5 Things I Learned From Visiting Disney World In The Summer

5 Things I Learned From Visiting Disney World In The Summer

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We were lucky enough to go on vacation to Disney World a few weeks ago and I still have Disney on the mind! Since we are on a budget, I shopped online for my Disney needs. Just about every evening, upon returning from the parks, I would search online for any sales at Disney Store. You would be surprised at what you will find on sale!

Here’s the thing, we found the time to go because my husband is starting a new job with another company. His job situation also coincided with our son getting out of school for the summer. It was all just perfect timing for us to take some time off!

I knew it would be hot but I soon realized I was not prepared!

Here are 5 Things I Learned From Visiting Disney World In June:

1. Wear Lightweight Clothing

On the first day out, we went to Epcot and we walked over 10 miles that day. It was so hot and humid too! I literally felt like I was melting the whole week we were in Florida!

Honestly, I thought that wearing capris would be keep me cool outside. I was wrong. The first day at Epcot, I wore denim capris. As you can imagine, when denim is wet (and in my case wet with sweat), it starts to get heavy! That unwanted weight of my denim capris slowed me down even more and they even started slipping down my waist.

My husband and I stopped at Costco before our trip to buy a few pieces of summer clothing. While there, I bought two pairs of capris that are made with lighter material, so I wore those for the rest of our trip, plus a few skirts I also packed.

workout clothes

While at the Disney parks, I saw a lot of people wearing workout clothing! I also saw women wearing running shorts and that really stuck out to me because it is perfect attire for such hot and humid weather! Workout clothing is perfect attire to wear because it is moisture wicking.

As soon as we returned home from our vacation, I updated my workout clothing wardrobe and bought new running shorts, sports bras and tops.

Coppertone Spray Sunscreens

2. Spray Sunscreen

We carried a backpack with us when we went to the Disney parks. This gave me the chance to pack sunscreen. Spending all day in the sun, reminded me to bring sunscreen for our family!

It may be obvious to wear sunscreen but when we were at the parks, it felt like a bad idea having to reapply sunscreen lotion to our already hot and melting skin!

I highly recommend using the spray sunscreens. The Disney parks carried the Coppertone brand, such as Coppertone Sport Sunscreens.

After the first day of visiting the park, I brought our spray sunscreen with us.

3. Bring Water

As I mentioned earlier, my husband and I stopped at Costco before our trip to pick up a few essentials. One of them was a huge case of bottled water! Since we were driving to Florida, we were able to take the case of water with us! Of course if you are flying, buy a case of water when you arrive!

We stayed a villa. It is our favorite place to stay when we go to Disney! We have a nice size kitchen, living room, dining area, washer and dryer, jacuzzi tub, shower and a little balcony. Since we have all the amenities we need, we were able to put a few bottles of water in the freezer and refrigerator.

I highly recommend bringing a few bottles of frozen water as well as cold bottled water in a backpack. The frozen bottles help keep the other waters cold! Of course the Disney parks sell bottled water, which costs over $3 a bottle.

A cooler works if you choose to use a cooler rather than a backpack. Whatever, you use is up to you. The backpack works for us.

4. Wear comfortable fitting shoes

I thought I brought comfortable shoes with me. I was so excited because I love my shoes. However, I had to size down with the type of shoes I bought. My shoes are specifically made for walking and being comfortable all day and light on your feet! After the first day of walking, I realized that my toes were hurting so badly! As the week went on, my toes hurt even more from the walking.

Eventually, I ended up with bruises on both big toes (under the nails). Even a few weeks later, my toes are still bruised, so I haven’t worn sandals.

5. Visit in the afternoon/evening to avoid the morning crowds and the hot weather

On day one of our visit, we walked over 10 miles at Epcot. Day two, we went to Magic Kingdom and walked over 7 miles. I believe it took a few hours to even get into the parks. The morning crowds of waiting in the parking lot, wait in line for the monorail, waiting in line for security/entrance of the park took a good two hours or more!

After two full days of walking around the Disney Parks, and experiencing the early morning crowds of trying to get into the parks, we wanted to try something different.

On the second day, we decided to visit the park in the morning for a few hours and then return in the early evening.

By the third day, we decided we wanted to avoid the morning crowds. Instead, we leave in the early afternoon or evening when the weather was a little better and there wasn’t a crowd to get into the parks.

