Managing the Florida heat in Disney

Summer is approaching fast and so is a Disney vacation for many people that visit during the hottest time of year. For some of us, it’s not a choice but a necessity because we have children in school.
I’ve visited Disney in summer months for most of my annual trips over the last 10 years. And it can be managed with the Florida heat, but you need a game plan.
In summer, I always plan an afternoon pool break during the worst heat of the day. When we first started doing this, my husband was concerned it would take away from valuable park time. What I noticed is that the parks are the most crowded in the afternoon because not everyone wakes up early in Disney. By that time you also have people who just arrived on early flights and those who are getting in their last day and taking a late flight home.
For us, pool break time comes around 1 p.m. And yes, it’s a couple hours long. By 3 or 3:30 we wrap up the pool break and are back in the parks by 4. We feel refreshed and ready to go again. This also works well for families who have small children that need an afternoon nap.
Another way to cope with the heat is to buy a misting fan which Disney sells for around $20. But if you don’t want to spend that much, you can buy them at home and take them along.
Most of the waiting areas for the rides are air conditioned which makes waiting a little more tolerable.
And I find that utilizing Disney’s FastPass system helps to get on as many rides as possible (especially since we’re now making up for pool break time!).
Parks are open longer hours in the summer and if you stay on site you can take advantage of one park opening early and one park staying open late every day only for Disney Resort guests.
Another way to deal with the summer heat is go to one or both of Disney’s waterparks…Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. They also get crowded by early afternoon but there’s always a wave pool, lazy river or somewhere you can duck into and get wet!

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