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Summer Survival Guide for Walt Disney World Heat

Summer is here before you know it. If you are going to take the plunge and vacation in Walt Disney World in the heat of the summer, here are some helpful tips.

Stay hydrated – You can bring your own water or get FREE water from any counter service in Walt Disney World. You are allowed to bring your own water as long as it is not in a glass bottle.

Stop into Club Cool in EPCOT – OK, not the best thing to drink, but it’s cool inside and you can get some FREE liquid refreshment!

Use Chilly Pad Cooling Towel from Frogg Toggs. – When wet, the towel begins to evaporate and cool, providing cool, soft comfort to the user. When it stops cooling, simply re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out. Within minutes, it’s cool again.

Use misting fans – Don’t spend $15 dollars in the park to buy a misting fan. Before you leave home, buy an inexpensive one at the Wal-Mart or Dollar Store.

Get to the park for rope drop – Its cooler, less crowded, and you can get to see mostly everything before noon. Leave the park around noon and go back you your resort and cool off and relax. Return to the parks at night when it’s cooler.

All resorts have pools and most have water play areas – Some of the most popular water play areas at the resorts are- 
“Alice In Wonderland” Water Play Area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Uwanja Camp at Samawati Springs Pool, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Shipwreck at the Fuentes del Morro Pool, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Luna Park Pool, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Stormalong Bay at the Yacht & Beach Club
Animal Kingdom Lodge , Kidani Village Pool

 Summer Survival Guide for Walt Disney World Heat

Seek out the water play areas in the parks, here are some
In EPCOT, we have the splash pad between Future World and World Showcase.
In EPCOT, there is a splash pad located by the Mission: SPACE® Attraction and Test Track.
In Magic Kingdom you have the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N Soak water play area in New Fantasy Land

Here are a couple of attractions that get you wet and help you cool off – 
Magic Kingdom – Splash Mountain
Animal Kingdom – Kali River Rapids

Go indoors periodically to get out of the heat. These are only some of the great “get out of the heat” attractions – 
Magic Kingdom – Hall of Presdents
Magic Kingdom – Mickey’s Philharmagic
Magic Kingdom – Carousel of Progress.
Magic Kingdom – Country Bear Jamboree
Magic Kingdom – Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
Magic Kingdom – Stich’s Great Escape
Magic Kingdom – Enchanted Tiki room

EPCOT – American Adventure
EPCOT – Journey into your Imagination.
EPCOT – Ellen’s Energy Adventure.
EPCOT – Impressions De France
EPCOT – Gran Fiesta Tour
EPCOT – The entire Land Pavilion!!
EPCOT – O Canada

Disney Hollywood Studios – The Great Movie Ride.
Disney Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
Disney Hollywood Studios – Muppet Vision 3D

Animal Kingdom – It’s tough to be a bug
Animal Kingdom – Festival of the Lion King
Animal Kingdom – Finding Nemo the Musical

Summer Survival Guide for Walt Disney World Heat

Wear white or light, loose clothing – dark clothing absorbs the heat, making you very hot instantly! Light colored clothing keeps you cool and loose clothing allows airflow.

Sunscreen – This is very important. Use it! When visiting WDW, you can get your monthly exposure of sunlight in a single day! Pool water breaks down sunscreen rapidly, so be sure to reapply it often. To play it safe, reapply sun screen every 40 minutes, especially for children

Footwear – You should avoid sandals and flip flops that expose your feet to the sun! Getting sunburn on your feet is not fun!  I am sure there are folks that only use sandals and flip flops, so if you must, be sure to use sunscreen on your feet!

In my opinion, in any weather, when touring the parks: comfortable, correctly fitting, well broken-in footwear is the most important thing. Remember, it’s comfort over fashion when it comes to footwear in the parks!

Hats – Use them! I know many folks may feel hotter when wearing them but it really helps to shade you from the sun. Find a hat that has ventilation to allow excess heat to escape.

Dunk your hat? – This is a thing I do and folks look at me strange when I do it. When I see a fountain in any of the parks in WDW, I totally submerge my hat, completely soaking it, and put it on immediately. Ahhh, refreshing! You would be surprised how soon it’s dry and will need another dunk!  A word of warning: there is something about the water in WDW, perhaps the minerals in it; sometimes when I get home I see water stains on my shirt, from the water runoff of my soaked hat. Collateral damage I say, you gotta do what ya gotta do!

What are your tips for summer survival at Walt Disney World?

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