This was the hottest day in Disney theme park history

July 6, 2018, 7:25 PM · The temperature is 113F in Anaheim right now, which appears to be an all-time high record for the city... as well as the hottest temperature ever recorded in a Disney theme park.

A Web search revealed all-time high temps in Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong all were lower than the 113 currently felt in Anaheim — without getting into whatever the highest temperatures recorded when their parks were open have been.

And as if the scorching weather were not enough, Disney Parks' apps and websites went down today, too. That meant limited information about wait times, no mobile ordering, and limits on Fastpass at Walt Disney World and Disneyland... and no Maxpass at Disneyland.

The combination of the weather and the IT failed helped clear the park in Anaheim, so much so that the longest wait in the park by mid-afternoon appeared to be for the people queuing for Maxpass refunds. (Pause to note the irony there.)

Disneyland closed several all-outdoor attractions in the heat, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. But when Mission Breakout is a walk-on, the parks are pretty empty anyway.

Were you at a Disney theme park today? How did you handle the weather or the system downtimes?

Replies (26)

July 6, 2018 at 8:57 PM

Princess Dot Puddle Park was like a resurrection for us at DCA. First show Frozen was cancelled today due to technical difficulties - after delaying it 40 minutes. We all probably drank 2 gallons of water each.

July 6, 2018 at 9:27 PM

I was here, hot as heck, but still had a great time!

July 6, 2018 at 9:36 PM

I am currently there and I can believe it was the hottest day ever recorded ????

July 6, 2018 at 9:44 PM

I drank a lot of water and wished that I could get a beer.

July 6, 2018 at 10:10 PM

I love Disney as much as anyone but even I would be sticking to my hotel rather than brave short wait lines walking in this heat.

July 6, 2018 at 10:16 PM

Went to DHS tonight and it was packed, as you'd expect. Rained early in Orlando so we were mid-70s for the entire evening. Slinky Dog Dash went down and we were unable to get our first ride, but I miraculously snagged FP+ for Tuesday on the ride home!

The system was only down for an hour or two and they were still able to redeem FP+, but I would have been FURIOUS if I had paid for MaxPass and had been unable to use it.

July 7, 2018 at 2:12 AM

We were at Disneyland today from 8am to 11pm. We thoroughly enjoyed the mid-afternoon! With the park so empty, we went from indoor ride to indoor ride (Pirates, Indiana Jones, etc) with only 10 minute wait lines, and 5 minutes outdoors between. We ate a great and uncrowded dinner at Blue Bayou at 4pm, mostly to stay out of the heat. Worst part was after dinner, we went to Thunder Mountain expecting a 25 minute wait, when they were suddenly flooded by all the Fast Pass tickets of the afternoon. I think the ride took us 2 hours to get through. Aside from that our day was superb! We had no clue about the IT problems.

July 7, 2018 at 2:15 AM

We were in DCA from around 11am-2pm, then 6pm-10pm. Leaving in the afternoon, about every minute another ambulance would rush by, lots of people were being attended to by paramedics. The ground was the worst part, it held and radiated so much heat it became more unbearable than the sun beating down on your bare skin. Leaving the park at closing, temps were still well above 90° but more bearable. I wasn’t too bothered by the Maxpass being down. Most I book a few FP while I cooled off for a few hours in my hotel, most of them were for rides that remained closed, so when I got to the park, I had 4 ‘multiple experience’ passes that could be used on almost any ride in the park, at any time I wished. That to me was worth more than the $10 price of Maxpass. CMs were extremely helpful during the system interruption, but were very cranky around closing, as could absolutely be expected in that crazy heat!

July 7, 2018 at 3:15 AM

My shoe bottoms are burned, and my eyelids are sunburnt because that’s what I didn’t put sunblock on. I went on grizzley rapids 5 times today and dried instantaneously each time. All of the workers were dysfunctional (though I understand completely) and were yelling at each other and hiding in groups in the AC. The Disneyland hub was completely empty on this Friday afternoon but the lines were hours long. Despite all this I actually had fun today, but that’s Disney for you.

