It's so easy to be taken up in the active adventure of all theme parks. Please, please remember that if you're travelling in peak season; it's hot!
This brings many dangers:
-Drink plenty of fluids (there are shops and vans everywhere to buy drinks from).
-Put on sun protection (take a small bottle with you, sunburn HURTS!).
-Rest in the shade (there are plenty of benches to sit on all around the parks).
-Wear a hat (if you've forgotten your own, you can always buy one there).
I've seen so many people of all ages falling ill because of the heat and it's so easy to prevent. Don't waste your money buying park tickets if you're going to get sunstroke!
Keeping your health is the best way of getting the most out of your holiday.
On our most recent trip to Orlando it was extremely humid. There had been a certain amount of rain on previous days which should have been a warning. Lin and I were at Epcot and we decided we were going to have an ice cream before we left the park. I could see the sky was getting dark and I suggested we should get a more on but Lin insisted we sit down whilst we eat the ice creams. Bad decision!!! Having finished the ice creams we stepped it out to the exit and just made it before the heavens opened. We waited for a few minutes before it eased off. Again we stepped it out towards the car park and made it to a gazebo by the edge of the car park where we took cover. It absolutely poured, it was like a waterfall. Then a thunderstorm started really close by. It was one of those what do we do moments. It was dangerous to stay under the gazebo but equally dangerous if we made a dash for the car. We stayed put and after about 30 minutes it eased off and we made a dash for the car. Nearly an inch of rain fell in 2 hours.
The lessons to be learnt are if it starts getting dark don’t hang about and then you will not be caught under a gazebo during a thunderstorm like us.
Despite Florida, it was very chilly and swimming in the outdoor pool was not really attractive.
My faulty toilet decided then to flood my bathroom and created an indoor pool in my room.
I tried to soak up the 1 inch water on the floor with all my towels and called maintenence ....
Maybe it is just me, but the heat is absolutely terrible in the months of summer. I have seen days that suffer from temperatures above 100*F (36*C). What's worst is the d*mn humidity!
You may yearn for the dry heat of Cairo after visiting Orlando. My advice is to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water. If your have light hair, bring a cap. Don't be afraid of looking too touristy by wearing sandals, sunglasses, and short-sleeved shirts, since it is far more recommended than having a long-sleeved shirt clinging to your body with pools of sweat. As for British tourists looking for sun and warmth, come to Orlando during autumn or winter. You will still receive the warmth you're seeking, but it will much more tolerable.
An bonus warning: The heat may cause irritability. Don't believe me? Check out this link:
Walt Disney World is located in central FLorida and gets very hot and humid in the summer. People used to milder temperatures (Europeans, Canadians, folks from the northern USA) should visit during spring and fall, when the temperatures are more reasonable. We went in early November and the daytime temperatures were still in the high 70s and low 80s. In addition to having more reasonable temperatures, these months are also less crowded (except for spring break and Easter weeks in the spring).
Florida can have some prety bad rain at times so it's best to be prepared. Having an umbrella handy can help but the heavy Florida downpours can still soak you pretty good. We have rain ponchos that fold up neatly and fit in Li'z bag. The ponchos also came in handy for riding the Kali Rapids in Animal Kingdom....you definitely get soaked on that ride.
I read about buying poncho's in Walmert because they are cheaper, that may be true but be carful because the colour tends to run and my family gained a rather wierd orange tinge... lol! You get what you pay for i guess!
All three times the weather has generally been good, the first time was dodgy (Feb) because we were two weeks before a hurricane but in April/May and September the weather was great. (my last two trips)
While in Central Florida, here are some television and radio resources to tune-in to to get the latest weather information. Sometimes weather can get dangerous from hurricanes, thunderstorms, cold fronts passing through.
Television: Channel 9 - wftv.com, Channel 6 - local6.com, With Brighthouse Networks Channel 13 News, Channel 2- wesh.com
Radio: Z88.3 - FM 88.3 (the best station for severe weather information), AM 580 weather, traffic, talk radio
Weather in Orlando is pretty unpredictable. Sunny in the morning and then heavy rain in the afternoon! So make sure to bring ponchos and umbrella. Some of the areas in Animal Kingdom gets flooded during heavy downpour. So, be prepared!
Cheap ponchos and umbrealls are available at any Walmart branch. Its quite expensive to buy in Disneyworld or Universal Studios.
I have only traveled to Florida twice. Once was Orlanda in July. It was terribly muggy! So much so that we pretty much stayed inside all day and just went out in the evening. The best time we went was in January. We traveled from Orlando to the Keys. The weather was absolutely perfect and it wasn't very crowded. I would like to do that again!
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