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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Toy Story Land is Open!

What this means for your Day at Hollywood Studios.

Yee-Haw! Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is finally open and it’s more fun than a Barrel of Monkeys! Just like the Cars Land addition at Disney’s California Adventure and the Pandora expansion at Animal Kingdom, new lands generate a lot of Buzz and excitement. Folks have been anticipating the new land for almost three years when it was first announced at the 2015 D23 Expo. So you can imagine the lines to get in are longer than a game of Chutes and Ladders!


Here are a Five Tips to help you experience everything this new Land has to offer without waiting to be chosen by Claw to save you from the lines!

Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (EMH)
Toy Story Land is hosting Extra Magic Hours starting at 7am until August 25th. Only Guests staying at a Disney Property will have access to these highly valuable hours. With the hot Florida summer weather, having access to the morning EMH will not only help you avoid super long lines, you’ll get to get in and out before you melt like a box of crayons.

Bag Security Check
If you can avoid taking a bag into the park you can skip the Bag Check line and hop right through the ticket terminals. Otherwise, Do Not Pass Go, and enter your first line of the day. If you must take a bag into the park have it/them organized and open (and even smaller bags inside opened) and ready to go to get through the process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Put on your Sunscreen and pack a little extra Patience
Everyone is excited to get in and play with the Toys in Andy’s back yard. Even with the advantage of Extra Magic Hours, Disney is limiting the number of people into the Land at any given time to help keep the crowds somewhat controlled. Those with FastPass+ reservations have priority. The attractions have outdoor queue’s and there is limited shading and seating.

You’ve Got a Friend in FastPass+
Hollywood Studios utilizes a tiered FastPass reservation system. The three rides in Toy Story Land – Toy Story Mania (the classic ride), Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers (both new attractions) – are all in Tier One. This means you can select only ONE from the new land and two from the remaining options in the park. So far, Slinky Dog Dash has the longest wait times. Securing a FP for this ride will be your best bet from a waiting stand-point. If you are not able to obtain a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash get there early and ride it first.

Woody’s Lunch Box and Mobile Order
Woody’s Lunch Box is the new quick service food location in Toy Story Land. It’s a fairy small venue with only two ordering podiums. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the new Mobile Ordering system in the My Disney Experience App. Place your order, tell it when you are ready and get a notification when to pick up your order.

I hope these tips helps you Play Big during your next visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you have any questions or would like help planning your next visit contact me at Heather@CrazyImaginationTravel.com

To Infinity and Beyond!