Schools out, the days are long and everyone goes to Disney World in the Summer time.
Which is great for the tourist boom and Disney’s pocket book- but not so great for the everyone visiting!
It’s simple. Florida is hot, humid and with the addition of the crazy crowds (and the long lines) it can be a little much for someone who isn’t prepared.
But you can be prepared, that’s why your here!
Let me share with you the best tips for surviving (and THRIVING!) in the Florida Heat and Humidity.
Plus, we’ll cover how to deal with the crowds and the best ways to go about enjoying your Disney World Vacation in the Florida Summer!
Check out some other helpful posts like 10 first timer tips for a Disney World Vacation and 5 packing essentials everyone should have for their Disney Trip.
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First, Let’s talk about the weather
Florida is a special place, because it generally has great weather- but then it can also turn to crap really fast! As a native Floridian it’s not uncommon for me to expect a cool morning, hot afternoon and an afternoon shower- all in one day!
The biggest concern for many is the heat! It can get really hot in Florida, and the summer’s are when the temperature really ramps up and blasts the world. Here’s my tips for beating the heat.
These are a must! Not only is it insanely hard to find straws and lids at Disney, but they don’t keep your drinks cool and you might spill them. Save yourself the hassle and grab some insulated bottles.
These are also great for rides where you can’t have drinks (which are all of them, and the character meets) since you can just throw this in your bag. Can’t do that with a cup of water!
Cooling towels are a must have for any summer time activity, especially Disney World. Regular Florida heat isn’t bad, it’s being on the concrete and asphalt with all the people and lack of trees and wind that make it so hot! I would venture to say that on many days, it’s 5 degrees hotter in the parks (especially Hollywood Studios. we never go there in the afternoon!)
This will be your saving grace! We have so many of these. Some for the kids, some for us, some we leave in the car, one we attach to the stroller. We live here, down the road from Disney, and we still aren’t used to the heat. Save yourself the heartache and pack a reliable fan.
But let’s talk fans.
For one, I love the ease of these O2Cool fans. Simple Battery Operated.
I also love the thought of not worrying about the batteries dying- so I like rechargeble options!
Both of these can be charged with an external charger.
So you can use your own charger, you can rent a Fuel Cell Charger from Disney World, Or you can just charge it when you get back to the hotel for the night!
Appropriate clothes AND shoes
Which means that you will want to bring a light jacket and several Pairs of shoes in case it rains or you get blisters! You can check out my packing hacks for Disney World here!
Yes, Disney will have all of these items available for purchase- but some preplanning can save you from the hot mornings and the Disney price tag!
Yes, it will rain
I recommend getting some ponchos ahead of time, as umbrellas aren’t the easiest to use when you are in the parks! These small ponchos are handy to have in a bag, and great for when it starts to rain (so you dont have to wait in line or duck and cover!)
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Check out my full post about any questions you might have regarding Disney Worlds Rain Policy here.
You know that feeling when you get out of the shower and you feel like “dewey/sweaty”. That’s what Florida Humidity feels like. The only problem is you can’t get away from it!
After a bad afternoon shower, in which the clouds disappear and the sun comes out in force, the humidity is so strong it can take your breath away.
So in addition to the above tips for heat, I wanted to emphasize that taking an afternoon siesta at your resort will be a very smart decision! I also want to recommend you understand the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
The Paramedics and Fire at Disney (the Reddy Creek Fire Dept) are amazing! But you don’t really want to meet them. In the summer they run lots of calls on people that get over heated. Some simple steps will keep you safe- so plan ahead for the heat and don’t let it bother you!
Crowd Control- How to beat the Summer Rush
Summer is pretty crowded at Disney but it’s can still be very enjoyable!
What to expect
Many people are curious just HOW crowded does Disney Get? That’s a great question so I wanted to paint some visuals for you.
There is a line for getting into the parks, both through security and the ticket booth. This can get very long and crowded- and take anywhere from 15 mins to 45 mins to get into the park.
There’s no fan, no shade and you are very close to everyone else. So yes, it can get alittle sticky!
Then inside the parks you have several lines.
Most rides end up being a 1 to 2 hour wait. It’s not uncommon to wait 20-30 mins at the popcorn stand and also wait in line for quick service. Bathrooms, even with 100 stalls, can get backed up by the amount of people at the parks. Not too bad, but 5-10 mins when you have to pee is a long time!
What you can do to beat the crowds
The good news is that beating the crowds is very doable!
Here’s my top tips.
Get to the parks early- that way when you wait in line to get inside you aren’t baking in the sun.
Bring (or plan to purchase) all the gear you need to keep cool like a water bottle, cooling towel, fan, hat, sunglasses etc.
I would try to get these ahead of time, or even at the resort. That way you don’t have to hunt them down during your park time.
Do a sit down restaurant for lunch. You don’t want to have to wait in the long lines (and you can’t really feel the a/c) at the quick service restaurants. Save the lines for things like ice cream and water throughout the day.
Plan all your fast passes for the morning, and the most popular rides. Then plan to do shows in the afternoon, before going to the resort for the afternoon break. This allows you to make the most of the day, without roasting in the sun or sweating in hour long outdoor lines.
Other things to consider
My Secret Weapon
Disney knows it’s hot, and they have lots of ways to cool down. My favorite way is with all the water activities. you’ve got rides, you’ve got random things that shoot water at you (like that bromeliad at the beginning of Pandora in Animal Kingdom, and the Tiki / spitting camel in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom).
You’ve also got splash pads! There are a few of these in the parks. Keep your eyes out and let your kids cool off!
Is it worth it in the summer time?
Another question many Disney goers have is, “Is it even worth it to go in the summer? It sounds dreadful!”
I can promise you that its not quite as bad as it sounds, but I do share everything to hopefully help you prepare. Yes, it’s crowded and hot, but you can still enjoy your time there, especially if you have realistic expectations and you plan ahead!
This year they had a lot of cool things that made it even better in the Summer!
Since they’ve rolled out more pay-to-play options you can do something fun and relaxing during the day (like swim at the pool or check out the resorts) then head to the parks for many of the afterhours events.
For you early birds, they also have early morning events.
This means that you don’t even need a park ticket for those days, since you can easily do the parks in a smaller time frame because there are less crowds.
What if I have a medical emergency
This is one of the most important questions! What if there’s a medical emergency?
With the heat, and the walking (and the dehydration) Disney ends up seeing lots of people that need extra care on their summer vacation in Florida.
Two things you need to know.
One, Each Disney Park has their own First Aid center with a nurse. This is for those minor things that you can hopefully get taken care of quickly.
Two, Disney Fire Department is only minutes away from you while you are in the parks. They are highly trained emergency responders who’s primary goal is to keep you safe. My Husband personally knows several, and they are good at their job! It is good to consider that you don’t really want to meet them though, but they’re fast when you need them!
Disney during the Summer is STILL magical- you just might need to make a few changes to your plans!
Have you visited Disney World during the summer time? Or are you planning your first trip? Share your helpful recommendations or questions in the comments below!