Water is your best friend on a theme park visit
Spending a few days in Central Florida last week reminded me how crucial water is to enjoying a theme park vacation.
Water not only helps keep you cool, it protects your skin from damage in the sun. Best of all, it's cheap - even free. Every family visiting a theme park this summer should make water a part of its vacation strategy.
Here are some tips for how you can use water to help you have a more enjoyable theme park vacation.
Start drinking extra water two days before your trip
If you wait until you are thirsty to start drinking, you're already too late. Your body needs to be well-hydrated before you start your theme park day. Drinking extra water a couple days before your visit with help your body to "store up" and get in balance with its water needs.
Select a water bottle to bring to the park
All parks will allow you to bring a water bottle inside the gates. Having your own, resealable water bottle not only saves waste, it allow you to have water whenever and wherever to need it in the park. I use a Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle, because it doesn't affect the taste of water as reusable plastic bottles sometimes can. (See our previous article on packing a backpack or sack for a theme park trip for more tips.)
Fill your bottle with ice on the morning of your trip
The ice melts, giving you a supply of fresh, cold water in the morning before you get to a soda cell or fountain to refill later in the day.
Take advantage of free refills
I've not yet found anyone in a theme park who denied me a chance to refill my water bottle. Some parks, such as Dollywood, take the initiative in pushing free water at their guests on hot days. But any park will allow you to refill at a public soda cell, or a water fountain. If a park's soda fountains are located behind the counter, many park employees still will refill your bottle, if you ask nicely. (Not all, though, so don't get upset if someone says no. Just try elsewhere.)
Drink water with every meal
This is great cost-saving advice for anyone past their teen years. (If you're younger than that, drink milk.) You don't need the calories, caffeine, sweetener (real or fake), or expense of soft drinks, juices, slushies or other sweet drinks. Water will do fine.
You especially don't need the extra expense, dehydrating effect, or brain-numbing of alcohol. If you drink, save it for home or hotel, after your day in the park.
Drink water at least once in between each meal
That means at least once between breakfast and lunch, at least once (ideally two or three times, if it's a hot or sunny day) between lunch and dinner, and at least once more after dinner. Keeping your water intake up throughout the day will not only prevent dehydration, it also helps you to prevent heat exhaustion and even sunburn. But getting all those free refills won't help you if you don't drink it.
Again, don't wait until you are thirsty. Schedule water into your day, and don't forget. By carrying your own bottles, you won't need to take time away from anything else on your schedule to enjoy your water breaks.
Drinking water throughout the day also helps keep tummies full, cutting down on requests for expensive mid-day snacks.
Something that keeps you healthy, happy and saves you money, too? What's not to like? So make water an essential part of your theme park vacation plans this summer.
Good tips. We usually buy a 20 or 24 pack of bottled waters at a nearby supermarket the day we arrive to So Cal or Orlando for our vacation. Freeze them overnight in the hotel fridge and they are good to go the next morning. Just came back from Orlando two days ago, had a blast, but boy is that water nasty. Water in Mexico tastes better than whatever they have overthere. Don't expect to visit Orlando and use the drinking fountains in the parks, it's especially important there to stop by a Publix,CVS,etc. and buy bottled water to take to the parks.
I find unfiltered tap water in Orlando to have an off, sulphur flavor. A filter takes care of that (bottles with filters are easy to find in places such as REI), or you can get water from a soda fountain/cell, or bottled water.
IT is important to stay hydrated. Soem parks do in fact do that. Lake compounce does the same but free sodas all day to
drinking Orlando ground water will make you a "sexual Tyranosaurous"
So before you get the "I don't like to carry stuff argument".
By the way it was me (Francisco) with the questions, and yes that Orlando water does seem to have a particular taste about it.
Luis, is that a fancy way of saying Orlando water sucks? Cause it does. Can't stand it. Stock up on plenty of filtered water before you leave, and make sure your resort room has a fridge to keep things nice and cold!
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Robert's is excellent advise. I have to admit to not making sure that my body is well hydrated in advance of my trip so that's something I'm going to make sure I do in future.
We go to Renaissance Festivals often, and every one has several pickle stands where you can buy big, ice-cold dill pickles. They're packed with water, and the minerals in the pickling juice help to replace those you lose in sweat. It's believed that the sweeter the pickle tastes, the more dehydrated you are and the more you need it. I wonder why theme parks haven't caught on to that?
Beer is made with Water!!
Just got back from seven days at the WDW parks. I'll tell you, there is no way I could survive DAK or DHS without a couple of beers in the early afternoon.
Good advice. I gave up soda about 4 months ago for health reasons. As a result, I save a ton of money at restaurants. All restaurants will give you a glass of water for no charge.
Francisco, I usually bring a small back pack with me. It's just a really light backpack that I can fit a bottle in and maybe a couple other things, phone, wallet, etc. One of those back packs that are just a cloth bag with strings you pull to close it and wear it. I like to wear light shorts when I'm out in the heat at a theme park, like basketball/tennis shorts or something like that with little to no pockets, so I don't usually have space to keep a lot of stuff in my pockets. Some water bottles come with carabiners that you can attach to your backpack strap if you're worried about your phone getting wet from the water bottle. If I'm getting on a ride I'll throw my pack in a locker to keep my things safe. It's usually like $1 or so. At Disney you don't really have to worry about lockers too much as you can bring a small back pack on just about every ride. Might want a locker for a water ride though.
I love water! I always bring a frozen water bottle with me whenever I go out to the parks.
We buy packs of bottled water and freeze them overnight. Works great. I agree that Florida water tastes bad though. Even the fountain pop tastes like it. I am sure you get used to it after a while though.
Thanks for the tips. However, as a medical professional, I disagree with the first tip. Drinking extra water does not serve a purpose. It will only make your kidneys excrete more fluid once the additional water gets into your circulation. It is only useful if you like to visit your home bathroom more...
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