Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Jun 28, 2016
    Angie from IN Asked

    I will be traveling to Disney mid-July with our 2yo son and will be 9 week old baby girl. I have a shade extender, fan and car seat cooling insert for our double stroller. What else do you recommend for keeping our lo's comfortable in the heat?

  • Greetings, Angie, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, it would be our honor to assist you.

    You are about to embark on a unique vacation creating the most unforgettable memories at Walt Disney World Resort. In consideration towards your planning, may I offer Disney's Planning for Pre-School Kids and Little Ones page which is filled with Theme Park touring itineraries, tips, suitable experiences and attractions and much more!

    To make your children comfortable, Angie, may I suggest you bring portable snacks and beverages in a small, soft cooler keeping Disney's Restricted Personal Items rules in careful consideration. Hopefully, you will be able to head back to your Disney Monorail Resort hotel for a nap, swim or break in the afternoon after your fun-filled morning. As well, please take note of all the convenient Baby Care Centers in all the Theme Parks which will offer you the comforts of home with friendly Cast Members available for any assistance.

    Angie, let My Disney Experience online and mobile app be your guide for Advanced Dining Reservations, FastPass+ selections, personalizing MagicBands, Theme Park hours and other important information.

    Wishing you many ~Pixie~Dusted~ Disney memories!

    Jacqueline

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    Hi, Angie! Florida is indeed quite hot during the summer, so you are one wise Mom to research ways to keep your little ones cool. My fellow panelist, Jacqueline, gave you some great tips. She mentioned heading back to your hotel for an afternoon nap, and I would like to talk with your further about this.

    When our daughters were younger, we took a midday break from the parks each day for a nap and quick swim. Considering your children's ages, I bet they do still take naps, so you may already be planning for an afternoon break to keep everyone happy and well rested for all the fun waiting to be experienced. With the time of year you are visiting, that midday break is even more important, not only for a nap, but for some much needed time away from the heat of the afternoon.

    You did not mention if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, but I'd like to encourage you to do so, as it makes for an easy transition from theme park to hotel for a break. During summer, we like to choose a hotel with a splashtastic pool. Be sure to take a look at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, which features the Big Blue Pool and Schoolyard Sprayground, which your two-year-old will flip over!

    I hope you have an unforgettable visit this summer, Angie. Let's see what great advice some of our other panelists have for you!

    Brandy

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    Hi, Angie!

    My Disney Parks Moms Panel buddies have already given you some excellent tips for keeping little ones cool during the warmer months at Walt Disney World, so you're off to a great start!

    As a teacher, I often bring my family to WDW during the summer, so we've picked up some tricks to keep cool along the way. If you'd like to clip a fan to both sides of your double stroller, there is a great Mickey version available in the parks and resorts. This will allow you angle it right onto your little princess, while your prince can keep cool with his own. Also, if your fan isn't the handheld misting kind, pick one up at any WDW park or resort. A light, gentle mist sprayed along with the built-in cooling fan will surely take the temperature down for all of you. That is our #1 choice of gear for touring during summer months.

    Next, bring a plastic, wide-mouthed, refillable travel tumbler for both and your toddler. Fill each with ice in the morning, then top off with cold water; refill with ice/ice water whenever you stop for a bite to eat throughout the day.

    In addition, book a Character Dining experience such as at The Crystal Palace or another Table Service dining reservation in the early afternoon or evening so that you have an hour to sit and relax in the air conditioning while refueling. Finally, plan your touring to alternate one outdoor activity followed by one indoor activity so that you are all refreshed often throughout your day.

    You're sure to have a magical trip to Walt Disney World, Angie! We're so excited for you!

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    Hey there, Angie!

    Keeping cool during the summer months at Disney is a must! My fellow Moms have given you some of my favorite things to beat the heat Disney style! 

    In addition to those tips, here are my suggestions for keeping cool while in the parks. 

    Each park has stage shows whether live or animated, and some of those shows are inside with air conditioning and seating! These shows are sure to entertain you and re-energize you from the heat! Each show is at least 20 minutes, while some are a bit longer!

    The Magic Kingdom has some classic, indoor attractions. Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, The Hall of Presidents, and Country Bear Jamboree gives guests a break from the heat and entertain everyone of every age!

