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Disney World Extravagance: Frozen in a Bottle Perfume

Updated for 2018!

Back in February of 2017, Disney started selling a product in Epcot’s Norway pavilion called “Frozen in a Bottle.” This perfume was inspired by the animated film and was created by Norway native Geir Ness. Mr. Ness is WDW-famous for selling another Norway-inspired perfume called Laila eau de parfum, which was named for his mother. He said of Frozen,“It’s a scent for people who love the movie, first of all, the nature of the movie. The scent is to capture the nature of the movie and not just the princesses.”

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How to Beat the Disney Rash!

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Updated for 2018!

Walking. You will do an incredible amount of walking on a Disney vacation. Sometimes the mileage adding up can be more painful than the sticker shock from the cost of your trip. Sore legs, aching feet, and then throw in a rash. Wait, what?? Seasoned Disney World and Disneyland travelers have noticed a rash appearing on the legs of people walking in the parks and resorts. They call it the “Disney Rash.” Is there really such a vacation ailment?

I know my Disney Visa bill can make my eye twitchy, but can a Disney vacation really make you itchy?

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The Disney Rash

Described as a strange rash covering the calves and shins, most people say The Disney Rash is not itchy, but it reportedly looks terrible, like a red-colored heat rash. It seems to be most prevalent when it’s hot. Hello, it’s hot in Disneyland and Disney World parks for a great deal of the year, so this has potential vacation trouble written all over it. At least if you don’t want to be uncomfortable and have all your pictures taken from the waist up. The rash seems to develop at the beginning of the vacation and suddenly disappear when you get home, many times before things got bad enough to call a doctor. 

Thus the name Disney Rash

Suspected Causes

Disney travelers have long suspected the rash was caused by chemicals used to clean sidewalks, cement dust, or plants and flowers blooming in the warmer weather. 

Possible Solutions

On Internet discussion boards and Facebook groups, many people have suggested the following treatments: 

  • tall socks
  • moisture wicking socks
  • body lotions
  • sunscreen
  • applying a cool damp cloth to the legs throughout the day
  • elevating the feet/calves
  • antihistamines 

So really, are the Disney parks and resorts making customers break out in a rash?

While you certainly have the potential of developing this condition on a vacation, the geographical location has nothing to do with the symptoms. Disney sidewalks, Disney chemicals, and Disney landscaping are not causing the rash.

So what is?

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Disney rash treatment and symptoms

The Cause 

Wendy Bumgardner, a walking expert from, indicates the rash is “an irritation of the blood vessels following prolonged exercise in the heat, such as walking for extended periods or playing 18 holes of golf. “Many physicians call this Golfer’s Vasculitis. Exercise-induced vasculitis and hiker’s rash are other common names associated with this condition.

“Golfer’s Vasculitis” is a well-used term to describe a rash common in people over the age of 50 who do a lot of walking, especially in the heat. Many older people enjoy playing golf in the summer, so they name most commonly sticks with this older group. Ms. Bumgardner, citing a study by the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, indicates the source of the rash is heat and age. Leg blood vessels get irritated from the heat, and you break out in Golfer’s Vasculitis. indicated that while not exclusive, some people suspect a genetic element, since many sufferers are fair-skinned with British/northern European ancestry.
Walk around Disney property and you could break out in the unofficially-named Disney Rash. It’s the same thing as Golfer’s Vasculitis.
On, many commenters said their Golfer’s Vasculitis was definitely triggered by hiking, but in many of these cases, it was accompanied by terrible pain and swelling. One sufferer said, “It does hurt and it’s debilitating.”
So what can you do for treatment if your rash is doing more than just taking attention away from your fabulous new WDW t-shirt?
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Australasian Journal of Dermatology research offered no treatment or prevention recommendations. The rash seems to occur in healthy, active people, and because it’s not a serious health concern, they don’t recommend you receive allergy testing. Ms. Bumgardner noticed the rash at Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks and walking conventions, apparently nowhere near Disney property or a golf course, and she recommends you pamper yourself by taking a cool bath, elevating your feet, or applying cool, wet towels to the rash. concurs that Golfer’s Vasculitis needs no specific treatment, since most dermatologists say it tends to disappear on its own within a matter of a few days. They do offer a list of suggestions to soothe inflammation caused by the rash.

  1. Use Aloe Vera gel, best if directly used from the plant, to soothe the burning sensation.
  2. Soak your ankles in some cool water, plus add Epsom salts.
  3. Wrap your feet in towels soaked in cold water.
  4. Elevate your feet to soothe pain and inflammation.
  5. Liberally dust some prickly heat powder on the rash, ensuring skin remains free off sweat.

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Gofer's vasculitus

Prevention offers some great tips to prevent Golfer’s Vasculitis/Disney Rash from ever occurring. And stopping a rash before it starts obviously sounds best, although tough to accomplish if you travel when the temperature is warmer.

