Vacation Time! How to Keep Cool on Your Next Disney Park Trip

We’re under a month until my next Disney vacation! I can’t wait, it really is like going home for me! My family spends a near shameful amount of time in the parks (seriously, we love it!) and have learned our fair share of tips and tricks along the way to help you keep cool and hydrated. There is no fun in exhaustion and being sick because you overheated or didn’t think to drink enough water. And it is. so. easy. to do.

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Believe it or not, keeping your entire family cool is simple, easy, and CHEAP! All it takes is a little planning ahead of time, which will save you from having to nurse headaches, burnt skin, or worse. We do it every single summer, pretty much without fail.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

This might sound painfully obvious, but it seems to go over the head of so many people who hit the parks year round. Florida is a warm place, with sunny skies and high humidity. You will sweat, and therefore, lose hydration pretty fast. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not drinking enough water. Another problem is drinking too much soda, juice, coffee, or alcohol. These products don’t hydrate you like water does, and can leave you feeling worse.

Vacation Tip #1 – Skip the Bottled Water!

I know I just said to drink water as much as you can, but hear me out. Bottled water in Disney World is such a huge price gouge, and when you travel with family, one stop for waters can leave you about $20 poorer. One of the best ways to save cash fast is to get free water from quick service restaurants and stands. If you ask nicely, they will give you as many cups of water as you like at no charge. We use this water to pour into our water bottles, or just drink straight from the cups. You will be amazed at how much more water you can get when you aren’t spending money on bottles you are just going to throw away!


Free water!
Peep that cute cup!


Vacation Tip #2 – Enjoy a Breeze!

The air in Florida is heavy, humid, and usually pretty stagnant. This can leave you feeling pretty gross, because if I had to describe Orlando in a word, I would probably use sticky (ha!). The park has fans you can buy there (at a premium of course) and when buying more than one, again, the cost can add up quickly. One great tip is to order fans ahead of time (like this cutie!) that you can recharge at night, saving money on batteries. I received this one at a discount, but I have to say, its a powerful little fan, without being heavy. Small kids wouldn’t have an issue toting this guy.


Portable Fan
Being pink doesn’t hurt either!


Vacation Tip #3 – Dress Light

Once again, Disney is a hot, hot place. The way you dress for the day can make or break it; you should be opting for lighter fabrics that help to wick moisture away from your skin. For me personally, I prefer to wear athletic shorts and tanks, or light dresses with shorts underneath. You can always layer up if it gets chilly after dark, but during the day, you’re going to want to have light layers that don’t weigh you down.


Dress Light
Dressing for the weather doesn’t mean not dressing cute!

You can find the above dress hereย (I received this dress at a discount as well, but man, its comfy!) and its super affordable! You could easily dress it down or up and it’d be perfect for a Minnie or Mickey Disneybound!! I plan on picking up more colors and bringing them all with me for an easy, comfy, go to outfit. Perfect with the rose gold ears! The material of the dress is smooth and soft, perfect for days where you’re running nonstop!

Seriously, all dresses need pockets.

What are your go-to tips when hitting an amusement park, Disney World or otherwise? I’m always looking for new tips and tricks! Let me know in the comment section below.

Happy Tuesday!


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  1. This are really great tips, didn’t realise you could get free water from restaurants

    1. Yep! Its great for saving money in the parks and staying super hydrated!

  2. The tips will be handy for any trip. And I agree to the fact that water is so important while in a trip. I always forget to carry my bottle. But I will bookmark this page as a checklist to make sure that I never forget it again. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Find one you love and take it everywhere with you!

  3. I have been to Disney once. But I have to revisit with my 2yr old again. The tip on water bottle is awesome and I love your outfit. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Aw thank you!

  4. Such great tips. I would have never thought to ask for water cups!! We are going next spring when my girls will be 3…I feel like I have to start planning now!! Have a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bring the girls cups for drinks and fill them up at all the stands, you’ll save SO much on drinks! We even bring some drink powders with us sometimes to mix in and dress it up a little. You’ll have an amazing time!

  5. Although I don’t really do theme parks, your tip about the water cups is super helpful!

    1. I’m sure it’ll come in handy sometime for you!

  6. I love the water tip. I actually do the same thing when I travel at airports. Always take an empty water bottle with you and then fill up at the water fountain at your gate. Saves so much money! I’m happy the trick works in disney as well.