    Disney's Hollywood Studios has my preschooler's favorite shows! From the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration to Disney Junior: Live on Stage, guests can relax and sing some of your favorite Disney songs! Also be sure to see Kermit and Miss Piggie in Muppet 3D Vision!

    Last, Disney's Animal Kingdom has my two favorite stage shows! Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical

    Also, use this time during the shows to enjoy cold water and your little one's favorite snacks! 

    Wishing you magic and memories,

    Korliss

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    Hello and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am so excited to hear about your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!  As a matter of fact, your vacation is just around the corner, so let's get started.

    Oh, I still remember when my boys were this young.  I worried constantly about the Florida heat and how I would keep them cool during those very hot summer days.  My first "go to" plan involved an                   over-the-shoulder sized ice chest, ice and face towels.  My boys loved pulling a towel from the ice chest, and placing it on their head.  Well, I think they just loved the idea of having a cold cloth on them.  They loved wiping it all over their body.  Once the towel warmed up, they would simply place it back in the ice chest and grab a new towel. It was recycling at its finest.  We always made it a point to go back to our resort room to nap. Plus, it was a great way to escape the mid-afternoon heat. This also gave me the opportunity to empty out my ice chest and replace it with new ice.  After a nap for the whole family, we made our way back to the parks and enjoyed the rest of the evening.  There is nothing better than well rested children who are ready to tackle the evening hours.  Please keep in mind that there are Park Rules and Regulations. Click on the provided link for cooler measurements.

    I hope this helps as you continue planning for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation.  Please feel free to visit again should any new concerns arise.  We love offering tips!

    Have a MAGICAL day and "SEE YOU REAL SOON!"

    Diane G. 

     

     

     

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    Hi Angie, 

    Our little guy’s first visit to Walt Disney World Resort took place when he was 5 1/2 months old, and we’ve visited with him several times since (he’s now 3 1/2 years old). Based on my experience, I completely agree with Brandy and Jacqueline: going back to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel for an afternoon nap/swim is a must. Not only will that help you keep your little ones on a more “regular” schedule (which helps keep everyone happy and sane!) but it will also allow you the perfect excuse to get out of the heat and humidity when both are at their peak.

    My son is also a big fan of, well, fans, so I also love Andrea’s advice to make sure to clip two (or more!) stroller fans to your double stroller. I also recommend bring a white or light coloured towel/thin blanket to put down on the seats, especially if your stroller is black. Keeping the stroller’s sunshades up will help ensure that the seats don’t get too hot as well. 

    As for attractions, keep an eye out for water features like Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park for some cool-down fun. Another great place to laze away the day with little ones is at either one of the splash-tastic Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks - my son loves them! 

    Finally, if you need a break to nurse or feed your baby and your little guy, I highly recommend stopping at the Baby Care Centers in any one of the Theme Parks. They’ll have what you need if you’ve run out of any essentials as well. 

    Have a Magical Day, 
    Lynne
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    Hello Angie,

    I'm glad you are thinking ahead and planning for the heat during your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. Gosh, it is right around the corner. I am sure you and your family are beyond excited.

    It does sound like you have thought of some great basics to bring from home. But, just in case you need some extra cooling off, I noticed on a recent trip to the parks that they now sell cooling towels at many of the kiosks that sell ice cold beverages. These cooling towels come in a plastic tube and are sold right out of the ice chest and ready to refresh you immediately. At the end of the day, you can rinse them out and store them in your in-room fridge so they are ready to go the next day. Please keep in mind that merchandise can change without notice. 

    Do not forget to stay hydrated. That is my number one tip for those hot summer days in the parks. You can't have fun if you are miserable and overheated.

    Say "hi" to Mickey for me and enjoy the simple and innocent giggles of your children as they experience the magic of Walt Disney World.

    ~Allison L

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    Hi Angie,

    So glad you'll be spending some magical time at Walt Disney World Resort in just a couple of weeks. Are you ready?

    All the moms have given you some awesome ideas, so I wanted to throw a couple of mine from a dad's perspective. Although my padawans are Jedi Knights today, I do remember visiting the Resort when they were little ones.

