For many, that answer is Disney! Parents of school aged children and those working in the school system are more prone to taking vacations during school breaks like summer vacation. It’s a great time to go and run into friends from home, but it’s also very crowded and very, very warm. Visiting Disney in the summer months takes a little bit more extra planning and a lot more patience than other times of the year.
- Stay hydrated! This seems like an obvious tip but you’d be surprised how often people forget to drink plenty of water. Yes water! That’s what your body needs most. Water bottles can be expensive if you purchase them in the parks so be sure to bring a refillable one with you to save some money during your trip.
- Summer showers will happen. Yes it’s the middle of July. Expect a rain shower in the middle of the day. Sometimes it’s an all out downpour while other times it’s a light sprinkle. Have an idea of some dry spots you can visit before you head out to the parks (think Living with the Land in EPCOT, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in Magic Kingdom, The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios or Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo shows at Animal Kingdom).
- It’s going to be hot. Again, this should be obvious but people see 90 degrees and don’t consider the humidity as part of the temp. 90 degrees back home would be lovely on a nice summer day. 90 degrees here in the South with the humidity is a good reason to stay inside in the air conditioning! Make sure you take some time during your day for attractions, shows and shopping that offer air conditioning, shady options.
- Yes you need sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. I personally think you should wear sunscreen all the time but most of us don’t at home. When I lived up north I didn’t fully understand this. A couple of hours out in the sun wouldn’t have too much of an effect on my skin. Not so here! A couple of hours out unprotected in the strong sunlight and you’ll be spending your vacation in your room recovering from a serious sunburn or sun poisoning. Apply and reapply often.
- Have fun! It’s your vacation. Do not let some other crabby Disney goer ruin your special time! Being hot and tired can make anyone a bit more irritable but Disney can take that to another level. Go do your thing and enjoy making fantastic memories with your family!
What’s your favorite tip for those visiting Walt Disney World during the summer months?