Heat & Sun in June - Need Your Tips to Stay Cool!

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Heat & Sun in June - Need Your Tips to Stay Cool!

Our trip is coming up fast and I'll be honest, some of the people that will be traveling on this journey tend to wilt in the heat and sun.

How does the heat and strength of the sun in Orlando in June compare to October?
What are your top tips to keep cool and stay out of the heat & sun?

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Ha ha ! Stick a candle in your oven on 450 for 30 minutes Kristen, that's how I felt when we were there in June the first time with our kids. Or remember the scene that involved Dorothy, a wicked witch and a bucket of water? I'm melting!!!

But seriously, it's not that that bad. We don't like the heat at all usually, but taking your time, planning for breaks mid day and hitting the air conditioned rides , you can get through it and still be enjoyable. We have had it be quite hot in October too.

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Well there is hydrate, and don't forget to hydrate, but most important of all, definitely hydrate. Of course that's most important, so when getting a drink, I suggest Powerade. A ball cap can help block some sun. Of course the old standby is too use the air conditioned rides and to escape the heat in the middays, but I suggest you also take advantage of midday sprinkles. A light raid can be quite refreshing and enjoyable, so don't be afraid to walk right in the middle of it. Hope that helps.

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i love these neck coolers, you can make then yourself, or buy them. Try your local farmers/crafters market.
You soak them in water, and they stay cool for hours, and they can be refreshed with a quick rinse. When you are done, hange it up in the shower, let it dry out and its good to go again. i paid less than $10.00 and i have been using mine for 5 or 6 summers.

when in the parks, i soaked it in the hotel, then put it in a ziploc, wore it for awhile to cool down, then put it back in the ziplock when i didn't need it.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Sew-Very-Useful-Neck-Cooler/

http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_nkw=neck+coolers

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Spray-bottle-fans, sun screen, hats, shorts and cotton shirts, sun glasses, even an umbrella or two.

Keep cool by visiting shops & eating places, rides that includes getting wet (Splash Mountain, etc.), or rides that take you indoors (Haunted Mansion, etc.), and yes, stay hydrated or you'll end up with a headache (know where the first aide station are at (for aspirins (LOL))).

June is usually around the 90's, October is usually in the mid 80's.

Us seasoned Disney travelers tend to visit WDW in the off season wheelchair ..... Smile

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Light, wicking clothes. And if you can manage, a nice pair of sandals so your feet can break (I do birkenstocks - can walk all day in those suckers!). If not, a nice pair of wicking socks - non-cotton! And lots of Dole Whip.

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Second the motion, lots of Dole Whip! awesome

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Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads = amazing! http://www.froggtoggs.com/chilly-pad-9.html

I recommend long, cotton dresses for the ladies, so much more comfortable and cooler than shorts.

Bring a folding fan and a mini umbrella with a cute color or pattern, make like Scarlett O'Hara, shade yourself from the sun and fan away. Or, you can buy an umbrella from the China pavilion and a fan from the Japan pavilion and voila! useful souvenirs! Don't forget to have them personalized! (I seriously do this, I have given up caring how I look...I practically burst into flames in direct sunlight, a pale girl has got to do what a pale girl has got to do!)

And like everyone else said, air-conditioned rides and stores, and lots of Dole Whips!

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A not so known is Disney fact is that things like aspirins can be bought at almost any store, not just in the first aid stations. They just are kept behind the counters out of sight. Simply ask.

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Emilio wrote:
June is usually around the 90's
Us seasoned Disney travelers tend to visit WDW in the off season

Yea, well every now even well seasoned travelers have to hit "the World" in the summertime. I'm just happy not every school in the country will be out of session in early June. laugh

90!! Oh my god I'm going to DIE. LoL... when I burst into flames from the heat just scatter my ashes in the Sassagoula would you?

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I recommend long, cotton dresses for the ladies
Bring a folding fan and a mini umbrella with a cute color or pattern

For some reason I can't seem to buy enough sun dresses this year! I just ordered another one this morning. I'm thinking this might be my clothing trend for this June Vacay. My youngest daughter things I've lost my mind.

I think I may have to go and pick up a few little silk fans to tuck in our bags. Hrmmm... could be a fun craft project there as well.

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A summer time visit should be something every Disney fan tries at lease once, just so you can say you done it.

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Hey we are going in July this year so Tom and Del can go and Tom doesn't have to take off work during the school year. That's really gonna be hot! Its gonna be lots of pool time and afternoon breaks for us.

Kristen, Scrappy's stocking up on the sun dresses too!.

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mrhub wrote:

Kristen, Scrappy's stocking up on the sun dresses too!.

Good to hear! RobynPrincess and how cute she looked in her trip report pictures is totally my inspiration. muchlove

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Get to the parks early, before the midday heat. Leave the parks early and either go to the pool or the pub. Spend the hottest hours of the day in the pool or the bar. Then freshen up and return to the park for dinner and fireworks.

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Kristen K. wrote:
mrhub wrote:

Kristen, Scrappy's stocking up on the sun dresses too!.

Good to hear! RobynPrincess and how cute she looked in her trip report pictures is totally my inspiration. muchlove

Robyn is totally my inspiration too! I just got a new long sundress and can't wait to wear it; might stock up on a few more too! awesome

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We went July 4th week a couple of years ago.