    A good backpack is a must. Although the storage under the stroller is very useful, you will need to bring along many of the essentials with you inside attractions and restaurants. Another must-haves, are good double-insulated stainless-steel tumbler. These can maintain water cold for many hours to the last drop. Remember that all Quick-Service restaurants can give you a complimentary cup of ice water which you can use to refill them.

    Take a midafternoon break by going back to your Resort hotel. Or simply go on a ride on the monorail, and visit some of the other Resort hotels. I hope were able to reserve FastPass+ for some of your favorite rides, but make sure you download the My Disney Experience mobile app so you can keep track of wait times and even book additional FastPass+.

    See you real soon!

    Ricardo.

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    Hey, Angie!

    I am excited for your prince and princess. Disney characters love welcoming royalty from other kingdoms such as Indiana or in my case, Georgia. The best memories you can make for your family is a picture with Disney characters. Many of them are inside or in shaded areas to take the heat and humidity away.

    The best way to protect from the heat is to avoid it so here are few ways that slow our pace, keep it fun and help us to cool down.

    Walt Disney World Railroad is about 20 minutes of breeze and comfort as you circle Magic Kingdom Park. With three stations (Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland and Frontierland) you may travel from one side of the theme park to another with little effect from the sun.

    Excellent broadway-style shows such as Festival of the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast-Live On Stage are perfect for little ones.

    Tom Sawyer Island, in Frontierland, is located a raft trip across the Rivers of America where you can find a great place to explore or rest on a bench.

    The Jungle Cruise take you down four rivers with a very "punny" skipper. It's shaded and relaxing for little legs. 

    Visit Sonny Eclipse at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe while you eat. This is a great Quick-Service restaurant without the expense of a Character Dining experience.

    Cruise the Rivers of America on the Liberty Square Riverboat. A historical scenic journey with plenty of covered areas for 16 minutes.

    Disney Dad Tip: I suggest leaving the theme parks around 1:30 p.m. for a splash in the pool or nap then returning for nighttime festivities.

    Angie, enjoy making many Magical Memories!

    ~Jason ºOº
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    Hi Angie,


    You certainly have received some great advice from my fellow Panelists. Taking little ones to Walt Disney World requires a bit more planning, but in my opinion it's totally worth it!


    You've been given some fantastic tips already, so my main advice to you is to dress for the weather. I always stock up on athletic, "quick-dry" clothing for my kids so they can stay cool and dry. Breathable yet comfortable shoes are also a must and I would even throw in a sun hat for the times your baby will be out of the stroller.


    Finally, another option for self-cooling is a hand-held misting fan, which is available in stores and around the parks at select locations. These fans add a really nice layer of mist to the breeze which is super helpful on a hot day. Kids get a kick out of it too!


    Remember, this is your vacation and it will be wonderful! Taking breaks and staying cool will make it even better. Some of my favorite memories with my boys are the times we stopped for a break on a bench, in the Baby Care Center or at our Disney Resort Hotel and really enjoyed the family time we had together.


    Wishing you a magical vacation, Angie. Hope to see you real soon!


    Andrea U.

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    Hi Angie,

    My fellow panelists have given you some wonderful advice! My sons are now 4 and 2, but we have been bringing them to Walt Disney World Resort since they were tiny Mouseketeers. So I'm glad you are planning ways to keep your little ones cool as it really will help your entire family have wonderful days during your vacation. I wanted to give you some additional information about the Baby Care Centers in each of the four theme parks. I recommend making a stop at the Baby Care Centers with both of your little ones. In each center, you will find spacious changing facilities and family restrooms, plus areas to feed your little ones and take a nice break. There is also generally a room with chairs, a few toys and books and a Disney movie playing to entertain your son during your break. And if you need any baby essentials, you can purchase them right in the Baby Care Center! I found with my family that just having 10-15 minutes in the air conditioning in the Baby Care Centers gave everyone a cool boost of energy for some more fun in the parks.

    Another great opportunity to cool off is during lunch, which will get you out of the sun during the worst heat of the day. My family loves to enjoy Character Dining because my little guys can meet their favorite Disney Characters while we enjoying a nice lunch in the air conditioning! I love that the Characters will come right to our table and we avoid having to wait in their queue later in the day. One of our family favorites is the Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine because my preschoolers are so excited to meet their favorite Disney Junior stars!

    T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal B.

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