The air sizzles with unrelenting heat. Sweat pours down your face within seconds of stepping into the heavy, humid air. Minutes turn to hours under the scorching sun, your surroundings blur in a heat-induced haze, and it feels like years since your last sip of cool water. Think you’re in the desert? Nope! You’re just braving the summer temperatures in Walt Disney World. But don’t worry, you’ll survive, and it’s truly not as bad as it seems. There are tons of fun ways to keep your cool during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World: Encompassing over 120-acres, you will have to walk outside to move around Walt Disney World’s premier shopping and eating district, but there are lots of places to duck in out of the heat. Soak up the air conditioning while shopping for the freshest Disney merchandise at the newly reimagined World of Disney. At over 50,000 square-feet, World of Disney is the largest Disney Store. Since the completion of the renovations in 2018, the store features an open shopping environment, making it easier than ever to move around the store filling up your shopping basket.

If you’re not in the mood to shop but to snack, make sure to check out Goofy’s Candy Company where you can create your own specialty apple, crisped rice treat, topped marshmallow, or topped gingerbread cookie! Or, my favorite, The Polite Pig, a Florida-inspired BBQ cuisine. I always order the Southern Pig – pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard BBQ and Duke’s mayo served with a pickle spear for $12. Of course, can’t forget those BBQ waffle fries with Polite rub for $6.

This is only the a very small sampling of all there is to do and enjoy at Disney Springs! Click on this link https://www.disneysprings.com/sitemap to see a list of all the dinning, stores, activities, and other entertainment options available.

Walt Disney World Resorts: Looking for something a little more relaxing but filled with Disney pixie dust? Head on over to one of the many exciting Walt Disney World Resorts. I can not say it enough – I love the resort lobbies! Not only is each lobby exceptionally unique and full of rich details, but they are home to tons of activities. Some of the highlights include; The Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge offer free guided tours that explore the lobby’s art and architecture, the value resort lobbies (All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, All-Star Movies, Pop Century, and Art of Animation) often feature make your own Mickey Mouse tie-dye shirt, Art of Animation Resort offers free “how-to” drawing lessons, and the Disney Vacation Club Resorts are always hopping with activities.

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If you would rather relax than bounce from activity to activity, the lobbies are wonderful places to grab a comfy seat to people watch, catch up on postcards, or just enjoy a cold beverage and air conditioning.

Senses – A Disney Spa: Located at The Grand Floridian Resort and Saratoga Springs Resort, Senses is a full-service spa and health club offering an array of treatments. Guests can create their own package or choose from a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, and mani-pedis. (The full spa menu can be viewed here https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/spas/senses/.)  An outside walk is required to get to The Grand Floridian Resort’s spa. However, you walk down a path you might have otherwise ignored and get a chance to see the famous Wedding Pavilion.  As for the Senses at Saratoga Springs Resort, it is located just outside the doors of The Artist’s Palette.

Just because the weather may border on scorching desert heat does not mean it is a bad time to visit Walt Disney World.  The Disney magic and pixie dust can be found throughout the property, including indoors and in the air conditioning!

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(Photo from the collection of Kathy Wicks.)

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