The summer season is one of the most popular times to visit Walt Disney World resorts. With children out of school for summer vacation, it is a great time of year to plan a family trip. Florida heat can be difficult to endure during the summer months, and staying cool and hydrated is essential. Luckily, each park provides places for you and your little ones to cool off and take a break. Here is a list of our favorite places to cool off on a hot summer day at Disney.
#1. Splash Pads
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is located at Storybook Circus in the heart of Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. Inspired by the circus in the movie Dumbo, this locomotive splash zone features monkeys, elephants and camels that gush spouts of refreshing water. In Epcot, there are two splash pads – one is located near Mission Space in Future World, and the other is near the Innovations Pavilion. In Downtown Disney there is a splash pad by the Once Upon A Toy store and another located by The Days of Christmas store. Each location offers rest for parents and relief for hot, tired children. Be sure to pack a change of clothes or a swimsuit; nearby restrooms make it convenient to change and go right back to touring the park.
#2. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Hop on board a “clamobile” and ride the gentle currants of the ocean with Martin and Dorie from Disney’s Finding Nemo. The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a slow-moving, relaxing ride that’s fun for all ages and provides a cool, dark haven from the Florida sun. It’s the perfect ride to rest your legs during an afternoon at Epcot, and once on the ride, your little ones will have fun trying to spot Nemo as he plays hide-and-seek with guests. The ride drops you off inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion where you can marvel at real marine life like dolphins, turtles, manatees and exotic fish! You can even watch divers swim with the animals and learn about sea life through hands-on interactive fun, all while enjoying the refreshing air-conditioning.
#3. Club Cool at Epcot
If you’re feeling a little dry from the sun, stop by Club Cool at Epcot to wet your whistle. This store provides free samples of all of the coke flavors from around the world. Everyone will love taste testing the cold flavors of international beverages. Try soda from from Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil and Europe while perusing the shops apparel and souvenirs in the air-conditioning.
#4. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
The Tomorrowland PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom is an emission-free transit system that takes you on an indoor and outdoor tour of Tomorrowland. Enjoy a 10-minute narrated journey that gives you a behind the scenes look at popular Tomorrowland attractions like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The PeopleMover is the perfect “ToddlerNapper” and is a breezy break from walking around the park.
#5. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Take a seat in this revolving theater and journey through the industrial progress of the 20th century. Follow four generations of an American family through every major technological advancement of the last century at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. From the gas lamps of the 20th century and the first electric appliances of the 20s, to the dishwasher in the 40s and the flat screen TVs of the present – you’ll learn what it was like to live in different decades and leave feeling hopeful about the progress we will make in the future. This 21-minute ride at Magic Kingdom is cool, dark and charms you with it’s music and lifelike animatronics.
#6. Festival of the Lion King
If you’re visiting Animal Kingdom, there are plenty of shady caves and large trees to sit under to get out of direct sunlight. When you need to get inside and cool off in the air-conditioning, the Festival of the Lion King show is a must-see theatrical experience that the entire family will love. This Broadway-like performance features acrobatic performances, music from Disney’s The Lion King, and dancing that will have you on your feet! The characters interact with the crowd and your little one may even be called up to dance in the grand finale!
#7. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Enter the air-conditioned theater and step into a world of Disney animation. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a concert movie starring Donald Duck that takes you through a 3D world of famous Disney settings like Beast’s Dining Hall, Ariel’s Undersea Grotto and Simba’s Africa. Enjoy classic Disney hit songs while you relax in the theater. This 12-minute show is just long enough to get a break from the heat and have you recharged for more adventures around the park.
#8. Disney Resort Pools
While you came to enjoy the park, it’s important to take a break from the summer heat. Heading back to your hotel in the late afternoon can make your evening much more enjoyable. Many Disney resort pools are equipped with water slides, play features and poolside bars. When afternoon exhaustion sets in, head back to the hotel, relax and cool off in the pool. Kids will enjoy the play features at the pool, and after a shower and dinner, you’ll be much better suited to enjoy an evening at the park and fireworks to end your magical day.
It’s important to remember to apply sunblock before you arrive at the park, as the Florida sun can be intense even in the morning. Bring hats and sunglasses to protect your eyes and take frequent breaks to stay hydrated. Water fountains are provided throughout park, so bring refillable water bottles to use during the day. Have the Ticket2You.com to score the best prices on Disney theme park tickets – guaranteed.