Wondering How to Stay Cool at Disney World?

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We’re breaking down how to stay cool at Disney World!

woman wearing a neck fan at disney world

Heading to Disney this summer?

With summer vacation right around the corner, there’s a high likelihood that a bunch of you are headed to Disney World on a vacation that you all deserve! Disney is such a fun, special place where you’ll create memories that’ll last a lifetime. However, it’s no secret that the Central Florida weather is…well, brutal!

Even if you live in an area with a hot climate, there’s really nothing that can prepare you for that Orlando humidity. Add in some long days walking around in a crowded theme park, and it can become a little overwhelming. However, there are ways to combat the heat and not let it affect the fun!

disney world walt disney statue

Let’s face it. The only thing worse than experiencing humidity is experiencing it with a negative approach. Plus, you’re at Disney World and are in for some endless fun! So sit back, relax, and check out these small yet effective ways you can stay cool on your Disney vacation.


1. Order a fan on Amazon.

personal neck fan disney world

Portable Rechargeable Personal Neck Fan $12.99 (regularly $19.99)

When I think about how to stay cool in Disney World, a mini fan is my key! There are tons of fans you can order on Amazon that are handy, convenient, and portable, and Lina loved the option above on her recent visit to Disney. You can even buy a portable spray bottle fan that’ll help you cool down as well.

They do sell similar fans on Disney property. However, they’re a little pricey and not as portable. Regardless of where you order it from, you’ll be so grateful you have one in that hot weather!


2. Grab a cooling towel.

woman holding a cooling towel

Tough Outfitters Cooling Towels $7.95 (regularly $8.95)

Our team has an entire post about our favorite cooling towels and why they’re so important! They are so vital for surviving a day at the parks and provide maximum comfort. Once wet, they instantly stay nice and cool as opposed to a regular towel that would heat up and dry fairly quickly.


3. Take advantage of shaded areas and water rides!

storybook circus splash area

Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom, you’ll definitely want to ride Splash Mountain to cool off because you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a refreshing splash from the water. Don’t be afraid of getting wet because the heat will dry you off in less than an hour! Also, consider going at night since it’s open until 11 pm and you can catch the fireworks show. Plus the lines for rides tend to be shorter.

Fantasyland

There’s also Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in Storybook Circus, located in Fantasyland where little ones (and maybe even adults) can cool off. Occasionally, in Tomorrowland near the Lunching Pad, they turn on a misting fan, which is also a quick and easy way to cool off without actually getting wet.

EPCOT

In EPCOT, the best place to cool off is, well, Club Cool! They offer free refreshments including sodas and juices from all over the world. Plus, they blast AC! The Land is also a great place to cool off as it’s one big building that features three attractions and two restaurants. Throughout the World Showcase, there is also plenty of indoor areas filled with fun (and AC)!

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is the hottest park, feeling about 10 degrees higher than the rest due to all the trees and animal habitats. The best attraction to cool off in is Kali River Rapids. There are also plenty of shows to enjoy such as Festival of the Lion King, which is an entertaining and relaxing way to cool off.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios doesn’t have as many water-related attractions. But occasionally, the Tower of Terror queue will turn on its mists so you cool off while you wait in the garden (note this isn’t always a guarantee). Watching one of the many shows or taking a stroll in Walt Disney Presents will probably be your best cooling options!


4. Remember your sunglasses and/or a hat.

woman with cap in disney

When thinking of how to stay cool in Disney World, remember that the sun is just as blinding as it is warm! To give your eyes a break, don’t forget your sunglasses. You’ll feel soooo much more comfortable with them. Even better, bring a hat, too! It’ll protect your face from too much sun exposure.


5. Sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen.

Hand holding a bright blue bottle of Trader Joe's sunscreen spray

No matter what sunscreen it is (though we do love these 6 that are under $9), regularly apply it throughout the day! The Orlando sun sometimes rises to an 11 UV index, which can be incredibly harmful to unprotected skin. You’ll definitely get some color, but make sure you keep a can of sunscreen handy throughout your day.


6. Hit the indoor attractions first!

space mountain

There are plenty of attractions and rides both indoors and outdoors throughout all four theme parks. If you can, try to knock out the indoor attractions first. Once the day gets later, temperatures will become cooler, and waiting in outdoor lines will become a breeze.


7. When it comes to clothes, wear light clothes and breathable shoes.

harlara wannabe dress

No matter what you wear, you’re going to be hot. However, you should be comfortable! Any lightweight, athletic-like material will most likely be the best.

