30 Easy Ways to Survive the Florida Heat at Theme Parks

You maybe wondering, just how bad is the summer heat in Florida? Well, the Florida heat is unlike no other state in America, especially during the peak months of the sunny season.

If you’re a resident of an area that experiences all four seasons with mild summers, then you will definitely be taken aback by the hot, humid, indescribable weather that Florida is known for.

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Beat the Florida heat at disney world with the thermometer getting hot.

When does summer start in Florida?

Summer technically starts in the middle of June, but you can feel the approaching heat as early as late April.

When does summer end in Florida?

Summer in Florida is supposed to end in mid-September, but I disagree. The heat of Florida feels as if it peaks in September with the temperatures feeling much better towards the end of October.


30 Tips to Dealing with the Florida Heat at Theme Parks

Theme Parks Alone Solo Female Travel with multi-color ferris wheel

1 – Hydration

You need water to survive since it helps your organs, your cells, and your body work properly. Each day you should be drinking at least six 8-ounce glasses of water and even more during the Florida summer months.

Tips for  theme park heat in Florida with lady drinking water in the summer.

If you’re out in the theme parks, it’s important that you know what the symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Very little urine or dark urine
  • Fatigue

2 –  Bring Lots of Water

You will want to bring at least two bottles of water for each person in your group.

Tips for  theme park heat in Florida with water bottles gathered together.

However, if that’s way too many bottles, then consider purchasing a water bottle that has a built-in filter.

Water bottle with built in filter on Amazon.

This way you can use the water from the fountains in the park and know that it will be filtered.

3 – Bring Sunscreen

You will want to have a good sunscreen in your theme park bag in order to protect your skin from the harsh Florida sun?

Why is sunscreen important?

Sunscreen acts as a blocker to the UV rays released by the sun. When you visit Florida, you’ll notice that we have more sunshine filled days than most of the states in the country.

Sunscreen products sitting on a deck in the Florida summer heat.

When choosing a sunscreen, you want to find one that is at least a broad spectrum with 15 SPF (use 30 SPF for your day at the theme park). This will help reduce your risk of cancerous skin cells and help prevent the premature aging of your skin.

Hipster Power Tip: Apply your sunscreen 30-minutes before starting your day at one of the Florida theme parks like Walt Disney World.

4 – Buy a Water Mist Fan

These little fans are crucial and a must have for anyone trying to brave the Florida heat in the summertime.

Blue, green and red water mist fan to survive the heat.

You will see that they are highly priced throughout the parks, so you’ll want to buy yours before you get there from a place like Amazon.

5 – Check the Weather Temperature Before Your Theme Park Visit

It’s not enough to know if there’s going to be a monsoon during your visit to an Orlando theme park, you want to check the weather to see what the temperature will be.

Thermometer getting hot so monitor the weather before your Florida trip.

Not only knowing what time period during the day will host the highest temps, you’ll also want to know what the heat index is so that you can get a true ideal of what the outdoors will feel like.

This will help you determine what time to start your day and when to leave for a break to beat the Florida theme park heat.

6 – Wear Hat with Ventilation

You’ll want to choose a proper hat that not only protects the sun from your face, but also has ventilation in the back to help keep your head cool.

harry potter hat on Amazon.

Especially for summer in Florida.

7 – Bring UV Protective Sunglasses

When choosing glasses to help block the Florida sun, you’ll want to choose ones that have some type of UV ray protection. This is extremly important in protecting your eyes.

Lady wearing blue sunglasses in summer Florida heat.

So, try to find a good pair on Amazon that you can have for a long time.

8 – Take Frequent Breaks

You should be prepared to take frequent breaks in areas with air-conditioning (AC). A shady spot in the park will do, but the best option is to map out the attractions, restaraunts and shops with AC.

Disney World Tom Sawyer Island Fort with People Standing Around

You should take your breaks once every hour during the peak of the Florida summer heat.

9 – Plan Out Your Longer Break

Another great tip to beat the Florida heat is to start your day early, leave midday, and return in the evening. This will help ease the brunt of the summer weather.

Disney Boardwalk Pier Entrance with Swan Hotel in the background

10 – Wear Light-Weight Clothing

You want to wear clothing that’s not too heavy such as a breathable t-shirt and shorts.

11 – Bring a Small Fan

You can buy small portable fans from places like the Dollar Tree or Amazon. You’ll also want to think about getting a clip on fan for the stroller just in case you bring the little ones.

Portable green fan on Amazon.

1 2 – Get Your Free Cup of Water or Ice

Remember that a free cup of ice and water is available at most quick service and restaurant locations in the parks.

Glass of cold water on a theme park table.

13 – Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

When you combine alcohol with the Florida heat and humidity, you’re in for a miserable day that can possibly lead to dehydration, vomiting or alcohol poisoning.

