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  • Writer's pictureBrenda

Beat the Heat

Updated: May 13

Orlando is hot and humid, often year round. Let's talk about the ways to be prepared for the heat and have a fabulous time despite it.

Florida is a hot, miserable place in the summer. It’s not a dry heat. It's a damp, humid, miserable heat, with a heat index at least ten degrees higher than the temperature. Even if you are from a hot, humid city like we are, Florida is a LOT in the summer.

Don’t let us scare you off though. There are ways to manage your Walt Disney World resort trip in the summer and still have a magical time. Let’s look at our best recommendations for how to beat the Florida heat.

Sun Screen. This may seem like a no-brainer, but people sometimes forget or do not think about it. But in the Florida sun, it is very, very important. Apply before you leave your hotel room. Reapply at least every couple of hours. Nothing will ruin your dream vacation faster than a bad sunburn.

On that same vein, where a hat and sunglasses. I love Minnie ears. I love coordinating outfits with them and finding new fun ears. But Minnie ears won’t protect your face and neck from the sun. Save them for nightime, and start the day in a hat.

Wear light-weight breathable clothing. Cute matching cotton t-shirts can be super fun, but a wick-away, breathable material can really make a big difference in how much heat it is not holding in.

A wet towel around your neck is your friend. It doesn't have to be a fancy cooling towel - though those are great. (We like the Frogg Toggs Chilling pad that you can find on Amazon or any Sporting Goods store) Any kind of towel you can drape around your neck and then rewet as it dries can be a life saver.

Personal cooling fans. They make battery operated ones that can drape around your neck, or smaller hand-held ones that charge overnight. Our favorites are the ones you can spray and mist yourself with.

Take breaks in the air conditioning. Ride indoor rides. Go watch shows or movies at the parks that have A/C. Eat lunch and dinner indoors - better yet plan a sit-down restaurant so you are indoors longer. Go shopping at indoor stores in the parks.

Go to the parks early in the day. It’s less crowded at opening anyway, most people like to sleep in on vacations. Then take a break back at your hotel during the heat of the day. Take a nap - you got up early and you are tired from the heat, or go swimming. Then go back to the parks in the evening as it cools down.

HYDRATE! Drink so much water. Bring a reusable bottle and fill it up as you go. Every quick service restaurant has ice water for free.

Eat ice cream and other cool snacks. Mickey bars are always a great iconic snack, but any cold or cool snack will help cool you down in the heat of the Florida sun.

Stick to the shade as much as possible. Note that this seems to be impossible at Animal Kingdom, so be really careful about indoor breaks there.

Attractions to cool down at the theme parks.

**** denote shows with seats with backs and air conditioning that are a great place to cool down and even take a power nap!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

  • Avatar Flight of Passage


  • Festival of the Lion King

  • Finding Nemo - the Big Blue and Beyond

  • It's Tough to be a Bug!

  • Kali River Rapids (WATER RIDE - not A/C)

  • Na'vi River Journey


  • The American Adventure ****

  • Awesome Planet at the Land ****

  • Canada Far and Wide (No seats)

  • 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 (No seats)

  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

  • The Sea with Nemo & Friends

  • Soarin' Around the World

  • Spaceship Earth

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

Magic Kingdom

  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

  • Carousel of Progress ****

  • Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station (Splash Pad. Great for cooling down.)

  • Country Bear Jamboree

  • Enchanted Tiki Room

  • The Hall of Presidents ****

  • Haunted Mansion

  • "it's a small world"

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Mickey's PhilharMagic ****

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor ****

  • Peter Pan's Flight

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Space Mountain

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

We've created downloadable park maps with locations to escape the heat and the rain. Click here


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