Keeping Cool at Disney World

Keeping Cool at Disney World

Staying cool at Disney World during a hot Florida summer isn’t so easy when you are surrounded by hundreds of acres of pavement. Trust me, I know from experience. Four out of the last six of my family’s Disney trips were during the month of August, so I can definitely attest to how hot & humid it can be down there in the summer. Still, there are plenty of ways to stay cool, cool down and get wet during the park’s hottest summer days. The best part is that keeping cool takes what could be an almost ruined day and turns it into one of the best days you and the kids can have at the parks. There are tons of indoor options, water rides and even a pair of really exciting water parks that can easily take an entire day to enjoy.

If you end up at Disney World during one of Florida’s notoriously hot days, try one of these great ideas to keep everyone cool and happy.

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Carry Beverage Bottles

Whether you decide to buy reusable water bottles or splurge on themed Disney bottles for everyone, make sure you carry beverage bottles that you can refill as the day progresses. One of the struggles of a hot day is keeping everyone hydrated and not only do drinks do that, but cold ones cool you down as fast as you drink up. Carry and fill up so you always have drinks on hand as you stand in the sun to wait for the next ride. Any one of the quick service restaurants will fill your cup with water for free, so take advantage!

Mix Outdoor Rides With Indoor Ones

The Disney parks are filled with a huge number of rides that are indoors, so it is actually very easy to mix those that are entirely outdoors with those that are inside. The great thing about these indoor rides is that their lines are also mostly indoors. Try to do as many of the outdoor rides early and later in the day as possible, saving the time when it is hottest for the rides that are indoors in order to minimize your time in the sun.

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Add Shows to Your Itinerary

There are a lot of really great and popular shows at Disney World, and adding a couple of them to your itinerary is a great way to ensure that you get a little bit of everything available to you at Disney in. This also serves to cool the family down when it just gets so hot that you can’t stay outside anymore but don’t want to leave the park either. Like the rides, make a top five list of shows that you think will appeal to the entire family and then choose from the list based on the time of day that you need to take a break.

Get On All the Water Rides

There are water rides in most of the parks that are easy to mix into your day like you would with the indoor and outdoor options. When it is hot out these lines are going to be longer, but they are often shaded and have fans installed along the line route. Prepare for these longer rides with personal mini fans, spray bottles to mist everyone down and water bottles on hand.

Add A Water Park Day

Add a day at one of the two waterparks to your itinerary if you are booking a day at the parks during the summer months. Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park are two popular destinations at Disney because they really outdo any other water park you’ve ever been to. Often there are fun themed events and activities that take place at these water parks too, so you get so much more value for your ticket and don’t feel like you need to rush back to any of the parks.

How does your family stay cool on a hot day at a theme park?

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131 comments

  1. Sunny

    We do most of these things on our Disney trips too. Especially a refillable water bottle and the indoor shows!

  2. toughcookiemommy

    That is a great idea, Sunny. It is better to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  3. Janine Huldie

    Yup just fresh back from Disney only last week and agree with all and would add misting fans to your list as these were also huge lifesavers for keeping cool. Oh and also going in the evening and utilizing the parks late hours helped, too.

  4. Dawn McAlexander

    Our best day, outside of my wheelchair day, was in the evening at Animal Kingdom. It was so much cooler and the atmosphere was great.

  5. Ellie

    I just came back from 3 days at Hershey Park. It was 95 degrees while we were there. What we did was to get to the park at opening and then leave mid afternoon. We used that time for a lunch/ supper and headed back to the hotel for some pool time. Everyone was refreshed when we went back to the park @7.

  6. Crystal

    Splitting up the day like that is a great idea, especially with little ones.

  7. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    We do all of the above LOL Every day, all day here in Florida! I’m so ready for Fall…

  8. Jaime

    Carrying our own water is a must when we’re at a theme park in the summer. I have friends who were just at Disney in July – SO hot! These are all great tips!

  9. Michele

    Lots and lots of water and a light weight water bottle that can be refilled is one of the better things you can do!

  10. Ourfamilyworld

    These are wonderful tips for staying cool st Disney. Water is very important, so I make sure we bring our own bottles.

