It’s that time of year again when millions of people from all over the world will flock to Orlando for their summer vacation. Our TouringPlans.com crowd calendar rarely dips below a 6 during the summer months so we know some of our readers must be heading to WDW this summer. With this in mind, I thought I’d take this week to provide some advice as to how to beat the heat during these busy months since, like our crowd predictions, the temperatures will soar.
Your preparations for remaining as comfortable as possible in the heat starts at home. Make sure to pack all of the appropriate gear you’ll need! Obviously, shorts and light colored clothes will be your best options to try to keep cool at WDW. But an article of clothing you may not think to bring would be a hat. A hat is a great way to keep yourself (and your kids) shielded from the sun’s rays. Not only will this protect your skin, but you won’t believe how much cooler you’ll feel while you’re wearing one. Another item always on my packing is always sunscreen. I am sure to bring a full sized bottle as well as a travel sized bottle with me on every trip. This way I can use the large bottle in the morning before heading out for my day of fun and only carry around a small one in the parks to reapply. Reapplying is key to getting through a day without sunburn!
Reapplying sunscreen will be especially important if you take advantage of my next tip! Disney’s water parks are great places to cool off and have a blast. Last year some friends and I went to WDW in August when the heat index was often over 100 degrees. We usually skip the water parks, but decided to give Typhoon Lagoon a shot since it was so hot. We had a ball and really never felt uncomfortably warm since we spent so much time in the water. Be sure to arrive early and claim a spot in the shade! If the water parks aren’t your speed why not take a midday break to hit your resort’s pool? Last week I discussed my favorite pools around WDW and what wonders an aquatic escape from the parks can do.
Staying hydrated will be the key to your comfort during summer touring. Many people complain about the taste of tap water in the Orlando area, but if you can stomach it your best bet is to use a refillable water bottle. If you just can’t take the water in WDW and you are lucky enough to live within driving distance to WDW I highly recommend bringing a case of water. This way you won’t have to pay over $2 a bottle to stay hydrated. Disney’s deluxe and moderate resorts have small refrigerators in their rooms, make it easy for guests to keep their drinks cold. If you opt for one of the value resorts during your stay, just fill a cooler with ice to keep your bottles cool. Folks who have flown to Orlando, but have rented a car and easily stop off to grab bottled water and other supplies at a grocery store or big box store en route to their resort. However, if you’ve opted to take Disney’s Magical Express service, you may want to look into having groceries delivered to your room or taking a cab to get supplies.
Here at TouringPlans.com we also recommend arriving at your theme park of choice well before the gates open. This way you can accomplish many attractions before the midday heat spike. Using one of our Touring Plans will help you get to many more rides in the morning hours than if you just winged it. This way you won’t feel as though you are wasting valuable park time with your mid-afternoon break. Many stops on the Touring Plans will take you to air conditioned venues; take advantage of these! Take in shows in air conditioned theaters, let your kids play in post show areas, linger in exhibits like One Man’s Dream and DHS. Who knows you might enjoy yourself and cool off all at once!
If you do happen to over do it in the heat while you’re at one of the theme parks, cast members (CMs) will be happy to get you the help you need. If you are seriously impaired, the closest CM will call for help. However, if you can make it to first aid that may be your best bet. Each park has a first aid office which can handle basic injuries and illnesses. Last year a friend started to feel woozy while touring Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She wound up in first aid and they took excellent care of her. She was able to take a nap, get some fluids into her body, and get instructions on how to care for her condition the remainder of the day.
So if you’ve armed yourself with the proper equipment and a plan you should be just fine visiting Disney’s theme parks in the hot summer months. I hope all of you who are heading down to WDW this summer have a great time and stay hydrated! Do you have more tips for beating the heat? I’d love to hear them in the comments!