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Old 11-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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disney in the summer/july/august

how do do disney in july and Aug with the heat
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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Lots of water! I always have a water bottle in my hand. Also, don't be afraid to take breaks. When you feel like you are getting too warm move to someplace that is air conditioned. Don't forget a GOOD sunscreen!
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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We've done July/August the last 2 summers. We stayed hydrated--ice water is free from vendors in the park--and went back to the room during the height of the heat in the afternoon. We would come back out in the evening for dinner and EMH.

Honestly, it wasn't that bad. Or at least not as bad as I had anticipated.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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We've done July/August the last 2 summers. We stayed hydrated--ice water is free from vendors in the park--and went back to the room during the height of the heat in the afternoon. We would come back out in the evening for dinner and EMH.

Honestly, it wasn't that bad. Or at least not as bad as I had anticipated.
I agree with this. We normally go in any season OTHER than Summer, but we had to do go in July this year because of DH schedule...it wasn't nearly as bad as we anticipated. We stayed hydrated and kept out of the parks during the hottest part of the day, enjoying the pool and finding that our decision to do CL for that trip was invaluable.

I'm glad we went in July so at least we know that we would do it again in the future if we have no other options.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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We've been in both June and July and we didn't think it was bad either time. We did a lot of swimming and went to the water parks. The summer months aren't bad, IMO, if you take your time touring the parks and work in some down time .
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:37 PM   #6
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i totally agree with pp's the main thing is plenty of water,
also, good sunscreen,fabulous deodrant(!), afternoon rest and relaxation,light fitting cotton clothes,breathable sports clothing,take breaks in shops and restaurants and indoor rides/attractions with air con.
we love the heat, it's tremendous, much better than rainy,cold england
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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If you go in July or August, go to the parks in the morning and waterparks in the afternoon
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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I would think with the heat, this would be a bad time for very young ones, like under 5. Do you all agree?
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:41 PM   #9
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You wear very lightwight clothing.
You apply sunscreen generously. I love the sprays!
You start out early at least a few days. I do NOT do commando anymore!
Drinks lots of water.
Go see all the shows. Air-conditioning, enough said!
Fast Pass is absolutely essential.
Back to the resort in the afternoon for swimming. It NEVER feels HOT when you're WET!
Some nights, back to the parks!!

Walk thru the shops instead of the streets- Air-conditioned, enough said!
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:09 PM   #10
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I would think with the heat, this would be a bad time for very young ones, like under 5. Do you all agree?
No. My youngest was 3 and 4 without a stroller each time and we did fine. I made sure everyone had plenty of water and we went into ac when we needed to.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #11
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I agree with everything everyone else has said, stay hydrated, make sit down meal reservations for lunch at the hottest time of the day, go back to the hotel to rest/swim during the afternoon.

But for us, aside from all that...get to the parks when they open. You'll get to do all the "big stuff" early and not have to wait in the lines to do that stuff later, and if you get there early, you won't feel as bad about leaving at midday for some rest.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:59 PM   #12
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I agree with pp. Disney in the summer is doable, but only with the right approach. Our youngest two kids were 2 and 4 on our last trip and they did fine. We saw quite a few families there with small infants in tow. What's nice about WDW is that you aren't out in the heat standing under the blazing sun all day. You are in and out of air conditioning quite a bit. My advice would be to stay hydrated (cannot emphasize that enough), misting fans are nice to have, take advantage of the many indoor attractions for those much needed a/c breaks, do most of your park touring early in the morning and/or in the evenings if you can (it's nice that it stays light out longer and the park hours are longer in the summer), and afternoon breaks are nice to get a break from the heat or hit the pool. Lastly, be prepared for those daily (but brief) afternoon downpours. Many people go to WDW in the summer and have magical trips. It's all a matter of perspective and preparation
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #13
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I love the loooooonnnnnngggggg hours in the summer. We stay in the parks until close. The evenings are beautiful in all parks. The crowds slowly dwindle away as the evening gets later.

But I think having a hopper option is important in the summer. It makes it easier to go into one park early, go back to room and then go into a late closing park for the evening.

4th of July in Epcot was one of my favorite days ever.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:41 PM   #14
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We go every summer. Be at the parks for Rope Drop. Stay for several hours while the heat and crowds aren't horrible, then go back to your resort to rest, nap, swim, get away from the crowds and the scorching heat. Go back to the parks when the heat and crowds have both lessened....around 5:00-6:00pm.

Now that the kids are older, we hang out at the resort until 5:00-6:00pm and stay out until the parks close. The later in the day it is, the less crowded the parks get and the heat isn't so awful. Obviously by staying until 1:00-3:00am isn't conducive to making Rope Drop, so we sleep in and hang at the pool until we go to the parks. We've also been to WDW enough times that we know what we want to do/see/experience.

Bottom line....go in the summer and have fun, but be prepared. Sunscreen, water and AC are all equally important!
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:36 AM   #15
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We go in Aug. and get to the parks at rope drop, head back to resort for afternoon by the pool, then go back to a park at night.
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