A great deal of Walt Disney World is an outside experience. Depending on the time of year that you find yourself in the parks, this can either be a blessing or a curse – and those who find themselves visiting during the hot summer months often find themselves thinking wistfully of cool mountain snows. The weather in Central Florida during the summer is hot, and as this is also the peak tourist season for Walt Disney World, visiting the parks at this time can be a trying experience, indeed.
Most of the information out there regarding Disney World in the heat puts a lot of emphasis on indoor attractions, or at least on those outdoor attractions that offer air conditioned lines and long ride times. The problem is that many of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World aren’t the indoor ones – and many have short ride times. A long hot wait with a short ride time at the end of it is anathema during the hot months of the year, but what is an intrepid Disney explorer to do?
The best advice is to carefully schedule your day. If there are outdoor rides that you absolutely must see during your time in Walt Disney World, try to enter the lines either at the beginning of the day, or at the end. There is usually an afternoon thunderstorm which helps clear the parks out at the end of the day. This is also a good time to consider staying at Walt Disney World while visiting – those who stay at the Disney resorts get in an hour before the general park opens, and get to stay in the park an hour later!