- It's crowded
- It's super hot and sticky
- It's going to rain
- The nighttime shows are late
This post will discuss how to handle these issues and have a terrific time at Disney World in the summer!
It's going to be crowded
But the good news is it's still "beatable" - you can avoid the big lines with proper planning! So be sure to do so!
It's hot. Like super freaking hot. Every day.
- The sun is much higher in the sky than you're used to. It just burns. (Speaking of burns - wear suncreen, hats, and sunglasses).
- The humidity. Oh my goodness, the humidity. You are just dripping in sweat.
So how do you adjust?
First, I know you hear this a lot, but arrive before the park opens. Even more so this time of year. You not only avoid the crowds, but you avoid the worst of the heat.
Second, if you're staying on Disney property, consider using the morning Extra Magic Hours - I'm usually not a huge fan of Extra Magic Hours (you have to get up an hour earlier for them, and eventually it means larger crowds at that park), but I like them more in the summer - it means another cooler, morning hour of park time instead of a hot mid-day hour.
Finally, bring lots of water. Bring a backpack and fill it with bottles of water. You're going to want water, so bring it so save money.
It's gonna rain
Even better news, it cools things off briefly! The 30 minutes or so after a rain feels like a blast of air conditioning.
So what should you do during the thunderstorms? Good news is that all Disney parks have many great indoor attractions - in fact, most attractions are indoors at most of the parks (except Animal Kingdom, though even it has some great indoor shows). So don't run for the exits - run for the indoor attractions!
In addition, since the storms usually hit in the afternoon, there's a good chance, if you follow advice to arrive early, that it'll be naptime. So who cares if it rains!
Nighttime shows are late!
Unfortunately, these late nights, along with early mornings, lead to exhaustion. How can you manage?
- Take that afternoon break. There is no need to be sitting in huge lines in 90 degree humid heat in the afternoons. Instead, take a nap. You'll feel much better for the evenings.
- Consider timing your "big evenings out" with a slow day the next day. Want a day at Downtown Disney for shopping? Schedule it for the day after a late night event.
Conclusion - summer can be great fun at Disney!
That being said, if you don't plan, then summer is a terrible time to be at Disney World. The heat and crowds can wear you down like you wouldn't believe. So if you're going to go in the summer, make sure you plan accordingly!