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What to Pack When It Gets Cold At Disney

Even though we all think that Walt Disney World is always a perfect temperature with sunshine, this isn’t always the case. There are some times during those winter months when even Disney gets cold. If you check the weather predictions for your trip to find that temperatures will be more relaxed than you anticipated, don’t fret. We have suggestions to help you navigate those chilly days in the Disney Parks.

If you are used to traveling during those hot, humid summer months, it might seem strange to be packing some of these items. Trust us, though. If those temperatures drop, you will be glad you have them with you.

When you see those cooler temperatures, don’t feel down. Cooler temperatures typically mean lower crowds. If you come prepared, you can take advantage of those lower crowds.

Let’s look at some of the essential items you will want to toss if those temperatures look to be cooling down.

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Step one for navigating the cold is to pack layers. Layers can be super helpful when the mornings and evenings start cooler and the sun warms it up in the afternoon. You might need a sweatshirt and pants when the morning begins, but as the day warms up, you can take them off and enjoy the sunshine.

Layers like light jackets, sweatshirts, and even leggings you can quickly put on under a skirt or dress can help you stay warm. Throwing them on and off can make it easy to keep yourself comfortable as the weather adjusts throughout the day.


Who would have ever thought you needed a Walt Disney World jacket? But during those cold fronts, jackets are required to keep you happy. Sometimes you can get away with just a light jacket, but if temperatures are going to drop, toss in that winter coat.

There are a lot of winter coats now that easily roll and can be put into a suitcase or backpack, taking up little room. Feeling warm and cozy will make the magic that much more enjoyable.


Winter Gear

Nothing is worse than being cold at a Walt Disney World Park as you try to enjoy the parade or fireworks. Make sure you toss in a hat and scarf for everyone. These winter items can make a huge difference in managing the cold in the Parks.

Touch Screen Gloves

You are probably well aware of how important your phone will be for navigating Disney Parks. Even if you know this, let us remind you. Your phone and access to My Disney Experience will be essential to a successful vacation.

Through this app, you will navigate the Parks, order food, see pictures, find wait times, and so much more. Because of this, you want to ensure that you bring gloves that can navigate your phone. Look for touchscreen gloves wherever you shop.

These will save you a lot of time taking those gloves on and off as you navigate your way around. It might seem silly, but it will make a big difference overall.

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Hot Hands

Another great item to have along with you for the Disney Parks is hot hands. These fantastic items will help keep your hands warm even on the coldest days. Grab a bunch of them and toss them in your Disney Park bag. You will be glad you have them while waiting for that nighttime firework show.

Give the packs a quick shake, and they will start warming up. You can then hold onto them or put them in your gloves, and then you will be able to keep warm.


Having a small throw blanket can be super helpful during those cooler evenings. Use them to sit on while you wait for parades, cavalcades, or fireworks. You can also wrap them around you to stay warm as well.

Look for small ones that you can easily roll up and keep in your Disney Park bag. This makes it easy to bring along and won’t take up a lot of room.


No one likes cold feet. To prevent your little toes from getting too hard, consider what socks you want to bring with you for the trip. Make sure they are breathable. Having sweaty feet in the cold is not a combination.

Look for socks that will keep your feet warm as you walk around the Disney Parks and allow them to breathe. A lot of times, these are going to be athletic socks.

Rain Gear
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Rain Gear

Although winter months don’t see a lot of rain, you will still want to be prepared for it. Make sure you bring your rain gear. This means waterproof shoes, extra socks, rain jackets, and umbrellas. Making sure you stay dry will be necessary during those cooler temperatures.

Even though you can find most of these items at Walt Disney World, if you forget them, you will save a lot of money, time, and frustration by packing them ahead of time.

If you find your temperatures predicted to be cooler than anticipated, don’t fret. Go in with these items, so you are prepared to stay warm as you travel around the Disney Parks. Enjoy the lower crowds, quietness, and magic.

When traveling during the winter months, it is essential to make sure that you are prepared for those cooler temperatures. Even Walt Disney World can get cold. With these items packed and ready to go,  you will be able to keep on touring and enjoying everything that Disney has to offer.

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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