10 Tips to Keep Cool During Your Summer Disney Vacation

Winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle
But put me in summer and I’ll be a — happy snowman!
~ Olaf

Family vacations at Disney are magical all year round. But no-one wants to be a soggy snowman! With a little preparation you’ll be all set for a puddle-proof time during your summer Disney visit! Take a look below for 10 great ways to beat the summer heat.

Extra Magic Hours – Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Each day one park will either open early or close late. Taking advantage of these times means you can take a break in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest.

Free Ice Water – Yep! You read that correctly, a Disney Freebie. Staying hydrated during your visit is a must, especially in the summer at Disney. Visit any Quick Service dining location and ask for a complimentary cup of ice water. Refillable water bottle stations are now being implemented as well.

Splash Pads & Misting Zones – Let the kids burn off a little steam and cool off at one of the water play areas. Magic Kingdom: Casey Jr. Splash n’ Soak, The Tiki Statues in Adventureland and Camels at the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Epcot: Splash Pad across from the Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Test Track Cool Wash. Disney Springs: Market Place Splash Pad. And watch out for Stitch at the World Of Disney.

Take the Plunge! – There are a few rides that will help keep you cool. Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom. Bonus: For those who want to stay dry, stand on the Bridge that overlooks the ride and use the Elephant Squirters to spray the rafts as they go by.

Indoor Attractions – There are many attractions at each of the parks that allow you to be indoors, in the AC! Sprinkle those in your itinerary between thrill rides to help minimize exposure to the elements! Bonus: These are also great attractions for when it rains.

Pool Time – Taking an afternoon break back at your resort is always a great idea, and taking a quick dip in the pool is even better! Perhaps even plan a down-day to spend at the resort and take advantage of the incredible Disney Pools.  Ask me about which resorts to choose to enjoy The Big Blue Pool or Stormalong Bay!

Water Parks – Disney has two fun themed water parks to choose from. Blizzard Beachand Typhoon Lagoon. Adding the Park Hopper+ option to your tickets gets you entry into both!

Cool Snacks – There are so many delicious treats to try at Disney. I’m always up for a delicious, soft-serve, pineapple flavored Dole Whip! But you can keep cool with a plethora of cold concoctions like Mickey Ice Cream, Kakigori (shaved ice cream from the Japan Pavilion), Night Blossom (boba infused passionfruit flavored drink from Pandora in Animal Kingdom) Frozen chocolate covered bananas, and more!

Special Events – There are several Special Ticketed events (on select days) to add to your vacation. Ask about adding one of these fun events to your next visit.

  • Early Morning Magic events are available at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Enjoy extra time in the parks to experience fan favorite attractions and breakfast!
  • After Hours events are available at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Enjoy cooler evenings with no waits for your favorite attractions and special treats.
  • Disney Villains After Hours at the Magic Kingdom offers more nighttime fun with a wicked twist!
  • Disney H2O Glow Nights offers splash-tastic surprises at Typhoon Lagoon water park once the sun goes down!

Little Extras – Misting fans, cool cloths (like Frog Toggs), hats, and breathable clothing can all help ensure you stay comfortable during your summer visit to the most magical place on earth! And, of course,  don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Disney World 101

The Walt Disney World Resort consists of more than 47 square miles of magic (about the size of San Fransisco). There are more than twenty Disney resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a world-class shopping district, golf courses, spas and more!

Here are a few key elements to consider when starting to think about your magical vacation:

Parks and Entertainment

  • Four Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios™, Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.
  • Two Water Parks: Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Shopping & Entertainment: Disney Springs, Disney’s BoardWalk.
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: Multi-sport complex for cheer, gymnastics, RunDisney, spring training and other events.
  • Golf Courses: Disney’s Palm, Magnolia, Lake Buena Vista and Oak Trail Golf Courses.
  • Word-Class Spa & Health Clubs: Senses Spa and Mandara Spa are located in select resorts.

Park Tickets

  • Base Ticket Entrance to one theme park per day.
  • Park Hopper Entrance to any of the four theme parks on the same day.
  • Park Hopper Plus Entrance to any of the four theme parks as well as the Disney water parks.
  • Special Event Tickets Entrance to park for special hours such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,  Morning Magic and more!

Resort Hotels

Disney Resort hotels are divided into the following categories:

  • Value ($) Just the basics A food court, pools and a modest 260 square feet with two queen beds.
  • Moderate ($$) A few extras Themed pools with slides with additional dining options, lounges, recreation and amenities. Rooms are 315 square feet and sleep up to five guests with two queens and one twin.
  • Deluxe ($$$) Steps from the theme parks these hotels offer comfortably-sized accommodations with private balconies (some overlooking the parks!), concierge services and more. Most deluxe hotels sleep up to five guests per room in two queens and one twin. Multi-room and presidential suites are available at these hotels.
  • Deluxe Villas ($$$ – $$$$) These one, two and three bedroom villas provide all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, dining room, living room, washer and dryer and daily housekeeping. They are perfect for families vacationing together. Accommodations sleep between four and twelve guests depending on the villa.
  • Cabins and Campgrounds ($ – $$$) These one bedroom, one bath cabins complete with a kitchen, dining room, living room and patio, sleep up to six guests. Campsites are available for tents and RVs.

Vacation Packages

Packages include your hotel and Theme Park tickets plus any of the following:

  • A Disney Dining Plan Choose from Quick Service, Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan.
  • Memory Maker Enjoy unlimited digital Disney PhotoPass photos. Price is discounted if purchased with package prior to arrival.
  • Enchanting Extras – Unique Access Tours, Dessert Parties, Spa Services, Make Believe and more!
  • Insurance We strongly recommend the insurance. Ask for additional information.

Benefits of Being a Disney Guest

Guests staying at a Disney owned and operated hotel receive the following at no additional cost:

  • Round Trip Transportation from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • Extra Magic Hours Enter an hour early and stay up to three hours after closing.
  • Complimentary Door to Door Transportation between your hotel and the parks
  • Early access to FastPasses  Available to book 60 days in advance.
  • Complimentary MagicBands Personalize your MagicBands with names and colors.
  • Magical Extras A list of Magical Extras, like tour and merchandise discounts and more,  are included with your quote. 

Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel puts you right in the middle of the fun but you still need a well thought out plan to make sure you get the most out of your vacation. That’s where I come in! I will help you navigate through all of the options and decisions to make sure your Disney vacation is a dream come true. I can’t wait to help you Start the Magic!