I love hot weather. I mean REALLY hot weather. So today when the temperature hit a balmy 80 degrees in Cleveland, it made me think of my favorite month of the year to go to Disney – August. Most people think this is crazy but I guess I’m just a cold blooded person. The only time I really feel warm-to-the-core is August in Orlando. Luckily, with a little preparation you don’t have to melt if you’re not as enamored with the thought of spending 8 hours in stifling humidity and scorching temperatures characteristic of Florida summers.
Tip 1: Bring a refillable bottle. We use the Brita water bottles that have a filter in the lid so you can re-fill at water fountains throughout the parks. It’s way cheaper than buying water every time you’re thirsty, which is all the time!
Tip 2: Personal fans help in two ways when you’re waiting in lines – blowing air to cool you off and re-directing any sweaty fumes that may be lingering in the area. Standing in close quarters with a hundred other guests at the end of a 95 degree day can become quite unpleasant, if you know what I mean!
Tip 3: Find a spray ground. Every park has water misters in various locations so you can cool off as you’re walking between attractions.
Tip 4: Alternate indoor and outdoor activities to stay cool. This can mean walking through the shops, seeing a show, or even going in the bathroom! That cool blast of air from indoors is a welcome reprieve from the burning summer sun.
- In the Magic Kingdom, there are several indoor rides like the Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world” but my top recommendation for a super-hot day is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. I have to admit, this is my least favorite attraction in all of Disneyworld. It’s pretty cheesy with a repeating song that will be stuck in your head for days – but there’s hardly ever a wait and I’ll make the sacrifice to sit in an air-conditioned seat in the shade for 20 minutes!
- At Epcot, Ellen’s Energy Adventure is similar – slow moving and moderately interesting – but a cool place to relax for about ½ hour.
- Hollywood Studios & the Animal Kingdom both have really good shows to enjoy while you cool off – The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo, respectively.
Tip 5: Enjoy all the frozen treats Disney has to offer! From Mickey-shaped ice cream bars to the infamous Dole Whip, nothing tastes better on a hot day than a cool treat. And don’t worry about the calories – you’ll have no problem sweating them off!
Tip 6: During the hottest parts of the day it’s never a bad idea to head back to your resort and hit the pool for a few hours. Then you’ll be refreshed and ready to head back to the parks for fireworks!
Re-pin this handy ‘beat the heat’ infographic on Pinterest here.
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