How to Beat the Heat at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Disneyland can get hot. In fact, during the summer it is not usual for temperatures to be in the nineties or low hundreds. Many Disney Guests aren’t ready to be in this heat. 

An insulated water bottle is a must. 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 will stay cold.

Stick to rides that are indoors or have shaded or indoor queues. Space Mountain is a great example. The outside queue provides shade and when you are inside its air-conditioned. Star Tours provides no outdoors shade but the inside queue is air-conditioned. Star Wars Path of the Jedi is in a dark and air-conditioned theatre to watch Star Wars clips.

The Indiana Jones queue is half indoors, and half outdoors. If you will wait, to go on Splash Mountain, the Queue is mostly inside. Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin line is indoors. Pirates of the Caribbean line is inside for most of the wait, this one of the longest and coldest rides.

Over at DCA Soarin’ has an indoor and outdoors queue, and they have misters outside. Radiator Springs Racers queue is outdoors, at the end of the line has misters. Most of the Monsters Inc. line is indoors and has air-conditioning.

The Pixar Play Parade is another way to cool off the characters will squirt you with water. 

Restaurants are some of the best places to cool down. Several quick service restaurants have indoor seating. Bengal Barbecue has added indoor seating. The Red 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 and Flo’s Cafe in California Adventure offers indoor seating.

Critter Country is small but the Hungry Bear has shaded seating. Since the Rivers of America has reopened the view is fantastic.

Cold Drinks can make a huge difference in your comfort level. Disney provides many places to get a cold drink. Because the menus change from check with Disney Dining on the app or online before visiting.

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I love the Strawberry Margaritas at Rita’s Baja Blenders at the Pacific Wharf in DCA. Disneyland has many Frozen Lemonade Carts throughout both parks. You can also try a Dole Whip or a Dole Whip Float at the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Some character meets and greets will be inside. The Royal Hall line is not air-conditioned, but has fans. Meet Chewbacca and Darth Vader in Star Wars Launch Bay the air is always on. You can meet Mickey Mouse at his house in Toontown. If you want to see Anna and Elsa, they are receiving guests at the animation Academy indoors.

Fill an insulated bag with wet kitchen sponges those are an excellent way to cool down.

Buy a handheld fans they fold up and be stored in your pocket or purse.

Babies and Children can cool off at the baby care center on Main Street in Disneyland. Or at the Pacific Wharf in California Adventure. Your child can sit and eat in air-conditioning. There’s a microwave and filtered water. Kids can decompress. You will find real changing tables and a child toilet and a little sink.

Know where to go. 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 it’s air conditioned. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street or the Main Street Cinema is dark and empty.

Mickey and the Magical Map that is a shaded outdoor show at Fantasyland.

I tell everyone to visit is the enchanted Tiki room. Not for the Dole Whips either. The Enchanted Tiki Room is always air conditioned. 

If getting wet does not bother you, go on Splash Mountain. Ride as a single rider, through the exit to bypass the long lines.

There is a shaded seating area behind Edelweiss Snacks. Characters stop by from time to time. 

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An overlooked place rest is at The Silly Symphony Swings. The ground level has fans and benches.

In California Adventure the Disney Junior dance party is air-conditioned. 

The Frozen show at the Hyperion is about an hour. One hour of air conditioning you cannot beat that.

The Animation Academy is fun for all ages; Mickeys Sorcerer Workshop is a great place to explore. I love the Beasts Library or relax in the lobby or take the animation class. Turtle Talk with Crush is fun.

Grizzly River Run is a water ride and has a single rider line and offers FastPasses. Stand on the bridge near the drop and you can get soaked.

It is crucial to take good care of yourself drink plenty of water. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every few hours.

Ride the train or Monorail 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.

Don’t suffer if you are hot. Ask Cast Member where are the air-conditioned shows, and character meet ups are.

If you have questions, please ask in the comments below.

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