Mediterranean Journey Cocktail Drink at Epcot.
Mediterranean Journey at Epcot’s Spice Road Table

14 – Eat Frozen Treats to Stay Cool

Enjoy some of your favorite Disney and Universal frozen treats such as Mickey Mouse ice-cream bar, butterbeer ice-cream or a dole whip.

Butterbeer icecream at Universal Studios. A good way to beat the Florida heat.
Butterbeer Ice Cream…Mmmm Diagon Alley

Read: Where to Find Every Dole Whip at Walt Disney World

15 – Listen to Your Body

If you feel like the Florida summer heat is getting to you, then stop whatever you’re doing a take a break!

You can do this by finding a cool area, gulping down a liter of water, cooling yourself off with a fan and staying in that area for 45-minutes to an hour.

REST spelled out on the sand. Tips for  theme park heat in Florida

Above all, just listen to your body!

Hipster Power: Most theme parks have a first-aid center that will help you recover if you find yourself feeling ill.

16 – Get Refreshed in a Splash Zone

You can find splash zones in popular Orlando theme parks where you let loose and cool yourself off in your own watery adventure.

Splash zone area with water coming up out of the ground in the summer of Florida.

17 – Run Cold Water On Finger Tips

This is my own little theme park hack that l like to use during those hot summer days in Florida. Running cold water under your finger tips really does cool your body down.

A water fountain to run on your fingertips. A top tip for  theme park heat in Florida.

It won’t be a miraculous cool down, but it does help you feel a little bit better.

18 – Pack Wipes

I good idea for you is to pack frozen Wet Wipes or small towels and keep them cool in small lunch bag that has an ice-pack. You can later pull them out and place them on your forehead.

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19- Wear an Under Shirt

If you can wear a thin undershirt, it can help absorb some of your excess sweat.

Black undershirt

20 – Avoid the Most Dangerous UV Rays

Remember the most significant amount of dangerous UVB rays occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

People on giant amusement park swing.

21 – Avoid Caffeine

I know I’m speaking blasphemy to all my coffee, tea, and soda lovers.

Coasters and Coffee in front of Monut roller coaster at Busch Gardens.

Too much caffeine can make you have to urinate more which can end up dehydrating you, if you are not balancing it out with drinking more water.

22 – Conquer the Water Rides

This is perhaps the most fun way to cool off from the Florida heat in the summertime. Just pack an extra shirt and shorts if you’re not a fan of walking around the theme park wet.

Water ride at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park.

23 – Hunt for Shade

Watch theme park vlogs or review the park maps for shaded areas which are usually denoted by the greenery patches on the map.

Hollywood Studios Honey I Shrunk the Kind playground.

24 – Locate the Park Mist Sprayers

These are great for a quick cool down on your trip. You can usually find them throughout the park especially in the lines for the attractions.

Cool Wash Water Mist at Epcot.

25 – Add More Indoor Attractions to Your Park Plan

As mentioned earlier, you’ll want add more AC breaks to your day. You can do this by finding attractions that are indoor like Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom.

Flight of Passage Queue Giant Avatar at Disney Animal Kingdom

Find the theme park map you need and make a list of all the indoor rides and attractions. You can then create an itinerary where each indoor experience is spread out perfectly for your day.

26 – Cool Off Your Pulse Points

Apply ice pack, cool Wet Wipes or cold compresses to pulse points to keep your body cool. Your pulse points include the wrists, elbows, ankles, neck, and behind the knees.

Blue Ice-pack

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27 – Eat Light Foods High In Water

These types of food include salads and fruits.

Red strawberries and blueberries in a clear bowl.

28 – Watch For Signs Of Heat-Related Illnesses

It’s important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses.

Heat Stroke

A Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It happens when your body builds up heat and can’t cool down. HEAT STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.

The symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Extremely high body temperature
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
surviving summer heat at Disney World with fireworks over Cinderella Castle.

Heat Exhaustion

A Heat exhaustion is when your body loses too much water and salt through sweating.

Symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, damp skin that’s slimy to the touch
  • Irritable or confused
  • Weak pulse

Heat fatigue, heat cramps, and heat rash are less serious, but are also signs of over exposure to heat.

29 – Pack an Umbrella

Bring a UV protective umbrella which can be used to block both the sun and rain 🙂

UV Umbrella on Amazon.

30 – Wear Clothing to Block the Sun

There is something called UPF clothing. These are clothing that are actually sun protective and a company called Cool Bar produces UV ray protective clothing which is absolutely amazing!

UV Shirt on Amazon.

If you want that extra layer of protective clothing that is also breathable, then the UPF clothing is something that you’re definitely going to want to look into for your trip.

Final Thoughts

You’re now loaded with all of the tips to surviving the summer attractions here in the Florida heat. They can even help you at any outdoor event that you may visit during the sunshine season.

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Let us know which tip was your favorite in the comments section below!

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


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(Original Article Date: June 20, 2016/Updated June 10, 2020)

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