  11. Dasy

    I’ve been hesitant to visit in the summer because I dread sweating in the Florida heat, but I’ll do anything for my son and he wants to visit Disney, so bring on the heat! I appreciate your tips to make it through the day.

  12. Liz Mays

    I’ve gone several times in the warmer months. It’s HOT, but there are ways to make it bearable and the tips cover them well.

  13. toughcookiemommy

    I imagine that it does get pretty hot. Kids probably don’t drink enough water throughout the day either because they are so excited to be there.

  14. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons)

    These are great tips, we could totally apply them here in LA to Disneyland!

  15. toughcookiemommy

    This is such an important post. I’ve heard horror stories about families getting heat stroke and dehydrated during their Disney vacations.

  16. Scarlet

    Wow. I have never been to Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. I will have to check those out.

  17. Scott

    You have to add jumping into a souvenir store (or the Coca-Cola store in Epcot) for a free and quick cool-off!

  18. Theresa

    These are really good tips! We usually go late in the year so it’s not too bad heat wise, but I do love sneaking into a show or an indoor ride when it does start to heat up!

  19. Planet of the Apels

    I love water rides, so I’d be hitting those up for sure.

  20. Mindi

    We did Disney in August last year and I sure wish I would have had these tips!

  21. misstywatson

    These are some excellent tips! We always bring umbrellas and tons of water.

  22. Mykidsguide

    Themed Disney bottles are nice, but I would suggest you buy them outside the park. They are way cheaper than if you’d buy them inside the park. These are great tips you’ve sared.

  23. Dogvills

    Great tips! It’s very important to keep cool especially in parks as big as Disney. You naturally want to get the most out of your vacation and don’t want to end up getting dizzy because of the heat.

  24. becca112971

    Great tips. Definitely hit shows or indoors rides during the hottest part of the day. If you are staying on property I would suggest going back to room fro pool and nap.

  25. My Journey With Candida

    Have you ever seen those fans you carry around? Some of them also spray water. They work, but then it might mess up my hair worse than it is…. so I prefer to be hot.

  26. Jeanette

    I actually never knew there was a water park there too! These are some great tips to staying cool. Down there you need everything you can do to stay cool.

  27. Heather

    I have never been to the water parks. I’m sure they’re great but I’d rather relax at the pool.

  28. Liz Mays

    I always, always, always bring a water bottle! It makes a huge difference.

  29. My Journey With Candida

    Me Too Liz. But I love the Hot weather. Bring it on!! I can handle it.

  30. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows

    Some great tips. I’ve never been to Disney World and we don’t get temperatures like that usually in the UK, so I can’t imagine being in a busy theme park when it gets that hot!

  31. mummyburgess

    I remember when I was a performer at Disneyland Paris in 2004 and it was one of the hottest summers, it was unbearable! They where spraying water on Main Street and most of my dance crew slept in baths (not filled with water!) or on the balcony to try and stay cool at night! We took my daughter to Disneyland Paris in February… Was more a case of keeping warm that time lol!Kay x

  32. Heather Lawrence

    We are going to disneyworld in December .. How hot will it be there then? I know it will be warm for us but I’m not sure if it’s going to be swim suit weather?

  33. Jasmine Espinal

    The florida heat can be so miserable! We always go on the water rides a a few times to try and keep cool.

  34. Katie Garvin

    I love going to the shows when we’re at Disney. Especially the indoors — the A/C always feels amazing!

  35. Jennifer

    These are great tips. Between the sun, the crowds, and the actual air temperature, Disney can roast you!

  36. Amy Desrosiers

    Great tips to stay cool! I woudl try to do whatever saves the most money!

  37. Dawn McAlexander

    Let me tell you about my Disney experience. While we were there, I couldn’t really complain too much about the heat (we went in October, so it wasn’t bad). However, my feet were killing me after two straight days of walking through huge theme parks, so on the third day, at Hollywood Studios, my husband rented a wheelchair and rolled me around the park so that I would not have to miss any of the fun! That was the best day at the park hands down!

  38. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    We’ve been to Disney several times, and we always wear our hats and keep water with us. It can get very hot there with the Florida sun beating down.

  39. Michelle

    Love these tips for staying cool. I’m a big fan of the water rides to do so!

  40. Catherine S

    These are all great ways to stay cool at Disney. We always hit the water rides in the middle of the afternoon when it is the hottest.

