Most of the year it is sunny and hot in Florida, but between the months of May and October, it can get pretty sweltering. As you approach the summer months, the humidity starts to set in and if you have trouble handling high temperatures, then you’ll want to get prepared. I’ve traveled to Florida during some of the hottest times of the year, so I’ve got a few tips on how to stay cool in Florida during those hot times. I can usually handle high heat, but even I need to have a few tools in my pocket.
Here are my best tips on how to stay cool in Florida during the hottest times of the year:
This is probably hands down the best discovery I ever made for my trips to Florida! A cooling towel is simply a small piece of absorbant fabric, that when you snap it, it becomes cool to the touch. I use them to wrap around the back of my neck and it really helps to make you feel a few degrees cooler. The towel is very small and compact, so super easy to just fold up and keep in your bag. You could probably carry it in your pocket, that is how small it is. Just make sure to bring a ziploc bag to store it in, since it will be a bit moist once you use it.
You can find a wide range of different cooling towels on Amazon, many different price points to choose from. I highly recommend having one with you, it will make a big difference!
Another great tool to have to cool off, but this one is a little bigger to carry around. If you plan to have a backpack with you, then you can easily fit it in there. It’s a fan with a water bottle attached so that you can cool off with the fan while getting a spritz of water at the same time. You will see a lot of people using these in the parks as they do sell them there. The ones in the parks though are close to $20 USD. You can get one on Amazon ahead of time for about half the price. The O2COOL Deluxe Misting Fan runs around $10 and if you buy it beforehand, you’ll have it to use right away at the beginning of your vacation.
Lots of Water!
It is super important to stay hydrated at all times? Becoming dehydrated will create a mess of problems and really put a damper on your magical vacation. Get ahead of that and make sure you have water on you at all times.
You can get free ice water from any quick-service location is Disney World, but I have heard a lot of negative reviews about the taste of Florida tap water. For that reason, I have always stayed away from it and just made sure I have my own bottled water. I always order a case of bottled water to my hotel and then we can just throw them in our bags each day so we have water on the go. If you are looking for a service to order water and snacks from, I highly recommend Instart. I used them on my last trip and was very happy with the service and I found the prices to be better priced than some of the other services out there. You can use this link to get $10 off your first order.
Splash Pad Areas
In a few locations in the parks, there are opportunities to get wet to cool down a bit. They vary from splash pad type areas, to some misting locations. Here is what you will find in the parks:
- Magic Kingdom – Coca Cola misting station in Tomorrowland, near Astro Orbiter
- Magic Kingdom – Splash pad area in Storybook Circus
- Epcot – Splash pad area on main walkway between Future World and World Showcase
- Epcot – Coca Cola misting station near Test Track
- Animal Kingdom – Misting fan in Africa next to Tamu Tamu Refreshments
Visit a Water Park
If you have Park Hopper tickets, did you know that you could add the water parks option for an extra $25? Disney has two water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Definitely a great way to still enjoy some attractions while staying cool the entire time. For a full guide to the water parks, check out A Guide to Disney Water Parks.
One of my top touring tips during the hot summer months, is to get to the parks early before the afternoon heat and then take a break mid-afternoon. Go back to your hotel for a nap or have a dip in the pool. It will really break up your day and allow you to get re-energized for the evening. Plus, you’ll avoid the hottest times of the day walking around in the parks.
If you do plan to stay in the parks during the high peak heat times, then there are some opportunities to take breaks in the parks. Make sure to read Top Places to Rest in the Disney World Parks.
Finally, if someone in your family does get badly affected by the heat, there are First Aid stations in all 4 Disney parks where you can go for help. For more serious issues, you may need to seek further medical help. Check out What to do When You Are Sick at Disney World for comprehensive information to get prepared in case you do need medical help while on vacation.
What are some of your best tips on how to stay cool in Florida during the hot months? Leave me your tips in the comments below!
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Laura is a mom of one adorable girl with a love of all things Disney. She traveled to Disney World with her family in 2010 and was hooked. They have since been a total of over 15 times. With all her knowledge of planning Disney trips, she now wants to share that with others. She loves giving guidance, tips and advice to others planning their magical vacation!
Great idea about going into the parks prepared!
We have been to Disney in April and it was perfect….But I would not have enjoyed it any warmer!
Nothing worse than paying top dollar for something that is readily available else where. I haven’t tried the cooling towels – they look like a great option and I think my mom would love them too…She hates the heat.
The cooling towels are the best and a lot of people don’t know about them. Really helps to combat the feeling of being hot 🙂
I will have to check out those cooling towels. I am one AZ and it gets really hot here during the summer.
The thing I love most about the cooling towels are that they are so light to carry around. You could easily pop them in your purse and they take up barely any room.
I used to live in Florida, and your tips for keeping cool are great. Not only for will these suggestions work well for going to parks, but they are great to use when running errands on hot days. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! They really could apply to anything in Florida since it does get pretty hot there in the summer. I don’t know how the locals do it day in and day out!
Love your post!! 🙂 Such important tips for enjoying the parks as it just gets SO hot!!
Thank you! Keeping cool in the parks is always a priority for us since we want to make sure we enjoy ourselves 🙂