Summertime is a great time to visit the Disney theme parks, until it isn’t. They can be a lot of fun but when the heat continues to rise, things can become challenging… if not dangerous. With the weather, particularly in Florida, being very warm right now, it is very easy to overheat when visiting the parks. Here are some safety tips to help you stay safe in the theme parks at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts when there is extreme heat:

  • Stay Hydrated. This is the most important thing you can do to stay safe in the heat. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks, as they can dehydrate you further.
  • Take Breaks in the Shade. Find shady spots to rest under trees, in buildings, or by fountains. If you can’t find shade, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can help protect you from the sun.
  • Wear Loose-fitting, Light-colored Clothing. This will help your body cool down by evaporation. Avoid wearing dark or tight-fitting clothing, as this will trap heat.
  • Apply Sunscreen. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • Take Cool Showers or Baths. This is a great way to cool down on a hot day. They can also make for good breaks from the heat.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activity. If you must be active, take breaks in the shade or air conditioning.
  • Visit the Parks in the Morning and Evening. The temperatures are usually cooler in the morning and evening, so it’s a good time to visit the parks if you can. The afternoons are a great time to return to a hotel, enjoy a pool, or take a break in a lobby until things begin to cool off again.
  • Eat Cool Snacks. Avoid eating heavy meals, as this can make you feel sluggish. Instead, opt for light snacks like fruits, vegetables, and yogurt.
  • Listen to Your Body. If you start to feel hot, dizzy, or nauseated, take a break in the shade and drink some water. If your symptoms don’t improve, seek medical attention. Head straight to First Aid at whatever theme park you are in!

By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable time at a Disney theme park in extreme heat. Here are some additional tips for staying safe at a Disney theme park in extreme heat:

  • Plan your Day in Advance. Take a look at the park map and see which attractions are indoors or have air conditioning. Plan to visit these attractions during the hottest part of the day.
  • Take Advantage of the Water Rides. Water rides are a great way to cool down on a hot day.
  • Use the Transportation System. If you’re feeling tired, take the bus, monorail, train, or boat to get around the park. This will help avoid walking in the heat.
  • Visit the First Aid. If you have any health concerns, visit the First Aid for help. They can provide you with water, sunscreen, and cool towels.
  • Stay Informed About the Weather. Check the weather forecast before going to the park and be aware of any heat advisories or warnings.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable time in the parks! Which Disney Parks do you generally visit? Do you still go to the parks when it is hot or do you avoid them? Share your thoughts, comments, and ideas for braving the heat in the parks during the summer in the comments below!