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Disney in the summer can be HOT. It can almost be unbearable at times, but, hey, a little heat (OK, a lot of heat) never stopped anyone from visiting the most magical place on earth, right?
If you’re planning a vacation or a short visit this summer to Disney parks, you’re going to want to know all the ins and outs of how to stay cool. Ensuring you don’t get dehydrated, overheated, or over-exhaust yourself is extremely important, so here are a handful of ways you can cool off at Disney.
1. Stay Hydrated
This is pretty much common sense, but it’s easy to forget to drink water throughout the day, especially if you are super busy and constantly on the go. So, make sure to stop for water or have water on you at all times. You can even use your own reusable cup or buy a refillable mug at Disney. And remember, you can get free water throughout the parks, so definitely take advantage of that perk.
2. Find Shade
There are plenty of shady spots for you to rest and cool off at — all you have to do is look for them. There are also not-as-popular shady or indoor areas that make the perfect place to cool down, like hidden corners (my favorite is in the alley off Main Street U.S.A. in Disney World) or unkown areas, like the Gallery of Art & History at the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot.
3. Air Conditioning Is Your Friend
There is A/C all over Disney property, including in restaurants, shops, hotels, and rides. On a hot day, one of the things I like to do is to cut through stores at the parks on my way to do whatever is on my schedule. For example, rather than heading down the middle of Main Street U.S.A. at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, I cut through the shops on either side of the street, because they are all connected. Even though it’s only for a short amount of time, it makes for a great way to stay cool.
4. Go To A Show Inside
There are all kinds of shows to watch inside. From Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios, to the Voices of Liberty at The American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot, to The Disney Animation Building at Disney California Adventure Park, they are all great choices if you need a moment to sit and relax in the A/C.
5. Pick An Attraction With A Line Inside
Many of the attractions throughout Disney have lines that go inside, i.e. Space Mountain, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Soarin’, or Pirates of the Caribbean. If you don’t have a FastPass or anywhere you need to be, hop in one of these lines. Yes, you may have to wait awhile, but at least you’ll be cool and out of the sun.
6. Bring A Fan
Disney sells personal fans (you know the ones that also mist at the same time?), but you can also bring your own (here’s what I have), which isn’t a bad idea at all.
7. Take A Break In The Afternoon
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Take a break! If you’ve been going since early morning, a rest is usually needed. By going back to the hotel, not only can you can cool off, but you can take a nap or chill at the pool. Trust me, your body will thank you and then you’ll have even more energy for later on in the day/evening.
8. Just Keep Swimming
Sometimes it’s best to spend all of or part of your day at a swimming pool or going down a gigantic slide. What better way to cool off than by taking a dip in the pool at your hotel or heading to the water parks (Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach)?
9. Dress Appropriately
A good way to stay cool is by wearing the right clothing. Some good options: dresses, shorts, loose tops, and breathable apparel. Another tip: don’t wear jeans — you will sweat and be uncomfortable.
10. Take Advantage Of The Evenings
Some people prefer to spend their days doing other things on Disney property, like hotel hopping or having a pool day. Then, they’ll go to the parks in the evening when the sun isn’t beating down on them, which is pretty smart.
11. Cold Treats, Of Course
Disney has so many yummy cold treats, which always taste amazing when it’s so hot. From a Dole Whip, to ice cream (All-American Sundae, here I come), to a frozen beverage (I enjoy the Minute Maid Raspberry-Lemonade Slushy at Sunshine Tree Terrace), the options are endless. Really, any cold treat will suffice.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay cool at Disney in the summer. And, remember, there’s nothing a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar can’t fix, especially on a hot day.