Would you describe yourself as someone who sweats a lot?  You need to avoid wearing confining pants or socks. Choose quick drying synthetic clothing and footwear, plus occasionally air out your feet and ankles.

To prevent excess sweating, dust your feet, ankles, calves and legs with prickly heat powder.

To prevent ankle chaffing, wear light cotton socks with a loose weave and moisture-wicking properties.

Change your socks multiple times in a day and wash the used pairs in hot water.

Stay out of the sun and hang out in the shade. Since the peak time for sun is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is definitely not the best time for walking, running, jogging, golfing, or obviously Disney parking.

Wear comfortable shoes like sandals or light shoes with Velcro straps. Use this article for more info. on choosing shoes:

Read: Here’s Why the Wrong Shoes Can Cost You Money on a Disney Vacation

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In addition to the comments at the bottom of the article, we had many, many of our Cheapskate Princess Facebook fans describe their experiences with the rash. 

Kathy, “My husband, who is a Cast Member, gets this occasionally. Now we know what it is!”

Patricia, “I had that rash many times. I also found that walking before going to Disney didn’t prevent the rash but lessened the appearance.”

Shelley, “I notice I have been getting it the last several years at Disney. Going to the parks a lot next year, so I’ll have to read up and try to prevent this. Doesn’t itch but looks awful, and I think everyone notices and stares.”

Karen, “Every time I go this happens to me. Sorry others get it too, but glad I’m not alone!”

Hollie, “My dad got it so badly on our November trip of 2014. We got a cream that they sold in the gift shop that cleared it up, so it wasn’t a big deal. I just made sure he applied it a couple of times a day. Note: we went to first aid in Animal Kingdom, and they cream they gave us there did NOTHING. So it was worth the extra charge buying the rash cream in the store.”

Cathleen, “I’ve gotten it before when it was very hot; we took a mid-day pool break and elevated in the evenings. I kept thinking it was a chemical thing because on the 6 night trip, we only did two Disney park days and one Universal/IOA day. I didn’t have it this bad though, and it did disappear a few days after being home.”

Michelle, “This happened to me in 2014. I wore socks and tennis shoes the whole time thinking it would be better for my feet, but it was too hot. Last year, I wore Orthaheel flip-flops. My feet were cooler, I never broke out, and I walked between 6 and 10 miles a day comfortably.”

You will do a lot of walking at Disney parks in both Florida and California. Use this guide for more information:

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Other Rashes

Ms. Bumgardner offers several other issues that can be confused with the Disney Rash/ Golfer’s Vasculitis on

Unlike golfer’s vasculitis, prickly heat itches. This rash is triggered by blocked sweat glands and causes raised itchy red dots or bumps. It is best treated by getting out of the heat for a few days and not scratching the area. Use this link for info. on Heat Rash and Prickly Heat.

If your legs are itchy during or after exercise with no relation to heat, you may have exercise urticaria. Use this link for more information on Itchy Legs Syndrome.

If you break out in tiny itchy hives following an increase in body temperature, whether due to exercise or a hot shower, you may be suffering from Cholinergic Urticaria. Use this link for more information on Cholinergic Urticaria.


Who knew walking and taking vacations could be so itchy and rashy?!

Our best advice pre-vacation has always been to do some walking before you leave:

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There are some AMAZING places to walk around at Walt Disney World. The last thing you want to deal with is a rash.





If you’ve ever suffered from this rash on vacation, leave a comment and let us know how you handled it.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you applying sunscreen and trying to stay out of the Disney sun.

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Over 190 Disney World Tips for Kids!

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If you are planning a Disney vacation that includes children, you will do a lot of just that – planning. We’re here to help. When we published our most popular article, entitled 120 Walt Disney World DO NOTs: Tips From Real People on How NOT to Screw Up a Disney Vacation!, we had no idea it would be read over one million times in less than two years. So introducing…Over 190 Disney World Tips for Kids. Think of this article as our FREE vacation gift to you, because we love free!

Warning: this article is long. But this list may seriously be the ONLY planning guide for Disney World vacations with kids that you may ever need. At least we hope it is!

So don’t feel like you have to read it all at one time, because we’ve organized, categorized, and numbered it for you.  Pinterest pin it, bookmark it, e-mail it to yourself, come back later, or just settle in with a cup of coffee for a nice long read. You’ll thank us later.

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Disney World Food Tip #7: Eat Breakfast Here!

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Updated for 2017!

When some people go on vacation, many times they don’t want to cook a thing. Vacations are for relaxing and having fun, and for most people, cooking doesn’t fall under either of those categories. This carries over to a trip to Disney World, because the majority of travelers have specific ideas about where they want to eat in Orlando. Entire books are dedicated to planning out your vacation, hour by hour, meal by meal, advising you to make all your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) months in advance. Let me concur that this is sage advice. When would I suggest you go against traditional wisdom and skip a Disney meal? [Read more…]