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Cooling off at the theme parks in 2023

Updated: Sep 10


Heading to the theme parks is a lot of fun, but it can get very hot at time. This article will give you suggestions of what you can do to stay cool at the theme parks.


Cup of free water at Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Staying hydrated

1. First and foremost – stay hydrated. You can get free water at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disneyland and Universal Orlando. Staying hydrated is imperative to help cooling down. You can ask for more than one cup per person. While not all kiosks will have water, you can usually find water at the quick service locations at the parks.

2. Splash water/ice on the back of your neck.

3. Go inside – all Theme parks have inside attractions and shops you can visit. The nice cool air from the air conditioning can help cool you down. For those that a vacation booked with Markwood Magic – send an email and I’ll send you my favorite attractions for cooling down at each of theme parks.


Bathroom at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Bathroom sinks

4. Take a ‘sink bath’ – find the nearest restroom and wash your face with cold water and a little soap. This also helps remove the sweat. You can also wash part of your arms as well. You will feel more refreshed. Pro tip - make sure to put reapply sunscreen.

5. Limit the amount alcohol you consume at the theme parks.

6. As a reminder, each park has a first aid station if needed.

7. Cooling towels – there are lots of fun cooling towel options. Get the cooling towel wet and string it around your neck to cool down.

8. Cooling fans are a bit more cumbersome. You wear a cooling fan like a semi necklace. Each end has a mini fan that will cool you down.


Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

9. Take a late afternoon break for a dip in the pool or rest back in your room The resort pools can be so refreshing and are a great way to cool off. Then head back to the parks around dinner time for ride on the rides and watch the nighttime entertainment.

10. Wear light color clothes made of breathable fabric.

11. Ride a water ride or go to the water park.

12. Walk through a water play area or misting area.

13. Instead of wearing a hat, wear a visor. (make sure your scalp has sunscreen if needed). The visor will allow more heat to escape from your head.

14. For snacks, bring fruit that has water in them. Depending on the ages in your traveling party you can bring grapes, watermelon, melons, or more. Most of the theme parks have an area where they sell fruit. Not only will it help keep you more full, but it will also partially hydrate you as well.

15. For meals, try eating a lighter meal instead of a heavier one.

16. If you are waiting for friends/family outside an attraction, find an area to meet up in the shade.



Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is based on my personal experience. For questions on what is best for you, please talk with your doctor.


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