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  • On Jun 23, 2009
    Miriam from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are taking our 5 and 7 year old to WDW the end of July for a week. What can we bring to make standing in line in the hot weather a little more pleasant? Should we plan to bring change of clothes for the day?

    Hi, Miriam!   I am glad you are planning ahead for the heat, as it can really get super, super hot in Orlando in the summer!  

    I suggest buying a spray/misting fan.   You can purchase them at a local store before leaving home or they are for sale throughout the theme parks for about $18 (prices subject to change.)   These fans are the best on a hot and humid day.

    From home we brought refillable sports bottles.   We filled them with ice before we left our resort in the morning, and as the ice melted, my kids had nice cold water.  We got cups of ice water from counter service locations to refill our bottles throughout the day.    This kept my kids hydrated and saved a lot of money by not buying bottled water.

    You may also want to consider a stroller.   I just got back from a week in WDW with my 6 year old, and he really couldn't do all the walking in the heat.   We ended up renting a stroller to keep him going!   I also had an umbrella, and my kids used it to block the sun when waiting for the parade.  They felt funny at first, but were glad for some shade!

    Plan on afternoon breaks.   I know everyone wants to squeeze in every minute of the magic, but once the afternoon sun hits, you simply need to head back to your resort for a swim!  The parks are open late into the evenings (with extra magic hours, sometimes past midnight!)   The temperatures are much more tolerable in the mornings and evenings, so use the afternoons to enjoy your resort.

    Your idea of a change of clothes is a great idea.   Toss a set of clothes for each child in a large ziploc bag, and if there are any messes or adventures in the water fountains, you will be ready (then you can put the dirty clothes in the bag and zip it shut!)

    Don't forget to bring to the parks each day:  sunscreen, hats or visors, refillable water bottles, camera, autographs books, and wet wipes.    Have  a wonderful July vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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