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We were lucky enough to go on vacation to Disney World a few weeks ago and I still have Disney on the mind! Since we are on a budget, I shopped online for my Disney needs. Just about every evening, upon returning from the parks, I would search online for any sales at Disney Store. You would be surprised at what you will find on sale!
Here’s the thing, we found the time to go because my husband is starting a new job with another company. His job situation also coincided with our son getting out of school for the summer. It was all just perfect timing for us to take some time off!
I knew it would be hot but I soon realized I was not prepared!
Here are 5 Things I Learned From Visiting Disney World In June:
1. Wear Lightweight Clothing
On the first day out, we went to Epcot and we walked over 10 miles that day. It was so hot and humid too! I literally felt like I was melting the whole week we were in Florida!
Honestly, I thought that wearing capris would be keep me cool outside. I was wrong. The first day at Epcot, I wore denim capris. As you can imagine, when denim is wet (and in my case wet with sweat), it starts to get heavy! That unwanted weight of my denim capris slowed me down even more and they even started slipping down my waist.
My husband and I stopped at Costco before our trip to buy a few pieces of summer clothing. While there, I bought two pairs of capris that are made with lighter material, so I wore those for the rest of our trip, plus a few skirts I also packed.
While at the Disney parks, I saw a lot of people wearing workout clothing! I also saw women wearing running shorts and that really stuck out to me because it is perfect attire for such hot and humid weather! Workout clothing is perfect attire to wear because it is moisture wicking.
As soon as we returned home from our vacation, I updated my workout clothing wardrobe and bought new running shorts, sports bras and tops.
2. Spray Sunscreen
We carried a backpack with us when we went to the Disney parks. This gave me the chance to pack sunscreen. Spending all day in the sun, reminded me to bring sunscreen for our family!
It may be obvious to wear sunscreen but when we were at the parks, it felt like a bad idea having to reapply sunscreen lotion to our already hot and melting skin!
I highly recommend using the spray sunscreens. The Disney parks carried the Coppertone brand, such as Coppertone Sport Sunscreens.
After the first day of visiting the park, I brought our spray sunscreen with us.
3. Bring Water
As I mentioned earlier, my husband and I stopped at Costco before our trip to pick up a few essentials. One of them was a huge case of bottled water! Since we were driving to Florida, we were able to take the case of water with us! Of course if you are flying, buy a case of water when you arrive!
We stayed a villa. It is our favorite place to stay when we go to Disney! We have a nice size kitchen, living room, dining area, washer and dryer, jacuzzi tub, shower and a little balcony. Since we have all the amenities we need, we were able to put a few bottles of water in the freezer and refrigerator.
I highly recommend bringing a few bottles of frozen water as well as cold bottled water in a backpack. The frozen bottles help keep the other waters cold! Of course the Disney parks sell bottled water, which costs over $3 a bottle.
A cooler works if you choose to use a cooler rather than a backpack. Whatever, you use is up to you. The backpack works for us.
4. Wear comfortable fitting shoes
I thought I brought comfortable shoes with me. I was so excited because I love my shoes. However, I had to size down with the type of shoes I bought. My shoes are specifically made for walking and being comfortable all day and light on your feet! After the first day of walking, I realized that my toes were hurting so badly! As the week went on, my toes hurt even more from the walking.
Eventually, I ended up with bruises on both big toes (under the nails). Even a few weeks later, my toes are still bruised, so I haven’t worn sandals.
5. Visit in the afternoon/evening to avoid the morning crowds and the hot weather
On day one of our visit, we walked over 10 miles at Epcot. Day two, we went to Magic Kingdom and walked over 7 miles. I believe it took a few hours to even get into the parks. The morning crowds of waiting in the parking lot, wait in line for the monorail, waiting in line for security/entrance of the park took a good two hours or more!
After two full days of walking around the Disney Parks, and experiencing the early morning crowds of trying to get into the parks, we wanted to try something different.
On the second day, we decided to visit the park in the morning for a few hours and then return in the early evening.
By the third day, we decided we wanted to avoid the morning crowds. Instead, we leave in the early afternoon or evening when the weather was a little better and there wasn’t a crowd to get into the parks.
I learned a lot from this vacation! Next time I hope to be even more prepared for the weather! I hate that I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was but I am more thankful for the memories that we made! We had so much fun on our vacation!
You will find what works for you and your family!
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