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Disney News (5/31) – The new Haunted Mansion movie, and surviving Disney in the summer

Episode 9

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In this week’s episode, Kelli tells us what to expect from the new Haunted Mansion movie on July 28th, and Chris tells you how to survive the hot Florida summer if you’re traveling to Disney.

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So today is memorial Day – which to many (myself included) is kind of the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are getting out of school. And the heat starts rising.

SO many folks plan their Disney Trips for the summer – which is what my family always did when I was growing up.

So in honor of today being the unofficial start of summer, I thought I would walk through my top 10 tips for making the most of your summertime trip to WDW.

Pack for the heat

  • The temps and humidity in Flroida during the summer easily combine to make it feel like 100+ even when the temps are in the 80s.
  • Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad and a Neck Fan
  • The combo of the Chilly Pad and the neck fan is super refreshing
  • Suncreen
  • SPF hat wear or an umbrella
  • Quick dry clothing
    • You are going to want those water rides. But no one wants to feel sticky weighed down as a result.


  • Pack a water bottle. Don’t buy water, or use snacks for bottles of water.
  • There are water fountains including those that are meant to refill water bottles scattered about.
  • Worst case, ask for a cup of water at counter service locations. They should be free.
  • You are going to sweat – falling out because you don’t drink water is an unforced error that can really put a dent in what should be super fun time.

Take it Easy

  • Plan for down time.
  • This is the time of year to plan for early starts, with resort time in the afternoon.
    • Resort time equals naps, pool time, maybe plan for dinner at a resort, before heading back to the park for nightime fun.
    • Admittedly this is easier if you are staying at a resort that is closest to the parks
    • If at MK, I highly recommend a nice boat ride:
      • Do the trip over to Grand Flo and Poly.
      • Or take a longer boat ride out to Fort Wilderness.
    • If at Epcot or HS, take a break by taking a round trip on the Skyliner.
      • Maybe a ride around Crescent lake
    • Either of these options will take you to resorts with amazing dining options that maybe you wouldn’t normally consider if you were going to stay all day in the parks.
  • Plan for dark rides, theater shows, etc. during the hottest part of the day.
  • Just sit. People watch. Enjoy the ambiance of wherever you decide to sit.
    • I love finding a spot on Main Street

Embrace the Rain

  • It’s Florida in the summer, you can practically set your clock by the afternoon rain storms.
  • Disney makes a fortune on those plastic ponchos.
  • You could always pack your own. All good.
  • Ponchos are fine.
  • I say, since you decided to wear those quick dry clothes, just embrace all the driving rain.
  • Remember how much fun it was to play in the rain when you were a kid? Find that again.
  • I mean… don’t be stupid when it comes to lightening. 
  • But you are going to find empty walkways in every park as people bolt for cover.
    • It’s kind of nice. 

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