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Where to Escape the Heat in the Disney Parks

When heading to Walt Disney World, it is important to know where you want to dine, what rides you want to experience, and what other magical experiences you want to have while visiting.

During the warm months in Florida (which are from May to October some years) you will also want to know where to find some air-conditioning.   In each of the four Parks, there are numerous attractions that can provide some great magic as well air conditioning.

Take a look at some of our air conditioning attractions in each of the four Disney Parks that provide some much-needed escape from the sun.

Mickey Mouse Epcot
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There are a lot of amazing places in EPCOT to find some air-conditioning while enjoying some Disney magic

One of our favorite places to hang out during a hot day in EPCOT is over at the Seas Pavilion.   After catching a ride on Finding Nemo, we love walking around the amazing aquariums.

Aqua Tour
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There is so much to see in the aquarium that you can really take a long time enjoying the area.  For a good laugh, consider stopping by Turtle Talk with Crush.

Back in the World Showcase, there are numerous areas to get out of the sun and be in air-conditioning.  China, France, and Canada all have films in their pavilions that are a nice way to relax and learn a little about the country as well.

There are numerous stores and displays as well throughout the World Showcase that demonstrate the unique cultures of each country.  Browse through a few of them as a way to step out of the heat for a while.

In the Land Pavilion, Guests can take their time experiencing Soarin Around the World, Living with the Land, or even the newer film Awesome Planet.  These are wonderful experiences that don’t require being out in the elements.

Even though EPCOT is spread out, there are a lot of options to pop into for some air-conditioning along the way.

Disney Animal Kingdom
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a hard Park to find a break from the heat.  As so much focuses on the animals, the majority of the Park is outside.

Even though Kilimanjaro Safaris is an outdoor ride, being on the safari jeep does provide you coverage from the direct sunshine.

Tough to Be a Bug is a top choice in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for getting out of the sun.  This 4d experience teaches about bugs but keeps in mind that some might be terribly scared by how dark and intense it gets.

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If you can use Genie+ to snag some afternoon rides on Dinosaur or Na’vi River Journey, these two rides are nice, dark, and cool.  We wouldn’t recommend waiting out in the heat of the day to experience them so plan ahead.

The same goes for Avatar Flight of Passage.   Consider looking at purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane for it to skip the long wait in the sun.  The ride experience takes a while and will keep you nice and cool as you fly around with your banshee.

Seeing Festival of the Lion King or when it returns the upgraded Finding Nemo show are great ways to spend a while out of the heat enjoying a magical show.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a hard Park to navigate when it comes to heat so make sure you know where to find the air conditioning before arriving.

Tower of Terror

Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

This is the other Disney Park where we think air-conditioning is hard to find.  Because even some of the shows are outside here, finding a good spot for heartbreak can be hard.  Here are a few of our favorites.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along is one of our favorite experiences in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the bonus is that it is inside.  This show is a great retelling of our favorite Arendelle sisters by amazing, and hysterical, historians.

Muppet Vision 3D

Muppets 3D is another great way to step out of the sun at this Disney Park.  Although a little rough around the edges, this show is a classic that never seems to have a wait making it an easy one to pop into when hot.

Back near Rock n Roller Coaster, Guests can enjoy Lightning McQueen Racing Academy where they can see their favorite racer on stage.

Using Genie+ can be extremely helpful in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to avoid long, hot waits.  Use these features during the summer months to ride some favorites without having to wait in the sun.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios doesn’t have a lot of shade so be prepared with a plan.

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Magic Kingdom 

Scattered throughout all the lands in Magic Kingdom are excellent options for both magic and air conditioning

Enchanted Tiki Room and County Bear Jamboree both offer a fun, classic show while also providing a place to sit out of the sun.

Hall of Presidents is another fantastic option when you need a break from the heat.   You can easily stop in here to learn about our Presidents and history in a beautiful theater.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a fun and magical 4D show in Fantasyland that brings some of our favorite movies to life.  We love watching this show and find it to be the perfect break we often need.

Finally, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the beloved and historic Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland.  Take a ride through the decades and see how technology has changed while enjoying some extended air conditioning.

It is nice that Magic Kingdom has some excellent options for getting out of the summer heat and humidity.

Knowing where to find some great air conditioning in the four Disney Theme Parks is key during the hot summer months.  Being able to take breaks from the heat while still enjoying magical experiences is important during summer so you don’t miss a thing.

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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