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Our Favorite Ways to Beat the Heat at Disney World

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With tadpoles out of school, many frog families tend to plan Disney trips during their summer vacations. Orlando is located in the middle of Florida, which has a warm, subtropical climate year-round. Although the heat is at its highest over the summer months, it can get hot year-round. Never fear: You can beat the heat at Disney World if you plan and strategize accordingly! We’ve gathered all our knowledge about Florida’s higher temperatures and humidity in this post, so you can stay cool at Disney World!

Beat the Heat at Disney World — Storybook Circus splash area

 

Overview of Florida’s Climate

Florida’s nickname is the Sunshine State, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that it can get HOT out under the sun. As mentioned, the weather is consistently warm year-round, even during the winter months. During the winter season, high temperatures average around mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit with occasional cold snaps. Meanwhile, over the summer season, high temperatures steadily reach the low- to mid-90 degrees. On top of the heat, there are also high humidity levels, which makes it feel even hotter. So you definitely want to prepare!

How to Pack for the Heat

Packing for a warm, humid climate can be tricky, particularly if you don’t quite know what to expect. But rest assured, if you keep these items in mind, you’ll be able to handle the Florida heat and stay cool at Disney World!

Sunscreen

SUNSCREEN IS A MUST. The sun can be brutal, and you don’t want to regret not wearing sunscreen later. While you may look funny turning as red as Sebastian the crab, sunburn is no laughing matter. It hurts and can easily ruin a trip. We highly recommend bringing a tube or spray bottle with you instead of buying it on Disney World property. Most stores at the parks and resorts should have some for sale, but sometimes only certain stores will have them in stock.

Apply in the morning and don't froget to reapply throughout the day. We recommend taking the time every two hours to use the restroom, reapply sunscreen and refill your water bottles. Make it easier by picking a time on the hour or half-hour so you remember to take those quick breaks. If you're using Disney Genie+, use this time to book a new Lightning Lane selection. Taking 10 minutes to reset will help your family continue on with the rest of the day.

How to Beat the Heat at Disney World - Packing sunglasses, hat and sunscreen

Hats and Sunglasses

Protect your face and eyes from the bright rays. A simple baseball cap or visor will do just fine with keeping the sun off your face. Keep your favorite pair of fancy sunglasses at home so you don’t have to worry about losing them. You can always find a cheap pair at a local store.

Lightweight, Quick-Dry Clothing

You’ll want to stick to lightweight, quick-dry clothing because of the high humidity. Thick fabrics such as cotton or denim won’t let your skin breathe as easily as moisture-wicking material. Light colors are better than wearing black or darker-colored clothing. It may not be as fashionable, but we’d choose comfort over style when it comes to picking park outfits.

Cool Accessories

Stay fresh all day with a portable misting fan! It may seem like more of a luxury item than a necessity, but honestly, you won’t be disappointed if you bring one. When Tad and Lily (and even Leap) complain about being too hot, I just spray them down to help them stay cool. (Our misting fans from 10 years ago still work, so hang onto your purchase for future years!)

One of our best tips is to soak a cooling towel with cold water at the start of the day and wear it around your neck. (You bet one of our favorites is the Chilly Pad from frogg toggs.) We also have seen many frogs bring neck fans for a cool breeze all afternoon!

Tips to Beat the Heat at Disney World

1. Stay Hydrated

Beat the Heat - Water and Fans

Staying hydrated is our most important tip for surviving the heat at Disney World. Dehydration and other heat-related illnesses are common ailments that visitors face while they’re at the parks. It’s tempting to quench your thirst with an ice-cold soda or a frozen margarita, but sugary and alcoholic drinks can leave you further dehydrated. So, if you do indulge in these types of drinks, make sure you’re still drinking at least an equal amount (preferably more!) of water.

Pack reusable water bottles for every frog in the family, so you can fill them up throughout the day instead of constantly buying pricey bottled water. Quick-service restaurants also provide free small cups of water if you simply ask. Check out our water at Disney World guide for more hydration tips and water refill locations!

2. Take Frequent Breaks

It’s easy to get caught up in planning your trip, as you attempt to squeeze in as much as possible. Be sure to schedule short but frequent periods of downtime during the day, or be flexible enough to stop while you’re at the parks, to allow everyone to take a breather. You know what those wise, old frogs say: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

3. Visit the Parks in the Mornings and Evenings

Rise and shine, morning frogs! We like using this strategy occasionally when the hot temperatures become too much in the afternoon. Arrive at the parks early in the morning, and make time for a longer break later in the day. Not only will you miss the hottest part of the day, but you’ll also beat the crowds and possibly miss a thunderstorm. Florida is known for its quick afternoon summer showers during its rainy season. Take the time to get some rest back at your hotel and recharge. Then, you’ll be ready for dinner and can continue the fun through the night.

