As the summer approaches and the parks become crowded with families on vacation, groups on excursions, and the normal travelers, there are ways to beat the crowds and the tremendous heat that Florida is known for. Keeping in mind that each family vacations differently, they all seem to have a few things in common: they start later, and the rain scares many of them off. As a traveler it is important to know the climate of your location, and Walt Disney World is no different. In the summer months, the days are hot, and humid, and there is a guaranteed 15-30 minute rainstorm daily. This generally is due to storms forming in the Gulf of Mexico in the summer months. Knowing these things are important for travelers, because when people are heading for the exits during a downpour, waiting it out is certainly the best bet. By doing that there is a good chance that the crowds will remain light for a few hours in the middle of the day as people need to then travel back to the parks. The heat is responsible for some of the more painful aspects of vacationing, including sunburn, constant sweating and dehydration. The key here is to get out early, preferably for rope drop (park opening), visiting the sites of the park you are in, and leaving for your resort to rest or visit the pool by 1-2pm. This way you can return to the parks later on and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Another heat tip: ask for water! The Disney Company has made it a priority to make guests as comfortable as possible for guests, and as such, if you visit any fountain drink location and ask for a cup of ice water they will give it to you free of charge. This is a great thing that not a lot of people know about, but it will allow you to cool off without breaking the bank. Crowds tend to be much larger during the summer because of school being out, and many locations in Europe closing for a few weeks in the summer. Because of this Walt Disney World can become a crowded place. The best advice that you can receive goes with beating the heat. Try to wake early, so you can visit the parks at rope drop and then you can be leaving the parks by 1-2pm, which is when they begin to fill up. If you want to test this theory, look at the pool in your hotel around ten or eleven in the morning. You will find them packed, mostly because they are starting the day slowly, and because they plan on staying at the parks late. When traveling to Disney World in the summer time it is important to be prepared for the extreme heat and humidity. Plan to pack sunscreen, preferably the spray on, as it is easier to re-apply during the course of the day. Also keep in mind to bring light colored, as well as light material clothes. This will ensure that you stay as comfortable and prepared as possible for your trip to Walt Disney World. ABOUT JOE NOTARO Joe is the founder and writer of the blog entitled the “Tomorrowland Interplanetary Gazette,” as well as a guest writer at World of Walt.com. His interests in Disney and the intricacies of the company began after his first trip as a 7 year old in 1993. Joe keeps up to date on news and rumors of the company as well as the resort in particular so that he can accurately report on it.