I don't know about you, but I can't take the heat — even worse — I cannot stay out of the parks — I'm too nuts for Disney! In the middle of summer — and heck, even spring and fall — there is almost no escaping the heat at Disney World. Thankfully, when it gets hot, I start thinking creatively. Today I'm sharing the ways I cool off and carry on in the parks. Here are the best ways to stay cool at Disney World.
Take it Slow
One of the easiest ways to avoid overheating is to slow things down. Take advantage of waiting in shaded lines is a great way to give your body a break. With great interactive queues in rides such as Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan's Flight and Big Thunder Mountain — why not enjoy a little AC and rest? During the hottest parts of the days, I hit up these cool wait rides. I look for rides/attractions that let a lot of guests in at once, such as Mickey's Philharmagic. Stop in the any of the hundreds of gift store shops and do a little slow down/cool down shopping. You can also take a seat in the quick service and table service restaurants for a cool bite to eat.
Another great option is to take a break from the parks during the hottest parts of the day. Wake up before the sun is scorching, and hit the parks before it gets really hot. Then take a break poolside or in the comfort of your resort, and return when the parks have cooled off! Taking a break can prevent meltdowns (both from being hot and being irritable) and make for a cool summer.
Bring Your Own Fan
BYOF/M — That stands for Bring Your Own Fan/Mister. That's my recommendation anyway. You can buy misters and fans at your local superstore for great prices. In the parks? Not so much! There's a wide variety to choose from, from basic clippable battery-operated foam blade fans to the all-out, ultra high-tech misting fan combos. No matter what you go with, keeping at least one of these on hand is a great idea for going to Disney World in the heat! Don't worry, if you forget (or if you don't heed this warning) misting fan combos are available for purchase throughout the parks at kiosks. Just be aware, you might be spending a pretty penny to cool things off.
Splash Your Way Cool!
Getting cool is as easy as a splash! Throughout the parks, you can find many water cooling spots. From the Casey Jr. Splash N Soak Station in Magic Kingdom to water rides that are sure to thrill and, well, chill such as Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom or Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom, you can find a good variety of spots to get sprayed or even soaked!
In addition to the splash pads and water rides, you can also find a variety of misting stations throughout the parks. I love the Coke misting stations such as the one near the backlot area of Disney's Hollywood Studios and the area near Test Track in EPCOT to name a few. Water equals instant cooling satisfaction! Of course, if these tricks just aren't cutting it, there are always the water parks. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach offer all day cool-off fun, and they are an economical option too.
Eat a Cool Treat!
I love a cool drink or frosty treat to cool my body down from the inside out! Slushies are one of my favorite ways to cool down on the go. One of my favorite slushy-style drinks can be found at Gaston's Tavern. Lefou's Brew is a crisp, sweet frozen apple slush. It hits the spot when you're searching for something cool and refreshing.
There is no shortage of cool treats within the parks, from the famed Dole Whip to a good, old-fashioned Mickey Bar. No matter what you decide, make sure you keep water at the top of the list of cooling refreshments. A hydrated body is a happy body!
Scientific Cool Down
There are so many awesome high tech cooling options. From moisture-wicking clothing to cooling towels, there are some pretty cool tools out there! On my last trip I got a cooling towel (purchased at Walmart) that activate by dousing it with water. I LOVED that thing! At first I was hesitant to wear it into the parks, thinking it would make me look weird. Boy was I glad when I realized the cooling power that thing packed! It really did the trick. I won't leave for a summer Disney trip without it!.
As for dressing in the parks, think smart. Wear cool, light-colored clothing. Shopping/packing with the heat in mind (and SUN PROTECTION) is the way to go! Don't forget your hat and shades, and you're set!
I hope you'll use these suggestions as you head into the parks in the next few months. Summer in Florida is HOT, but at Disney World, it's going to be the "Coolest Summer Ever!" Have a tip for staying cool at Disney World? Share your comments below.
Until next time, keep it magical!