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Tips for Surviving Disney World in the Summer

Epcot At Walt Disney World® Resort

Disney World is a magical place, but not when you’re covered in sweat and completely dehydrated. However, you can beat the heat with some planning. If you’re planning your trip to Disney World in the summer, you should be prepared for every obstacle on your way to enjoyment.

  • Avoid the early morning breakfast hoopla, and arrive 30 minutes before the Disney World gates open to skip the crowd.
  • Get cooling towels to keep your body cool even in the highest temperatures.
  • Bring sunglasses and a hat, and apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the scorching sun.

A little planning for your next summer trip to Disney World will go a long way. Consider the given tips for a sweat-free vacation at Disney World.

11 Tips for Visiting Disney World in Summer

There is no secret to surviving the summer sun at Disney World. However, you need to plan your trip well in advance.

1. Arrive 30 Minutes Early

Disney Characters At Walt Disney World® Resort

The first hour of the day at Disney World sees the least visitors. So, arriving early and taking a break in the middle of the day is better than arriving late and having to wait in line with everyone else. In the summer, it’s best to be at the park at least 30 minutes before they open.

You should consider going a little earlier if you don’t have FastPass for your favorite rides. Believe me. You don’t want to stand in a crowd on a hot summer day!

2. Bring Cooling Pads

Cool Pack Gel

It’s essential to stay cool at Disney World to enjoy all the rides, and what better than some cooling pads to keep you cool even in the highest temperature settings? Don’t forget to pack some extra for your family.

3. Dress Up With Summer Accessories

Full Body Photo Of Cheerful Young Happy Man Dance Wear Sunglass Vacation Summer Isolated On Pink Color Background

Even though it may sound very basic, bringing a pair of sunglasses and a hat will help you stay cool at Disney World in the summer. Also, please don’t leave your sunscreen behind; otherwise, you’ll have a tanned face with a white sunglass patch on your eyes. Trust me, I should know!

Additionally, you should wear lightweight, quick-drying clothes that allow your skin to breathe. Wearing clothes in light colors is preferable because dark-colored clothes attract more sunlight. We always prefer comfort over style to enjoy all the rides freely.

4. Schedule the Indoor Shows for Afternoons

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Save the indoor shows for the afternoon, when you’ll appreciate the air-conditioned rooms. Additionally, you’ll enjoy quiet away from the crowds and long lines.

5. Take More Breaks

Kamari, Dakari And Kinsey At The Animal Kingdom

It’s easy to get engrossed in travel plans as you try to pack as much as possible. Make sure to plan small but frequent breaks during the day. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, as those old sage frogs are known to say.

6. Stay Hydrated

Woman Drinking Water.

Our best advice for enduring the heat in Disney World is to stay hydrated. People usually experience dehydration in summer if they don’t drink enough water. Although it may be tempting to satisfy your thirst with an ice-cold soda or a cold beer, drinking alcoholic and sugary beverages might make you even more dehydrated.

Bring reusable water bottles for everyone in the family so that you can fill them up during the day rather than having to buy expensive bottled water all the time. If you ask, quick-service restaurants will also give you a free tiny cup of water.

7. Enjoy Water Rides

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Our way of cooling off on a hot summer day at Disney is to hop on water rides. You can avoid the heat without sacrificing any ride time. Take a few minutes to unwind on the river raft ride at Animal Kingdom to beat the heat.

8. Take a Swim

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Enjoy the surf in Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, two of Disney’s water parks. Every water park features a different set of thematic attractions perfect for every family member.

Don’t forget to schedule some free time to enjoy the hotel pool! There is at least one sizable, themed feature pool in each of the magnificent pool areas of the Disney properties.

While some resorts are large enough to fit multiple pools for convenience, others have pools designed exclusively for quiet, relaxing times.

9. Get Some Cool Treats

Some Cool Treats At The Animal Kingdom

Disney Parks are brimming with delicious, ICE-COLD treats! You can cool yourself with Mickey-shaped ice cream, Dole Whips, and other tasty treats. You can use your snack credits for the tasty treats if you are a Disney Dining Plan member.

10. Grab a Few Mist Fans

Mini Pink Portable Fan With Hand Holding Handle Mini Fan Shows In Light Blue Clouds Sky Background

Before visiting Disney World, please pick up a few misting fans from the dollar store because they cost $15 or more inside the park. Make sure to have enough for everyone to avoid fan fights. Remember to reapply your sunscreen if you use the mist fan too much.

11. Spend Money on a Table-Service Lunch Experience

Topolino’s Terrace

Even though I know it’s not possible for everyone, this was one of the best experiences we had on our Disney trip with a toddler. We decided to spend and make a reservation at a table service restaurant around lunchtime. It gave us enough time to cool off and enjoy some famous delicacies.


Take some lessons from our trip and avoid getting heat rash and dehydration with these tips. In addition, we hope you consider our tips for surviving the summer heat at Disney World.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Worth Visiting Disney World in the Summer?

We believe a summer trip to Disney World is worthwhile because schools will have reopened, and the large crowds will usually be gone. Therefore, you will be free to move around without bumping into a sweating person.

However, whether you want to visit Disney World in the summer is your choice because some people don’t enjoy rides in the heat.

What Should I Pack for My Disney Trip in the Summer?

Some of the best things to bring to beat the heat in summer include:

  • Refilling water bottles
  • Cooling pad
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Handheld fan
  • Wet bag

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