  41. Jessica Beal Harlow

    Carrying beverages is the best idea! It’s so important to stay hydrated and can easily get forgotten when there’s so much fun to be had at Disney. Our last trip was in April and it still got to 98 degrees! That’s super hot for a family from Maine! lol

  42. Seattle Travel Blogger

    Nicely organized article with some good ideas.
    I especially liked the idea of getting your empty glass filled with water for free along quick-serve restaurants – great point and did not think of that one!

  43. Amber Edwards

    Those are great tips! WE struggle with heat even at our zoos! So these tips work perfectly for any outdoor attraction site.

  44. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita

    I love this article. When we went to Disney the first time, we learned the hard way that you have to be prepared for the heat!

  45. Carla

    Isnt that the worst, when you get somewhere you really want to be and its so hot its unbearable outside! Especially with lineups! These are great tips

  46. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Water rides are so much fun, they make you forget how hot and humid it is.

  47. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Great tips. I used to love going on all the water rides when it was super hot!

  48. Allie D.

    To stay cool we drink plenty of water, wear white clothing, and wear hats and sunglasses to keep the sun off our heads and faces.

  49. Sarah Bailey

    Fantastic tips – i want to go back to Disney but I always worried about it being to hot. x

  50. Simply Stacie

    I’m weird that I don’t like the heat! I’d probably visit the park during the colder months of the year so it won’t be as hot. If I was there on a hot day, I’d make sure to drink lots of water and wear a hat.

  51. thedomesticbuzz

    These are great tips! I like to stay at a Disney resort so we can go back to our room and take a nap, watch a movie, or hang by the pool during the hottest time of the day.

  52. Amanda

    I agree with all of your tips! We also try to wear light clothing like tank tops, I see you did too. Even carrying those water bottles with fans on the end help out too.

  53. Ashley

    Great sugestions! I like the adding shows tip- that’s one that I probably would have overlooked.

  54. Aubrey

    I would love to go to Disney World someday. I only recently went to Florida and it was for Universal Studios.

  55. lisa @bitesforbabies

    I’m so jealous! I cant wait to go back to Disney with my kids! I went ages ago and I’ve have dying to go back!

  56. Amanda

    These are all such great tips. We try to use these strategies when we head to the massive zoo in our area–everyone gets so crabby when they are too hot!

  57. Cherri Megasko

    This is such a vivid memory, even though for me it happened decades ago. My husband and I took our daughters to Disney World in July one year. On our last day there I succumbed to heat exhaustion and they all had to escort me back to the hotel. My husband then had to take the girls back out by himself for the remainder of the day and evening. I had never been so sick from heat before. These are great tips!

  58. kitchnwhisperer

    Somehow I don’t think it is the kids that mind the heat so much as the adults. Good suggestions for cooling off.

  59. socialite123l

    I like the idea about mixing the Rides to include both Indoor and Outdoor! Doesn’t Disney have a mist area where families can get cool?

  60. Bismah Abdelgawad

    I thint it is really awesome that the quick serve restaurants will refill your water bottles for free. These are all really great tips for anyone heading out to Disney.

  61. [email protected]

    I loved going to Disney World when I was a kid. I would love to take my kids.

  62. Jeanine

    This is great to know! I can’t wait to experience Disney with my kiddos. I think its going to be SO awesome. I always worried about how hot it would be though so this is great.

  63. Marcie W.

    It wasn’t Disney World, but we visited a theme park over the summer and experienced a super hot day. The break we took to watch a show in a theater with a/c was a dream!

  64. Bonnie @ wemake7

    We make sure to drink plenty of water, wear hats, and hit those misting tents. Great post.

  65. Sicorra

    Love the tip about doing the indoor rides to help cool off. And I always enjoy the water rides too, but I try to leave those until just before leaving the park.

  66. Debbie Denny

    These are great ways. Mixing inside and outside rides and shows are very good.

  67. nicole b

    Great tips for Disney trips! I think the water parks sounds like a fun place to be on a super hot day.

  68. Jennifer H

    We use a lot of these same methods to stay cool. Water parks are always fun too.

  69. Cynthia Wright

    Great tips! I hope to make it to Disney sometime soon. We are waiting until our girls are a bit older though.

