14 July 2011

Travel Tips Thursday: Staying Cool at Walt Disney World

During the hot summer months in Florida you need to stay hydrated and cool. There are some great attractions to get away from the heat and cool down. Here are some frosty, long attractions to do that.
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom:
  • Country Bear Jamboree - This Audio-Animatronic show with singing and dancing bears is 15 minutes long.
  • The Hall of Presidents - A theater show featuring all 44 Presidents is 23 minutes long in a dark theater.
  • Mickey's Philharmagic - This 3D show takes place in a theater and waiting takes place inside.
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress - Starting at the turn of the 20th century this attraction lasts 22 minutes.
  • Monster Inc. Laugh Floor - With indoor waiting area and a 12 minute entertaining show, this is a fun way to cool down.
Epcot
Epcot:
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure - With a 8 minute pre-show and 37 minute ride, this gives you 45 minutes to cool down.
  • Mission Space - Offering two levels of thrill, this attraction starts it's line inside before an 8 minute pre-show and 5 minute ride.
  • Living with the Land - Just one of the attractions located inside The Land Pavilion offers a 13 minute ride.
  • Soarin' - Only a 5 minute ride but with the long wait, even when using a FastPass, you'll be in at this attraction for a least 25 minutes.
  • Captain EO - The return of this classic 3D show featuring Michael Jackson has roughly a 10 minute pre-show and 17 minute show.
  • The American Adventure - Take a patriot tour of United States history for a 30 minute show and a 15 minute pre-show featuring "Voices of Liberty".
  • Impressions de France - See the beauty of the French countryside, villages and cities with on a widescreen for 18 minutes. The waiting area for this attraction is located indoors.
  • O Canada - A 14 minute Circle-Vision show featuring the most breath-taking regions of Canada, with narrator Martin Short.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios:
  • American Idol Experience - Take part in Disney's take on this popular singing show for 25 minutes in a cool, air-conditioned theater.
  • Muppet Vision 3D - This 3D show has a 15 minute pre-show and 17 minute show.
  • The Magic of Disney Animation - Catch the show that tells you how animators develop some of your favorite Disney character. Afterwards get your picture taken with Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey, The Incredibles and more. Then hop in line to draw one of your favorite characters (20 minute drawing class). You could easily spend a couple of hours in here.
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage - If you have small children this is the perfect place to take a 20 minute break.
  • The Great Movie Ride - With waiting area located inside and 21 minute ride time this is another great cooling stop.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom:
  • Festival of the Lion King - Located in Camp Minnie-Mickey this 30 minute show is a very entertaining way to get out of the sun.
  • Rafiki's Planet Watch - Take the Wildlife Express Train out to this area and check out the animals, watch the short films, listen to the rainforest and meet a couple of special characters. You can spend as much time here as you'd like before heading back out.
  • Finding Nemo The Musical - 30 minutes theatrical puppetry sure to entertain Finding Nemo fans. Note: The line does get long and is located outside.
  • Kali River Rapids - This roaring rapids ride is only 5 minutes long but you will get wet, if not soaked. If you feel like getting wet to cool down, don't miss it.
These are some of the longest attractions to cool down in. So how do you cool down when visiting Walt Disney World? Do you grab a bite to eat, spend time shopping or taking in any of these attractions?


1 comment:

  1. We stay cool by poking around the shops. Then again, we also tend to avoid the parks during summer and opt for the resort pool instead. I certainly make use of the free water from counter services during summer!

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