Orlando, Florida is known for its world-class theme parks, but combo of heat and humidity in FL is just a one of a kind beast and can make a day at the parks challenging, especially during the summer months. Don’t believe me? There’s an actual condition called “Disney Rash” that can happen to your legs due to the combo of walking, high temps, friction and humidity! Google it!
As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to stay cool and hydrated to ensure an enjoyable experience for both kids and adults. In this article, we’ll provide you with essential tips on how to beat the heat during your theme park visit in Orlando- from ncluding staying cool, to finding rides and attractions with air conditioning, avoiding overheating, and tips for beating the heat.
Stay Cool with These Tips:
- Dress Appropriately: Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics such as cotton. Avoid dark colors and heavy materials that can trap heat. Don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
- Use Sunscreen: Apply a high SPF sunscreen on all exposed skin, and reapply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Sunburn can increase your body’s temperature and cause discomfort. I know, it’s sticky, but it’s better than laying in bed at night unable to sleep because of the pain.
- Stay Hydrated!! Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Consider bringing a refillable water bottle to save money and reduce plastic waste. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.
- Take Frequent Breaks: Find shaded areas or indoor spaces with air conditioning to take breaks from the sun and heat. Many theme parks have designated rest areas, and some even offer misting stations or fans to help you cool down. My favorite is to find a nice 15-20 indoor show and get off my feet in a cool area for a good amount of time.
Rides and Attractions with Air Conditioning
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- Indoor Rides: Many theme parks in Orlando have indoor rides that offer a respite from the heat. Attractions such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” at Magic Kingdom or “The Simpsons Ride” at Universal Studios provide a refreshing break from the sun while enjoying the rides. Other favorites at Magic Kingdom include The Country Bear Jamboree, Carousel of Progress, The People Mover (not air conditioned but shaded and moving) and the Enchanted Tiki Room. EPCOT is another great park for cool spots including Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, Nemo, Figment and the boat ride in Mexico)
- Shows and Theaters: Indoor shows and theaters are another excellent option for escaping the heat. From Broadway-style musicals to 4D theaters, there are plenty of air-conditioned venues where you can enjoy world-class entertainment while staying cool.
Tips to Avoid Overheating for Kids and Adults:
- Use Stroller Fans: If you’re visiting the parks with young children, consider using stroller fans to keep them cool. You can purchase clip-on fans that attach to the stroller and provide a refreshing breeze for your little one. The blades are made of foam so their little fingers don’t get hurt.
- Take Regular Breaks: Kids and adults alike can easily overheat in the Florida heat. Make sure to take regular breaks in shaded areas or indoor spaces to rest, rehydrate, and cool down. Set a reminder on your phone if you feel like you need to “push through”. That can add to the problem and an alarm can remind you to take breaks.
- Utilize Splash Pads and Play Areas: Many theme parks in Orlando have splash pads and play areas where kids and adults can cool off with water play. These areas are usually shaded and provide a fun way to beat the heat. Pack a change of clothes in the stroller in case they get super uncomfortable being wet.
- Have I mentioned hydrating?? Bottle fillers are becoming more common and many restaurants will also provide water in a cup for free. They would much rather hand out free water than deal with people passing out.
General Heat Guidelines:
- Stay Aware of Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion can happen quickly in hot and humid weather. Be aware of the signs, which may include heavy sweating, weakness, nausea, dizziness, headache, and muscle cramps. If you or anyone in your group experience these symptoms, move to a shaded area, drink water, and seek medical attention if necessary. Orlando theme park employees are able to call for medical help so just find someone with a badge.
- Take Advantage of Pool Breaks: If you’re staying at a resort with a pool, take advantage of mid-day breaks to cool off in the water. Swimming can be a great way to lower your body temperature and relax during a long day at the theme parks. We like to go early, take a swim break, and come back in the evening. Or just take a whole day off mid week to lounge in the pool
With the scorching Florida heat, staying cool during a theme park visit in Orlando needs to be a top consideration, not only for your enjoyment but for your health. By following these tips, you can ensure an enjoyable experience while keeping yourself and your family safe from overheating. By following these guidelines, you can beat the heat and make the most out of your theme park visit. Stay cool and have a fantastic time at the parks!