Aaaah…….heat and humidity. Those of us who live in colder climates REALLY enjoy some time away to some place that has HEAT! But, after so much time in that heat AND humidity in Florida, we all need a break from it. Especially in Florida from March through mid October. We need some cool, DRY air. The Florida humidity is a force to be reckoned with. A quick fix of walking in a store does not quite cut it. You need some time to cool down your body enough so that you can trek on with your day around the parks in the heat. Here are some of the best places to do that.
PhilharMagic, Magic Kingdom
Again, who would not want to sit in an air conditioned theater?! You get to sit and enjoy the air conditioning to cool everyone down and be entertained. It does not get any better than that!
There can be a rather long wait, but you wait inside for most of the wait in an air conditioned building! This allows the body to cool for a long time and you end with a great ride with the wind blowing on your face. By the time you leave, you are ready to face the heat, again.
The Hall of Presidents, Magic Kingdom
“Air Conditioned theater” sums up the reason why this is on the list. Nothing moves except the presidents on the stage. Take this opportunity to appreciate the great technology and learn something new about this great country’s history or just a refresher course for you and your vacation party. The lights go down so you may be lucky to have your little ones fall asleep further rejuvenating them for the rest of your day, as well.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Magic Kingdom
Overflow of lines could be outside, but it’s usually not that long. Walk in to an air conditioned waiting room where you can text jokes that could be used in the show. Once the doors open, walk all the way across the aisles to fill up all the seats, sit down and enjoy the show in the air conditioning.
It’s Tough To Be A Bug, Animal Kingdom
Walk into a large area that almost feels like you are walking into a basement. What happens when you walk into a basement? It is cooler! Then, go in and sit down and enjoy the show in the air conditioned theater. Great way to cool down and rest your tired feet and be entertained at the same time!
Dinosaur, Animal Kingdom
Normally, standing in line outside does happen, but it is not for long. There is PLENTY of room inside in the air conditioning. Worst case scenario, you stand outside for a time, but the majority of the line is inside allowing you to cool down for a significant time while you are out of the sun. The fun ride whips you around causing an air stream through your hair. Cool down and end with a great ride. That is my kinda ride!
Toy Story Midway Mania, Hollywood Studios
The majority of the line is indoors and is actually fun to explore while you wait. This arcade-style ride is unique, which is why it is so popular year-round!
Test Track, Epcot
You have the ability to wait inside in the air conditioned line to get to the ride for the most part. There could be some days where it is so busy that the line continues outside. But, ultimately, you have enough time to wait inside and be in the car long enough to cool down. Plus, with the 65 MPH ride at the end, even though it is outdoors, the wind is sure to end the ride on a cooler-than-you- were moment.
Kali River Rapids, Animal Kingdom
While this is strictly an outdoor ride, getting “buckets of water” dumped on your head is a great, quick-fix to cool anyone down. Aside from jumping in a pool, this is the next best thing. It is definitely not a slow way to cool down, but it is a fun way to cool down fast.
Spaceship Earth, Epcot
While the line does stay outside, it is all in the shade. Once you are inside and board the ride, you take a nice, slow ride through (air conditioned) Spaceship Earth. It is a great ride not just to cool down, but also to rest and slow down in order to rejuvenate yourself.
Carousel Of Progress
While the entire wait to get in is outside, you have quite a long time to be seated in an air conditioned building to sit and cool down. Some people will sit in the back and nap. Talk about a great way to cool down and rejuvenate! Of course, this attraction is a classic so you really want to try to stay awake for it and take advantage of the big bulk of time you have to cool down while enjoying the view.
The American Adventure, Epcot
Take your seat in the air conditioned stately Colonial theater and meet Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, who are your guides on this trip through time.
In this dramatic production featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, digital rear-projection images on a 72-foot screen and stirring patriotic songs, you will watch firsthand as America’s story unfolds.
Witness landmark events like landing of the Mayflower, the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the Great Depression all while you cool down and rest before going back out into the humid, hot weather.