My advice is to keep an eye on your fellow travelers. Even with proper hydration, the onset of the classic WDW meltdown is much quicker during hot weather. Think of hitting something like Ellen's Energy Adventure before the meltdown occurs so everyone is spared the unpleasantness.

Also, if you find that you are leaving footprints on the otherwise dry pavement because the soles of your sneakers are melting, consider an alternate touring plan that includes a swimming pool.

Lastly try to remember that no matter how hot you are, you are in WDW and it's better than the best cool day at work.

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We went the first week of June 2008 while I was 29 weeks pregnant. It was hot, but I was not miserable. Of course, we were taking a little extra time to do everything because I was just slower in general. We skipped DHS and AK that trip, but we did MK and EPCOT all the way through, including EMH at MK until 1am. It was a short trip though.

I was more miserable the next year when we went the first week of May, and I was not pregnant.

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Kristen K. wrote:
mrhub wrote:

Kristen, Scrappy's stocking up on the sun dresses too!.

Good to hear! RobynPrincess and how cute she looked in her trip report pictures is totally my inspiration. muchlove

Where are you ladies getting all of these wonderful sundresses?

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Kristen K. wrote:
Our trip is coming up fast and I'll be honest, some of the people that will be traveling on this journey tend to wilt in the heat and sun.

How does the heat and strength of the sun in Orlando in June compare to October?
What are your top tips to keep cool and stay out of the heat & sun?

It's important to wake up early in the morning for rope drops. 1) Though humid, it's much cooler. 2) This allows for a break to the pool/nap time for little ones in the peak time, while still getting all the big attractions done. 3) Use a Touring Plan! I can't stress that enough. It's so worth it and it'll keep your family on a set plan, so you're not wondering around, waiting in giant lines, miserable at the parks.

Buy a couple of those spray bottles/fans too and bring an extra shirt (I always do). Wear clothes that can breath (dry fit, not cotton). Those are just a couple of the things you have to do when touring in peak times plus the heat. Have a good trip!

p.s. if you're going to be one to carry an umbrella around the park for shade, I highly recommend going to Epcot and having one customized in Japan on day one. They're adorable, especially for the ladies!

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Courtney wrote:
i love these neck coolers, you can make then yourself, or buy them. Try your local farmers/crafters market.
You soak them in water, and they stay cool for hours, and they can be refreshed with a quick rinse. When you are done, hange it up in the shower, let it dry out and its good to go again. i paid less than $10.00 and i have been using mine for 5 or 6 summers.

This is a GREAT suggestion do. Those squeegeees (that's what my family calls them) do wonders. They also work really well as towels at home (:

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I had visited Disney predominantly in October or December. We had to book our wedding trip for July, as we have teachers in family. I was worried about climate and crowds, but neither were an issue at all. I would advise a midday break back at your resort. We did loads of things in the morning and evening but rested in the midday heat and afternoon storms.

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Kris1971 wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
mrhub wrote:

Kristen, Scrappy's stocking up on the sun dresses too!.

Good to hear! RobynPrincess and how cute she looked in her trip report pictures is totally my inspiration. muchlove

Where are you ladies getting all of these wonderful sundresses?

I found a cute one at Land's End online, and one at Torrid.

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The Colonel wrote:
Get to the parks early, before the midday heat. Leave the parks early and either go to the pool or the pub. Spend the hottest hours of the day in the pool or the bar. Then freshen up and return to the park for dinner and fireworks.

This is absolutely the center of survival, Colonel!! That and hydration!! Avoid sugary drinks; there are hydration packets by Propel (and other brands) that you can put into your bottled water.

I would also echo Hardy's tip about dry-fit shirts (cool max, etc) as these wick moisture much better. Cotton can be cool and light, but if it is humid AND IT WILL BE HUMID, cotton will get wet and stay that way. The same for shorts and capris - and undergarments. Keep that in mind if you sweat a lot and if you plan on wet rides!! Chafing can ruin the best times!!!
You can find lots of sports or performance clothing that will keep you cooler and dryer than plain cotton. Mens stuff is everywhere; both kmart and walmart have good stuff. For girls and women check out Title Nine and Athetia. Junonia has bigger womens sizes. This is pricier, but nicer and very cute!

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Y'all always have the best suggestions and ideas!!

I recently picked up a "Frog Togg" for our upcoming trip, and can't WAIT to try it out...I've heard wonderful things!

And I am SO going to stock up on sundresses now! Why have I never thought about that for park touring?

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MY suggestion:

June gets 8-10" of rain in Orlando. My wife and I were there in JUNE 2012 and the best way to beat to heat (and the crowds), was to embrace the rain. She wore her bikini everywhere (under a pair of light shorts & tank top), and I wore my boardshorts and a light t-shirt. We chose shoes that were ok to soak, and we carried pancho's everywhere. (buy panchos before you arrive so you don't get ripped off). We never shied away from the ran and we loved it! The families would start to dissapear, and we could be completely soaked and feel 100% fine due to the warm temps. AK was amazing in the rain. We also loved being at the waterparks in the rain.

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When we went to DL in the middle of July, we actually went back to the hotel during the hottest part of the day for swimming/rest/naps. I would recommend that always for the middle of summer. We hit rope drop in the mornings, headed back about noon, then went back to the parks at about 5 for dinner and the evening at the parks.

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