This is the beginning of a series of articles to help those Tri-state area residents who have never been to Walt Disney World plan their vacation like a seasoned veteran. The articles will be packed with tips and secrets to a smooth vacation planning experience. If you have questions or wish to suggest a topic to be covered in this series, email Jessica at [email protected]
Living in the Philadelphia area, people are used to having seasons, meaning hot summers and cold winters. People also have assumptions about other places’ weather, such as Florida is supposed to be warm and tropical every day of the year. Believe it or not, this is not entirely true (Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble).
While Florida is a warmer climate, people are not always walking around in tank tops in December. In fact, people have been known to wear jeans and even sweatshirts while walking around the parks in the winter. According to the Birnbaum Walt Disney World Guidebook, the official guidebook, the temperature could dip into the low 50’s in the winter months. While this may not always be the case, if you are planning to go to Walt Disney World in the winter months, it is better to come prepared with a pair of pants and a light jacket.
When it comes to vacationing in the summer months, the heat is no “phantasy”. There can be days in July and August especially that reach indexes of over 100 degrees. The best tips for these months; pack light clothes, take breaks inside for some air conditioning and drink plenty of water. Quick Service restaurants will give cups of water for free to guests, so if you don’t mind drinking the Florida tap water, take advantage of this when you can.
One more weather tip for the spring and summer times in Florida; do not be afraid to get a little wet. On most days, there will be an afternoon rain storm. Early afternoon the clouds will start to roll in and before you know it, down comes the water. Many inexperience guests will flee for the gates, fearing their afternoon of attraction seeking to be ruined. What the seasoned Florida vacationer know that amateurs do not is that these storms will last around 20 minutes, paving the way for beautiful blue skies and slightly shorter attraction lines. So when you are in the parks and a rain shower hits, do not be alarmed, just grab a bite to eat, browse in some stores or catch a show; chances are you will emerge to clearing skies and short waits to some popular attractions.