How to Handle the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World

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*Updated by Professor Heather Adamczak 4/6/2021*

Orlando is hot nearly year-round, but some times of the year the heat can be a lot to handle. Summer is often one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World. Generally, park hours are longer and most kids are out of school so you don’t have to worry about missing out on schoolwork.

Temperatures can sit in the high 90’s from the end of May through October in Central Florida. It can make a trip to the parks a little daunting. Luckily, we have some tips on how to handle the heat at the parks during our summer vacation. 

Stay Hydrated

The most important tip we can give you is to drink a lot of water. This may sound obvious, but it really is your number one weapon against the effects of the heat. You’ll want to make sure that you’re drinking water constantly, even when you don’t feel hot and dehydrated. Bottled water at Walt Disney World is quite expensive so if you want to save some money, we recommend carrying a water bottle. There are fountains throughout each park and some even have bottle filling spouts attached. You can also get a free cup of water at any Quick Service food location.

Walt Disney World Mask Relaxation Stations

Get Some Shade

Walt Disney World has many options for places to hide from the sun. You usually won’t have to walk too far to find an indoor restaurant, shop or attraction with air conditioning. The addition of the new Relaxation Stations in the parks is genious! You can stop in and sit to have a drink, take your mask off, and get some shade. Many of them are located inside the air conditioning.

Walt Disney World Mask Relaxation Stations

Dress for the Weather

You’ll definitely want to stick to lighter weight materials and shorts or skirts. Keep your clothing colors light so you aren’t attracting the sun. Wear a sun hat or basball cap to add personal shade.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Make sure you wear sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied regularly to avoid it wearing off or being sweated out. There is nothing worse than dealing with severe sunburn on vacation. 

Splash Mountain Sign

Hit a Water Ride

Take in a water ride! The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom all have water-based rides that can get you from a little wet to completely soaked. There’s always the uncomfortable feeling of walking around in wet clothes, but it can be a nice relief mixed with a fun attraction. 

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Walt Disney World

Visit Water Parks

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are fantastic places to visit on a hot day. You can relax in the pools or catch a wave on one of the fun attractions at the parks. You can talk to your Travel Advisor about adding a ticket to the water parks to your vacation package. 



Are you considering a trip? This is a great time to plan your perfect vacation! Having a travel advisor means someone there to have your back in any occurrence. There is no additional cost to you and you have peace of mind knowing that your vacation is in good hands.

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