Summer at Walt Disney World: How to Prepare

Visiting Walt Disney World is a fun experience for the whole family.  However, if you are going in the summer months, there are some things that you need to prepare for.

The Orlando area during the months of June, July, and August averages a high temperature of 90 degrees during June, and 92 degrees during July and August.  To the casual person, this doesn’t seem all that hot, and truth be told, it really isn’t.  However, the difference here is that the humidity in Florida can make that temperature really seem much, much higher.  As a result, the number one thing that you need to prepare for in my opinion is to drink plenty of water.

Obviously, with all of that heat, the sun plays a role as well.  For us, we certainly apply the sunscreen, and not only that, we also wear our sunglasses and some sort of hat as well!  If you don’t have a good hat or sunglasses, why not do a little shopping at the parks for one?

In addition to the heat and humidity, it is a common occurrence for there to be an afternoon thunderstorm pass through the area.  Sometimes, it happens so often at the same time that you can set your watch by it!  As a result, plan ahead and buy a cheap poncho at Wal-Mart or the dollar store and stow it in your  bag so you have it ready.  Of course the parks sell the ponchos, but they are more expensive to buy there, so don’t if you don’t have to.

When it rains, it has two affects.  The first is that some people head back to their resort to get out of the rain.  This varies depending on how quickly the shower passes through.  Another affect is that people will take in some of the indoor attractions, which boosts attendance at those locations.  If you are prepared for the rain, and don’t mind it, you can really get a lot of things done with a minimal wait!  The downside, though, is that some of the attractions will close while it is raining, but a lot of them don’t.

A lot of times, the rain during the day at Disney World is a wonderful occasion simply because it cools everything down for a while.  Generally speaking, when it does rain during the summer at Disney, the rain is not one of those nasty cold rains where you are chilled to the core, so for me, it isn’t bad at all!

Sometimes, though, your vacation at Disney during the summer is just HOT, HOT, HOT!  When this happens, the concerns for heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other heat related problems really ramps up.  One thing that I haven’t mentioned yet is that a lot of times, a great way to beat the heat is to take in some of the shows, or do a little shopping in some of the stores.  Or, if it is just too hot for the parks, head back to your resort and dive in the pool!

So, to recap, here are the things that I recommend for your vacation to Disney World during the summer months:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Wear your sunscreen!
  3. Bring your sunglasses and hat
  4. Don’t forget your poncho for rain
  5. Look for inside attractions during the hot times when you need a break indoors!

Taking a Disney vacation is great any time of the year, but for us, the summer is the best time, as long as you think ahead!  The last thing we want is to turn your great Disney vacation into a miserable one.  As always, enjoy your trip to Walt Disney World!

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