Top Ten Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Walt Disney World

If you're visiting Walt Disney World in the summer months you are guaranteed two things: it will be hot and it will be humid.

While the heat and humidity are pretty much a given at any time of year in the Sunshine State, in the summer months it can often be downright unbearable. But there are things you can do to attempt to beat the heat and enjoy your summer vacation without melting into the pavement.

10. Drink plenty of water. It's important to stay hydrated when you're touring the theme parks, especially in the hot summer months. You can bring bottles of water into the park with you or you can spend money or snack credits to buy bottles of water. We recommend that you visit any quick service dining location and request a cup of ice water. It's free.

Drink plenty of water to keep cool and hydratedDrink plenty of water to keep cool and hydrated

9. Spend time inside air conditioned attractions, especially shows.
While all of the indoor rides are air conditioned, sometimes you need to spend more than a few minutes in the A/C. This is when we recommend visiting any one of the indoor shows or attractions at the theme parks. Our favorites include the Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, The Festival of the Lion King, The American Adventure, and One Man's Dream. Not only do you get a nice break in the cool indoors, but you can also rest your feet at most of these.

Cool off in the Carousel of ProgressCool off in the Carousel of Progress

8. Find a spot in the shade...
There are many seats in the shade at all the theme park, whether you're at a table with an umbrella or just under a big shade tree. Take a break out of the sun for a few minutes.

7. ...and eat ice cream! While you're enjoying that shaded spot, why not nosh on something cold? While we have our favorites (Dole Whip Float!), any kind of ice cream will do, whether it's a sundae, cone, or everyone's favorite the Mickey Mouse ice cream bar.

Beat the heat with an ice cream sundaeBeat the heat with an ice cream sundae

6. Buy a water bottle with attached fan.
You've likely seen these beauties at the theme parks, the water bottles with the small fan on top. You might initially think "there's no way I'm spending $15 on a water bottle fan contraption." Spend the money. You won't regret it. Or better yet, buy one at home for half the price and pack it in your suitcase.

5. Wear a hat. And no, Mickey Ears don't count. We're talking about a sun hat, something that will shade your face from the unforgiving Florida sunshine. Make sure you get something that can be stored in your tote bag or backpack (if you carry one). You don't want to lose your hat on Space Mountain.

4. Go ice skating. Yes,really. You can ice skate at Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer as part of the Frozen Summer Fun event. The ice rink is located inside Oaken's Frozen Funland and costs $10 for 30 minutes of ice time including skate rental, a helmet, and sock rental.

Lace up those ice skates at Disney';s Hollywood StudiosLace up those ice skates at Disney';s Hollywood Studios

3. Get soaked on a water ride. Whether you're a fan of Splash Mountain (where you might get a little wet) or Kali River Rapids (where you'll get soaked), cooling off on one of Disney's water rides is always a good plan. Just remember that you'll be walking around with squishy shoes and wet clothes for a while.

2. Who needs water rides when you can visit a water park? Walt Disney World is home to two amazing water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Guests can enjoy water slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and even snorkel in Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon. The water parks are a great way to spend a summer day.

Mount Gushmore at Disney's Blizzard BeachMount Gushmore at Disney's Blizzard Beach

1. Enjoy a pool day at your resort. One of the best things about staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is the pool. From the themed main pools to the quiet pools, you are guaranteed to stay cool when you're enjoy a pool day. We love heading back to our hotel in the afternoon after we've nearly melted at the theme parks and cooling off until dinner time.

Everyone has their favorite way to stay cool during the summer at Walt Disney World, so tell us: what is your favorite thing to do when visiting Disney during the dog days of summer? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Thanks to the Disney Food Blog and PopCenturySite.com for use of their photos.

Lisa C. wrote on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:48:

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Spend $10 for a Frogg-Togg Chilly Pad (you can get them from Amazon). It's a small towel that cools when moistened with water. When it dries out, just spritz it with water again (I use my spray fan) and it's good to go. They roll up and are very portable. I had mine draped over my shoulders while I was watching the parade recently.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:34:

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Great tip Lisa!

Darleen wrote on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 03:47:

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