Summer is a very popular time to visit Walt Disney World, and if you’re one of the many planning to make the trek during the upcoming months, then you will want to remember this – summer in Orlando is HOT and WET. Not only are the temperatures high, but the humidity is stifling, and there is thunder and rain storms almost every afternoon (and sometimes all day too!). Also, the crowds can get super intense, which for some isn’t an issue, but others might not love it. For many of you, summer is the only time you can make the trip to WDW – so I recommend being prepared!
Beat The Heat: It will be hot. Like – really hot. And even if the temperature is not that high, the humidity will make the air feel hot and heavy. Luckily, there’s a few things you can do to help combat the heat – make sure you STAY HYDRATED – always have a full water bottle on hand (bringing a water bottle from home will save money, too!), wear light-colored, loose clothing (helps keep sweating to a minimum!), and make sure you take advantage of all the indoor rides and attractions that Disney has to offer – they offer a great break from the heat and sun! Read more on how to keep cool at the parks here
Stay Dry: Along with the heat and humidity, the summer brings plenty of rain to Orlando – it tends to rain most afternoons, so it’s best to take some precautions that will help you stay dry. I like to bring my own ponchos from home – they can be purchased at Target or most dollar stores, and they have come in handy on many occasions. You can buy ponchos/umbrellas at the Parks, but it’s definitely easier and cheaper to bring your own. Along with the ponchos, I like to bring various sized Ziploc baggies too – they help keep my phone/wallet/park maps/souvenirs dry and safe from the elements
Anticipate The Crowds: Considering the fact that most schools have off during the summer months, you can bet that the crowds will be considerable at WDW during these times. But don’t panic – a little planning can go a long way. Here’s some crowd-control tips: If you’re staying at a WDW Resort, make sure you’re utilizing the Extra Magic Hours option – I recommend using this time to visit the more popular rides. Make sure you are using the Fastpass+ system and planning to use those for more popular rides/attractions as well. Something that works well for many families is hit the parks for the morning and then head back to their resort for lunch/a nap/pool time in afternoon (when the crowds and heat tend to be the worst). If this doesn’t work for you, then you might want to head to some of those indoor attractions during hot afternoons. One last tip – make sure you have your smart phone and the Disney App handy – you can update fastpass info and view wait times for rides and make dining reservations – all of which can help your day run much more smoothly
Above all, try to remember to relax and have fun! It may be crowded and/or hot, but you’re still vacationing at the Happiest Place on Earth – so enjoy every minute of it!
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