How to Survive a Summer Trip to Disney World
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How to Survive a Summer Trip to Disney World

How to survive a summer trip to Walt Disney World

When to visit the Walt Disney World Resort is a difficult decision to make. February is a lovely time to visit, the weather is temperate and crowds are light. Unfortunately, many of us are slaves to the schedules of our school age children and are forced to visit during the hot and busy summer months. You can most certainly have an enjoyable summer trip to Walt Disney World, it does, however, take a little planning. Here are some tips to help you have an fun and safe summer vacation in the happiest place on earth.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate It's hot in Florida in the summer. Think surface of the sun hot. Now throw in the humidity and the fact that it stays pretty warm from sun up to sun down and you have a recipe for dehydration. It is so important that you drink enough water and that you make sure everyone traveling with you drinks enough water. Try to avoid caffeine, which will dehydrate you even further, and make sure to drink water with all your meals. One good tip is to freeze a bottle of water every night for everyone in your party. In the morning everyone can grab a bottle to carry with them to the parks, the water will stay cold for a long time. Another thing to keep in mind is that all of the counter service locations in the parks offer free cups of water and ice, you just have to walk in and ask.

2. Remember your sunblock The sun is very strong in Florida, make sure to put sunblock on a half hour before you leave for the parks. Because it is so humid you will also need to stop and reapply every few hours. When you pack your bag to bring with you into the parks don't forget to pack some for this reason. If you are swimming remember to reapply after swimming too. The cream formulas seem to work better than the sprays, you absolutely don't want to miss a spot, which is easy to do with the aerosol formulas. Sunblock is available for sale in the parks, but at a premium, so try to remember to bring it from home. One last tip; if you are flying to Orlando, pack your sunblock in your checked luggage if it exceeds the size limits allowed in your carry on by the TSA.

3. Avoid mid-day Hit the parks when it's not so hot Early morning until noon and evening are the best times to hit the attractions in the summer for two reasons. First you avoid the crowds. Most people don't want to get up early in the morning on vacation. Second, you stay can get out of the sun when it is the worst, If you get up early and visit the most popular attractions in the morning, you can then go back to your room for a rest and hit the less popular things in the evening when the sun isn't so intense.

4. Air conditioning is your friend All of the shops are air conditioned, as are all of the restaurants and many attractions. Take advantage of the air conditioning when you can to keep yourself from getting overheated. For example, in the Magic Kingdom all of the stores on the left hand side of Main Street USA are connected. You can walk the entire length of Main Street without leaving AC. If you find your self touring in the heat of the day, try to take advantage of some of the longer shows and attractions when you can sit down and cool off for a while

4. Avoid Crowds There are plenty of websites and books out there that will help you plan out your vacation so that you avoid crowds as much as possible. One tip is to stay away from the Extra Magic Hour Parks. Every day Disney either opens one park an hour early or keeps one open three hours longer just for guests staying on site. Whichever parks have Extra Magic Hours on a given day will be much more crowded than the rest of the parks. If you are traveling in the first two weeks of June and are not a Star Wars fan, you might want to avoid Disney Hollywood Studios on the weekends. Thousands of Star Wars fans descend on the park for their very popular Star Wars weekends where they have characters from the movies, special shows and autograph sessions with actors from the popular movie series. If this is of interest to you, you can get more information on the weekends on Disney's main website.

5. Rain is your friend It rains just about every day in Florida in the summer, you can count on that. If you are willing to grab a rain poncho and keep on having fun, you will find that the lines are shorter and it isn't as hot. The rain doesn't usually last that long and it tends to drive people out of the parks in droves. Of course as soon as the rain ends it will be just as hot as before, but the rain can be a nice break. Electrical storms, on the other hand, are a different story and are not something to be messed with. Some attractions will shut down when there is lightening, as will the water parks and all the resort pools.

6. Dining Reservations Summer is a pretty busy time of year and the better restaurants will fill up quickly. If you don't want to spend your entire vacation eating fast food, it's a good idea to make a few reservations as soon as you can. Character meals are a good way to meet some of the Disney characters without having to wait in line, plus you get a pretty good meal. If you are staying in a Disney owned resort, it's worth it to check out Disney's money saving dining plan.

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I definitely will take your advice to heart Linda when I take the grand kids to Disney World this summer.