Summer time in Florida is hot. There’s just no way around it. But it’s also a very popular time to visit Walt Disney World so I’m here to give you some tips on how to beat the heat when visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth in the summer months.


Disney has two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. These can be added on to your park tickets to allow entrance to both during your stay.

The parks are the coolest (and quietest) early in the mornings and later in the evenings. Take advantage of staying on property with a mid-day pool (or nap!) break. Many resort pools offer activities for the kids throughout the afternoon.

Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom are a great way to get wet and cool off.


Most queues at Walt Disney World are inside or at least under cover.

One of the many benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel is access to complimentary Extra Magic Hours. Each day one of the theme parks opens an hour early or stays open two hours late. Take advantage of these cooler morning and evening hours.  Evening Extra Magic Hours in the summer are particularly wonderful. After the sun sets you’ll notice a huge difference in temperatures.

Most counter service restaurants in the park will give you a complimentary cup of ice water. Stay hydrated! You may also bring in water bottles or even large jugs of water to any park. If you are on one of the dining plans use your complimentary Rapid Refill mugs to bring a cup filled with ice water with you.

The Living Seas at Epcot allows you to spend as much time as you’d like inside of the air conditioned pavilion. There are places to rest inside while the children watch the amazing marine life inside of an aquarium so large it could fit Spaceship Earth inside with room to spare!


Schedule a few table service lunches throughout your stay to relax and re-energize during the afternoon hours.

Water mister fans and cooling towels can be found in most gift shops but bring them from home if you have them.

Bring a wash cloth from your room. This is a great way to wash your face with some cold water in the restroom when you start getting hot. Believe me – it will feel amazing. Just please return it to your resort room!

Take advantage of the wonderful shows in the parks. They offer seats and air conditioning which can be priceless in the afternoon.


With summer afternoons come summer rain showers. Bring disposable rain ponchos from the dollar store and forge ahead.

Don’t forget your sunscreen and hats!


Most importantly listen to your body. Take it slow and rest when needed.

My name is Susan Heidenrich and I am a Destination Specialist with Travel with the Magic. I have visited Walt Disney World over 25 times and would love to help you with your next Disney Destination vacation. My planning services are completely free! Learn a bit more about me here and then come along and join the fun and follow me on facebook! You can also email me at