I learned a lot from this vacation! Next time I hope to be even more prepared for the weather! I hate that I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was but I am more thankful for the memories that we made! We had so much fun on our vacation!

You will find what works for you and your family!

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  1. Pamela Garcia says

    My husband and I never got a honeymoon due to me having emergency surgery so my husband and I planned a Disney trip for ourselves, our son and my parents back in 2011. Unfortunately only a couple of weeks before we were leave my father passed away unexpectedly so we were forced tip cancel our trip to help pay for funeral costs. We hope to make time and have the funds to one day plan this trip again. I will definitely keep these tips in mind. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kim Niland says

    Great tips for visiting Disney in the summer. But I personally never went there in the summer. I have been there 3 times, but I prefer to go off peak. The weather is much better and a little less crowded. It’s cheaper too!

  3. thanks for the tips

  4. Kelly McMahon says

    Ahh I would’ve thought the afternoon-evening would be more crowded than the morning haha

  5. Great things to remember. I would wear some of those “walking sandals” that are basically sandal cut-out uppers on tennis shoe soles. Very comfortable and a bit cooler for the heat of the day.

  6. I have always wanted to go to Disney world!

  7. I’ve been to Disney World twice and would love to go again Great tips..I wish I had known them before.

  8. Comfy shoes are ALWAYS key at a Disney park!

  9. These are some great tips I will be sharing them with my family who are going at the end of the month.

  10. Awesome tips. It’s sooooo hot in the summer the light clothing, and sunscreen are a must!! I oils love to visit Disney around Holiday time when its not so hot and to see all the lights for the holiday!

  11. Disney World is one of my favorite places, I am a kid at heart:) You definitely have to have comfortable shoes when going there. Hope you had a good time.

  12. I thought I brought comfortable with me but running shoes it´s better to visit Disney world, I also saw women wearing running shorts and that really stuck out to me because it is perfect attire for such hot and humid weather! Workout clothing is perfect attire to wear because it is moisture wicking.

  13. Catherine Lewis says

    Great ideas for visiting Disney World. Especially dressing lightly and bringing lots of water!

  14. i am always loooking for workout clothes that are comfortable but work. i love high intensity so i need the best. thanks for the review.

  15. Cathy Jarolin says

    Florida is a sweltering state to visit in the summer. My In laws moved to Florida when they retired so I was able to experience the heat head on. Orlando is where they moved!! I am glad you were able to find some more comfy clothing..Have a great Summer!!

  16. These are some awesome tips! I am hoping to visit Disney World soon
    and will be wearing something cool like shorts and walking sandals.

  17. We visited both Universal parks this summer but found it to be crowded in the evening due to half price admission. It was hotter than anything and water was a MUST as well as everything else you said. Had a great time too!

  18. Thanks for these amazing tips!

  19. We are taking the kids this fall. We have a young one that tends to wander. I saw where you write your phone number on their wrist and cover with liquid bandaid so that if they get lost they can call and you can get them back quickly!

  20. Jan Warner says

    All great ideas. Would love to go again soon.

  21. I would love to visit Disney World again….Its been almost 40 years since I was there…

  22. shelly peterson says

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. I hope to visit there someday.

  23. Whenever I travel I throw a few bottles of water into the freezer overnite. As it melts I still have an ice cold drink.

  24. Christy George says

    That is some great advice! I hope to go there in a couple of years…

  25. Monica McCarthy says

    We just went to Florida last month. We wore light clothing but never thought about wearing workout clothing. Great tip! We do the water thing though, we always fill a backpack with lots of frozen water and snacks for the kids. I also learned my lesson about shoes last year. We went to Disneyland in CA and I wore sandals for a couple of days. Big mistake! I ended up buying other walking shoes but it was too late, the damage was already done and by the end of the week I could barely walk!

  26. Your suggestion to wear workout clothing is really smart! I hate hot and sticky weather, and have never thought about wearing workout clothing for it’s moisture wicking ability. I’ll have to remember that!

  27. Amy Ledesma says

    Yes bring water for sure! Thanks for the tips.

  28. Pam Flynn says

    Disneyworld is so much fun but you really need comfortable shoes for sure & pack your patience.

  29. Jennifer Gonzalez says

    Great advice! Thanks! I will definitely be keeping these things in mind when our family go!

  30. Love this article!

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