of Disney’s 2 waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. You can’t go wrong at either park. Typhoon Lagoon boasts North America’s largest wave pool with up to 6-foot swells! Blizzard Beach has one of the worlds tallest and fastest free-fall body slides in Mount Gushmore!

Don’t miss lots of special events continuing through the summer at Walt Disney World resort including Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration, Party with Pixar Pals and enjoy 25 years of The Lion King. The Surprise Celebration you can celebrate with the new “Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party” which goes up Main Street, USA multiple times a day. You can also meet Mickey and Minnie together at Town Square- in their birthday outfits! In Hollywood Studios you can party with The Incredibles when they host a dance party at Pixar Avenue. In Animal Kingdom celebrate 25 years of the Lion King with “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” hosted by Rafiki and Timon.

Also new this year from June 4 to August 23 at the Walt Disney World Resort there is a new ticket option called “Summer One World Ticket.” Starting June 1 for $444 you can purchase this new ticket which includes 6 admissions- one at each of the Disney’s theme parks and one at each of the 2 Disney water parks. This is a perfect ticket to beat the summer heat and any of the Key to Adventure travel agents would love to take care of that for you.

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