10 Fun Ways to Keep Cool at Walt Disney World Resort
10 Fun Ways to Keep Cool at Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World in Florida can get hot. Really hot. While the Florida heat can creep up on you at any time of year, the summer days of July and August can be notoriously toasty for travelers (like us) who dare to visit in the heat of the season. When you compound that with a lot of walking and hot pavement, the risk of overheating becomes quite real.
Fortunately, when you are at Walt Disney World, there are a lot of fun and unique ways that you can cool down, maintain your sanity and stay in the spirit of the Disney Parks. While you can just make your way into an air conditioned shop for awhile (and sometimes that is a good bet), there are a lot more fun ways that you can cool down when the heat turns up in central Florida.
Here of 10 of my favorite fun ways to keep cool when the heat’s on high at Walt Disney World.
Adventureland Tikis, Disney’s Magic Kingdom park
Those misting stations that you find on patios are popular for a reason: they are a refreshing way to cool yourself down with a nice gentle mist of water. On a hot day, nothing feels better than that. If you need a cool misting while in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, head over to Adventureland and say hello to the Tikis out front of Disney’s Jungle Cruise. These fun tikis will cool you down with a cool mist that can take the sting out of a hot humid day. Watch out though, there may be a little extra surprise in there as well.
Keep your eye out for other cooling stations as well. There are more in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and throughout the other three Parks and attractions as well. But this tiki area one is a personal favorite of mine.
Splash Mountain, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
Of course if you want to have some thrills with your chilling water, then there’s only one surefire bet for this one: a log ride at Disney’s Splash Mountain. The only thing to remember here is that on those hot and humid summer days when the heat is pounding down like a furnace, Splash Mountain becomes the most popular ride in the park and lines can get quite long. So if you can, check the weather, hedge your bets and reserve a FastPass+ for this one. Pre-planning your cool down may be the only way to go in a heat wave.
A good back-up plan for Splash Mountain is to head to Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s always cool in the depths of this attraction, so if the line’s not too bad, it makes a great back-up plan for a cool (and entertaining) respite from the heat. If your journeys take you to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, your go-to cooler there will be Kali River Rapids.
Club Cool, Epcot
If the idea of getting free carbonated drink samples in an air conditioned pavilion sounds good to you, then head on over to Club Cool at Epcot. This refreshing pitstop will save you from the scorching heat of Epcot on a summer day and will also allow you to sample some unique Coca Cola products from around the globe. Best of all, it won’t cost you a thing.
And be sure to try the Beverly, seriously (don’t listen to the haters).
The Disney Frozen Banana (available almost everywhere)
Sometimes the best refreshments at Walt Disney World come in the form of snacks and treats. There is certainly no shortage of choices in any of the Disney Parks when it comes to frozen snacks and treats that you can pick up along the way, but one of my favorite go-to items on a hot Florida day is the classic Disney frozen banana. The frozen banana has been around since I was a kid and I still love them to this day. What’s not to like about a frozen banana on a stick, smothered in chocolate and rolled in crushed peanuts? Plus, compared to other frozen treats these little beauties are arguably a little healthier and you’ll even get a serving of fruit while you’re at it.
The All American from The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
If you’re looking for more like an old fashioned ice cream treat, you must head to The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street USA in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Can there be a better place to go on a hot sunny day?
Here you’ll find a full range of tempting ice cream treats from which to choose, but my favorite without question is the All American. Each time I order an All American and walk through the park eating it, I get asked “Where did you get that?!” from other guests. So if you’re an ice cream fan and the Florida sun is taking its toll on you, head to The Plaza and get yourself an All American — or any treat of your choice.
Dole Whip from Aloha Isle, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
While this classic Disney treat (and its many variations) are desirable and tasty on any day of the week and in any weather (the Dole Whip becomes comfort food for Disney fans on a rainy day), the Dole Whip takes on a whole new level of refreshment on a scorching hot summer day.
If you want to try this yummy frozen concoction on a hot sunny day, head over to Aloha Isle in Adventureland. There may be a long line, but it moves fairly quickly and is worth the wait. Go with the pineapple original all the way. And remember, unlike other frozen treats, Dole Whips are not rock solid when you get them. They’ll melt pretty quickly on a hot and sunny day, so bear that in mind with your little ones.
LeFou’s Brew, Gaston’s Tavern, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
This one will definitely cool you down quickly and if you consume it too fast–watch out: you’ll get brain freeze.
LeFous’s Brew is an awesome creation that really does look exactly like an overflowing head of beer. Frozen apple juice, toasted marshmallow and passion fruit-mango foam may not sound enticing, but you’ll have to try it for yourself to see just how good it really is.
Casey Jr. Splash Pad, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
With the opening of the Fantasyland addition in 2012 came a great splash pad area for the little ones. The Casey Jr. Splash Pad area is an awesome way for your kids (and you as well if you get too close) to cool down when the heat is on. The difference here is that this is more of a traditional splash pad where you will get wet…very wet. It’s best to bring along a bathing suit or a change of clothes if the splash pad is something you think may be on your kids’ agenda.
A Disney Water Park or Pool
Walt Disney World is a lot more than just theme parks. With two amazing water parks and inviting hotel pools, it’s a good idea to leave some time in your itinerary to spend time at these ultimate cooling stations. If you over-schedule your vacation, you may find yourself feeling rushed from things that you (and your kids) really want to do. So don’t fall into the perils of over planning and plan to spend some fun and relaxing time in the water at Walt Disney World.
A Classic Mickey Shaped Treat
No list on how to keep cool at Walt Disney World would be complete without mentioning the Mickey Ice Cream Bar and Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich. These are two of the most iconic Disney treats and even though you don’t need an excuse to eat one, cooling off on a hot sunny day with either of these is a definite must-do to beat the heat.
What are your favorite ways to cool down in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom when the hot sun is starting to burn?
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