Beat the Heat at the Parks

We have plenty of warm days at the parks during the year and the heat always seems to be extra intense at the parks! Warm weather typically starts in July and goes all the way through October. Some of the hottest days we see are usually from August-October.

We have a few essential items we like to bring with us for the warmer temps! Items include:

  • Spray Bottle (can be found in the travel toiletry section at Target).
  • Stroller Fan – Dream Baby Stroller fan from Amazon has worked really well for us. You can also purchase this fan at Bed, Bath & Beyond or Walmart (usually cheapest at Walmart).
  • The spray bottle/fan combo sold at the parks is worth the $18 in our opinion, but it doesn’t clip to a stroller, only has an attached lanyard to be worn around the neck. You can purchase batteries at most shops if your fan runs out.
  • Change of clothes so kids can play in the splash pads (read on for these locations).
  • Sandals or shoes that can get wet in the splash pads. Native Shoes for our kids are our favorite for warm days – they’re breathable, can get wet, don’t smell from sweat and come in tons of colors!
  • Hats for adults and kiddos – Brixton makes our favorite women’s straw hat we often get asked about.
  • Extra shirt for mom and dad (trust us, it’s worth it to have a change of clothes ha!)


Below you’ll find a list of places in both parks to escape the heat!


Our kids at the splash pad in their Native Shoes



  • Giant marble ball fountain in Tomorrowland, in front of Pizza Port (pictured above). Kids love it!
  • The Disney Gallery and Great Moments w/ Mr. Lincoln (especially the lobby).
  • The Main Street Cinema
  • The shops on Main Street! All of the shops are attached, so you can walk the length of Main Street (on both sides) in air conditioning.
  • The Tiki Room (15 minute show in ice cold air conditioning & dole whips!)
  • The Golden Horseshoe (entertainment & food, & Root Beer Floats!)
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi (10 minute re-telling of the Star Wars saga)
  • It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean (both rides are around 15 minutes and air conditioned), and of course, Splash Mountain.
  • “Mickey and the Magical Map” at The Fantasyland Theatre across from it’s a small world – the show only happens on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • The Mark Twain is a nice escape from the heat w/ tables and chairs in the shade on the boat.
  • The Disneyland Railroad – sitting for almost a 20-minute long ride around Disneyland really helps to cool everyone down, and the breeze as the train moves along the track is nice!




  • Paradise Park Splash Pad (pictured above)
  • Princess Dot Puddle Park in A Bug’s Land
  • The Animation Academy – inside the building is a giant room with clips of Disney movies and music playing on big screens, Turtle Talk w/ Crush, Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome, and the Sorcerer’s Workshop and the Animation Academy where you can learn to draw a Disney character!
  • Disney Junior Dance Party!
  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug (theater at the entrance to a Bug’s Land)
  • Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land
  • The Hyperion Theater where Frozen Live is – great, entertaining one hour break from the heat!
  • Seating area under Silly Symphony Swings (pictured below)
  • Grizzly River Run (water ride). If you’re in need of just a misting of water OR you want to get soaked without having to ride the attraction, stand by the waterfalls around the ride viewing area (there is a pathway that leads down to the area where you can get soaked with a splash of water from the rafts coming down a hill) or the “Grizzly Peak/Bear Claw Falls” waterfall (just past Carthay Circle Lounge, on your way to Cars Land)
  • The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has some really nice shaded spots.
  • Starbucks on Buena Vista Street
  • The shops on Buena Vista Street are all attached to walk through (on both sides of the street) and air conditioned
  • The Grand Californian Hotel lobby (you can get there easily by using the special exit across from Grizzly River Run)


Shaded seating area under Silly Symphony Swings – a good, hidden spot not a ton of people know about!

Favorite Restaurants with A/C or Shade in Disneyland

  • Red Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland
  • Carnation Cafe on Main Street
  • Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square
  • Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland doesn’t offer indoor seating, but they have great shaded outdoor tables.
  • The covered seating area for Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland
  • Starbucks in the Market House on Main Street

Favorite Restaurants with A/C or Shade in California Adventure

  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge on Buena Vista Street
  • Wine Country Trattoria
  • Paradise Garden Grill (no A/C or indoor seating, but nice shaded areas to sit)
  • Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta (also no A/C, but good shade over tables)
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Starbucks in Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street
  • Whitewater Snacks at the Grand Californian Hotel – easily get to this delicious, quick service restaurant by using the secret exit across from Grizzly River Run.

For our favorite warm day beverages, click here!