Welcome Babes in Disneyland Blog Hop Readers and thanks to all for stopping by today’s “themed” post: Summer!!! “Babes” and co-host Disney On Wheels couldn’t have picked a better day since temps here in the NY area are screaming up to the high 90’s. And I. love. It. 🙂 I understand without A/C, life would suck. According to my kids, this is the case at school. Funny though, that when we travel around Walt Disney World in August, no one’s complaining! Which is exactly what I wanted to talk about today:
My Top Three Tips to Beat the Heat in the Happiest Place on Earth!
Since my oldest entered Middle School, our “family vacation” time is pretty much in sync with the school calendar. We’ve had a chance to get a winter break down south to Walt Disney World here and there but primarily we stick to the good ole’ summertime. I personally have no issue with the heat (and like it “Africa Hot”) but Florida temps do take their toll on even the most serious park warrior! Here’s what we do to help keep our cool:
Get “ The Look” – We dress lightly. It’s mostly shorts, capris, t-shirts and sundresses for my crew. Also, I try to stick to anything that I know can get wet and washes well. Seems obvious but you’d be surprised what fashion victims we’ve spotted prancing around in the parks! And we always bring or purchase a hat. My daughter tends to like to make her first stop on Main Street USA inside Magic Kingdom, a hat buying expedition. The difference with and without a hat is crazy in the Florida heat! It will save you painful scalp sunburn and make you feel way cooler. Also, sunglasses are a must. We’ve recently seen news reports here on how you can actually get “sunburn” in your eyes…yikes!!
Water, Water, Everywhere – Hydration is key! Drink loads of it, anytime you can. Make sure it’s not just carbonated or caffeinated beverages, either. Dehydration can happen quickly in extreme heat. When we fly to WDW, we have water delivered to our resort from GardenGrocer.com. Though many people bring water with them, one way or another. Saves us from having to purchase water on snack credits or pay out-of-pocket and the parks allow you to bring it in. I understand that most counter service eateries will also provide you with a cup of water on request. In my mind however, that’s asking for lots of water all the time. Realistically, I don’t see how anyone would do that enough to keep themselves properly hydrated during a summertime visit. Yes, it’s a lot to lug all those water bottles into the park but you could also bring your own refillable waterbottle. I haven’t tried it but I understand that this product, Hydro Flask is excellent.
Give it a Rest – Breaks are key! Whether it’s hitting a shady bench, finding an indoor eatery with A/C, hopping on your favorite dark ride or heading back to the hotel for a midday swim break….do it and do it often. If I had a dollar for every overtired, overheated park guest I’ve seen in August, I’d be rich (not just toddlers…cranky adults, too!) Kick back and relax, you’ll enjoy the rest of your day so much better.
Since outside my NY doorstep today is just like Orlando in August, I am taking all of my advice to get through my day. Oooooh, and one more tip…it wouldn’t be summer in Orlando without a pop up thundershower! Be prepared by picking up a poncho in any park, Walmart or sometimes you can even find a rain jacket at your local dollar store…just like I did!
Hey, I want my dollar back! 🙂
PS For more great tips check out Disney On a Dime!
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