Top Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer at Walt Disney World

Central Florida can be a hot and humid place year round, but the weather becomes even more intense in the summer months when temperatures peak and humidity lasts all day long. Since most of a guest’s time spent in Walt Disney World is outside, they can easily succumb to the heat in the summer months and end up not feeling great while on vacation. In addition to staying hydrated, there are plenty of great ways for guests to help beat the intense summer heat throughout the Disney Parks and property. From enjoying indoor experiences in the air conditioning to pools and more, there are plenty of ways to cool off. Here are the top ways to beat the heat this summer at Walt Disney World.


1. Blizzard Beach

A great way to beat the heat is to spend time enjoying all that Blizzard Beach has to offer. This popular water park has experiences for guests of every age to enjoy, including options to just relax or to indulge in some big thrills. Guests can enjoy different water slides such as Runoff Rapids, Toboggan Racers, and the thrilling Summit Plummet in addition to a relaxing float down the Cross Country Creek lazy river. Smaller guests can splash in Tike’s Peak or climb their way through Ski Patrol Training Camp and the entire family can enjoy Teamboat Springs with lots of twists, turns, and splashes. Blizzard Beach is a great option for guests to enjoy while visiting Walt Disney World in the hot summer months.

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2. Kali River Rapids

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest of the Disney Parks and also features experiences that are predominantly outdoors, making it one of the hottest places to explore in the summer. Guests who are in the Disney Park and looking to cool off can head to Kali River Rapids to enjoy an experience that will literally leave them soaked. The raft ride brings guests down the Chakranadi River where they learn about deforestation before plunging down a large hill that generates a huge splash. While most guests in the raft will get smaller splashes that are sure to cool them down throughout the experience, the guests who gets the main splash from the large hill gets completely soaked and is sure to be cooled off for the remainder of their day!

3. Splash Mountain

Another great option to help cool off on a hot summer day in Walt Disney World can be found in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. Splash Mountain has guests board floating logs and set off for adventure with Br’er Rabbit. There are several small drops along the way that offer up slight splashes, but the final drop plummets guests into the Briar Patch below and creates a large splash that will cool everyone in the log off. Guests who are looking to enjoy getting more wet should ask for the front row, and those looking for more of a slight splash or misting should request the back.


4. Festival of the Lion King

Cool off in the summer months is by enjoying the blasting air conditioning that can be found indoors. A great way to both relax and cool off while also being entertained can be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Festival of the Lion King is performed several times each day in the Harambe Theater and features favorite characters and music from The Lion King. The live show highlights amazing performances by singers, dancers, acrobats, fire dancers, and more to bring the celebration to life and guests are sure to absolutely love the experience while also relaxing in the refreshing air conditioning.

5. American Adventure

A great indoor attraction to enjoy when looking to beat the heat can be found in the center of Epcot’s World Showcase. The American Adventure is housed inside of the main building in the America Pavilion and welcomes guests into a large theater with comfortable seating and pumping air conditioning. The show’s run time is about a half hour, so guests can relax and cool off while enjoying dozens of audio-animatronics, beautiful sets, and film segments that tell the story of the American people through the centuries. The show runs continuously throughout the day, making it a great way to cool off while spending time in Epcot!

6. Disney Springs

Super hot days in Walt Disney World can also be spent enjoyably in Disney Springs. The shopping and entertainment destination is home to countless stores, restaurants, and more, the majority of which are located indoors. Guests can arrive at Disney Springs at opening and enjoy a leisurely day of exploring stores and enjoying drinks and meals at various restaurants with only moments spent outside in the heat between each location. With great options including the World of Disney, Marketplace Co-Op, Boathouse, Wine Bar George, and much more, Disney Springs is a great option for a particularly hot day.

7. Table Service Meals

Walt Disney World is home to virtually countless table service dining locations, the majority of which are located indoors in the air conditioning. A great way to beat the heat on a hot summer day is to stop and enjoy a meal at one of these locations for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not only do guests get the chance to sit and cool off, they also get to indulge in delicious menus in immersive settings. While there are no bad choices for table service restaurants, some great options include California Grill, San Angel Inn Restaurante, The Hollywood Brown Derby, and Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen.

8. Pool Time

Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort also always have the option of enjoying the pool to cool off on a hot summer day. The pools at the Disney Resorts are all beautifully themed to match the décor of that particular resort and many feature entertainment options throughout the day as well as nearby food and beverage locations, water slides, splash areas, and more. Every pool at a Disney Resort is sure to be relaxing and cooling on a hot day, and some of the most popular options include the Lava Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.