  70. Danielle

    The last time we went to Disney we definitely mixed up our fun between rides and an indoor show. It was so nice to cool off during the show.

  71. Jaclyn Anne

    I haven’t been to Disney since I was in high school – I would love to visit again soon. Thanks for the stayin’ cool tips!

  72. livingoffloveandcoffee

    Hitting up water rides is a must at theme parks! The summers can get brutal without a splash during the stay.

  73. mommymakestime

    I love Disney! We’re going in May. I lived in Florida for a few years before coming back to MA. Disney was like our Six Flags lol.

  74. dirtandnoise

    Great ideas! Keeping hydrated is so important, especially with the kids. Thanks for all these tips!

  75. Nicole Lutzy

    We only live a few hours away from Disney, being a native Floridan I know it does get pretty hot. These are great suggestions especially the water rides!

  76. Crystal

    The kids are crazy about Splash Mountain. It definitely does help to keep us cool.

  77. Claudette Esterine

    Haven’t been in ages! This brings back sweet memories!

  78. Claudia Krusch

    Love your ideas! We went in May and it was soon hot!

  79. Nicole Lutzy

    We freeze bottles of water too so that they are freezing cold and keep us hydrated too!

  80. Crystal

    Disney World is one of my favorite destinations, but it’s so hot and humid. These are great tips for beating the heat.

  81. Ch

    I love Disney tips! We are hoping to go in the next few years, so I am saving this information! Thank you!

  82. Maureen

    These are great tips. We always have water when we walk around outside.

  83. Valerie

    I am not heading to Disney anytime soon but I will remember this! Thanks!

  84. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    Those are great ways to stay cool! It was pretty hot when we had our family tip.

  85. Paula Schuck

    These are great ways to keep cool at Disney. I always carry a refillable water bottle with me. Mixing the indoor rides with the outside ones is a great tip.

  86. Amanda McMahon

    We haven’t done Disney but it is in the plans! Hopefully we will get to use these.

  87. miss (@thedealmatch)

    i never been to Disney World.. i would love to bring my kids , i am sure they are going to love it

  88. Tiffany Collins (@Naturalycracked)

    We try to not go to theme parks on super hot days unless there is a water park. One of our fav things is going on the water rides and we also wear light clothing that is breathable.

  89. Annemarie LeBlanc

    These are awesome tips to keep cool while on vacation at Disney World. I agree on your indoor rides tip. As it has always been said, “Stay out of the sun from 10am to 2pm.”

  90. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Make sure to load up on sunscreen and bring plenty of water!

  91. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted

    Last time we went to Disney it was in the middle of July so you can imagine how scorching hot it was! We loved having one of those spray fans to pass around. It was a HUGE help in cooling us down all week!

  92. Aimee

    These are great ideas! We try to mix it up between inside and outside, and ice cream never hurts!

  93. VICTORIA

    Its been a while since i was there, tell me, is the “Its a small world” ride still up and runnin? lots of good memories indeed!=)

  94. Elizabeth O.

    Awesome tips! I would love to go back to Disney World. Soon…hopefully.

  95. Faith Haller

    Thank you for sharing! These are some great tips! It’s all about planning.

  96. Dina

    We so love Disney. I could go there every year. My kids want to go back again soon. I’m hoping next year.

  97. Debbie L.

    We like to break the heat by watcing a show. Makes such a difference.

  98. Jonathan Key

    These are some fantastic tips! I’ve been to Disney a few times. Looks like you had a great time.

  99. sippycupmom

    Great tips! We love going to show to cool off.

  100. Christine - The Choosy Mommy

    We love Disney World but have only been there once when it was REALLY hot! We were there on New Year’s one year and that is when they were worried about the orange crops freezing and it really was soooo cold! <3 Christine, The Choosy Mommy, http://www.choosykids.blogspot.com

  101. Kelly Hutchinson

    You have so many great tips! When we went to Universal, we had a good balance between indoor and outdoor rides and shows.

  102. Michele

    I can not even imagine going to Florida during the summer months–much less being in a large park like Disney! I would probably spend my time submerged in one of the water parks. You really do have some great pointers on how to try and stay cool and more important hydrated!!