July 7, 2018 at 8:16 AM

I still find it hard to believe that this was the hottest day for a Disney Park. There had to be a just as hot day at WDW. The sheer statistics of Florida should have allowed it!

July 7, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Living in the southern United States, WDW is about an 18 hour drive. We have purposely never visited WDW in the summer for this very reason. I agree with Anthony. I cannot imagine that it has not been hotter in Florida. Also, when you add the heat index to the equation, that changes it substantially. A few years ago, the Six Flags parks started providing guests with free glasses of water upon request, and I am sure it was due to liability reasons. I can always take the SoCal heat. To quote Hudson from Aliens, "It is a dry Heat!" By the way, it is hotter than hell here today. I think I'll stay in and watch Aliens today, which would make for a fine theme park attraction once Disney gets the rights. They could shoe horn it into Small World.

July 7, 2018 at 11:09 AM

I live about 15 minutes from Disneyland but I do visit WDW every 2 years or so. We just got back from Orlando a few weeks ago. The difference is Orlando is a swamp and SoCal is a desert. So it's not surprising that the hottest temperature recorded is in Anaheim. A quick Google search shows the hottest temp ever recorded in Orlando is 103. SoCal can easily be 100 on a typical summer day. But it is a dry heat. The humidity in Orlando makes it feel hotter. I remember the first time we went to Orlando in the summer (August) and looking at the forecast and seeing it in the 80s and thought, that's not bad. It wasn't til we got there that I realized 80 degrees with high humidity FEELS really hot.

July 7, 2018 at 11:33 AM

As far as I could find, the all-time record high in Orlando is 103F, on September 08, 1921. Since the parks opened, the high was 101 on July 02, 1998.

Granted, the humidity in Orlando makes it feel much, much worse. But as for official high temperatures in a city with a Disney theme park, I have not found one higher than yesterday's in Anaheim.

July 7, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Great call out on humidity impact to temperature. It can top 100 most of the summer here in Orlando but may not officially be warmer than 90. #WXgeek

July 7, 2018 at 4:03 PM

I’ve lived in Orlando since 2002 and not once has the actual temps been over 100 (38C). Almost every day during the summer the heat index will push it over 100 but the actuals are daily 90-95 (32-35C). It’s an unrelenting 90+ for June, July and August, but having lived in MI for 6 years I will take heat over cold any day. ..... and during my time in MI we did hit 100 a couple of times. Sub tropical climates take a lot of getting used to, but my old bones couldn’t survive the cold ever again. .... it was 59 (15C) one day at CP in May and I almost died of frostbite !! .... LOL. I swear I was the only one at the park with a hat, scarf and gloves on.

July 7, 2018 at 4:45 PM

My family are WDW regulars and this was our first visit to “Land”. We thought it ironic that the WDW app is always malfunctioning and Land seems to pride itself on its seamless app, yet the one day we are there it goes down, thanks to a problem in FL. No matter, eventually it was back and the MaxPass is totally worth the price for continual fast pass throughout the day, unlike the WDW fast pass which allows you 3 plus one or two additional at the most. Not to mention the unlimited photo downloads. Yes the cast members got a little cranky but we were all dealing with unusual heat, ppl it was 113 degrees, that is hot regardless of what the humidity is. We know all about Orlando humidity and while that is also very uncomfortable, we felt like we were baking yesterday in the dry heat. Water was offered everywhere and rides did shut down periodically, but by 6:30 or so everything was coming back online. Despite the heat, we still had an awesome time!! Thank you to everyone who went home, meaning 5-10 min waits on so many rides and more fast pass availability. We did Space Mountain 4 times!

July 7, 2018 at 7:15 PM

100 in Anaheim felt like 90 in Orlando. This is what I came home to in SoCal.

