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How to Stay Cool and Comfortable at Disney in the Summer Heat

As you get ready to head to Walt Disney World this summer or even into the fall, it is important to have a plan for the weather. May through October at Walt Disney World brings warm temperatures along with high humidity. This combination can make days in the Disney Parks less than magical.

A good way to battle these elements is to know where you can find some escape. We are going to provide a quick list of places in all four Disney Parks where you can find a break from the heat and humidity.

If you are heading down during these warm months, make sure you are aware of these locations. Knowing where you can find a break can make a huge difference in your day in a Disney Park.

Festival of the Lion King
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We are going to jump right into the Disney Park where it is the hardest to find an escape from the weather. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a beautiful Park, but all of the trees and greenery make it super warm.

The two best ways to find some air conditioning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is by visiting one of the two outstanding shows. Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo The Big Blue and Beyond are large theaters that will give you a nice, long break. Both of these shows are highly entertaining and worth a visit anytime. The outstanding performers bring these two shows to Guests in a magical way that everyone should enjoy.

There are also a handful of rides throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom that are indoors. Both rides in Pandora, Navi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage, are indoors and provide a nice, cool break. Dinosaur and Tough to Be a Bug are also dark, indoor attractions. If you can use Genie+ to skip the outdoor queues, these can be good ways to get out of the sun.

Finally, we love visiting Nomad Lounge while in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This lounge has great drinks, delicious bites, as well as a nice, cool environment.

Although it can be hard to find a break from the elements in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, if you know about these options you should be good during your visit.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The other Disney Park that we find air conditioning hard to find is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

We would recommend checking out the few shows that are indoors. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along, Muppets 3D, and Lightning McQueen Racing Academy are three indoor shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are typically easy to get into and will provide a nice break from the heat. They are also located in different parts of the Park which is helpful.

  1. Baseline Tap House
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While in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we also like to take breaks at the lounges. Oga’s Cantina requires reservations, but Baseline Tap House and Brown Derby Lounge take walk ups. These are good places to get a cold beverage and relax.

When battling the heat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we would recommend looking into purchasing Genie+. Many of the queues, especially in Toy Story Land, are outdoors. Having Genie+ can lower your wait in those elements.

Having a plan at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is key to finding air conditioning. Although it is the smallest Park, it can be a lot of time in the sun.

Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland
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Magic Kingdom

Scattered throughout all the lands in Magic Kingdom are excellent options for both magic and air conditioning

Enchanted Tiki Room and County Bear Jamboree both offer a fun, classic show while also providing a place to sit out of the sun.

Hall of Presidents is another fantastic option when you need a break from the heat.   You can easily stop in here to learn about our Presidents and history in a beautiful theater.



Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a fun and magical 4D show in Fantasyland that brings some of our favorite movies to life.  We love watching this show and find it to be the perfect break we often need.

Finally, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the beloved and historic Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland.  Take a ride through the decades and see how technology has changed while enjoying some extended air conditioning.

World Showcase from Japan Pavilion
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Even though EPCOT is extremely spread out, there are a lot of options for finding air conditioning and a break from the heat.

One of our favorite places to hang out during a hot day in EPCOT is over at the Seas Pavilion.   After catching a ride on Finding Nemo, we love walking around the amazing aquariums.

Back in the World Showcase, there are numerous areas to get out of the sun and be in air-conditioning.  China, France, and Canada all have films in their pavilions that are a nice way to relax and learn a little about the country as well.

There are numerous stores and displays as well throughout the World Showcase that demonstrate the unique cultures of each country.  Browse through a few of them as a way to step out of the heat for a while.

living with the land
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The Land Pavilion up in World Nature also provides a nice escape. Here Guests can enjoy a nice boat ride on Living with the Land or enjoy a snack at Sunshine Seasons.

EPCOT is spread out, meaning lots of walking, but luckily there are spots to catch a break from the heat and humidity throughout the Park.

The heat and humidity can be difficult at Walt Disney World. If you go in knowing where you can find air conditioning along the way, it can make your days in the Parks a lot more magical.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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