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7 Reasons We Love to Visit Disney World in the Summer

Summertime really is one of the most exciting times to visit Disney World.  It may be in the heat of summer and draw in some crowds, but it is still an amazing time to visit with your family and enjoy everything that Disney has to offer!  Here are 7 reasons why we love to visit Disney World in the summer:

 

7 – Kids are on vacation, so no missed school (while still learning).

Parents are always concerned about pulling their kids out of school mid-year and what impacts that will cause at the school and their grades.  Well this makes visiting in the summer absolutely perfect since the kids are already on break.  No messing with the school and catching up on homework, plus they still get a vacation that can be extremely educational.  Many of the attractions have educational components in the areas of history, science, media, etc.  For our young kids we even work on reading and word recognition everywhere we go so that they are practicing reading the entire time.  They are learning and don’t even realize it because it’s so much fun!

6 – The parks are open later.

This is definitely a great benefit.  The normal hours for the Magic Kingdom, not including Extra Magic Hours, is usually around 1 or 2AM during the summer months.  This gives even more time to enjoy the parks without being out in the sun the entire time so you get more bang for your buck on park admission.  During fall/winter months, these hours are much shorter closing as early as 7, 9 or 11PM on most nights.  You get a lot more out of your days!

Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

5 – Shows are shown more frequently.

In the summer months many of the shows, including evening shows, are shown more frequently.  This is partly due to the longer park hours, since there is more availability in the day for the volume of shows to increase.  This is also due to the popularity of the shows, especially the evening shows, so that more guests can experience all that the parks have to offer and not miss out on any of the attractions.

 

4 – Planning makes wait times more bearable.

With FastPass+, you have more control of your day and when you wait. While the summer months can be hot, if you use your FastPass+ wisely, you can minimize the time you are spent waiting in the heat.  You can select FastPass+ options during the heat of the day so that you can get right on attractions and it won’t feel as hot.  You really have a lot of control over your day and can make it work for you so that the heat and crowds won’t be an issue during your vacation.

3 – The water parks are at their best.

Disney water parks are so much fun!  They are some of the best themed water parks you will ever visit with awesome, thrilling attractions to enjoy.  You can swim with sharks, ride a water coaster, ride the tallest water slide in the world (with no raft) and so much more!  They are perfect for beating the Florida heat while enjoying the sun.  If you visit during other months, it is very possible one of the water parks could be closed for annual refurbishment since they tend to do this in non-summer months.  It is a great time to make sure you can experience both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach!  Both water parks also have character meet and greets and more excitement that they discontinue in the less busy months!  So you get more out of your visit.

Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach

Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach

2 – Summer concert series at Epcot.

If you are a fan of other events at Epcot, like the Food & Wine Festival, you will love the Summer Concert Series.  Disney releases the names of all of the bands/artists who will perform at the World Showcase over the summer.  There will be tons of great food and drinks to enjoy while you are at the park and you get to hear amazing music.  It is an awesome event and especially great for adults who just want to relax and just enjoy all the food and fun!

1 – The pools at the resorts are amazing.

We can’t forget the amazing pools and all the fun activities.  During the heat of the day, you can come back to your resort and swim in an amazing pool!  Many of them even have water slides and water playground features that make the pool areas almost like a mini water park right at your resort.  Playing in the Florida sun feels like the ultimate vacation and is a great way to relax in between the excitement of the theme parks.  It rounds out the perfect summer vacation!

 

About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!
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