From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Lisa Mendillo

When the sun is hot, and a shady spot cannot be found, many guests are at a loss as to what to do in the parks to stay cool. Don’t worry the Disney Parks Moms Panelists have been there too, and they are here to give you their best tips for staying cool on a hot summer day.

“When you’re exploring Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the heat of summer, sometimes you need a little break from the sun. My favorite way to take a break is to head inside to an air-conditioned venue and enjoy a show,” said panelist, Diane W. “Whether it’s an amazing live stage show such as “Finding Nemo – The Musical” or “Festival of the Lion King” (at Disney’s Animal Kingdom), or a beloved old favorite like Country Bear Jamboree (at Magic Kingdom Park), that short time spent sitting indoors and enjoying some fun entertainment is a great way to cool down and beat the heat!”

Missy is a fan of bringing cooling towels to the park which she claims “magically keeps her family cool.” She also recommends stopping to enjoy a show like Mickey’s PhilharMagic, which is always a refreshing way to enjoy the magic and fun while cooling off a bit! She adds that while not scientifically proven, her family believes the coolest air in the theme parks can be found at the Epcot Character Spot!

Hot temperatures also require guests to stay hydrated and Jacqui says she makes it a priority to drink a lot of water when taking on the theme parks. “We drink lots and lots of water. As a matter of fact, we always have a water bottle at hand. With all the fun and action it’s easy to forget and dehydration can come on super-fast. If we are staying at a Disney Vacation Club resort, we purchase a case of water ahead of time and pop bottles in the freezer. We bring water bottles into the parks in a small soft-sided cooler so they are always ‘at the ready.’”

“Another great way to stay cool is to plan ahead for Table Service meals during the hottest times of the day. Relaxing in air conditioning while enjoying a delicious meal may be just the trick to refresh you and your crew so you can play the rest of the day,” suggest Jennifer V.

And if you really want to cool down, Brandy B. says you must head to the Casey Jr. Splash ‘n Soak Station just outside Dumbo the Flying Elephant. “Casey Jr. doesn’t just think he can cool you off, he knows he can!”

For more information on staying cool at the Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to visit for a personalized response from our knowledgeable panel.

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