Summer is here even though the calendar says otherwise, temperatures will start to rise above 95 degrees on almost daily basis in Central Florida. Days are longer meaning cooling off after sunset is almost impossible and the risk of a heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke, is very real when you are visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion are various, they include confusion, dizziness, fainting and nausea. The goal is to try and beat it and be proactive so you can still have a great day at Disney even during the hottest time of year. These tips will help you accomplish just that.
Seems like a simple and obvious one. The important thing to remember is WHAT you should drink to stay hydrated. Have water with you at all times, if you don’t want to carry a bottle of water Disney World provides free ice water at all their counter services, drink often even if you don’t feel thirsty. Once you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Sports drinks like Powerade and Gatorade are also good. Avoid coffee, soda and alcohol, they will all dehydrate you faster.
Plan Your Day with Heat in Mind
Make sure to plan accordingly. Book your fast passes for outdoor rides or shows during the early morning or late evening. Leave the indoor shows for the hours between Noon and 5pm. Make sure to schedule some brakes indoors through out your day. Walt Disney presents and Launch Bay are perfect places to be inside and cool down.
Use Cooling Tools
Bring cooling towels, mini fans, misters. Wear light clothes that are moisture-wicking. Big sun hats and also a small umbrella are very useful for sun protection while you are walking around the parks. If you are traveling with a little one on a stroller don’t forget the stroller fan/umbrella.
Know Your Body
Some people have a larger tolerance to heat than others. Kids and elderly are most susceptible. If you start to experience any of the symptoms linked above do not wait to take a break. Find ice chips and rub them behind your neck, on your wrists (the vein closest to the skin is there and it will cool you down faster) if you are very hot use ice under your armpits for a quick cool down. Disney has some splash areas, use them, let the water splash your arms and legs or even better, have fun in them and get completely soaked.
The important thing is to be conscious about the heat, when you are at the parks having fun it’s easy to forget these simple tips, only 15 minutes in a 95 degree sun can ruin your vacation, be safe and have a magical day.