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Disney changes their mask guidelines!!

Managing Masks, Heat and your Disney World Vacation

By Heather Malo

Walt Disney World has announced face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas!

And just in time for summer too! This comes just as we are starting to see those temps rise along with the demand for vacations at Disney World Orlando. Disney has become the hottest ticket around (both literally and figuratively)!

I know, I know… there is one huge problem with Florida in the summer:



I lived in Florida for years, so I understand the sauna-esque life in the Sunshine State.

Florida is hot.

Florida in the summer? Well, that’s standing on the sun hot.


OK, maybe not quite that bad, but still… pretty hot.

And now that we have face masks to consider? Well, things get a little more complex.

There are ways to manage the heat at Disney World in the summer months. I mean, people have been living (and continue to move to Florida) despite the heat for years. If they can do it, you can too. Especially if you employ a few of these tips!


If there’s one thing I’ve figured out this year… the only time masks have been really convenient, is when we went tubing in the mountains and it was 24 degrees. In Florida humidity, they can be problematic. Disney World just updated their guidelines on masks and those guidelines state that you don’t have to wear a facial covering in outdoor settings. You do have to wear one in lines, stores and restaurants… but when walking around the park or resorts, masks are no longer mandatory.


Let’s be honest, that’s a tremendous win.

But for the times when you're standing in line for an attraction… you want lightweight, breathable masks. I prefer the blue surgical ones once the heat sets in.

Another tip… take multiple masks. Changing out your disposable masks is helpful… even refreshing, if that makes sense.

Take gum or breath mints… there is nothing worse than that mucky feeling of your own breath hitting you in the face. Gum and breath mints help keep things on the fresh side. Some people even prefer a dab of essential oil on their masks to help (I would use peppermint for its cooling qualities).

Start Early

Yeah, I know it’s vacation. I understand wanting to sleep in, but sleeping in is for Winter at Disney World. Not Summer. To beat the heat, you need to get yourself and your entourage up early. That means setting an alarm, baths the night before, laying out the days’ clothes ahead of time and generally acting like a drill sergeant. Hopefully the excitement of a day at Walt Disney World will be enough to entice even the grumpiest of early risers!



Sure, you run the risk of hitting that souvenir budget early, but twenty minutes inside a store on Main Street USA will cool everyone’s tempers. Instead of walking down Main Street to your next ride, check out the amazing shops to find the perfect take home gifts. Your shopping spree will make those sun baking spurts more manageable and treating these stores as part of the overall experience can help you savor your day… and save your sweat glands.


Get yourself back to the Hotel

This one may be easier for those staying on property, but Disney resorts are renowned for their pools. Take advantage of being close enough for a solid mid-day break and head back to the hotel for a cooling swim, lunch and (fingers crossed) a nap. Giving your body plenty of time to cool off will make going back to the parks later much easier. Consider returning after 5 pm, when many guests will have had it with the heat and be leaving for the day.


Table Service Lunches

A lot of families save those table service meals for dinner or breakfast, but during the hottest part of the year, taking an hour for lunch in an air-conditioned environment is a downright treat. Save the quick service for your early and late meals and dive into crisp AC for a lunch time break. The reprieve will be refreshing and well-enjoyed… and you can tack on a few more minutes of chill by ordering a sweet treat from the dessert menu.


Plan, plan and plan some more

This one will take some thought and planning but could be well worth it if it’s a scorcher. Most rides, not all, but a good many, are either fully enclosed in a building or have standby lines that weave through an air-conditioned waiting maze. Plan your day out so every other ride is chock full of AC. Take the Magic Kingdom, for example: hit up Jungle Cruise (all outside) then follow it up with Pirates of the Caribbean (mostly inside) then ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin (all outside) and stroll over to Haunted Mansion (half outside/half inside).


The Give Ins

Past all these tricks, there’s a host of other things to do like drinking lots of water (Disney provides free filtered ice water at any location that has sodas), wearable misting devices (kids LOVE these), wicking fabric clothes, hats, personal fans and cooling neck wraps.

Most likely your best solution will be a combination of all these tricks. There’s no right answer for everyone. The point is, Summer trips to Disney, if you want a low crowd visit, are entirely manageable if you plan accordingly.

Have more questions on how to beat the heat or book your Summer Disney World trip?

Questions? Need help planning your next Disney vacation? Check out our previous blog posts on or fill out our Trip Request form and one of our wonderful agents will be in touch! We’re here and ready to help you plan!

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