What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney

What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney

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.

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad

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.

What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney

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!

Water Bottle

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.

What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney

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.

What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney


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 🙂 ).

What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney

For more Disney packing tips, check out these posts from the Blogorail!


What to Pack to Stay Cool at Disney | Rolling with the Magic

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

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  1. Frontierland Station (@FrontierlandSta) on June 15, 2015 at 10:22 am

    These are great tips! Sunscreen is a must for me, even on cloudy days. Without it, I end up looking like Sebastian! I also love taking a misting fan with me into the parks.

  2. adisneymom on August 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I haven’t even thought of the frogg toggs towel!!  great idea!  We use these at the boys games and they are AWESOME!

  3. CapMagicalMem on July 18, 2014 at 9:26 am

    DisneyMamaLin We just purchased one and will have to try it out on our next trip.  Love the tip about cutting it down!  No fighting.

  4. DisneyMamaLin on July 16, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I loooove my Frogg Togg towel!  We don’t go to Disney without it!  Plus, you can cut one in half for kids and save some money!

  5. Jenn Lissak on July 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Those frogg toggs are intriguing! I think those are what Lou was talking about on WDW Radio recently and I couldnt remember – I work outside in the summer and those could be incredibly helpful! Great post!

  6. disneyonwheels on July 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    JodiWhisenhunt  The fedora with the pink. It has a hidden Mickey. 🙂

  7. disneyonwheels on July 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    LoriKetcherside I’m not really sure what it is about the water. My sister says it just tastes weird and I have heard that from others. Doesn’t bother me!

  8. disneyonwheels on July 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

    DadForDisney Lemonade is my go to flavor. 🙂

  9. disneyonwheels on July 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

    HeidiPortzlineStrawser It’s hard to choose! I think the fedora with the pink is my fave because it has a hidden Mickey.

  10. disneyonwheels on July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Mickey_MDOD Great idea!

  11. disneyonwheels on July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    LisaDiDomenicoCameron I have seen them at my local sporting goods stores. It may not be the same brand but I am guessing they probably work the same. 🙂

  12. LisaDiDomenicoCameron on July 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Great tips!  I wish I knew about the towels before this past trip. They could have come in handy. Is there anywhere else besides Amazon you can get them?  (if you wanted to buy last minute)

  13. JodiWhisenhunt on July 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Those cool towels are so helpful! I love your hat collection, too! Do you have a favorite one?

  14. LeeBeatens on July 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Yup, Disney themed hats are great! Always like an excuse to put on my ears!

  15. LoriKetcherside on July 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I never wear hats to the park except Mickey Ears (which honestly don’t offer much shading.) Reapplying sunscreen is essential especially after water rides! Thanks for the reminder. Why do you think people don’t like the water? It never bothers me.

  16. DadForDisney on July 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    An umbrella is an highly under-rated method to keep cool.  It provides constant shade.  I like the cool towel too.  Our preferred method to keep cool is to put our empty water metal bottles in the freezer overnight and then put ice and water in them before we leave in the morning.  And of course, take advantage of the free Disney ice water.  We also bring lemonade and iced tea to-go pouches with us to flavor the water.  What’s your favorite way to flavor your ice water?

  17. HeidiPortzlineStrawser on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Great tips, Melissa.  I never would have thought of the umbrella one – especially when it’s not raining.  But, then again, we’re pretty much horrible with umbrellas in our family.  I do finally own one (I bought it at IKEA) and keep it in my van.  I try to be a minimalist at Disney though – so I’d hate to have to carry it!  I want to know — which hat is your favorite?

  18. Mickey_MDOD on July 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

    All great tips, Melissa!  One tip my wife shared with me when we were at Disney last  month is that she takes a water bottle, fills it with water the night before, and then freezes it overnight.  Then in the morning, she takes a washcloth and wraps it around the water bottle.  That way, as it thaws out, the sweat on the bottle cools the washcloth, and when it get really hot, she just uses the washcloth on her neck for a quick cool down.  Also, she drinks from the bottle and the ice lasts here most of the morning and keeps the water nice and cold!

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