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  • On May 20, 2014
    Merv from ON Asked

    We will be coming to the Magic Kingdom mid July and was wondering especially with the Florida heat what was to stay cool and comfortable while waiting to go on rides and meeting Disney Characters. Are there cooling fans in the lineups?

    Hi Merv ~

    July is indeed a hot month in Orlando and it is great to be prepared. Many of the rides have covered queues but it can still be pretty warm. There are fans or vents in some of the queues but not all of them. However, there are ways to cope with the heat.

    * Go to the parks early - you'll miss the huge crowds and it will be a little cooler - if you're staying on property you can take advantage of morning Extra Magic Hours (EMHs).
    * Visit the parks later in the evening when things start to cool off. Take advantage of evening EMHs.
    * Buy some type of cooling towel (available at most sporting goods stores) to keep around your neck/head.
    * Buy a misty fan - available in the parks if you don't already have one.
    * Buy a hand held or clip on fan - be sure to bring extra batteries.
    * Use a visor or hat with a wide brim.
    * Visit attractions that keep you inside longer. The Hall of Presidents, Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, "it's a small world", and Pirates of the Caribbean are great examples at the Magic Kingdom (let me know if you'd like suggestions at the other parks).
    * Take a break from the parks and go back to your resort for a swim when it gets really hot. It is typically very hot between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    * Visit one of the two fabulous water parks.
    * Wear light colored clothing made of breathable material.
    * Cover strollers with a light colored blanket to reflect the sun.
    * Drink LOTS of water. Even before you head out to the parks, start drinking so that your body is better prepared to cool itself.
    * Freeze water bottles to take to the parks with you. You are also welcome to bring a small cooler into the parks.
    * Pay attention to your body. If you start feeling faint, get out of the sun and contact a Cast Member if you need assistance. There are First Aid Stations located in every park if you need help.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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