Welcome to those of you joining me from My Dreams of Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are discussing ways to keep cool while you are at Disney. We went in May for the first time this year so it was quite a bit warmer than what we usually experience at the parks. Here are a few things you should back to help you keep cool in the Florida heat and humidity.
When we visited Disneyland last year they experienced a heat wave and it was a lot more humid that what Southern Californians are used too. First Aid was handing out towels to put on the back of your neck to stay cool. They were disposable so when we got home I looked into reusable options to take with us to Walt Disney World. Disney Tourist Blog’s packing list suggested buying Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads so I bought us a couple for our Memorial Day trip from Amazon.
They are amazing. After you get them wet you wring out the excess moisture and they are somehow dry and cool at the same time. We cooled them off before we left for the parks in the morning and put them in their containers in our backpack. Once things heated up we just pulled them out to cool off. If we needed to cool them off again we just visited a restroom or a water fountain. I don’t know how we ever managed the heat without them!
Staying hydrated is essential when it’s really hot in the parks. We usually take one cold bottle of water with us in the mornings but that doesn’t last us too long. I’m probably the only person that doesn’t mind the taste of water in Florida so I take a water bottle with me to fill up during the day. If the water in Florida isn’t your favorite you can bring a water bottle that also has a filter. It helps with the taste a little or you can add a water flavor packet.
You can also stop by any quick service dining location for a free cup of water. Those are nice because they are typically cold. You can also stop by Starbucks. You may get charged a little but the water is filtered. My sister got a huge glass of ice water from the Downtown Disney location and said you couldn’t taste the “Florida” in the water.
Seriously folks. Wear a hat. I know it doesn’t seem like wearing a hat in the heat is a good thing but I promise it is. It keeps the sun off the top of your head and face. We of course have several Disney themed hats that we like to take with us. You can find some really cute ones too if ball caps aren’t your thing. I bought one of my fedoras and a cute floppy hat in the gift shops.
I feel like this is something I need to mention just because I saw so many sunburns on our trip. I feel so much cooler when there is a layer of sunscreen between me and the sun. Make sure to take it with you to the parks so you can reapply it during the day. You can buy it there but it’s a whole lot more expensive.
Umbrellas, not just for rainy days! Sure it will come in handy when the inevitable rain shower shows up in the afternoon but it’s also great when the sun is out. Lots of queues are outside and even if it’s not that hot it can feel like it if the sun is beating down on you. We discovered that Hollywood Studios has virtually no shade when we waited in line for characters during Star Wars Weekends. An umbrella combined with the chilly pad made the wait more bearable (because my umbrella is a panda 🙂 ).
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ In the Mouse House – Staying Cool at Disney
2nd Stop ~ Heidi’s Head –5 Ways to Stay COOL on HOT Disney Days
3rd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Enjoying the Disney Shows
4th Stop ~ Rolling with the Magic- What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney
Final Stop ~ Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere – Cruising: Frozen Style