It sure is hot in Orlando during the summer. With average temperatures in June, July, and August hovering around 92 degrees, that means when you factor in humidity, it’s going to feel like it’s about 100 degrees. That’s really hot, especially for those of you not used to high heat in the deep south.
So how can a Disney Princess stay cool in the parks and resorts when the temperature is turned up to broil? We have some tips…
Drink and Then Drink Some More
Walking.about.com recommends you drink a big glass of water about 60 minutes before you start to walk. They define big as 12 to 20 ounces of water. Drinking an hour before you leave allows you to start the day well-hydrated, and you will also have the chance to visit the potty before you head out the door.
Once you leave your room, drink 6 to 8 ounces of water every 20 to 30 minutes that you are doing serious walking. You won’t need that much water when you are waiting for Space Mountain, or seeing shows like Mickey’s Philharmagic, but walking through Epcot during the heat of the day will require more water consumption.
Several More Water Tips
- Dehydration is quite possible on summer vacations; a high pulse rate that remains high and dark yellow urine are signs of dehydration.
- Athletes who are active in the heat are advised to “drink when thirsty,” so make sure you have access to water immediately when you need it. Bring it with you into the parks, purchase it, or order free cups of water at counter service restaurants.
- Avoid drinks with a high sugar concentration, which can induce nausea when ingested in high temperatures, like sodas and lemonade/fruit juice type drinks. If you are walking and sweating for more than an hour, switch from water to a sports drink that replaces electrolytes. We suggest bringing your own Gatorade packets to avoid paying park retail prices.
Be Out and About During the Coolest Parts of the Day
Mornings will be cooler than mid-day, and late afternoon headed into evening will have cooled off considerably. If you will be doing serious walking during your vacation, try to do it early morning and later evening. Many princesses feel the need to stay out all day long to get the best use of their expensive park tickets, but the heat will suck up all your energy, not to mention leave you with a sunburn if you skipped using sunscreen.
If you can spare the time for a nap after lunch, get out of the heat and sun and cool off. Children traveling with you also benefit from a mid-day break as well. We have an entire article on the benefits of napping: Vacationing at Disney World? Then You’ll Need a Nap!
Don’t Over-Do It
If you’ve decided not to go back to the room for a break and you can’t avoid the heat, lower the intensity of your walking speed so your body generates less internal heat. Slow down, especially when going uphill. Save your higher intensity walking for cooler times of the day.
In many parts of the theme parks, it’s tough to find walking paths out of direct sun, but shade can definitely be your friend. Florida sun beating down on the asphalt or concrete can make you feel like you’re walking through an oven. Actrees.org noted that in an activity measuring the difference between sun and shade temperatures, variances ranged from a 14 degree difference on a lawn area to a 35 degree difference on a parking lot. They declared the average difference between shaded and unshaded surfaces was just over 27 degrees. After you’ve been walking for hours in the heat, shade will be a welcome sight, so go out of your way to find it.
Walk through gift shops or take a break inside to enjoy the air-conditioning, so you reap the benefits of both a lower temperature and a shady spot. Try to find overhangs or trees and stand underneath.
WebMD reports that the first sign of trouble for most people in high temperatures is heat exhaustion, and there are two different types.
- Water depletion: symptoms including excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness
- Salt depletion: symptoms include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness
If you start to feel any of these symptoms, you should not take heat exhaustion lightly, because without treatment or intervention, your situation can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs and sometimes even cause death.
And remember there are fountains in many of the parks and Disney Springs where kids, and even hot adults, can cool off.
Be careful you don’t get the dreaded “Disney Rash,” because that’s totally related to heat and walking, especially for older adults.
Need some more tips on walking at Disney? We have a some great suggestions…
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you headed toward Magic Kingdom, wearing a hat and looking for some shade…