5 Ways to Stay Cool at Walt Disney World

Orlando in the summer is very hot and humid.  If you’re not careful you can easily become overheated, sunburned and even suffer from heat exhaustion.

So how can you beat the heat while vacationing at Walt Disney World?

1) Hydrate; make sure you drink water all throughout the day.

Water is your friend.  Water is much better for you when it’s hot, vs soda, beer or even those incredible cocktails you can find around the World Showcase at Epcot.  You don’t have to abstain from other beverages, but just make sure that you’re consuming enough water so you can stay hydrated.

2) Tour in the morning, and then plan on the resort pool or a water park for later in the day.

It’s no secret that the afternoon is the hottest part of the day, when the sun is at its peak.   If you tour in the morning, you can head back to your resort pool or to one of the water parks in the afternoon, and cool off.  Another option would be to check out some of the activities offered at the resort, or to even head to Downtown Disney and check out a movie. You can always go back to the parks in the evening, if you’d like, but this gives everyone some downtime and a break from being out in the sun.

3) Bring that sunscreen (and don’t forget places like the tops of your feet and your ears!)

Make sure to pack your sunscreen and apply often.  It can be miserable when you’re park touring with a sunburn. If you didn’t bring yours from home, it’s available to purchase at your resort as well as at the parks.

4) Listen to your body and take a break when you need to.

If you can feel yourself starting to get a sunburn, or if you’re getting lightheaded, find a place to sit and take a breather.   Don’t try to power through it; listen to your body’s signals and act accordingly.  Find a shady spot, rest and drink some water. The last thing you want is to spend your vacation at Urgent Care.

5) Choose healthier food options and be sure to get your fruits and veggies.

Vacation is about indulgence, and this is not to say you should completely lay off the cupcakes, turkey legs and funnel cakes.  But you’ll feel better and less sluggish walking around in the sun and heat if you don’t overload on heavy foods.  Walt Disney World has many healthy food choices available – be sure to include some of those in your daily dining.

How do you stay cool at Walt Disney World?


courtesy of Katie Miller


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