Disneyland is normally billed as the happiest place on Earth! Sometimes, however, it feels like it should take on another moniker: the hottest place on Earth! When the heat rises it can definitely have an impact on the Disney experience. As temperatures enter the 90’s and go above, the Disney experience definitely can be impacted. It is important to take note of this when planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort. For some, the heightened temperatures will mean staying inside. However, for others trips may have been planned for some time and changing the Disneyland day isn’t an option. Still, others just will want to not give up their visit to the Magic Kingdom. Whatever the reason, if visiting the Disneyland Resort on a hot day, it is good to be prepared and smart for this visit. Not only will this help keep the day magical, it will keep it safe.
Tips For Surviving Disneyland in the Heat
- Stay Hydrated – This may seem common sense but it is amazing how many times a day is ruined because of dehydration. Proactively stay hydrated and err on the side of hydration. Remember, if you are thirsty that means you are already dehydrated. As a rule of thumb, drink two to four glasses of water per hour when traipsing around Disneyland on a hot day. This is 16-32 ounces or one to two bottles of water per hour. To save money, bring a water bottle from home and refill it at either water stations at Disneyland (Tomorrowland Terrace has one), water fountains, or ask for cups of water at restaurants. Also, remember that while it is tempting to hydrate with sodas and Starbucks, water really is the best.
- Eat – Sometimes we get so focused on staying hydrated that we forget to also stay fueled. Eat light meals that aren’t too hot or too heavy. Don’t eat food with too much spice or grease. Fruits, vegetables, smoothies, and salads are all good ideas.
- Wear Sunscreen – While this may seem common sense, it can really make or break a day at the Disneyland Resort. Make sure and get the good stuff that will protect you. Not only will you be protecting your skin, you’ll be protecting your day (and the next day most likely). It’s never fun to go to Disneyland with a sunburn.
- Dress Appropriately – Wear light, loose, comfortable clothing that will protect you from the sun. Hats (especially wide-brimmed hats) are a very good idea to protect from the sun. Then, bring a sweatshirt in your backpack for if it cools off in the evening.
- Don’t Overdo It – It is very tempting on hot days to try to fit everything in. Often, lines are shorter at the Disneyland Resort and it seems like the perfect time to try to do it all! However, if you try to do that your body won’t be thanking you. You will end up doing much less than hoped for. Instead, pace yourself. Listen to your body and don’t rush. Balance out time in the sun with time indoors. There are quite a few indoor attractions that can be a good place to get out of the heat. Allow your body to adjust while going from place to place. Don’t push too hard.
- Buddy Up – When it is hot it is a good idea to brave the heat with a friend. Look out for each other. Make sure that both are using the above tips. Look for warning signs of dehydration (loopiness, headaches, dizziness, thirst, etc) and take care of each other. Be proactively protective in the heat to help set up a successful day at the Disneyland Resort!
If something does happen where a guest does end up dehydrated at the Disneyland Resort, there is a fantastic nursing staff on hand to help out. Ask for help from a cast member and professional help will be there shortly. Hopefully this isn’t necessary though and instead, the Disneyland Resort can be just a fun, albeit warm, place to spend the day! Recognize though that when it is warm, the Disneyland Resort can’t do everything to keep each guest happy and healthy. The above tips should be observed to ensure a safe and magical day!
What are your tips for surviving the Disneyland Resort when it gets hot? Let us know in the comments below!