We wouldn't recommend this strategy when the parks close earlier at night. (Take full advantage and maximize your time in the parks!)

4. Eat Cool Snacks

Beat the Heat at Disney World — Ice cream cone at Animal Kingdom

When we say eat cool snacks, we mean it both literally and figuratively. Seize the photo-op for your Instagram-worthy treats and let them cool you down after you snap that perfect shot (but take those pics quickly before they melt!). Our froggy favorites include the classic Dole Whip and Mickey ice cream bars. Also, Disney constantly comes up with creative ice cream desserts, especially around times of celebrations for holidays or new movie releases. It’s the perfect excuse to eat ice cream! Check out our cool guide for the best ice cream stops at Disney World.

5. Go on Water Rides, or Hang Out at Splash Pads

Hopping on water rides is our favorite way to cool down! You don’t have to sacrifice any ride time, and you can escape the heat as you get splashed (or soaked). The ride with the highest chance of getting wet is the river raft ride, Kali River Rapids, in Animal Kingdom.

As you walk around the parks, you may come across misting stations or splash pads, like in Storybook Circus or Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. Chill out for a few minutes before you continue on your way.

6. Swim at Your Resort’s Pool or a Water Park

Planning a Disney World Trip - Blizzard Beach Snowgies

Soak up the waves at Disney's water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Each water park has a uniquely themed set of attractions that cater to all members of the family. Check out our cool guide to Blizzard Beach and our splashin' guide to Typhoon Lagoon for all of the deets.

Don't froget to plan some park downtime to take advantage of the hotel pool that’s right downstairs! All of the Disney resorts have fabulous pool areas with at least one large, themed feature pool. Some resorts have pools specifically meant for a relaxing, quiet time, while other resorts are so big that there are multiple pools for convenience. We’ve even ranked our favorites!

7. Seek Air Conditioning Whenever Possible

Fortunately, many of the rides, restaurants, shows and shops are indoors and #blessed with air conditioning. It’s nice hopping from one spot to another knowing that you’ll get some relief from the heat. Another strategy is to book a dining reservation during the hottest parts of the day and eat leisurely. This always gives us time to reflect positively on the day so far and plan out what to do next. Spend some time souvenir shopping, as well. Many gift shops near the front of each park are interconnected so you don’t even have to step outside as you move from store to store.

Best Disney World Attractions and Shows to Beat the Heat

At Disney World, a great way to beat the heat is to head inside and have some fun!

Magic Kingdom

  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion
  • "it's a small world"
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Enchanted Tiki Room

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

EPCOT

Beat the Heat at Disney World – Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

  • The American Adventure
  • Awesome Planet
  • Canada Far and Wide
  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along and/or Impressions de France
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Reflections of China
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
  • The Sea with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • It's Tough to be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Na'vi River Journey

Don't let the summer heat keep you from having fun. Have you figured out any other ways to beat the heat at Disney World? Share in the comments below!

Related: How to Pack for the Theme Parks (and Orlando Weather) Year-Round

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 20, 2023 at 5:46 a.m. Heather GT Says...

We will be in FL this August and just hope that it isn't too humid that week. We are used to dry heat.

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Jun 20, 2023 at 5:17 a.m. Hunter Says...

Love those inside rides in the heat

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Jun 20, 2023 at 4:53 a.m. Sara Lord Says...

I live in FL and these are all great tips that you should DEF follow!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 4:04 a.m. Claire y Says...

Thank you for all those precious tips!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 4:03 a.m. Mary F Says...

Love taking breaks to enjoy cool snacks - Dole whip is family favorite!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 3:51 a.m. cody Says...

water & suncreen two VERY important things while in the florida heat

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Jun 20, 2023 at 3:17 a.m. Zoe Whorrall Says...

Eating all the cool snacks!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 3:16 a.m. Crystal Dawn Says...

Such great tips! Thanks for the helpful list of shows as we plan to follow your advice on rides during morning hours and shows in afternoons/evenings. I also plan on setting my alarm for every 2 hours for your recommended bathroom breaks to refill water, reapply sunscreen (&deodorant), and to just take a quick break from the heat!!! I think this will free me up as MOM from having to “think and worry” constantly about protecting my husband and sons from the sun/heat. Thanks again! Ready for fun in the sun!????

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Jun 20, 2023 at 3:13 a.m. Jessica Whorrall Says...

