Keep It Cool at Disney World

Don't Let the Florida Heat Ruin a Magical Vacation

Boardwalk resort pool at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida

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You planned for months and it's finally here; don't let Florida's hot summer temperatures ruin your vacation. The heat can wilt the enthusiasm of even the most fervent Disney fan. Stay hydrated and out of the sun as much as possible to combat the 90-degree highs typical during June, July, and August in Orlando.

Dress Appropriately and Use Personal Cooling Gear

Dress for the weather in lightweight and light-colored clothing (preferably cotton, rayon, or a sports performance fabric). Wear a hat with a brim and use spritzers, clip-on personal fans, and wet washcloths or wipes to keep your skin moist and cool.

Visit Theme Parks in the Mornings and Evenings

Stay at a Disney World Resort hotel so you can 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 extremely important to stay hydrated. Try any of these top Disney World drinks. Club Cool, in Epcot, lets you sample soft drinks from around the world. How about a refreshing cold glass of Japan's Vegitabeta? No, it's not vegetable soda; it's an apricot- and passionfruit-flavored drink with a hint of carrot. Or go for an iconic pineapple Dole whip or readily available ice cream.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, venture to Africa where giant misters near Tamu Tamu Refreshments cool you off, and you can keep your cool with a milkshake from the walk-up window.

Get Wet in the Parks

You can carry around a personal misting fan, but an over-sized water mister provides far more cool comfort. Look for misting stations around Disney World's most popular parks.

  • Disney's Magic Kingdom: A ride on Splash Mountain should cool you down, but beware of long lines; you might want to 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 Tikis in Adventureland that provide mists and random squirts of water. In Fantasyland, kids can cool off at the Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station.
  • 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. Or take a midday ride on Kali River Rapids, located in the Asia section. If you pick your seat right, you just might get soaked on this thrilling rafting trip. From the Animal Kingdom, hop on a short shuttle bus ride to the Kidani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge, where cool little kids love to hang at Uwanja Camp, an animal-themed playground with gentle geysers, water cannons, a slide, and more. It's adjacent to the zero-depth entry Samawati Springs Pool and its 128-foot slide.

Seek Air Conditioning

This should be a no-brainer, but it's difficult when you don't know which rides and attractions are air-conditioned. Here are some great places to check out 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 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. You can also 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. And the Hall of Presidents offers a comfortable, air-conditioned lobby and auditorium 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. Save ​Spaceship Earth for the heat of the day to get maximum enjoyment out of the air-conditioned ride; linger for a while in the air-conditioned post-show area too.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios: While both the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Tower of Terror are air-conditioned, you may spend more time outside in line than on the rides themselves. At the new Toy Story Land, the popular Toy Story Mania ride got a bit of a facelift and now the air-conditioned entrance lets you wait in line in comfort while a giant Mr. Potato Head entertains you with jokes.
  • 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: Formerly 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's two wonderfully wet water parks make beating the heat fun on summer days. Unless you're staying long enough to visit both, you must decide whether Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach makes the 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.

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