Being huge Disney fans and annual passholders, we have pretty much hit every month when it comes to visiting the Disneyland parks. The tricky thing is that in the summer, it can get very hot! However, you don’t need to avoid the park just because the temps are high so I put together a list of tips to stay cool at Disneyland to help you and your family prepare for the heat during your next Disneyland visit.
13 Ways to Stay Cool at Disneyland During the Summer
- Go in the morning then take a break in the middle of the day. Not only are the afternoons the warmest point of the day, they are the most crowded. Take a break at Princess Dot’s Puddle Park in Disney’s California Adventure. The whole family can get wet!
- Purchase cooling neck-wraps, you can find many neck-wraps on Amazon for less than $10.
- Know where to get cool treats! Our favorite treats and places to purchase ice cold treats:
- Maurice’s Treats (near the Royal Theater), try the Boysen Apple Freeze
- Frozen Lemonade from the ice cream carts
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street
- Clarabelle’s Ice Cream in Disney’s California Adventure, try Mickey’s Kitchen Sink
- Dole Pineapple Whip stand
- Venture on the water rides early in the day. Grizzly Rapids in Disney’s California Adventure and Splash Mountain in Disneyland are a perfect way to cool off. However, these rides can get up to 2 hours long in the afternoon! You can grab a fastpass in the morning or go on them as one of your first rides! We went on the rapids 3 times in a row with only a 3 minute wait each time. We got soaked and the rest of the day felt much cooler! Plus, we avoided an extremely long line.
- Don’t forget the sunblock! This won’t necessarily keep you cool but it will keep your kids from being miserable with a sunburn.
- Visit the Tiki Room! We love grabbing a cool treat and watching the fun show inside the Tiki Room.
- Buy one of these misting fans from Amazon (and save money too).
- While it would be impossible to avoid the hot sun while waiting for rides during the hotter months, know the ride lines with a good amount of shade if needed. Our favorites include:
- Splash Mountain
- Toy Story Mania
- Radiator Springs (there are misting fans)
- Hypersapce Mountain
- Indiana Jones
- Download the Disneyland Wait Times App. This will help you plan out what your next move is without walking across the park in the heat only to find a very long line or a ride that is temporarily available.
- Bring frozen water bottles with you into the park! Keep them in an isolated bag so you can use them to cool off with and also drink.
- Tip: Did you know you can ask for FREE ice water at restaurants? Bring a refillable water bottle and keep hydrated for free! You can also fill your water bottles at the drinking fountains.
- Go shopping during mid-afternoon! The shops at Disneyland pump out cold AC that feels like heaven.
- Check out the Animation Academy in Disney’s California Adventure. Talk to Crush or visit the Sorcerer’s Workshop to reveal you “inner Disney self”!
- Watch the Frozen show at the Hyperion. This show is about 55 minutes long and is everything that everyone loves about Frozen. I had chills watching the performance, it was that good!
- Tip: Grab your fast passes in the morning. The kiosks are to the left of the Hyperion Theater. We were able to get the orchestra seating and arrived about 25 minutes before the show started and got great seats! People are typically lining up at least an hour before for a good seat!
A few other tips on how to stay cool at Disneyland in the Summer:
- Remember that by the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Make sure you and your family drink plenty of water throughout the day!
- Pick a hotel that is on property or close to it so you can easily access your rooms when you need a break. Check out my review of the Disneyland Hotel here!
- Bring a water pack that you and/or your kids can carry on their backs! You can get these water packs for as low as $15 on Amazon! You can easily refill these at the drinking fountains at the park.
- Tip: Water fountains are typically found near the restrooms throughout the park.
What are your favorite ways to stay cool during the summer at Disneyland or Disneyworld?