For guests who are not used to Florida’s wild summer weather, the heat and humidity at Walt Disney World can be startling. Additionally, it causes more stress as guests become much more frustrated when their bodies are not comfortable. It doesn’t have to be this way though, and while hitting the pool instead of the parks is the obvious choice, there are plenty of ways to stay cool without sacrificing time in the theme parks.

Stay hydrated

Water from Casey's

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It may feel like we’re pointing out the obvious here, but many of us are not conscious enough about our water intake in our day-to-day lives, never mind while we’re out visiting a Florida theme park in the summer. Ideally you should be drinking water almost constantly while touring the parks in the summer. If you find yourself starting to feel really uncomfortable because of the heat, having a couple of sips of cold water can make a world of difference.

Water in a Disney park does not need to be expensive (or a burden to carry) either. Many guests who end up feeling dehydrated, or just frustrated from the oppressive temperatures are not drinking as much water as they should because they put off continually paying $3+/bottle. Without purchasing or carrying bottles around, you can always ask for a cup of water from any Disney quick service location (or kiosk that has a soda machine) for free. Doing so regularly throughout the day will help you stay hydrated and beat the heat.

Indoor shows

Carousel of Progress

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Planning on visiting show attractions during the middle of the day is always a handy game plan to have. In the afternoon, when the parks are often the most crowded, seeing some shows gives you a chance to experience attractions that will not have long lines to wait in, while being indoors with the beautiful Florida air conditioning for what will likely be the hottest part of the day.

Relaxing with some good old AC during a show not only lets you cool off, but it also allows you to squeeze in some time for a few of the park’s most overlooked attractions that you have otherwise skipped, like the American Adventure in Epcot’s World Showcase of the Country Bear Jamboree in the Magic Kingdom. 

(Long) shaded rides


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Outdoor rides that go by quickly may not provide much relief, however rides that last for a longer time and are either shaded or have movement that creates enough of a breeze can be a fun way to relax and cool off.  When visiting the Magic Kingdom for instance, a spin on the PeopleMover or around the park via the Walt Disney World Railroad can make all the difference.


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