How to Beat The So Cal Heat At Disneyland
In Southern California, it feels like summer goes on forever. Until early October it is hot.
I see people unprepared for the heat. Heat can make anyone miserable, so here are some tips for staying cool during the summer at Disneyland.
An insulated water bottle is a must on a hot day. Having an insulated water bottle means, you can go to any quick service restaurant ask for a water cup. You can refill your water bottle throughout the day, and it will stay cold.
Stick to rides that are indoors or have mostly indoor queues. Space Mountain is a good example of this most of the outside line is shaded and when you are inside its air-conditioned. There is no shade on the outside of Star Tours, but the inside queue is air-conditioned. Star Wars Path of the Jedi is in a dark and cool theatre to watch Star Wars clips.
The Indiana Jones queue is half indoors, and half outdoors. If you are willing to wait, to go on Splash Mountain, the Queue is mostly inside. Rodger Rabbits Cartoon Spin line is indoors as well. Pirates of the Caribbean line inside for some of the wait, this one of the longest and cooler rides.
Over at DCA Soarin' has a mainly indoors queue, and they have misters outside. Radiator Springs Racers queue is outside, at the end of the line, there are misters. Most of the Monsters Inc. line is indoors, and it is air-conditioned. The Pixar Play Parade is another way to cool off the character will squirt you with water.
If you do not want to chow down at any of the table service restaurants, many of the quick service restaurants do have indoor seating. Bengal Barbecue added indoor seating recently. The Rose Tavern has indoor seating. The Golden Horseshoe is indoors and has live entertainment and Ice Cream. Pizza Port has indoor seating. Smoke Jumper's grill in California Adventure offers indoor dining; it usually fills up quickly. Flo’s Cafe has indoor seating.
Most people don't eat at The Hungry Bear restaurant, I think is the most shaded and the easiest to find seating. Since the Rivers of America has reopened, the view is fantastic.
Some character meets and greets will be inside. The Royal Hall line it's not air-conditioned, but there are fans. Meet Chewbacca and Darth Vader in Star Wars Launch Bay the air is always on there. You can meet Mickey Mouse at his house in Toontown. If you want to meet Anna and Elsa, they are meeting guests at the animation Academy indoors.
Fill an insulated bag with wet kitchen sponges those are an excellent way to cool down quickly.
Buy some handheld fans. They fold up you can store it in your pocket or purse.
Take small children to the baby care center. There's one located on Main Street in Disneyland, and at the Pacific Wharf in California Adventure. Your child can sit and eat where it's air-conditioned. There's a microwave, and there's filtered water. Kids can decompress. You will find real changing tables and a child toilet and a little sink.
You won't be outside all day if you know where to go in the parks. There's plenty to do indoors. For example, at Disneyland, you can go to Star Wars Launch Bay where it’s air-conditioned.
Check out the Disney Gallery and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street. Main Street Cinema is dark and usually empty.
Mickey and the Magical Map that is a shaded outdoor show at Fantasyland.
The place to be when it is hot is the enchanted Tiki room, and it is not for the Dole Whips. It is always cold in there, even in the summer.
If getting wet does not bother you, go on Splash Mountain. If you do not mind riding by yourself, go as a single rider, go through the exit to get on the ride much faster.
There is a shaded seating area behind Edelweiss Snacks. Characters do stop by from time to time.
An overlooked place to chill out pardon the pun is at The Silly Symphony Swings. The ground level has fans and benches.
In California Adventure if you have kids to go to the Disney Junior, dance party. It is air-conditioned. The Frozen show at the Hyperion is about an hour.
The Animation Academy is fun for all ages; Mickeys Sorcerer Workshop is a great place to explore. I love the Beasts Library. You could relax in the lobby or take the animation class. Turtle Talk with Crush is fun.
Grizzly River Run a water ride has a single rider line and offers fast passes. You do not have to go on the ride to get wet, just stand on the bridge near the drop.
Go over to Princess Dots Puddle Park in Bug's Land, which is highly underrated.
Bugs Land has kid rides, and the wait times are usually 10 minutes or less. It's Tough to be a Bug show is another place to find shade.
It is important when it is hot to take good care of yourself. Make sure to drink plenty of water.
Bring sunscreen and apply it frequently.
Ride the train or Monorail just to take a rest and watch the scenery. On the monorail, you could disembark at Downtown Disney and stop by Trader Sam's for a tropical drink on a hot day.
There are many places to go when it is hot. Just ask Cast Member where are the air conditioned shows, and character meet ups are.