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Know How to Battle the Heat in Walt Disney World

As we get closer to the summer, Walt Disney World will start heating up. The summer months in Florida are hot and humid. This is a tough combination when visiting Walt Disney World. If you have a trip booked to Disney this summer, we have how you can battle these elements and have a great time.

Tree of Life Gardens
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Plan on Breaks

The summer months at Walt Disney World aren’t the time to be in the Parks from open to close. Take breaks to give yourself time away from the heat during the middle of the day.

When it becomes sweltering during the middle of the day, head back to your Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy the pool, nap, or soak in the air conditioning while relaxing in the lobby. It is so important to allow your body to recover and cool down so you can enjoy the rest of the evening in the Park.

Festival of the Lion King
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Hop Between Air Conditioning

When you are in the Parks, consider playing air conditioning hopping. This is where you hop between shows and experiences that put you in the air conditioning. This is a fantastic way to stay in the Parks but keep cool.

Rides like the Carousel of Progress, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and Country Bear Jamboree are all examples of this in Magic Kingdom. They hold many Guests and offer a friendly, long break from the heat.

Knowing these options before arriving at the Parks can help you continue to enjoy the Disney magic while staying cool.

Satuli Canteen Kids Meal

Plan Meals

Another great way to battle the heat of the summer is to plan meals. Walt Disney World has many outstanding quick service and table service locations to have a great meal during your trip.

Visit a nearby Disney Resort for extra time out of the Parks and heat while having a delicious meal. Meals allow you to refuel, experience some new parts of Disney, and cool down from the heat.

When visiting Magic Kingdom, we enjoy taking the monorail over to Steakhouse 71 or Kona Cafe for a great meal. Beaches and Cream over at Beach Club is a delicious option, or riding the skyliner over to the Riviera or Caribbean Beach are all ways to have a good meal and get out of the Parks.

Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle

Go Early or Stay Late

When trying to stay out of the heat and humidity, plan to be at the Parks when the sun isn’t as extreme. Head to the Parks early in the morning when the sun hasn’t reached the peak or head there in the evenings when the sun has gone down.

The crowds are typically lower during these times, and the heat is much easier to handle. Remember that those staying at a Disney Resort can enjoy early entry. This allows them to get into the Parks thirty minutes early.

Those staying at a deluxe Disney Resort can also take advantage of the extended evening hours. This allows Guests to enjoy the Parks after closing. This is lower crowds and after the sun, which is fantastic.

Some specific items can also help you manage the heat during your trip. We recommend ensuring that these are packed for your trip so you are prepared.

bottled water
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First and foremost, make sure you stay hydrated.  There are also sorts of ways you can make sure you have water at the ready when visiting Walt Disney World.

If you want bottled water, consider delivering it to your Disney Resort to save money.  You can do this through Walmart, Amazon Prime Now, Garden Grocer, and other options. This will save you lots of money in the Theme Park.

Bring your own cute Disney refillable cup into the Disney Parks. You can find water filling stations throughout the Parks and get free water from most quick-service dining locations.

Consider investing in some hydration packets as well. These are a great way to help combat dehydration throughout the vacation.

Water is so essential when it comes to beating the heat and humidity in Walt Disney World.

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It is so important to have sunscreen with you throughout the day. Make sure that you reapply multiple times. Since you will be sweating a lot, reapplication is essential.

If you have little ones, consider sticks or makeup brushes to make application easier. We also recommend chapstick with SPF to keep your lips from burning.

baseball hat
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Another way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear a hat. This can keep your face projected from the sun and the harsh rays. There are many cute Disney hats and visors, so find out what will add some Disney magic to your outfit.

portable fan
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Portable Fans

A portable fan might seem silly, but waiting in line can be amazing, and the air isn’t moving. Many great rechargeable options on Amazon are easy to toss into your Disney Park bag and easily have on hand.

We like turning these on when we are waiting in a crowd and there isn’t a breeze to be found. Having slight air movement can help keep the body cool and save the moment.


Another way to protect yourself from the sun is by having an umbrella. Extra UV umbrellas are designed to protect you from the sun’s rays.

When standing on the asphalt, waiting in line for a ride with the sun beating down on you can be crippling.  Using an umbrella to shield yourself when no cover can change the moment.

A trip to Disney during the summer can be challenging because of the heat, but if you go into the journey with a plan, you can manage it and have a wonderful time.


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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