Great tips- thank you!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 2:43 a.m. Jessica Arnold Says...

I dread hot weather, so when we went in September of 2019 I made sure to look up all the tips to help keep us cool. I bought cooling towels and misting fans. We've used them for both our trips now and during our local fairs during the summer.

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Jun 20, 2023 at 2:27 a.m. Rachael debates Says...

Always stay hydrated!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 2:24 a.m. Lisa Says...

We love Typhoon Lagoon!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 2:03 a.m. Maryellen Mignano Says...

Awesome

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Jun 20, 2023 at 2:02 a.m. Brad Jones Says...

Great ways to beat the Florida hot heat

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Jun 20, 2023 at 1:53 a.m. Lela Says...

I would love to go anytime of the year. These are great tips!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 1:32 a.m. Malisa Turner Sweat Says...

That information would come in handy for a summer visit for anyone.

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Jun 20, 2023 at 12:44 a.m. Jamie Martin Says...

God, I need these tips even at home.

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Jun 20, 2023 at 12:42 a.m. Kayla Jones Says...

Great list of options to escape the heat.

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Jun 20, 2023 at 12:24 a.m. David Says...

Great tips!

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Jun 20, 2023 at 12:21 a.m. Sg11 Says...

Water! Sunscreen and taking a break in the shops

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Jun 19, 2023 at 11:47 p.m. VikA Says...

Good info

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Jun 19, 2023 at 11:29 p.m. Paul Says...

Stay hydrated.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 11:04 p.m. Kara Says...

As a FL native. So many people wear less clothes, I 100% suggest leggings and sunshirts (ideally with mesh ventilation) as it really does keep you cooler.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 10:55 p.m. Marcela Says...

Male dure to bring a chapstick, maybe some small pocket fan, an aluminium bottle of water so your water keeps cold, sunscreen, hat and some snacks.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 10:38 p.m. Khaii Mason Says...

All great tips! Love the frog family!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 10:24 p.m. Elizabeth C Says...

I always plan to do the inside rides during the hottest times of the day!!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 10:11 p.m. David Perez A Says...

Love the tips, thank you!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 9:56 p.m. Martin Says...

I always do mornings.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 9:49 p.m. Krysti J Says...

Splash areas are the best to cool kids off! And inside shows in the a/c. Lots of great ideas here!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 9:29 p.m. Kayla C Says...

So glad our resort has a lazy river to retreat to for cooling off!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 9:10 p.m. GregL Says...

Dolewhip anyone? Afternoon showers little dance in the rain?

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Jun 19, 2023 at 9:08 p.m. Cesar Says...

Astonishing!!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 8:57 p.m. ryan Says...

cool

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Jun 19, 2023 at 8:45 p.m. David Heath Says...

Ice water

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Jun 19, 2023 at 8:26 p.m. Travis Says...

sweet!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 8:25 p.m. Kore Says...

I love watching shows to beat the heat and get a break!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 8:21 p.m. Deb H Says...

Swimming at the resort works great!!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 8:01 p.m. Shamika Carter Says...

I just entered the sweepstakes. I pray I win for me and my two daughters.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 7:24 p.m. Shantelle Sanders Says...

Always the best tips! As someone who doesn’t like to be hot but loves Disney, these are going to come in handy

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Jun 19, 2023 at 7:15 p.m. Cori Says...

We always stagger indoor and outdoor time & try to do big outdoor stuff first in the am or last in the evening. Shade and water.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 6:19 p.m. Liz R Says...

So helpful to have a list of all the indoor AC rides! Thanks!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 6:18 p.m. Liz R Says...

So helpful to have a list of all the indoor air conditioned rides!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 6:15 p.m. Crystal Burnett Says...

Spray bottles

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Jun 19, 2023 at 5:25 p.m. Molly Bickings Says...

Wow great article!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 5:19 p.m. Kylee Christenson Says...

The difference between Disney and other theme parks - the shows and indoor rides are such a nice break from the heat and we loved that!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 4:56 p.m. BAGodfrey Says...

Thanks for the great tips!!!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 4:52 p.m. Melody Says...

As a disabled person this is so helpful!!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 4:44 p.m. E. Vaughn Dominic Says...

I'm a planner; we try to plan it out that we walk around in the early morning and evenings, and spend the hottest parts of the days watching shows or having our big meal.

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Jun 19, 2023 at 4:41 p.m. Cassandra K Says...

Guardians of the Galaxy can help me beat the heat anytime!

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Jun 19, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Anita Says...

That's a good idea to go early morning and come back in the evening. I'll use my afternoon to cool off in the pool

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