Beating the Heat
We are in the middle of summer here in Florida, which means it is very hot! If you are going to the beach you know to bring your sunscreen, water, and an umbrella to help beat the heat. Likewise, Disney World has its only rules and tips. Here are the tips and tricks we locals use to beat the heat here at Disney World.
There are more than enough places to buy a bottle of cold water, however there are also a lot of places to get a FREE cup of water. Any place that sells fountain drinks will give you a free cup of water. They usually have a stack of pre-filled cups sitting ready, so I highly suggest going up and asking for one, or five. Next, if you have a stroller with cup holders you can refill any time you see a water fountain – keeping you well hydrated as well as not wasting paper cups. There are also some water stations set up around the parks. I happen to know that Gaston’s and the old Liberty Square Riverboat station both have one such water station set up most of the time.
Get out of sun
During the especially hot parts of the day I highly suggest going to a show in the air conditioned buildings. Shows like Carousel of Progress over at Magic Kingdom, or Crush’s Turtle Talk at Epcot, are a great way to spend at least 20 minutes inside the AC and out of the heat. There are a lot of shows, rides and even lines that are inside and have AC so there is no reason to trap yourself outside in the sun around 1 PM. Another great way to stay inside during this time is to make a reservation for lunch. I know it can be tempting to just have dinner reservations but lunch is where it is at. First off, you are inside when it is hottest. The sun in much lower around dinner, making it the time to go eat at that cute counter service restaurant you saw earlier. Second, lunch is cheaper at most restaurants on Disney property. So you can enjoy the food, save money, and not die of heat stroke. It’s really a win win.
Go back to the hotel
It is hard for me to add this one because I am one of those people who, before I moved here, stayed in the parks from open to close. However, I never really came in the summer either. So, if you are going to be here in the summer you should consider going back to the hotel when it is hottest out. Especially if you can’t find enough ways to stay inside, or at least mostly inside, during that rough noon to three time. This is also a great time to hit the pool, take a nap if you have little kids, or even just take a break from the crowds. Most of the Disney hotels have fun activities going on throughout the day, especially if it is raining, so you won’t miss all the fun.
Bring an umbrella
I cannot suggest this more! I keep at least one black umbrella with us everytime we go during the day. First off, because it will probably rain … and then I have an umbrella. And second, because it will definitely be hot and it is noticeably cooler under an umbrella. It just needs to be dark enough to block the sun. Sure, the cute light colored umbrellas are cute, but they’re no where near as beneficial as the black ones. But if it’s all you have, some shade is definitely better than no shade. And if you are worried about moving around in the crowds or looking silly, a good hat is never a bad idea either. But I really do prefer umbrellas.
Revised from my original post here.