Summer is just around the corner and many families are ready to head out on a summer vacation adventure. Nothing is better than Disney World summer magic, but it does take some special planning to make sure your family gets the most out of your trip.
During the summer you would expect the Disney parks to be full, but between the high Florida temperatures and price increases during the summer season that is usually not the case. Let’s talk about what you can expect if you and your family are planning a Disney World visit during the summer months.
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High Summer Temperatures
Let’s be real- it’s going to be hot! Like, hot. High temperatures in central Florida in the summer average about 95 degrees with a feels like temperature into the 100’s on most days.
Prepare for Rainstorms
There are the occasional quick, afternoon showers and thunderstorms, but they don’t do much to cool things off. In fact, they tend to make it feel more humid. You’ll want to bring along a poncho for each member of your group, in case you do run into a rainstorm or two.
Don’t worry, the storms pass quickly. And they don’t mean that you can’t still have a great time. It just means that you need to plan ahead for the heat, humidity, and occasional downpour.
Bring sunscreen to the park with you and plenty of it. You will need to re-apply sunscreen to everyone in your group several times each day.
Bring a water bottle for each member of your group, and don’t forget the little ones too. In these kinds of temperatures, you must stay hydrated all day long.
I find that the easiest way to keep track of water bottles are these colorful carabiners. They are great for clipping to strollers, backpacks, and belt loops. Having water right there, encourages my family to drink water while we wait in lines, etc. before they get dehydrated.
You can get a free cup of ice from any counter service restaurant, and you can purchase bottled water throughout the park. There are also water fountains where you can refill your water bottles when you need to.
The summer months are not the busiest times at Disney as far as the number of people visiting go, however, they are the time when you find the largest groups traveling together.
These may be groups of extended family members, international traveling groups, and even business groups. That can lead to a lot of people from in any given group ahead of you in line for rides, shows, and restaurants.
These groups shouldn’t detract from your magical experience, just be aware that you may run into them and be patient.
Shorter Lines During Fireworks and Parades
If there is a ride that you are really looking forward to then hopping in line during the fireworks show or one of the parades can shorten your wait time. Many summer Disney guests are visiting for the very first time and they want to experience everything including the parades and fireworks.
As soon as people start trying to get their seats for the parades and fireworks shows, the ride wait time goes way down.
Seek Out Air Conditioning
During the summer heat, you must take some breaks in the shade so that you can avoid anyone in your group developing heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sunburn. Is there anything worse than being on vacation with a terrible sunburn? Be sure to research some indoor air-conditioned shows and attractions that you can sprinkle in throughout your day at Disney.
Remember that sit down restaurants though out the parks are going to have air conditioning as well, but you may want to consider making your reservations in advance. Sit down, enjoy your meal, and cool off for a bit.
No matter what time of year you visit Disney you are going to want to be appropriately and comfortably dressed. During the summer months that is going to mean lightweight, light-colored, and hopefully moisture-wicking material, along with extremely comfortable footwear.
You will also want to make sure that you have sunglasses and a hat for each member of your group. The Florida summer sun is no joke and you are going to be glad that you have them.
Check out the Water Parks or Head to the Pool
It’s summertime, it’s hot, so why not head over to one of Disney’s water parks to cool off for a while? Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are great options for some fun water slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers. If the water parks aren’t in the cards for your family, then why not check out the pool at your Disney resort?
The pools at the Disney World resorts are just as meticulously themed and decorated as the resorts themselves so why not grab your suit and towel and head to the pool?
It’s a great way to cool off before dinner and then you can head back to the parks to check out the evening firework spectaculars or one of the special events held at your resort, like movies under the stars.
Disney World in the summer can be a wonderful vacation experience for the whole family, but there are a few things that you may want to purchase ahead of your trip.
Sunscreen, and lots of it, while you can purchase it at many of the resort gift shops and even in the parks you can save some money by bringing it with you.
The same can be said for ponchos for your group, you can pick them up at the parks but you will probably get a better deal if you purchase them before you leave home. These disposable ponchos are a great solution. They are folded up so they take barely any space in your park bag. They come in kids’ sizes too! Take an extra or two in case one gets torn.
Some other things that you might consider picking up before your trip are those little handheld fans to help keep you cool while you are waiting in line. Some of them even mist water and you can refill them at the parks.
Toss those fans, ponchos, hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses in your bag and get my ultimate Disney Park day bag packing list to make sure you’re all set for a day full of Disney fun!
A Disney World summer vacation is a little different than trips at other times of the year. There are no special festivals or events during the summer because the parks are already bustling with families and travel groups without the extra draw of crowds for special events.
And don’t forget to prepare by checking out the Disney World height guidelines for all four parks and both waterparks.
You need to be prepared for the crowds and the heat, and of course, holiday weeks may be even busier than the rest of the summer, but you can have a wonderful Disney family vacation even in the middle of the summer!