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Record High Temps in Orlando Continue; Here’s How to Stay Cool (& Safe!) at Walt Disney World

It is no surprise that the summer months can be brutally hot in Central Florida, but this week has been recordbreaking in terms of the high temperatures in the Orlando area. With the “feels like” temperature dipping over 100 degrees multiple days this week and 95+ degree days to continue in the week ahead, Guests visiting Walt Disney World may be experiencing dangerous levels of heat this month.

And, if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World later this summer, the weather is not likely to become more comfortable quite so soon. August is typically the most humid month for Central Florida, so even if the heat starts to tone down, the increase in humidity can be just as challenging.

We’re sharing the tips you need to stay cool and comfortable, as well as safe, regardless of the heat index during your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Review the expected temperatures and any weather advisories ahead of your trip. ClickOrlando notes that the current temps continue into early next week, and that the area is currently under a heat advisory, which essentially means that in the sun, the temps can be 10-15 degrees hotter than what they might actually be.

One of the most important ways you can take care of yourself when the weather is like this at Walt Disney World is to stay hydrated. Tap water is free at the theme parks, simply ask for a cup at any quick service food and beverage location. Water is even more important if you are drinking a lot of alcohol (looking at you, World Showcase!). In these cases, try to have one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage throughout the day.

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Thankfully Disney has lots of ways to cool off and take a break from the heat, so whether you spend time napping back at your Resort, or make sure to pop into gift shops or sit down in an air conditioned restaurant, taking a break from the sun is never a bad choice.

For more ways to cool off, plan for some time at your Resort pool or at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. (Blizzard Beach is still closed for refurbishment, but Typhoon Lagoon is open and does not require Park reservations to visit.)

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The middle of the day is the hottest, so if you are planning to take a midday break at your resort, you may want to leave the Parks around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. and return later when the sun begins to go down.

As you pack for your trip, remember to wear light, breathable clothing, and don’t forget to bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. You may also want to pack a cooling towel as these can be a real lifesaver on hot days at Disney World.

And while visiting the Parks, remember that First Aid stations are available should you need them. When the temperatures are this high, Guests become more prone to heat exhaustion, and heat rash, and while we hope you have a magical time at the Parks, it is helpful to note that Cast Members are there to help if you need it.

Stay cool out there and enjoy your summer Disney vacation!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."