How to stay cool at Disneyland and DCA

The last couple of weeks have been extremely hot in LA. This time of year, the average high is usually around 85 degrees. Completly managaable. However, temperatures have been hitting 100 degrees lately. Here are some ways to keep cool at Disneyland in the warmer months.

Hit the park early. Note the attractions you’ll need to ride in direct sunlight. Visit those attractions first, so you don’t have to wait in long lines in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Enjoy the cool air on indoor rides like Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan’s Flight.¬†Don’t forget about the Enchanted Tiki Room. Grab some fresh pineapple or a¬†Pineapple Dole Whip out front at the Tiki Juice Bar and enjoy the show. One of our favorite things to do!

Disneyland and DCA also have amazing shows that can be overlooked. When it’s hot outside, it’s the perfect time to see Aladdin, A Bug’s Life, Disney Junior, Captain EO or the new, Mickey and the Magical Map. Disney Animation in DCA also features several fun ways to spend a hot afternoon, plus, you might learn something new about animation, or how to draw Mickey Mouse. Make sure you catch a wave with Turtle Talk too!

If you don’t mind getting wet, now is the time to hit Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Run, Princess Dot Puddle Park, or get a quick cool down in the mist at Condor Flats. Just remember to have a small towel with you. I’ve seen people soaked head to toe on these rides.

Plan at least one sit down meal indoors when the park is crowded and when temperatures are at their peak. This will get you recharged before you head back out. Also, hop in the stores and get your souvenirs during these times too. Even a few minutes out of the heat will help.

The best way to beat the heat is a swimming pool. Take a break mid-day and spend some time at your hotel pool. If you are a guest at any of the Disney hotels, you can have as much fun there as you will in the park.

Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to the parks during the summer months, make sure you stay at least three days. If it’s really hot, you may not get to see all the things you want to. Make sure you pack sunscreen, hats, and maybe get a stroller fan for the younger kids. The squirt bottles are also a huge hit, but I recommend buying one at home. As you could expect, the bottles in park are a bit pricey.

Make sure you have water with you at all times. You don’t want to get dehydrated in this kind of heat. If you have smaller children, think about freezing juice boxes to bring with you to keep the young ones cool throughout the day.

Even during these hot months, you’ll still have an amazing time. The heat might even keep the crowds smaller, and you may not need to wait as long for popular rides.

How do you keep cool in the hot months at Disney?

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