16 Insider Tricks to Beat the Heat During Your Summer Disney Vacation

Summer has arrived, you've done all your research, booked the park tickets, gotten the hotel rooms, mapped out your must-do rides and attractions and are ready for a magical Disney vacation the kids will never forget. But along with the excitement, you might also be dreading standing in ride lines under the hot sun or wondering if there's a place to sneak away from the crowds, get a cool blast of AC and recharge before diving into the next adventure.

Fortunately, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is on the case with insider tips and tricks to beat the heat during your summer Disney vacation. The 32 moms, dads, grandparents and in-the-know family members on the panel have been through many summer trips themselves, and they’ve collected a treasure trove of wisdom for making a summer Disney Vacation all it can be.

Plan Your Day Right

While I normally recommend arriving at the Parks early in the morning, if you have teens who like to sleep late, the later park hours of Summer can work to your benefit.  Often parks are open until midnight or even later with Extra Magic Hours.  Sleep in, enjoy a nice brunch or lunch, and some time relaxing by the pool.  Plan to arrive at the parks in the late afternoon or early evening and enjoy air-conditioned attractions such as Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, The American Adventure, Festival of the Lion King, or The Land or The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions until the sun goes down. Then stay until park close. You'll find much lighter crowds and shorter lines late at night or the wee hours of the morning.” – Anne Marie

“We beat the heat by planning our days so that indoor air conditioned attractions are sprinkled throughout. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, First Time in Forever- A Frozen Sing-A-Long, Finding Nemo- The Musical are all great ways to cool down.” - Anne

In the scorching summer heat of central Florida, my girls and I strategically schedule indoor, air conditioned shows/attractions like The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park or American Adventure at Epcot throughout our day of park touring. Not only are these venues awesome attractions, but the AC pumps full blast and allows for a seated, lengthy (shows run about 15-20 minutes) break.” - Chris

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