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Disney is a popular Summer Vacation destination. As a local Floridian with two young children, we have visited Disney World many times during all different seasons. I generally avoid Disney in the Summer due to the crowds and the heat! If you have never experienced Summer in Orlando, then you may not be able to image just how hot it is! Orlando is land locked, there is no ocean breeze like the rest of the state. It will be very hot in the Summer! But don’t worry, if you are planning to bring the kids to Disney for Summer vacation, then I have some great secrets that will help you prepare for the heat!
To celebrate my son’s 5th birthday, we went to Disney World in August. It was hot and it rained, but we had so much fun! It was our first trip to Disney in the Summer but being well prepared for the heat made the trip so much more enjoyable. The secret to surviving the Summer Heat at Disney is to plan ahead and be well prepared!
Dress for Success
There are few essentials items you will need to survive the Summer Heat at Disney World.
Wide Brim Hat with String
A wide brim hat will help protect your face and neck from the sun’s beating rays. The string is important so that you don’t have to carry anything, your hat won’t get lost, and the kids won’t be handing you their hats to hold. When you go inside or on a ride just let the hat hang behind you:)
Rubber Type Shoes
You will be doing a lot of walking at Disney World, your feet will be tired, hot, and sweaty. Sneakers will only make you hotter, and flip flops are dangerous and uncomfortable. I personally love wearing Native Shoes to the parks. They are lightweight and breathable, but still cover your foot completely so they are safe to walk around in for long periods of time. Crocs would also work but my boys always have a hard time wearing them without tripping. An added bonus of wearing Native Shoes is if it rains (which it will if you are visiting Disney in the Summer), then you won’t be sloshing around in soggy shoes.
Light Weight Clothing
The kids should wear light weight cotton clothing that dries quickly. Moms, I like to wear my yoga pants and a long t-shirt. I find shorts difficult to wear at Disney with all the walking around and sweating. They rub and ride up and just aren’t comfortable. If the temperature isn’t 100 degrees then by all means shorts are the way to go:) But No Jean Shorts! It’s way too hot and they are way too heavy. Plus when that afternoon heat rain comes, you will be soaked and your jean shorts will be very uncomfortable while walking around Disney. Any clothing with built in SPF is an added bonus.
Secret tip: Wearing a princess gown at Disney in the heat will be very uncomfortable and hot for your daughter. I suggest planning a special “dress up” dinner and evening visit to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Walking around the park at night after the sun goes down will be much cooler for your child wearing a costume.
Don’t Bring a lot of Stuff to Carry Around
Trust me when I tell you, you don’t need a lot of stuff at Disney World. The less stuff, the cooler you will ultimately be. I am always shocked when I see these poor families walking around with back packs full of stuff! What do they have in there? Back packs just weigh you down and make your back sweat. Try to avoid this, you will sweating enough as it is. Mamas, the same goes for purses too. Leave your favorite bag at the hotel! I understand that babies need a lot of stuff, diapers, and bottles, etc, but try to get by with the least amount possible. Store the baby stuff in the stroller so you don’t have to carry it around.
What should you bring?
Lanyard and Fan
I strongly recommend that everyone in the family bring a lanyard. I found some cute Disney Lanyards on Amazon. Why do I need a lanyard, you ask? Well you don’t need it for your tickets, thanks to magic band! You need a lanyard so you can clip a small fan to the end to cool yourself off while walking around in the heat. On our last trip, the fan also served as a source of entertainment for my boys while waiting in line. Win for the duel purpose! I bought these fans with soft foam blades. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries in your suitcase. If the fans are used all day, you will want to switch the battieries at night.
Small Cross Body Purse
Since I don’t suggest a backpack or large purse, I recommend you bring a small cross body bag. Wearing a small lightweight bag gives me extra room for a few mom necessities i.e. Advil, sunscreen, & phone. And since I am a germaphobe, I clip a small squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer to the strap of my bag for easy access. Another tip, stick a disposable plastic grocery bag inside your purse, then when it rains just tie it around your bag so it won’t get soaking wet. If you want to get a cute Disney Themed cross body, Dooney and Bourke has some great choices!
Collapsable Water Bottle
I wish I had known about these on our last trip to Disney! Since I don’t like being weighed down with a lot of stuff, we always end up buying the expensive water bottles or getting a free glass of water from the counter service restaurants. I recently discovered collapsable water bottles and I think they would be great at Disney. They can clip right onto the lanyard, next to the fan. The kids won’t have to complain about carrying a water bottle, and you won’t need that large back pack to store them in. Win, win!
Secret tip: If your family just needs to have a lot of stuff at Disney, then I recommend a stroller, even if you don’t have a baby! You can rent one from the park and use it as a mobile storage unit. Pack it full of all your items, and park it in the shade. Pick a spot central to your location and just leave it there for awhile. Then if you need something, return to your stroller to get it. Also, when you are ready to explore another section of the park, bring it with you and park it in a closer location. Yes, Disney does have lockers but those aren’t portable and are located all the way near the entrance! Storage stroller is the way to go. Don’t get stuck carrying around heavy junk in the heat!
What Time to Visit
The Summer heat in Florida is worse midday from about 12-5. In order to beat the heat, you need to be prepared to wake up early and visit the parks in the morning. Try to be the first in line, so you will have minimal wait time. The less you wait, the more rides you can accomplish before the sun becomes miserable. Once the heat is scorching and you need a break, then go inside and eat lunch. Then try to tackle some indoor or water rides. Schedule your fast passes, for midday so you won’t get stuck in the heat waiting in a long line. Now it’s time to head back to the hotel, take a quick nap, watch a movie, or jump in the pool. Once the sun is starts going down, then you are safe to return to the parks for some more fun!
Secret tip: In the Summer, Disney hotel pools get very crowded midday. You probably won’t find a chair and there will be lots of people in the water, but your kids will still enjoy the water slides and it will feel good to cool off. I like to bring an umbrella to the pool to provide some quick shade. It helps keep me cool while standing around watching the kids splash or slide. Added bonus if it rains, I’ll be ready!
So if you are thinking about taking a family vacation to Disney World in the Summer, make sure you plan ahead and prepare for the heat. Your family will thank you when they are cool and comfortable at the park!
Do you have any other great tips on surviving the heat at Disney? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!