How to stay cool at theme parks during heat warnings
We've got an "excessive heat warning" throughout Southern California today and tomorrow, with temperatures well over 100 degrees in much of the metro area.
That means an exceptionally hot day for folks visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios or any of the other theme parks in the area.
So I'd like to remind everyone to follow our advice for staying safe at theme parks, which includes some excellent advice on staying cool.
Adding to that, I'd like to remind everyone to choose indoor attractions and restaurants whenever possible, to give you extra moments to cool down. Usually, I'm not a huge fan of going in and out of the heat; I find that temperature consistency helps me feel more comfortable. But when the air is *this* hot, you need relief.
Also, on days like these it is especially important to take our long-standing advice to arrive at the park early - when it opens - then ditch in the middle of the day if you can, and return later in the evening. We give that advice as strategy to avoid the longest lines in the parks, but it also provides a great way for you to avoid the worst of the mid-day heat.
If you choose to take a break with a swim or visit to a water park, remember that the sun's rays can get you underwater, too. Keep that sunscreen on throughout the day.
Finally, here's my rule for strollers (and cars, if you can manage it): *Always* park in the shade.
So, please, stay safe, stay cool, and enjoy your day at your favorite theme park. Additional tips welcomed, in the comments.
I always take a spray bottle for my kids that are stroller bound. Little kids usually aren't tall enough to ride the water rides and they get hot. A couple of sprays and they are much happier
There would be considerably fewer calls for assistance at the parks if people drank enough water. Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated. I cannot stress this enough.
My grandson Zachary and I always drink water everytime we see a fountain. They're usually by bathrooms, so we always go there too because you never know how long your going to have to wait in line for a ride.
Water, water, water. I'm always tempted to get one of those souvenir refillable bottles, but I know I'd just fill it with pop to get my money's worth. If I don't bring my own bottles, I ask for the complimentary cups at a stand or use the fountains in front of the washrooms.
Avoid to drink red wine when it's very hot; I once did it at Epcot's food and wine festival, and I felt dehidrated.
I am a big fan of complementary glasses of water that most theme parks hand out any place that they have a soda fountain.
YES! Water water water! Although watered down Gatorade or other sports drinks aren't the worst.
I wear darker colours, as a matter of fact, to look presentable. Not good, presentable. There's nothing nastier than standing in line next to somebody whose light shirt is marked with patches of yellow or brown sweat stains.
One of my pet peeves about amusement parks is that the water fountains are usually room temperature or warmer. There are a few exceptions...there's a couple of really cold ones at Cedar Point. And although Dorney is an offender, the fountain outside the bathroom by the race cars and Thunderhawk is good. Mostly I'm getting ice water courtesy cups at the concession stands.
1. H2O is your friend. It's okay to OD on it
Yes, bikinis are presentable and light. But, uh, guys - keep the shirts on.
A small suggestion regarding all the water recommendations... last year when we visited WDW, my boyfriend and I did take advantage of the free cups of water, but we also carried individual packets of Kool-Aid for his son, and Crystal Light for us. Adding a little flavor helped us convince his son (and ourselves) to drink all the water our bodies needed!
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