    1. Smart for flights, love it! I’m totally stealing that for my next flight!

  7. Light and loose clothing is essential for me! I need to get myself a portable fan too. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It seriously makes a difference! Thank you for stopping by Carmen, I love your travel blog!

  8. Dressing light seems to be the way to go! Weโ€™re heading to WDW for the first time later this year!

    1. HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TIME! Hydrate, try to not stress, and take it easy in the parks. You will leave with memories that will last a lifetime!

  9. I just love Disney World! I feel like between all the AC in the stores and attractions, I never have a problem staying cool.

    1. Taking a break with shopping and attractions is super smart too.

  10. This post is perfect information for me as I’m heading to Disney at the end of june! First time going and I’m dying with excitement. I’ll take note of these tips, they’re super helpful especially since I’ve never been to Florida. Great post!

    1. I will be there at the end of June too! You’re going to have an amazing time!

  11. I haven’t ever been to Florida in the summer. I can’t imagine it! We have been in the 90’s and humid lately and it is awful.

    1. It can be on the intense side if you aren’t careful.

  12. I went to Disney world when I was younger and one of my most vivid memories is the heat. I was super hot. Now that I have daughters with health challenges, I’m cautious about taking her during the summer. I didn’t think about taking a portable fan, which would be helpful.

    1. I will say, Disney does everything that can to accommodate health related needs. You can always take breaks inside, tons of little places where you can get some time in the A/C and decompress. We do it all the time!

  13. I haven’t been to Disneyland before but I believe these tips would be helpful when I finally visit there. I also own a portable fan too. Mine is black.

    1. It’s good to stay hydrated anywhere you might go that is warmer (:

  14. Great tips! I totally agree with the water bottles – For many parks, I’ve been to, and to my experience I’ve been spending too much on the water to realize. So these are practical tips. I like it.

    1. Thanks Eliza!

  15. I always Enjoy a Breeze every time I go on vacation! Thanks for sharing your tips. Hope you enjoy your vacation!

  16. These are really good tips. I went to Disney when I was in high school amd it was definitely a struggle with the heat. I found dressing light and finding a breeze was the most helpful. I never thought about skipping bottled water and using cups instead. I’ll have to remember that when we take our son. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Souch a nice tips and thank you for the good idea about the water! Disneyland is on my list, so I hope I can use your tips soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. When we traveled to Disney it was 100 degrees
    Definitely took advantage of the FREE water!!

  19. These are great tips! I haven’t been to Disney in years but I’ll definitely keep these in mind next time I visit.

  20. Great tips! When we go out we always recycle 2L bottles and fill them with water. Stow them in the bottom of the stroller and we’re good! Cute fan and dress BTW!

  21. Great tips! I bet it can get pretty uncomfortable with kids in the heat!

  22. This is a really helpful post for anyone looking to visit Disney. I like the idea of taking a hand fan thats a really good idea!

  23. Disney vacations are the best! I wish you a great time!

  24. Thanks! I am heading there this summer with the family and need all the help I can get.

  25. Great tips! Disney could be brutally hot and exhausting, so the refillable water cup idea is the best way to go.

  26. Yay! That is so exciting!!! I LOVE Disney too. I can’t wait to go back. The last time we were able to go was in October and I miss it already, lol. I love your tip on not buying water. That really is very helpful. I hope you have a TON of fun!

  27. Thanks for sharing these cool tips for a Disney vacation. Disney world is on my bucket list and the tips will be very helpful when I’ll plan my visit. I like the idea of asking for free water rather than buying water bottles. We don’t realise but we tend to spend more on bottled water. Super saver tip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I love Disneyland and I will always do. I should bring my own water cups.

  29. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Thanks for these tips. Sometimes as much preparation and planning that we do, we still somehow forget the essential – the refillable tumblers! Water cups is the best way to go! Spend less and save the environment from plastic bottle trash.

  30. Amanda Friedland

    I am planning a trip to Orlando right now, thanks for the tips

  31. These are SUCH great tips. I always ask for the water cup when I’m out for sure!

  32. Really great tips. I always make sure drink plenty of water if I’m going to be in the sun a lot and have my portable fan.

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