July 7, 2018 at 8:22 PM

I’m a Disney Cast Member and I was working that day. It was crazy how empty the park was, it looked like a barren wasteland. And over on Pixar Pier we had a power surge so most of the rides on the west side of California Adventure were down too.

July 7, 2018 at 11:51 PM

We were there for Early Magic Hour at 7am and didn’t leave until Disneyland closed at midnight. No hotel or pool breaks. Made it a mission to push thru. Logged nearly 30,000 steps in the process and the MaxPass app failure ended up working out better for us. We kept going to a guest relations stand to get a FP for whatever we wanted to ride next. Ended up getting way more FPs than we normally would have.

Saw Jack Black and family walking toward Guardians of the Galaxy about 8:30pm as we sat waiting for Paint the Night

July 8, 2018 at 3:09 AM

My son works at Disneyland outdoors in one of the booths and worked during the hottest hours on that day.. I was so angry when he told me what they went through that day. How no managers or anyone came to check on anyone working in the area these outdoor employees were at. They were dying of thirst, they were not allowed to have their “employee water” at their booths due to a recent health inspector telling them it was not allowed. The safety and well-being does not seem to be a concern and this was not the first time. I say he should tell someone in an upper level what is going on but he does’t want to rock the boat. He’s very young and working with Disney has been a dream for him and he wants to be a lifer. Believe me, this is the short version of what went on. Just had to get this off my chest. I have even a worse horror story to tell that I was so fuming mad and thank God, the worst luckily did not happen. I wish these kids had a way of telling their stories without feeling they will be rejected by Disney if they talk.

July 8, 2018 at 10:25 AM

We were originally going to the parks Tues, Th & Friwith a pool day Wed 7/4. After reading the forecast, we decided to go to DCA on Wed and make Fri our pool day. Best decision ever! Wed was downright lovely. Fri was almost too hot at the pool! Even on the shade, we were swearing & wilting. Went to dinner in Downtown Disney that night and it was VERY warm until we left at 9 pm. I feel bad for those who had a less than magical day on Friday:(

July 8, 2018 at 3:21 PM

Freeze a few gatorades the night before and hydrate regularly.

July 8, 2018 at 4:32 PM

I know people are saying the humidity in Florida makes it feel hotter, but just being outside yesterday felt like you were literally standing next to a campfire. It was so dry and so hot

July 9, 2018 at 10:43 PM

We were there from 8 am to just around 11 pm....unbelievable heat but we had the BEST day!
Where we live in Canada we can get some extreme temperatures where you're suffocating with the humidity but what we experienced at the Disneyland Parks was like you were standing in front of your oven and you open the door and it's that initial blast of heat hitting your skin at 450°, except in the parks, it wasjust a wall of solid heat like your skin was burning all day long.
Oddly enough, for being in the heat that many hours and we did spend almost the entire day outside, we did not get a sunburn and we did not tan at all which was a little weird!
We made sure to drink water non-stop, we had four to five water bottles that we just kept refilling in our backpack and it seems like we were filling them at least once an hour. I have never drank that much water in my entire life!
The bonus was with the parks being so empty we got to ride so many rides and had a total blast!
The power outage was a bummer as we were in line with our max pass for Grizzly River Run, which we have never been on when the second outage hit.
They gave us a multi-experience path so we got to ride Incredicoaster!
At around 3pm we checked temp and it had said 116°

July 10, 2018 at 2:29 PM

Kids and I were there! Got in the park at 7:45 A. M., departed at 12:30 A. M., minus a four hour break at our hotel, between 3 and 7. Easily spent $100.00 on chilled bottled water throughout the day. Our long leisurely lunch at Blue Bayou was a well deserved respite from the sweltering heat. All in all, it was yet another amazing Disney experience. Heat Miser was definitely in control of Orange County on July 6, 2018.

July 10, 2018 at 10:40 PM

I don't know what it was officially but I know the first day of business that the ground was melting (since the cement was still new) and they ran out of water.

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