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Tips for Not Being Miserable This Summer in Disney

Summer has arrived and with it a lot of anticipated Walt Disney World vacations.  As many families look to take a summer vacation together, Walt Disney World continues to be a top choice.

Although summer is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World with longer hours, time for swimming, and exciting experiences happening all the time, it can also be an extremely difficult time to visit.

Heat and humidity show up in force during the summer months at Walt Disney World and if you aren’t prepared for them you might end up being miserable.

We have some tips for how you can make sure you aren’t miserable during your summer vacation to Walt Disney World.  We hope these will help you head into your vacation with a plan.

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Drink All the Water

One of the biggest issues for Guests traveling during the summer months is dehydration.  The combination of the heat, humidity, and lots of walking really takes a lot out of Guests.

To make sure don’t end up being dehydrated during your vacation, make sure you go in with a plan on how you are going to get water throughout the day.

Walt Disney World allows Guests to bring their own water bottles into the Parks.  This means you can bring your favorite refillable water bottle from home along on vacation.  There are also a variety of places that deliver to the Walt Disney World Resorts.  If you are looking to use bottled water, consider having some delivered to save money.

Guests can also get free ice water throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  The quick-service dining locations in the Parks will offer free cups of water.  Use this to save money and stay hydrated.

We also recommend looking into bringing hydration packets.  There are a lot of options out there, but having something that will add electrolytes to your water can be a great idea.

Making sure you drink enough water (not pop, coffee, or alcohol) is key to not being miserable during the hot summer months at Walt Disney World.

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Personal Fans

It can get tough standing in line during the summer months.  The heat, humidity, and lack of air movement are a harsh combination.  Keep yourself cool by bringing personal fans.

There are a variety of options on Amazon to choose from.  We like the rechargeable ones so we don’t have to worry about bringing batteries.

Make sure you have some for the little ones as well.  Fans that attach to strollers are a great way to keep those little ones cool during the day.

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Cooling Towels

We always thought these looked funny (and they still do) but they work wonders.  Cooling towels can be a life saver during the summer months when touring the Disney Parks.  By getting these towels wet, you can use them to wrap around your neck or place them on your head to cool your body down.

Disney sells some Disney-themed ones; however, you can also get a variety on Amazon.  Use these along with your portable fans for nice individual air conditioning.



To help keep your eyes protected from those harsh UV rays, make sure you have a good set of sunglasses for everyone.  These are extremely important to help prevent headaches.

You can find some cute Disney-themed ones to keep you in your Disney style.


Another important item you will want to bring along with you during the summer months is a hat or visor.  These are a great way to keep the sun off your face and can keep you cooler.

Little ones should also have hats to keep their face and head covered and protected from the sun.

Like with sunglasses, there are some adorable Disney-themed options out there to choose from.


For ladies, and those with long hair, make sure you have ways to pull your hair up.  You might start the day with nicely done hair, but as you begin touring a Disney Park it will quickly be hot, sweaty, and sticky.

Being able to quickly pull it back can make you feel a lot more comfortable.

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Chaffing Prevention

Chaffing is a real concern when touring Walt Disney World during the summer months.  Make sure you are prepared to deal with this ahead of time.

We recommend packing a chaffing stick that can be applied throughout the day.  Bring it into the Disney Park you are visiting so you can reapply it as it wears off throughout the day.

If you plan to wear dresses or skirts, consider investing in some sort of slip shorts to wear underneath.  This can make a huge difference in keeping you from being miserable.

Taking Breaks

Consider taking a break from the Disney Parks during the middle of the day.  When it gets the hottest, head out and rest.  The heat and humidity can take a lot out of everyone.  Scheduling in some rest time can save the day.

Swimming at the pool is always a lot of fun, but you can also consider scheduling a sit-down meal, or visiting another Resort to look around.

If you really don’t want to leave a Theme Park make sure you know where some good air conditioning is so you can cool down.  We have suggestions for Magic Kingdom HERE.

Breaks are a great way to avoid meltdowns and being miserable during your summer vacation at Walt Disney World.

Summer is a magical time to visit Walt Disney World; however, it can be miserable if you don’t have a plan.  Make sure you arrive with a plan on how you are going to deal with the heat and humidity so you aren’t miserable.

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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