Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jul 12, 2012
    Jessica from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My daughter (6) and I will be heading down to WDW during the last week of July. I knew when I booked that it would be hot and crowded. Any advice on dealing with the crowds and weather with a child?

    Hello, Jessica!

    We always travel to Walt Disney World during the hot summer months (I'm a teacher) so we've developed a lot of tricks to keep the kids happy and cool, despite the heat and crowds of a summer trip.

    First, be sure that each of you brings a wide-mouthed, refillable, resealable cup so that you can fill it with ice in the morning, topped off with water. This will get you through most of the morning. When you stop for lunch, either pour the rest of your fountain beverage (they are huge!) into the cup, or ask for ice water and do the same. Ditto at dinner. There are also water fountains scattered throughout the parks, many of which are also near bathrooms, so they are easy to find. Use 'em!

    Next, be sure to take those meal breaks. Sitting down in the air conditioning for an hour or so will really cool everyone down; you'll be revived enough to bounce back into the parks for several more hours of fun, too.

    Spread out the indoor attractions and shows so that you're never out in the heat for a long stretch at a time. Keep your face in the shade with a hat or visor and sunglasses. Maybe even consider a stroller for your daughter (they have shades on them) if you think the heat and sun will make it tough for her to walk the entire park; that's sort of the borderline age when folks would never have thought of a stroller for a child, but a park such as Epcot is huge for little legs, especially when it's so hot outside.

    If staying in a WDW resort, head back to the pool for an afternoon swim. Once refreshed, go back to the park as it gets cooler and the sun is going down. A great meal at your resort or at a resort that's near the park you're heading to will do wonders as well.

    Send more questions as you think of them; I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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