Summertime In The Disney Parks

Summertime in The Disney Parks


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The bright summer sun was shining down on Main Street, U.S.A. My family and I had just arrived at the Most Magical Place on Earth. We were excited to spend a fun-filled day in the Magic Kingdom, even with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. Thousands of other guests had already joined us in the park, and more would soon arrive, causing wait times at the most popular attractions to grow to over an hour long. Despite the crowds and the heat, summer is my favorite time of year to visit Walt Disney World. My family has often visited Disney the week of July 4th, the 2nd most crowded week of the year and also one of the hottest. Visiting Disney during the summer peak season can be a magical experience if you know how to deal with the challenges brought on by visiting at this popular time of year.

 Beating The Heat

Summertime in central Florida is hot! Luckily there are some great ways to stay cool at Walt Disney World. Portable misting fans {affiliate link} are your best friend. These wonderful products are great for those long outdoor attraction queues. Over the years, I’ve gathered a collection of several portable misting fans. For the majority of my Disney vacations, I’ve taken a larger misting fan which came with a long strap so I can wear the bottle and fan, rather than actually carrying it. Last year, I came across a new type of misting bottle which I absolutely love. It is a much smaller bottle, only about an inch and a half tall, with a pump to get the water ready to spray and does not have a fan. Despite not having a fan, I found that this compact bottle put out a better mist, effectively keeping me cool.  I found my misting bottle at Walmart, but if you’re looking to purchase online, you can find similar products available at Amazon {affiliate link}. I recommend purchasing a misting bottle or fan prior to your vacation and bringing it with you, as Disney’s misting fans can be a bit expensive. Before leaving your resort each morning, be sure to fill your bottle with cold water. You may even want to add a little ice to keep the water cool longer.

While much of the Disney parks involve being out in the heat, there are several great ways to cool off at Disney. Visiting air-conditioned shows is great way to beat the heat in the parks. It’s Tough To Be A Bug, located inside the Tree of Life, is a great place to cool off while taking in some entertainment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Epcot offers many places to cool off, such as The Land, The Seas With Nemo and Friends, and The American Adventure show. With numerous shows to choose from, Disney’s Hollywood Studios also offers plenty attractions to cool off in. The Voyage of The Little Mermaid even features a cool mist over the audience to simulate being “Under The Sea.” At the Magic Kingdom, shows such as The Carousel of Progress, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room offer great places to cool off.

In addition to shows, water is a fantastic way to stay cool at Disney – whether it be water rides or water parks. A ride on Splash Mountain is my favorite way to cool off at Magic Kingdom. This attraction features the lovable characters from Song of The South, great music, and of course, water! You will get wet, but mostly likely only enough to cool you down, though it is definitely possible to get soaked on this attraction. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you will find another water attraction almost guaranteed to get you soaking wet. Kali River Rapids is a fabulous ride at cool off on – if you don’t mind getting soaking wet. In all honesty, I usually avoid this one as I’m not a fan of soaking wet clothes or shoes.

Walt Disney World also has two great water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. I have visited both multiple times and can say they are a lot of fun. I love the Storm Slides at Typhoon Lagoon. The Toboggan Racers at Blizzard Beach are equally as fun. Though I haven’t had the chance to experience it for myself yet, Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon looks to be a fun and wonderfully themed new attraction designed to cool off the entire family.

Staying Hydrated

With the hot sun shining down on Walt Disney World for most of the day, it can be easy to become dehydrated. Remembering to stay hydrated throughout the day is essential to a fun vacation. Drinking water is a great way to do this. If you’re thirsty, don’t purchase a bottle of water; You can get a free cup of ice water at any quick service food location. Club Cool at Epcot is also a great place to cool off and stay hydrated. This attraction features sampling stations where guests can try soft drinks from around the world. Be sure to try the popular Italian soft drink, Beverly!

Navigating The Crowds

Walt Disney World can be extremely crowded in the summer, especially during 4th of July week. Luckily you can visit, even during 4th of July week, without being bothered by the crowds. With the Fastpass+ service, guests can select their Fastpasses on the My Disney Experience app 60 days prior to their vacation. Be sure to take advantage of this at the 60 day mark, as many of the Fastpasses for the more popular attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will likely go fast. In addition to selecting your Fastpasses ahead of time, you’ll want to schedule your first three Fastpasses for the morning. Once all three of your Fastpasses have been used, you’ll then be able to select additional Fastpasses for use later in the day.

Morning is usually the least crowded time of day in each of the Disney parks. I recommend arriving as close to park opening as possible. Once you arrive, head toward some of the more popular attractions as these will have shorter lines in the morning. If you plan on experiencing any of the Fantasyland attractions, the morning is a great time to visit them. Fantasyland lines for attractions such as Peter Pan’s Flight can get extremely long in the afternoon.

Because the parks are more crowded during the summer, this means there are more people competing for those great parade and fireworks viewing spots. You’ll want to seek out your spot at least one hour prior to Wishes (soon to be replaced by Happily Ever After) and IllumiNations. You’ll also need to arrive an hour early to get into Fantasmic! This show is amazing and often does fill to capacity during the summer. There are often two showings of Fantasmic! during the summer. The second of which will begin after park closing. I recommend viewing the show after park closing in order to get a little more time to spend riding the rides.

Your Tips

Do you have any tips for visiting Walt Disney World during the summertime? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.




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