Visitors to the Walt Disney World theme parks generally know going into the game that they’re likely to encounter some heat. The index can range from toasty warm in the milder months to darn near sweltering in the summer. Much appreciated are the myriad ways to cool off around property. If it’s not yet time to head back to the hotel swimming pool, we’ve got 10 spots in mind in and around the theme parks where you can catch a break from the temps and savor a splash or two.
Casey Jr Splash ‘n Soak Station
First stop on our Splash Tour is this colorful, spurting collection of circus cars in Fantasyland. Themed after the animated film Dumbo, Casey Jr Splash ‘n Soak Station will be a magnet to your parched tykes on a hot day at the Magic Kingdom. We prefer to “splash” instead of “soak” at Casey’s — use your own discretion.
Beat the heat with Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear and the rest of the briar patch residents on this insta-cooling flume ride. Best to ride when the mercury’s rising and you’re in need of a little relief. If a 5-story splashdown is not your cup of tea, try cooling off in the mist on the bridge at the foot of the slide.
Adventureland’s spitting tikis
These spurting tiki totems are hard at work startling (and usually delighting) park guests on sweltering days in Adventureland. Erected near the Jungle Cruise, their cooling sprays make this spot a must-stop when the temps soar.
Magic Carpets of Aladdin’s spitting camels
Look out — they spit! Beware where you place your feet upon entering the Agrabah Bazaar. Standing guard over the Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a pair of giant golden sentinels who will swivel their heads to alternately spray carpet riders and guests on ground with cooling streams of saliva. Er, water.
Future World splash pads
Irresistible to the young set on a hot, sunny day at Epcot are these leaping fountains roughly placed between Mission: SPACE and Test Track. They’re perfect for shorties who are not yet ready to take on the aforementioned attractions. A nearly identical splash pad is located on the bridge linking Future World with the Port of Entry to World Showcase. If you can spare a few minutes, let the kids cool down before you forge on.
It may be ponsored by Coca-Cola, but Cool Wash is 100% sugar-free and decaffeinated fun. All ages will enjoy stopping by the misters on a toasty afternoon in Future World. (With the exception of my youngest daughter circa age 2, when the rotating car wash rollers terrified her and she screamed if we so much as got within 20 feet of them. But then, we’ve always had a tough time getting that one to chill out.)
Kali River Rapids
Animal Kingdom can be one scorcher of a theme park. Lots of ground to cover and primarily outdoor attractions leads to the need for a midday cool down. Get a dousing — and then some — on a whitewater raft ride down Kali River Rapids. You’ll likely spend a good portion of the rest of your day drenched (so plan accordingly).
Fountain splash pads
His best, “And just what are you gonna do about it, Mom?” pose. And the answer was nothing. I knew I was powerless to stop four kids from almost fully immersing themselves in the jumping fountains in Disney Spring’s Marketplace. If they wanted to sit through a soggy lunch afterward, that was their business. But keep in mind — this is only tolerable on a scorcher of a day. If you don’t want them soaked, plan a route around these geysers.
The giant Stitch perched atop the monster World of Disney store in Disney Springs has a little trick up his sleeve. Position yourself just right on the pavement below and you’ll get a quick shower! Quite welcome after a blistering day hitting the shops.
FANTASIA GARDENS MINIATURE GOLF
The above is my son trying to trip the sensor and trigger the enchanted brooms to release the contents of their buckets upon us. It was a hot one at Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf and we were in need of this fun little trick to beat the heat.
IN MEMORY OF…at DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
These quirky little water features are gone, but not forgotten.
Super Soaker in Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
This Super Soaker kept my kids blissfully cool on muggy days playing in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. It retired from its days sprinkling park-goers when the playground closed in April 2016.
“Singin’ in the Rain” umbrella
I had to dig deep into the photo files and actually scan-in evidence that I’ve been doused by this touchy little umbrella in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was innocently attached to a streetlamp in the New York section of the Streets of America until the entire neighborhood was bulldozed in 2016.