I Spent a Grand Total of 2 Hours in Disney World, But I Planned a Full Park Day. What Happened?!

We have entered into the hottest months of the year at Disney World. However, it is also the time of year when many people are taking summer vacations, and Disney World is a popular spot for summer travel.

Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom

Most days, you will see temperatures in the mid- to high 80s, but with plenty of humidity, the feels like temperature will likely reach into the 90s. One of our team members recently planned a full day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, only to find herself leaving just two hours into the park day. So, what happened?

During the trip, Disney World was under a heat advisory, and was experiencing record heat. On the day she went to Animal Kingdom, the temperature hit 98 degrees — at least 10 degrees above normal for June. And the “feels like” temperature hit a whopping 109 degrees. Yes, you read that right, 1-0-9. She reached the point where she was no longer enjoying herself in the park and could not stand the heat. Animal Kingdom can be a tough park to find AC at, so our coworker decided to cut her day short.


It gets HOT at Disney World, and unfortunately there is no way to sugarcoat that fact. However, we do have some tips to make the most of those super-hot days.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

First of all, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating regular meals. This may seem super common sense, but when you are in the midst of all the excitement in the parks, it can be easier than you think to forget about these things. Why would we want to drink water when we could be riding Kilimanjaro Safaris? We have all been there, but when it gets hot, it is especially important to take care of your body. Try bringing Quincy’s favorite water bottle with you or stop by quick service restaurants for free cups of ice water.

Water Bottle Refill Station

Also, add in time for plenty of breaks. We all want to get as much done in Disney World as possible, but giving your party time to rest is going to be super important during the summer. You can always plan to watch indoor shows or eat at a restaurant with AC to maximize your time while also getting a break from the sun and heat.

Festival of the Lion King

It is also important to plan ahead with your clothing and accessories. Plan to wear outfits that are made of lighter fabrics and colors and are comfortable to wear all day long. There are also lots of cooling accessories to choose from to help beat the heat. Some of our favorites include handheld fans and cooling towels, but you can also bring neck fans, umbrellas, and more. We are constantly trying out new items and reviewing them to make sure you have the best tools to beat the heat.

Neck Fan

As well, when you are planning your day out, try to plan for indoor attractions during the middle of the day when it is the hottest. Try to conquer the outdoor attractions and shows in the morning or the evening. This can be harder in parks like Animal Kingdom where a large majority of attractions are outside. Mid-day could be a great option for a longer lunch break indoors or planning to see the indoor shows.


Also, don’t be afraid to head back to your hotel during mid-day too! Sometimes a nap in an air-conditioned room may be exactly what you need to conquer the rest of your park day.

Room at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Being out in the heat all day can be exhausting, but we hope some of these tips help make the heat a bit more bearable. While we are on the topic of Animal Kingdom, make sure you check out Sage, Emma, and Qunicy’s perfect day in Animal Kingdom:

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One Reply to “I Spent a Grand Total of 2 Hours in Disney World, But I Planned a Full Park Day. What Happened?!”

  1. Don’t do it. Native Floridian. Live further south. Grew up with no a/c. In this day and age, if you want to take kids, go january to March. Everything school wise done on computer,less people at work taking time off. Prices are cheaper. It’s too hot. Nothing is enjoyable. Kids are miserable, adults are miserable. Neck fans and water does nothing to beat that blistering heat. I have pictures from going to Epcot in 1989, June. It was enjoyable. I have pictures of going in 2011, it was terrible. My husband made September plans. I’m not going in until sin goes down. If you go now, you will probably be disappointed. And big Disney fan. Been 28 times.