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  • On May 18, 2011
    Melissa from NY Asked

    Ugh! I'm getting nervous wondering if I should change our vaca date. We are visiting 7/17-24 with an 11y.o. & 7 mth old. I am concerned that it will be too hot for my infant. I heard we can't take in a small cooler for bottles, juice, water.

    Hi Melissa,

    You are welcome to bring a cooler as long as it is not larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high. There is a link on the Disney website that lists items that may not be brought into the parks - click here.

    You are also welcome to bring bottled water, food & drinks inside the parks. There are a couple of exceptions to this - no glass containers (except baby food jars) & no alcoholic beverages.  

    It is typically pretty hot in July in Orlando but there are ways to stay cool. Here are some suggestions:

    * Buy a Frogg Togg Chilly Pad (available at most sporting goods stores) & keep it around your neck or head - I cut mine in 1/2 to get double the use of it. I take a Ziploc to put it in when I'm not using it.
    * Get a misty fan - available in the parks if you don't already have one.
    * Wear light colored clothing.
    * Use a visor instead of a hat (they're cooler in the heat).
    * Here are some tips for your stroller:
         * Purchase a stroller fan for them (bring extra batteries - they eat them like crazy).
         * Put a light colored towel over the canopy of your stroller to reflect the sun's rays.
    * Drink lots of water - don't get dehydrated.
    * Seek out attractions where you can spend some time in the air conditioning. Innoventions at Epcot is a great place to do this.
    * If you're staying on property, take advantage of morning & evening Extra Magic Hours when temperatures are more pleasant.
    * If anyone starts to feel ill, there are First Aid Stations located at all the theme & water parks.
    * When the temperatures get too hot, go back to your resort to go for a swim & cool off. You can go back to the parks after dinner when it is cooler.
    * Visit one of the water parks.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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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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