Sun + Heat + WDW, Oh My!

Monday, March 19, 2012

I can't believe it's March 19 in Canada and we are enjoying HEAT and SUN! Those two words are definitely not usually synonymous with March for us, but in light of this unseasonal weather, I decided to write today's column about sun and heat in Walt Disney World! While it's nice to have warmth and sun on vacation, when travelling with young children, we have be especially careful managing both. Having brought both of my children as babies and toddlers to WDW during intense heat, here a few of my tips.

The first obvious tip is sunscreen or sunblock! Our little ones hate to stop the fun to put sunscreen on so we often like to apply it while waiting in lines or waiting for shows . We do the first application before the Park opens and we are waiting in line for the turnstiles to open. Or, in Magic Kingdom, for example, we like to apply it while they are watching the opening show. They are too distracted to complain!

During the hotter months, dehydration is a serious concern with children, especially with the younger set. Always have water available for them and offer it to them frequently. This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes when we're caught up in the Disney fun, simple things are easy to forget. Something that I find a bit challenging is remembering to offer my babies water, even though I may not be thirsty yet. Keep their bottle of water somewhere visible so it's harder to forget about.

If you're like me, you may find that the canopies on strollers do not provide enough shade from the intense sun in Florida. Consider purchasing an additional stroller shade such as the RayShade UV Stroller Shade (www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0000E0QA5). We use these on our Maclaren strollers and love them! They fold flat in your suitcase, and are extremely easy to put on and take off. If you choose not to take it off, the stroller can still fold up even with the RayShade attached. It provides an abundance of shade and even offers protection from the rain.

Even if under the shade, we still like to take a break from the heat in the afternoon for the kids. Our preference is to head back to the resort for a nap, but if you would like to spend your day in the Parks, there are many indoor, air-conditioned attractions, that can offer a nice break from the heat. Here are some of our favourite "break from the heat" longer attractions at each Park:

Magic Kingdom: Mickey's Philharmagic, Monster's, Inc. Laugh Floor, Carousel of Progress (a little long for young children), Country Bear Jamboree, Enchanted Tiki Room.

Hollywood Studios: The Great Movie Ride (if the kids are behaving nicely - no exit!), Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

Epcot: Spaceship Earth (a favourite!), The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush + the Aquarium in the Living with the Seas Pavilion, Living with the Land, Journey into Imagination with Figment.

Animal Kingdom: Festival of the Lion King (a favourite!), Finding Nemo - The Musical, It's Tough To Be A Bug (may be scary for some young children).

Although it may take a bit more planning, the heat and sun, while unavoidable for most of the year, should not prevent you from having an incredible and memorable WDW vacation!

 

 

About this column

Danielle Perry shares the adventures and challenges of travelling to Walt Disney World as a family.


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