  103. klg1982

    DId you know they give free water out at Disney? Any place that serves fountain drinks also has free ice water!

  104. artadorned

    Great tips! This summer has been so hot and from personal experience I know that taking a dip in the pool cools me down by a lot! I will definitely use these tips next time I’m in a theme park! http://www.artadorned.com

  105. Sojourner

    Great tips. Orlando is so steamy this time of the year. We’re going in October this year because I just can’t take it.

  106. yumeating

    I can’t deal with being over heated and large crowds. I don’t do well with overly crowded places anyway. But these are great tips for beating the heat when you need it.

  107. NPC

    These are great tips, we love Disney. I am bookmarking this for next time. Thanks!

  108. Gabby

    We go to Disney and I know I am always hot. These are all great ideas!

  109. Erin

    These are all great tips! I know I’ll be using them for local amusement parks as well!

  110. patranila

    I can’t imagine being in South Florida during the summer! Whew! Water rides forever.

  111. Isabella Grey

    Great tips for any amusement park! Here in the Ozarks, Silver Dollar City is the main attraction, and these tips will seriously come in hands!

  112. Rorybore

    If we were ever so lucky to get to Disney in the first place, I don’t think I’d mind the heat at all. I’d just be so excited to be there!! my hubby on the other hand turns into a grumpy mr complain and whines worse than the kids. So we’d leave him at the water park. ha

  113. Lena

    That is such a cool idea. I will keep it in mind for our own trip

  114. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great tips indeed for staying cool at Disney World. It is an awesome idea to mix the indoor and outdoor rides along with carrying water around with you. Water rides are a great idea too. Thanks for shairng.

  115. Nikki (Nicole)

    My kids really miss Disney, we have a plan to visit in Disney this year, I’m sure your family had fun and cool adventure.

  116. kristimaloney

    James is heading to Disney with the marching band in December. I wonder what the temp. will be then? Good tips to stay hydrated and do some indoor shows.

  117. Nicole Escat

    I’m so glad that your family looks really enjoyed. I’ve never been in Disney, I wish I could visit there with my son, he would love it.

  118. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    My brother-in-law went to Disney world this summer with his girlfriend and her kids. They had a blast, but by the middle of their week everyone started to look more miserable and exhausted in the pictures they were posting. It was so hot, and with so much to do they were running around all over the place. These are some great tips!

  119. katrinagehman

    great information. due to health conditions, i have to keep cool all the time. i want to go to disney at some point.

  120. Lynndee

    We’ve never been to Disney, but I’ve heard from a friend how hot it was in Florida and they even went on spring break. Thanks for your advice.

  121. Carin Kilby Clark

    Great tips! I loved our visit to Disney a few years back. I need to plan another trip soon. The kids have been asking and I miss it too.

  122. eliz frank

    Disney is a hot place year round and so, I can imagine how crowded and hot it gets in the summer time. Your tips are very important especially that folks should vary their tours with indoor and outdoor activities.

  123. Yona Williams

    We haven’t been to Disney yet, but at the water park that we go to often…sometimes we spend the entire day at the wave pool. It’s so refreshing.

  124. HilLesha

    I have never been to Disney World, but I can’t imagine being there or any amusement park at this time of year. These are wonderful tips, though!

  125. joychasing

    Goingg to the water park sounds like the best option for a hot day. Cool off and have fun simultaneously.

  126. Christie

    All wonderful ideas, especially with it so hot right now at the parks! Had a 102 day there recently

  127. LifeAsAConvert

    The shows make taking a break from the walking nice. I always like seeing the shows.

  128. Krystal's Kitsch

    On our last Disney trip we did a day at Typoon Lagoon. It was the best idea ever since it was TOO HOT.

  129. Maria-Teresa A.

    Love these tips! The heat can really be exhausted when you’re at an outdoor place like Disney World so it’s so important to make time indoors and be prepared!

  130. addi ganley

    These are great tips. I love the idea of planning the indoor and outdoor rides around the time of day that’s the hottest. Definitely helpful during the summer months.

  131. thewomentalk

    We have never been to Disneylad, but planning in a yr or two. Going there in hot summer months can be tough though. These tips are going to be handy when we visit, I would love an excuse to go for all the water rides lol! Bookmarked!

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