Hey there! I have done an extensive list of must-have items that you can find here. But I thought I would make a quick list of must-have items that you need to beat the heat in Florida.
1. Pack a misting fan or water bottle
Here are a few ideas to take a look at.
We personally have both, I have one teen that likes the water bottle over the fan mister. I personally love getting free ice water in my misting water bottle because the water is delicious and cold!
If you don’t like the idea of a misting fan, there are plenty of handheld fans and fans that just hang from your neck. I haven’t personally tried these fans, but they have great reviews.
2. Cooling Towels
These are so amazing; I recommend them to everyone in your family.
These are so easy to use and cooled me right down during the hot humid heat that is Florida. All you have to do is get them wet, wring them out and twirl them in the air!
By twirling them in the air it makes the towel cools down, wrap it around your neck and enjoy the fact that you now feel 15 degrees cooler.
3. Choose rides according to the time of day
What do I mean by this? Go on rides with indoor queue lines mid-day instead of in the morning or late in the evening. You can also ride the PeopleMover or Railroad to relax and enjoy the park scenery.
This way you can get out of the sun and stand in an air-conditioned line during the hottest time of the day.
4. Choose to go to shows mid-day
Again, air conditioning during the hottest time of the day is needed. Not only can you rest your feet but it’s just nice to get out of the sun.
5. Plan on going back to the hotel during mid-day
Go back to your resort to swim or for lunch if you are taking your meals. For some great ideas on how to save on meals, what snacks to take, and which grocery stores deliver in this area check out these articles.
You can also ditch the regular parks and hit the water parks. Disney does have two water parks that are loads of fun, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach.
6. Pack a sun umbrella
This is an easy way to keep the sun off of you and your family. The sun feels much hotter in Florida due to the extra humidity. Staying shaded and cool is key to beating the heat.
7. Pack a hat
8. Drink plenty of water!
We like to take add-in for our water bottles such as Mio, Kool-Aid, and Crystal Light. Water is fantastic and free at Disney World, but it’s really hard to drink only water while you’re there. It’s nice to enjoy some flavor!
9. Wear plenty of sunblock!
10. Wear light flowy clothes
Wear cotton or moisture-wicking clothing to keep cool.
11. Grab a cold tasty treat!
Some of my favorite Disney treats are the ones that instantly cool you down. Some of my favorite treats include:
Dole Whips- Aloha Isle
Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwiches- Ice Cream carts
Real strawberries and yogurt Popsicle- Ice Cream carts
LeFous Brew- Gaston’s Tavern
The American Dream- Fife and Drum Tavern
Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake- 50’s Prime Time Café
Night Blossom- Pandora
12. Wear cooler face masks
I also wanted to add to this list due to the new guidelines in Florida. Disney World is requiring all guests and employees ages 3 and up to wear face masks. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your trip this year and possibly planning your trip in 2022.
Disney updated their website stating that guests with underlying conditions and elderly folks should stay at home at this time due to being at a higher risk of getting COVID-19.
13. Go on rides that include water during mid-day
Rides such as Splash Mountain or Animal Kingdom boat ride. Keep in mind, everyone else will have the same idea.
14. Go the the water parks for a rest day
Disney World does have two water parks on property Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach both very fun, and it’s nice to take a break from the other parks and spend a rest day playing in the pool. If you aren’t able to go to the waterpark, you can always go back to the hotel to take a quick dip in the resort’s pool to cool off.
14. Eat Light
Avoid heavy foods and opt for foods high in water content – fruits, salads, and soups.
15. Plan offseason in January or February
16. Go to the beach
The nearest beach is also within an hour’s drive. If you do have a rest day, I highly recommend that you head to the beach to watch the sunset.
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What Do You Think?
What did we leave out? What do you pack and use to help beat the heat in Florida?