How to keep cool at the Walt Disney World theme parks

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Spring is in the air! The hot, humid air…ok so maybe it’s not quite hot or humid yet, but that doesn’t mean that Florida isn’t getting some heat – and there will be more of that to come as summer approaches too! As you plan to head to Walt Disney World this Spring and Summer, I recommend you take some preventative measures to help ensure that you are as cool as can be:

Freeze Those Drinks – Get some disposable water bottles and fill them about 2/3 of the way with water, and then stick them in the freezer of your WDW Resort room Fridge the night before you head to the Parks. By the time it warms up outside and you’re ready to drink them, they should be partially melted and SUPER frigidly cold – the perfect thing on a hot day! And on that note – Remember To Drink A LOT while you’re touring – And I’m not talking about margaritas! Keeping hydrated is really important in the heat – water is best, but sports drinks and juice are good choices too.

Invest In A Chilly Towel – I don’t know who invented these, but they are awesome – a towel that you wet, and it magically becomes cool and stays cool for up to 4 hours. Once it loses it’s cool, just re-wet it and boom, instant cool on a hot day! There are a couple different types of these on the market, but the Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel is one of the more highly rated ones. How great would a cool wet towel feel on your neck during a long wait for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train? Pretty darn good, I would think!

Loose Dress Is Best – This is not the time to get all decked out in tight shirts and constricting clothing – keep your wardrobe choices loose and you will be way more comfortable in the heat. On another note, make sure you were comfortable shoes too – sandals, sneakers, Crocs – whatever you have that is comfortable and already broken in (this part is the key!) will be your best bet at the Parks

Take A Break – Walking and waiting in line and riding rides is fun – but it can get tiring quick, especially when it’s hot out! There’s so much to see and do and experience at the Disney Parks that it can be overwhelming, and between that and the heat and the sun – it’s a recipe for disaster! But luckily you can avoid all that if you just remember to relax and take frequent breaks. Find a shady spot to sit for a few minutes, grab a snack, people watch, plan your next rides, whatever works for you. The heat tends to be worst in the afternoon – so another option is to hit the Parks hard in the morning and head back to your Resort after lunch for a nap, or a swim, or just some down time to relax and escape the sun and heat. Then you can head back to the Parks early evening and you’re refreshed and ready to make a night of it!

Go Inside – There are plenty of indoor attractions and shows at Walt Disney World that not only get you out of the sun and into air conditioning, but that also offer your feet a break! Check out the Carousel of Progress, Spaceship Earth, Muppets 3D – or any of the other indoor shows – they’re a great way to beat the heat! Bonus – a lot of them tend to have pretty short wait times which is always a plus

Summer can be a HOT time to visit the Disney Parks – but many people (especially those with school age children!) can only travel there in the summer, so if you’re one of those people – I suggest you pack lots of shorts and use all of my “stay cool” tips – they will help ensure that your trip to the Happiest Place On Earth is a great one!


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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