I am no stranger to the Florida summer heat. An average summer day can easily reach temperatures in the upper 90s. The weather can sometimes be exhausting and even sickening. Here are a few of my tips on how to beat the summer heat at Magic Kingdom.
- HYDRATION IS KEY! If you are bringing a bag or backpack, don’t forget to bring water bottles. You are allowed to bring food and drinks into the parks! Regular water bottles are good, but water bottles with a built in filter are great because you can fill them up at any water fountain around the park. If you don’t bring water bottles, that’s no problem at all. Pretty much every place at the parks that sell drinks will give you a cup of water with ice for free! Any restaurant or stand that sells fountain drinks will give you a cup of ice water for free if you ask. Along with drinking lots of water, don’t forget about all of the delicious cold treats. Your options are endless from Mickey-shaped ice cream sandwiches to Dole Whips (pictured above) and so much more.
- PLAN OUT YOUR DAY! To avoid walking around aimlessly in the heat, make a plan. Write down all of the attractions you want to enjoy. Use a map to figure out what order you would like to go to certain attractions, keeping the locations in mind. Decide if you want to start on one side of the park and your way around to the other side while choosing to go to attractions that are near each other. A lot of attractions are indoors and/or have queues that are indoors/shaded. Once you have a general idea, pick your fast passes accordingly. Anyone can get fast passes, they are free! I suggest getting them ahead of time to keep your day on schedule. Also, try to go to attractions that are indoors and seated between the hours of 12pm-3pm because this is when it will be the hottest. Attractions like Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress are perfect for getting out of the heat. Rides like Pirate’s of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion are also good options since they are both seated rides that are dimly lit and air-conditioned. Lastly, mid-day breaks are OKAY. If you are staying at a resort or somewhere nearby, go have a little nap or rest and come back later.
- DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! If you aren’t from Florida or somewhere with similar climate, this is definitely something to keep in mind. Tank tops or light t-shirts and shorts are a staple. Don’t be fooled by the way it feels outside first thing in the morning because it will become significantly warmer. I personally am not a fan of flip flops at theme parks because (among many other reasons) all of the walking can cause them to be easily broken, but wear whatever you are comfortable in. It may be chillier in the morning and at night, so bringing a light jacket in your bag or wrapping one around your waist is a good idea. Another tip is to pack a disposable poncho/raincoat or a small umbrella because summers in Florida often include random rainstorms. As far as accessories go, hats and sunglasses are a must have! *My ideal outfit for an all day trip during the summer to Magic Kingdom would consist of my hair in braids or a ponytail with a hat, dark sunglasses, a tank top, shorts, comfortable sneakers and a backpack with a light jacket, water bottle and small umbrella in it.*
Although some of these tips may seem obvious, they can be easily overlooked or forgotten in the midst of planning out everything else for your trip. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity during the summer in Orlando can be a killer (literally) in the summer! Be prepared AND DO NOT FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!