7 ways to enjoy Walt Disney World more this Summer!
By Nigel G. Worrall
A visit to Central Florida is top of every families list once in every lifetime but some families are lucky enough to be able to visit multiple times. Visitors look forward to visiting Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Legoland and a host of other attractions when they visit Central Florida as it’s a time to get together and have fun.
Orlando is always hot in the Summer and this year is no exception with record temperatures being set. That means it is critical to know what you want to do and how you want to do it so you can stay cool and enjoy the experience as much as possible. Here’s a few tips to make your Summer vacation more fun:
1. Start Early
This may sound obvious but the earlier you get to the parks the cooler it will be. Florida mornings may start warm but by afternoon they are positively scorching! There’s also another benefit to making an early start, it is usually less crowded in the earlier hours and that means you can ride more attractions in a shorter period of time.
2. Leave After Lunch or the Afternoon Parade
Seriously, this makes so much sense. By leaving the park to return to your vacation home for a few hours during the peak times you afford yourself the opportunity to cool off and unwind. It gives you and your loved ones a break from the stimulation and crowds of the Disney parks and that enables everyone to enjoy the day even more. Florida Leisure’s vacation homes are just 10 to 15 minutes from the Disney parks and that means you can be back home and enjoying your own cool down time in your private pool in just minutes. A refreshing dip and a couple of hours relaxation leaves you ready to go back and do more later in the day. Getting out of the heat into your air conditioned vacation home allows your body to recover much faster than if you stayed at the park all day. No more grouchy kids… or parents!
3. Rent or purchase a stroller with a wide sun shade
Umbrella strollers are lightweight and great for carrying on and off the trams but you might want to consider buying or renting a better stroller with a wider sun shade canopy to protect your young ones. You can rent them at Disney or you can buy them at places like Walmart.
4. Equip yourself with a Misting Fan
A misting fan is a great way to cool off during your time at the parks. The relief you can get from one can be very welcoming while lining up for a ride. Remember to carry a fresh set of batteries with you though!
5. Spend Time at your Vacation Home
You are paying to stay at your Florida Leisure vacation home so you should plan to spend some time relaxing in the home. Save money by cooking a hearty breakfast before you go out or just have an easy day poolside. Play some family games in the games room or kick back, get the popcorn and watch a movie! Also, utilize the home as your home away from home so that you can take breaks from the hectic theme parks. We’ve already mentioned taking a break during the day from the park but it is important because you’ll be really surprised what a two or three hour break does for your stamina when returning back to the park later in the day.
6. Alternate your park plans with inside and outside attractions
In the Summer it is a necessity to stay cool. One of the easiest ways to do this is by alternating your events so that you do one outside line and then one inside line at a theme park. It takes a little planning but it makes things a lot nicer when you can avoid spending long hours in the Florida sun during peak hours. One way to do this at Magic Kingdom would be to do the Jungle Cruise (line up outside) followed by Pirates of the Caribbean (line up inside). If you’re at Epcot, then you may want to try out the Innoventions or Living with the Land pavilions and at Animal Kingdom check out a show before or after doing something like Kilimanjaro Safaris. Doing the rides or attractions this way can give you a 30 minute to 40 minute break from the sun and a chance to beat the heat!
7. Cool off at the water parks
One of the best ways to cool off is to enjoy a day at one of Disney’s water parks, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Both offer each family member a memorable time and you’ll find them far less crowded than the regular theme parks if you get there nice and early.