How to Stay Cool on Your Disney World Vacation this Summer

Getting dehydrated will surely ruin your magical adventure!

Boardwalk resort pool at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida
••• Visitors playing in the pool at Disney world in orlando florida. Joe Raedle / Getty  

You've been planning this trip for months and it's finally here, so don't let Florida's hot summer temperatures ruin your vacation. Staying hydrated and out of the sun as much as possible can help you combat the 90 degree highs that Orlando can reach. The heat can wilt the enthusiasm of even the most fervent Disney fan so stay cool and you're bound to have a magical time. These tips will help keep you cool on your next Disney World Adventure.

Dress Appropriately and Use Personal Cooling Gear

Dressing for the weather in lightweight and light-colored clothing (preferably cotton) will go a long way in helping you keep your cool. Wear a hat with a brim and use spritzers, clip-on personal fans, and wet washcloths or wipes to keep skin moist and cool.

Visit theme parks in the mornings and evenings

If you're staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, take advantage of Disney's Extra Magic Hours program to give yourself extra time in the parks when the temperatures and crowds are not as intense. There is no extra charge for guests of Disney Resort.

Grab a Cool Drink

It's important to stay hydrated! Try any of these top Disney World drinks — they're sure to hit the spot on a hot day! Club Cool, in Epcot, lets you sample soft drinks from around the world. Hey, there's nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of Japan's Vegitabeta, right? And, no, that's not vegetable soda, it's an apricot and passionfruit flavored, drink with a hint of carrot.

 

Get Wet in the Parks

Carrying around a personal misting fan helps, but an oversized water mister is way more comfortable. Here's where to find all the misting stations in Disney World's most popular parks.

  • Disney's Magic Kingdom: You will get wet if you ride Splash Mountain, but beware of the long lines and get a FastPass+ for this ride. Even if you carry a personal misting device, you can find cool mist sprayers in several park locations — including the Cool Scanner in Tomorrowland and the Tiki's in Adventureland that provide mists and random squirts of water.
    • Epcot: Catch the water if you can at the dancing fountains in Future World outside the Imagination Pavilion. Also, find cool mists near Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy and at Test Track's Cool Wash.
    • Disney's Pandora: The newest park in the Disney collection has misting plants that release water when touched. Look for the purple "flaska reclinata" as you enter Pandora.
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom: Animal Kingdom is one of Disney's hottest parks and one of the best ways to cool off is find one of several misting areas scattered throughout the park.

    Seek Air Conditioning

    This should be a no-brainer, but difficult when you don't know which rides and attractions are air-conditioned. Here are some great places to head to when you and your crew are hot and tired and need to cool down:

    Disney's Magic Kingdom:

    • The very popular Pirates of the Caribbean will get you out of the sun and in the cool from the moment you step into the dark dungeon-like queue to the end of the boat ride; and, you might get splashed during the gentle drop, which could feel really good on a hot day.
    • Take a ghostly tour through the classic Haunted Mansion in air-conditioned comfort from start to finish.
    • Once you make it through the outdoor queues, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and  Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor offer 15-minute air conditioned shows.
    • The Hall of Presidents offers a comfortable, air-conditioned lobby and auditorium that is perfect for relaxing in cool comfort.

    Epcot:

    • It is easy to spend hours in The Land pavilion with its numerous attractions and dining options. Nearby, The Seas pavilion with Nemo and friends is also a great place to cool down.
    • Avoid ​Spaceship Earth early in the morning and come back in the heat of the day for an air-conditioned ride and stay as long as you want in the post-show area that is also comfortably air-conditioned.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios:

    Disney's Animal Kingdom:

    • Two of the few places to cool down at Disney's Animal Kingdom are the live shows—The Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo-The Musical—which are undoubtedly two of the best shows in all the theme parks combined. Expect 30 minutes or more of wonderful entertainment presented in air-conditioned comfort.

      Disney Springs:

      • Formally known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is a great place to walk around, shop, dine, or hang out indoors. The area has a movie theater, bowling alley, concert venue, and an NBA Experience — all fun indoor activities where you can play, enjoy, and relax in the cool air conditioning.

      Visit a Water Park

      Disney World has two wonderfully wet water parks that are especially fun on hot summer days. If you're not staying long enough to visit both, here's what you need to know to decide whether Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach might be your best choice.

      Enjoy a Cool Pool

      Each Disney World Resort hotel has one or more pools. Some of the pools are themed, like those at Disney's value resorts—All-Star Music Resort, Pop Century, and Art of Animation.