Magic Kingdom is the happiest place on Earth regardless of the weather, but we can probably all agree that Orlando summers are particularly rough. A summer day in the park usually involves dense crowds, plenty of standing in the sun, and a lot of sweating. It’s very important that you not only hydrate frequently but also take cool off breaks.
We’ve listed some of our favorite spots to catch some AC and recuperate below:
Hall of Presidents – This is for when you REALLY need a rest. The chairs are comfy, the air is nice and cool, and the show lasts 25 minutes. Essentially, this is the nap room of Magic Kingdom. By the time we leave Hall of Presidents, we always feel completely refreshed and ready go!
Carousel of Progress – Similar to Hall of Presidents, this show is another 20-minute refresher in an air conditioned theater. You can find Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland!
Mickey’s Philharmonic – Ok nappers, this one is not for you. I love Mickey’s Philharmonic but it is LOUD! It’s a 12-minute show that takes you through some of your favorite classics, such as “Be Our Guest” and “A Whole New World.” The wait might be a little longer than some of the other options, but it’s indoors and air conditioned, as well.
Pirates of the Caribbean – Pirates is such a crowd favorite (despite removal of the wench scene). The line is mostly covered but still hot, so you have to wait until you’re close to the water to really cool off.
Space Mountain – It’s dark, completely inside, and very cool! Not to mention it’s one of the most fun rides in the Kingdom.
Haunted Mansion – I hesitate to put this on the list because almost the entire line is outside and really dang hot. But the ride itself is indoors and so worth the wait!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – This is one of my all-time favorites! It’s refreshing, interactive and a competition. The goal of this ride is to hit the targets as many times as you can with your laser gun, trying to out-score your partner. (I always win.)
Under the Sea – Hop in a clam and speed through the story of the Little Mermaid. This ride is relaxing and nostalgic!
Don't forget, Main Street has shops galore. These are great for taking quick breaks from the heat. Another great option is to schedule dining reservations for the hottest time of the day. You can relax inside over a late lunch!
Where's your favorite spot to cool off in MK during the summer? Comment below and let us know!