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How To Survive The Heat In Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort is perfect for visiting due to the Floridian sunshine and warm temperatures. However, the rising temperatures during the summer months can make days in the Disney Parks challenging. You want to experience all the fun. However, the heat can be exhausting and make you reconsider your plans to visit the Disney Parks.

Knowing how to survive the heat in Walt Disney World can help you to have a magical Disney experience. Here are our tips for taking a Disney vacation when it’s set to be scorching!

Carry a Fan

Fans are a great way to keep cool in the Floridian heat. Many different fans are available to buy, including handheld fans, battery-powered fans, and fans for your neck. While some fans are available throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, we recommend buying your fans ahead of your Disney vacation. Amazon is an excellent place to buy the one that is most suitable for you.

portable fan
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Use a Cooling Towel

Like fans, cooling towels can help you to stay cool. You can wear them around your neck and wrists or on your head. Throughout the day, wet them with cold water to use them to keep you cool. Stores around Walt Disney World sell Disney cooling towels. Alternatively, buy cooling towels before leaving for your Disney vacation.

Stay Hydrated

It’s essential to stay hydrated when you are exploring the Disney Parks. Doing so will help you to avoid feeling unwell. Free iced water is available at any quick-service restaurant in the Disney Parks. All you have to do is ask a Cast Member at the food collection point, and they will provide you with cups of iced water. Carrying a reusable bottle that you regularly fill throughout the day will help you avoid dehydration. Fill it with iced water, or use the water stations around each Disney theme park.

Iced Water, Disney Parks
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Wear Loose and Light Clothing

Loose clothing is comfortable to wear around the Walt Disney World Resort. Likewise, light-colored clothing will reflect some of the sun, helping to keep you cool. Planning your outfits ahead of your Disney vacation will help you pack the clothes you need and intend on wearing, preventing you from overpacking.

Visit the Disney Parks in the Morning and Evening

If you hope to avoid spending time in the Disney Parks during the hottest parts of the day, then you’ll want to spend time in a Disney theme park in the morning and evening. As a Disney Resort hotel Guest, Early Theme Park Entry will help you to make the most of the hours you spend in a Disney Park during the morning. If you intend to spend the evening in a Disney Park, from 5:30 p.m. is a great time to visit. As the sun sets, the temperature will lower, providing a more comfortable experience than during the afternoon.

Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom
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Experience Indoor Attractions

There are plenty of indoor attractions around the Walt Disney World Resort. Planning to ride outdoor attractions in the morning or evening, during the cooler parts of the day is a good idea. Save indoor attractions for the hottest part of the day, from midday through the afternoon. Indoor attractions may consist of rides. Alternatively, you can sit and watch incredible shows. We won’t judge if you take time to nap during the shows!

While Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane can help to keep your wait times to a minimum, you may be grateful for longer indoor lines, to enjoy some time in the AC. The indoor attractions you’ll want to save for the afternoon are:

Magic Kingdom

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Town Square Theater
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom
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  • Awesome Planet
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs
  • Impressions de France
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future
  • Reflections of China
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around The World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Voices of Liberty
Living with the Land, EPCOT
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Disney Junior Dance & Play
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Animation Courtyard
  • Red Carpet Dreams
  • Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie
  • Walt Disney Presents
Vacation Fun, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Adventurers Outpost
  • Na’Vi River Journey
Adventurers Outpost, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Spend Time by the Pool

Time to relax is vital during a Disney vacation. Spending time by your Disney Resort hotel pool is an excellent way to cool off, while relaxing. If you’re hoping to enjoy the pool with few other Guests, you’ll want to visit in the morning or late at night before it closes. Afternoons tend to be busier; however, it’s no surprise as that’s when it’s hottest. Take advantage of the quiet pools if you stay in a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resort for a more relaxing experience.

Disney's Pop Century Pool Area
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Visit the Disney Water Parks

During the summer, you should consider visiting Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. The Disney water parks combine water with rides and attractions, so you won’t feel like you are missing out on the fun. You’ll find slides and raft rides for the entire family. If you’d rather spend the day relaxing, find a sun lounger on the beach or grab an inner tube and float around the lazy river. 

Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
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Eat Indoors

Whether you choose to eat at full-service or quick-service restaurants, there are plenty to choose from indoors. Eating inside during the hottest parts of the day is an excellent way to escape from the heat. 

Browse the Stores

There are plenty of Disney merchandise locations around the Walt Disney World Resort to browse during your Disney vacation. Browsing the stores in the afternoon can help you to avoid the shopping rush at the end of your Disney day. Doing so is also a great way to take advantage of some time in the AC, whether you’re a shopper or not!

World of Disney, Disney Springs
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Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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