Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World by:Allison Jones
Wake Up Early - I know this your vacation and you probably want to sleep in. However, a Disney World vacation is not the type of vacation to sleep in. Plan on getting up early and arriving to the Disney Theme Parks at least 15 minutes before the gates open. It is cooler in the morning and you will be amazed how much of the Disney Park you can get through before the crowds hit.
Don't Wait in Lines - Waiting in lines, makes the heat seem even even hotter! Minimize your waits by arriving early, using the FastPass system, and using the Extra Magic Hours. Even during the popular summer months, you can visit at Disney Theme Park without having to wait in those long lines.
Taking an Afternoon Break at your Hotel - One of the favorite locals tips is taking a break from 12-2 PM from the Disney Theme Parks. Head back to your Disney Resort or Orlando Hotel and enjoy a nap or take a dip in the pool. It will refresh you and get you ready to head back to the park for evening activities.
Plan on Rain - It rains almost every afternoon in Orlando! Plan for it by bringing ponchos or umbrellas. When it rains, don't leave the parks. Once the rain lets up, you can enjoy a little bit cooler weather and fewer crowds.
Wear Good Clothes - Plan on wearing a hat, Tevas or tennis shoes, and light clothing. We love Columbia clothes or exercise clothing with the dry weave. It helps keep you cooler and dryer. Many of the Theme Parks have water rides that will help keep you cool at the parks. However, you want to wear clothing that drys quickly. Wearing thick clothing light jeans or sweatshorts and you will be uncomfortable while you slowly dry. You want to wear cool clothing and clothing that can dry quickly.
Take Eating & Drinking Breaks - During your day at the Disney Theme Parks, take little stops in the restaurants to grab a quick drink and snack or just to plan your next attraction. Little 15 minute stops in restaurants will refresh your group for the next adventure.
Purchase a Battery Operated Fan - Just the other day I saw those cute little battery operated fans at Walgreens. They are $3-5 if you purchase them at home before your trip. Disney sells these same type fans, but at a much higher price. These are perfect entertainment for kids and will help keep you cool waiting for a show or in a line. Buy a fan for everyone!
Don't forget the Little Ones - The strollers can get really hot for the little ones. Plan on purchasing battery operated fans to strap onto the strollers. You may even want to pack a little screen to put over the stroller to block out the sun. Even pack a light washcloth to wet throughout the day to keep them cooler.
Most important - don't forget the sunblock! We see so many guests that get red on the first day of their vacation. Spending the days outside in the heat with a sunburn makes for a very miserable vacation. Wear hats, cool clothes and wear that sunblock.
About the author
As an Orlando local, Allison has watched Orlando grow from orange groves to the popular tourist destination it is today. She has spent her life either playing or working at Disney World. She graduated from the Disney College Program, College of Knowledge Program and College of Knowledge Graduate Program. Her experience expands to other Orlando destinations including Universal Studios and Sea World.
She is a travel agent at Destinations in Florida Travel, specializing in Disney World & Orlando vacations. This agency is recognized by Disney as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. To ask Allison a question about your Disney or Orlando vacation, contact her at http://www.destinationsinflorida.com.