Although it’s still a little chilly in my part of the country, the temperatures are slowly creeping up on the coasts, and summer vacations will be here before you know it! When walking miles a day in the Florida and California sun, it’s always nice to know where you can cool off at your favorite Disney destination. Here are five of my favorites:
1. Grizzly River Run at California Adventure
Climb aboard for a rip-roaring rapid ride! Definitely save this one for the middle of a hot day, because you have a pretty good chance of getting soaked head to toe. This ride does offer FastPass to cut the wait, rider switch to account for the shorties and single rider in case you’re the only one who wants to be dripping all day. Animal Kingdom’s Kali River Rapids offers a similar experience that’s especially refreshing in the sauna that is that park.
Get Park Wise: Consider throwing a zip top bag in your pocket if you’re planning to ride the rapids. I throw my cell phone and camera in a large bag to avoid water damage.
2. Club Cool at Epcot
Step into this cool pavilion sponsored by Coca-Cola and sample soft drinks from around the world. My little Disney goers are big fans of this stop, as it’s air-conditioned and offers free cold drinks. Not much more you can ask for on a scorching day in Epcot. It can get a little crowded (and sticky) here, so we don’t hang around for long, but it’s nice for a little break in the afternoon. Don’t forget to try the Beverly!
3. Casey Jr. Splash ‘n Soak Station at Magic Kingdom
The Storybook Circus portion of the New Fantasyland expansion brought with it a great new sprayground. It’s a decent-sized area with lots of fountains and jets, and I’ve even seen PhotoPass photographers hanging around here capturing the delighted smiles of splashing guests.
Get Park Wise: While there’s a gift shop (and a merchandise cart) mere steps away from this area where you could theoretically plunk down the cash for a new outfit, I suggest you throw some dry duds in your park bag if the kidlets are easily lured in by these water play areas because this one can leave them drenched.
4. Walt Disney World Water Parks
Both water parks get a mention here because I couldn’t pick which one I liked better. It took several trips to Walt Disney World before we gave in to the water parks. We were there for the four major parks and didn’t see the need to hit the smaller parks when we had perfectly good resort pools to patronize. Thanks to the Salute tickets in 2011, though, we gave them a try and loved them!! With lots of activities for the entire family, the Disney water parks can easily entertain everyone for the day and leave you refreshed when facing the Florida humidity.
5. Splash Mountain at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom
This is probably my personal favorite way to cool down in the parks. This classic ride offers a big drop but not necessarily a big splash (aka I’ve never been uncomfortably wet after a trip through the briar patch). The mountains are always popular, so if you’re hoping to hang out with the Br’er crew, opt for a FastPass.
Get Park Wise: If you’re looking for the thrill, without the spill, pack a poncho. I’ve seen countless ride shots with packs of people in ponchos. It’s not my personal style, but it seems to be a fairly popular choice.
What are your favorite places to cool down while at Disney?