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Our Top 7 Tips For Summer Travel to Disney

Summer is almost here, and we can’t wait to travel to Walt Disney World again. If you have a trip planned this summer as well, we want to share our top seven tips for managing Walt Disney World in the summer.

As teachers, we tend to be in Disney during the summer months. Because of this, we have learned some valuable tips along the way. These tips make a huge difference in managing the heat, humidity and keeping everyone happy throughout the trip.

We hope you find these helpful and save them for your summer vacation at Walt Disney World.

Rain in Disney
Rain in Disney

7. Plan For Rain

When you think of the summer months at Walt Disney World, you might focus on the heat and humidity. Don’t forget about the rain. The summer months at Walt Disney World are also the start of hurricane season. This often means that daily rain storms will happen.

If you head into the trip knowing this, you won’t be caught off guard. Make sure that you pack a poncho or raincoat for everyone. Tossing these on allows you to keep going or at least make it to the shelter while staying dry.

We also recommend umbrellas. These are great for when it is misting out, and you don’t want to deal with the whole hot poncho or rain jacket. Bonus tip- umbrellas are also fantastic for keeping yourself out of the sun.

Consider your feet when it comes to rain storms as well. Many people like to toss in sandals for significant flooding in the Parks. This makes it easy to keep your tennis shoes dry. Switch them out and keep on moving.

Chances are strong that you will face a rainstorm at some point during your summer vacation. Be prepared by having rain gear ready to go.

Related: Tips for Having a Magical Time Even When it Rains in Disney

portable fan
credit: Amazon

6. Pack for Heat and Humidity

Continue with the weather theme; pack for the heat and humidity. This tip has a lot of layers to it. Start by making sure that everyone has comfortable and breathable clothing. Don’t pack jeans or dark colors if you don’t have to. Light, breathable clothing will make it a lot easier to move around the Parks.

Think about your feet by having a few pairs of shoes to switch out so you can keep your feet happy. The extra miles combined with heat and humidity can make your feet swell. Being able to switch out to different shoes will help reduce any irritation that can happen.

Make sure that you pack items to help you stay hydrated. This might be individual water bottles or hydration packets. Know what will work best for your family and ensure you have it. Dehydration is a big concern during the summer months, and you want to prevent it as much as possible.

Finally, pack items to help you stay cool in the Parks. We like to have individual fans, cooling towels, and hats. These all help make the heat and humidity a little easier to manage throughout the day.

Related: 8 Essential Items to Pack For Your Summer Disney Trip


5. Plan Your Attractions

Another great way to manage the heat in the Parks is to hit up attractions that will allow you to cool down quickly. Although Disney has many outdoor experiences, there is also a handful in each Park that will be inside.

Magic Kingdom: Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, it’s a small world, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, and Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor

EPCOT: Living with the Land, The Seas Pavilion, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Soarin’

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Mickey Shorts Theater, Walt Disney Presents, For the First Time in Forever: A Disney Sing-Along, Star Wars Launch Bay

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Avatar: Flight of Passage, It’s Tough to Be a Bug, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue and Beyond, Festival of the Lion King

Be aware of these options to hit them up when you need an air conditioning break in the Parks.

Related: Know How to Battle the Heat in Walt Disney World

Resort Pool

4. Take Breaks

During the summer, taking a mid-day break when the Parks are the hottest is essential. Hit the Parks early in the morning during rope drop or early entry, and then after enjoying lunch, head back to your Resort.

Take a nap, shower, change clothes, or hit the pool. No matter how you spend your break, it will allow your body to rest, reset and be ready for the evening fun.

Typhoon Lagoon

3. Visit a Waterpark

When it starts to warm up, heading to a Disney waterpark is a lot of fun. Disney has two waterparks for Guests to enjoy: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Both are great experiences and a lot of fun for the whole family.

Take a day to enjoy floating around the lazy river, crushing the waves in the wave pool, or enjoying some thrills on the waterslides. Both waterparks have a lot to do but aren’t as high-stress as the Theme Parks can be. With all the water fun, it will also keep you cool.

2. Have Lunch Reservations

Another great way to cool down at Walt Disney World during the summer is to book lunch reservations. Having a meal booked not only gets you out of the heat and into some air conditioning but also lets you get off your feet.

If you don’t want to return to your Walt Disney World Resort, scheduling an afternoon meal is an excellent way to take a break within Disney Park. Cooling off while hydrating and fueling will help everyone be ready for more fun.

Captain Jack Sparrow, Magic Kingdom
Credit: Disney Dining

1. Slow Down

Finally, you will want to slow down when it is boiling at Walt Disney World. The combination of the heat, humidity, crowds, and walking will be a lot each day. Allow everyone the chance to take it slightly slower.

Don’t rush from ride to ride, especially during the middle of the day. Instead, stroll through shops, have snacks, and enjoy the magic all around Walt Disney World. Doing this will keep you cool.

We spent a lot of time at Disney in the summer. These are seven top tips for managing this time of year’s crowds, heat, and other elements. We hope these tips will help you have a magical time together.

Related: Why This Summer is Going to Be Magical at Disney




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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