Personally, I love wearing exercise dresses to Disney, and I always see others wearing them, too! Not only are they adorable, but they’re also super cute and comfortable. I will admit to sometimes bringing an uncomfortable outfit solely for photos…but I always bring a change of comfy clothing! 😂

As far as shoes go, not everyone is capable of walking 15,000 steps in sandals. Any kind of athletic sneaker is the best option. It’s even better if they are made of a breathable material, similar to running shoes.


8. Stay hydrated!

hand holding dark gray ozark trail water bottle

No matter which water bottle you choose, you’ll be thankful you brought one. There are refillable water stations in a bunch of areas so you can stay hydrated throughout your long and exciting day. Our Hip sidekick Sara actually tested out some top-notch reusable water bottles to see which is the best if you’re looking for recommendations.

Disney does sell water throughout the park, but it retails for between $3.50 – $5.50 a bottle. They also give out free water cups throughout the parks, so, if you choose not to bring a water bottle yourself, take advantage of this offer.


9. Prevent Uncomfortable Summer Thigh Chaffing! 

 of gold bond friction defense

You’ll likely walk miles a day in the heat at Disney, and a soothing friction defense stick will prevent the dreaded thigh chaffing that can occur especially during the hot summer months.

My teammate Lina loves and recommends Gold Bond Friction Defense as it goes on smooth and provides comfort all day. It’s unscented and perfect for sensitive skin. The stick is lightweight and convenient to take along while traveling!


Bonus Tip: Cool off with a yummy frozen treat! 

dole whip at disney world

This is the perfect excuse to enjoy a sweet treat like Disney’s famous soft serve Dole Whip. If you haven’t experienced this amazing pineapple dessert, it’s a must-try. They also have orange creamsicle and raspberry versions too. YUMMO!


You’re going to need these packing tips, too!


About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.


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Comments 11

  1. Rebecca Solomon

    Price change 12.99

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the heads up! I’ve updated the price. 🥰

  2. Heather

    We just got back from Disney World.. definitely not as magical as it was a few years ago, sadly. It is MISERABLY hot.. I have the fan similar to #1 and it saved my life. It also adjusts so if you’re standing in a line you can rotate one of the fans to blow on someone next to you. Get it! If you have strollers, get an adjustable fan that wraps around it.

  3. JLM

    Thank you for all of the recent Disney content! We are planning a trip for next year!

    • Alli (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome JLM — hopefully your trip is magical (and not super hot!) ✨

  4. Sarah

    I’m a travel agent that specializes in Disney World who visits almost every August because my husband is a teacher.
    I cannot emphasize enough that you should take a break in the afternoon. Go back to resort and relax in AC. Take a shower. Don’t spend the entire time swimming. Swimming in FL in the summer in the afternoon can be almost as draining as walking around a park. If you aren’t staying on property, visit the indoor attractions in the afternoon. Eat a very leisurely lunch in the ac. Lines and heat are at their worst from 1-5ish. Take it easy.

    Not all cooling towels are the same. Try them before your trip. We personally love the ones sold at Disney. They worked better than others we had from several other brands.

    I get headaches almost every day, because I’m extremely sensitive to the sun and humidity. Even drinking constantly doesn’t help, because I’m not retaining enough to help. (I could build an entire website dedicated to every bathroom on property). This year I’m bring several different electrolyte powers including Liquid IV and DripDrop.

    • animity

      Two words, salt pills! They will save your head.

    • Alli (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow – thanks so much for these great tips, Sarah! ❤️

  5. Shelley

    I know how to stay cool at Disney…Don’t go!!! There are more family friendly places on earth!

  6. Daisy Carrasco

    OMG, shame on you. Disney is the most magical place on earth. LOL…. Cooling towel is a must. They also have the same concept in hat form which also provides shade. All tips above are on point. Most important is to just stay hydrated (they have water stations) and enjoy a nice cooling dole whip. We are annual passholders that drive up 3 1/2 hours every other month. We stay between 3-5 days every time and we love it. As for the fans pictured on #1, I have 3 pairs and they are great. Just a friendly reminder that if you have long hair make sure to tie it back because it can get tangled in it.

  7. Michele

    In Animal Kingdom, check out the Conservation Station. It’s got A/C and the kids can see animals getting veterinary care and learn more about them while you cool off. Bonus: the train ride to get there is pretty fun and gives any sore feet a nice break.

    My niece loved it because she got to pet a snake, watch a turtle get helped by the vet, and take pics with Jiminy Cricket.

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