Anyone at Disneyland right now? I almost pity you in this heat [though, secretly seethe with jealousy cause - c’mon, Disneyland is amazing no matter the weather].
That said, here are some heat-busting tips for a fabulous trip to Disneyland when it’s too hot to breathe/move/dodge strollers along Main Street:
- DRINK WATER. Lots and lots of water. Disney sells Dasani and Smartwater for just under the cost of your first born. Sure, Dasani tastes salty and weird [is that just me?!], and Smartwater gives false claims of increased intelligence, but when it’s hot enough to fry an egg on Cinderella’s draw bridge you just gotta suck it up, pay the $3.75, and HYDRATE. [Also: there’s a law in CA that states that any vendor must give you a cup of water on request for free, because of the heat. So if any Disneyland guest needs to cool off, just request a cup of water from any place that would have it and you’ll get free hydration! - thanks to disneytrinkets for this heads up.]
- Head for the water rides… AND the indoor rides! When it’s hot out most people head straight for Splash Mountain or Grizzly Rapids. Make sense - get wet, cool off. But don’t overlook the other indoor rides when it’s scorching out. While you won’t get wet, you will get the advantage of nice, cold, refreshing A/C. And Disneyland power A/C is EPIC [hypothermia-inducing! Almost]. Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Small World, Star Tours, and most of the Princess rides in Fantasyland will offer a wonderful, A/C’d reprieve from the heat.
- Indulge in some cool treats. Dole whips, soft serves, ice cream… The list is endless when you’re at the Happiest [eating] Place on Earth.
- Take a break inside the Grand Californian Hotel. It’s just a hop and a skip away from California Adventure. And I swear, the lobby is always -32178931 degrees, and there’s lots of comfy chairs and entertainment to keep the kids happy and the parents nice and cool.
- Go indoors as much as possible. Ok, this sounds like it would be counterproductive - I mean, how do you stay inside when you wanna get the most out of your trip, right? But actually, it’s easy. There are lots of indoor shows you can watch [Mr. Lincoln on Main Street & Aladdin in California Adventure]. There are also shops lining almost every path in Disneyland. Want to get down Main Street and not break a sweat? Just go through the shops lining the street [they’re all pretty much connected]. Same goes for the paths along Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Tomorrowland. Fantasyland has the huge, shaded Princess Faire that you can take shelter in. Wherever you are in the park, there’s sure to be an A/C’d shop or restaurant not far away for you to hop in when you’re feeling overheated.
- Go slow. Don’t overwork yourself. Extreme heat at the Disneyland resort usually makes everything more lethargic. Don’t fight the feeling! Take a longer lunch break inside a cool, sit-down eatery [Blue Bayou, anyone?!]. Take your time getting from one ride to the next. Take breaks. Sure, you may not get to everything you planned, but it’s much better than spending most of the day feeling faint, sweaty, and downright grumpy. It’s hot out there - take it easy, kids! :)
See also: tips on beating the crowds at Disneyland.