Use Chilly Pad Cooling Towel from Frogg Toggs. - When wet, the towel begins to evaporate and cool, providing cool, soft comfort to the user. When it stops cooling, simply re-wet the towel in hot or cold water and wring it out. Within minutes, it's cool again. Use misting fans – Don’t spend $15 dollars in the park to buy a misting fan. Before you leave home, buy an inexpensive one at the Wal-Mart or Dollar Store.
Get to the park for rope drop - Its cooler, less crowded, and you can get to see mostly everything before noon. Leave the park around noon and go back you your resort and cool off and relax. Return to the parks at night when it’s cooler.All resorts have pools and most have water play areas - Some of the most popular water play areas at the resorts are- “Alice In Wonderland” Water Play Area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Uwanja Camp at Samawati Springs Pool, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village Shipwreck at the Fuentes del Morro Pool, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Luna Park Pool, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Stormalong Bay at the Yacht & Beach Club Animal Kingdom Lodge , Kidani Village Pool
Seek out the water play areas in the parks, here are some – In EPCOT, we have the splash pad between Future World and World Showcase. In EPCOT, there is a splash pad located by the Mission: SPACE® Attraction and Test Track. In Magic Kingdom you have the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N Soak water play area in New Fantasy Land Here are a couple of attractions that get you wet and help you cool off - Magic Kingdom – Splash Mountain Animal Kingdom - Kali River Rapids Go indoors periodically to get out of the heat. These are only some of the great “get out of the heat” attractions - Magic Kingdom – Hall of Presdents Magic Kingdom – Mickey’s Philharmagic Magic Kingdom – Carousel of Progress. Magic Kingdom - Country Bear Jamboree Magic Kingdom – Monsters Inc Laugh Floor Magic Kingdom – Stich’s Great Escape Magic Kingdom – Enchanted Tiki room EPCOT - American Adventure EPCOT - Journey into your Imagination. EPCOT – Ellen’s Energy Adventure. EPCOT - Impressions De France EPCOT – Gran Fiesta Tour EPCOT – The entire Land Pavilion!! EPCOT - O Canada Disney Hollywood Studios – The Great Movie Ride. Disney Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream Disney Hollywood Studios – Muppet Vision 3D Animal Kingdom – It’s tough to be a bug Animal Kingdom – Festival of the Lion King Animal Kingdom – Finding Nemo the Musical
Wear white or light, loose clothing – dark clothing absorbs the heat, making you very hot instantly! Light colored clothing keeps you cool and loose clothing allows airflow. Sunscreen – This is very important. Use it! When visiting WDW, you can get your monthly exposure of sunlight in a single day! Pool water breaks down sunscreen rapidly, so be sure to reapply it often. To play it safe, reapply sun screen every 40 minutes, especially for children Footwear – You should avoid sandals and flip flops that expose your feet to the sun! Getting sunburn on your feet is not fun! I am sure there are folks that only use sandals and flip flops, so if you must, be sure to use sunscreen on your feet! In my opinion, in any weather, when touring the parks: comfortable, correctly fitting, well broken-in footwear is the most important thing. Remember, it's comfort over fashion when it comes to footwear in the parks! Hats – Use them! I know many folks may feel hotter when wearing them but it really helps to shade you from the sun. Find a hat that has ventilation to allow excess heat to escape. Dunk your hat? – This is a thing I do and folks look at me strange when I do it. When I see a fountain in any of the parks in WDW, I totally submerge my hat, completely soaking it, and put it on immediately. Ahhh, refreshing! You would be surprised how soon it’s dry and will need another dunk! A word of warning: there is something about the water in WDW, perhaps the minerals in it; sometimes when I get home I see water stains on my shirt, from the water runoff of my soaked hat. Collateral damage I say, you gotta do what ya gotta do! What are your tips for summer survival at Walt Disney World? Illustrations by Santi