Every week our writers get together and answer a Disney-related question. Here is this week’s question and answers. Leave your answer in the comments!
Question of the Week: As we’re reaching the hottest part of the summer, what is one of your favorite ways to cool off in the Disney Parks?
Kelsee – I know the go-to response usually goes to the water rides, but I actually love to go on Soarin’ Over California when it’s super hot out. The reason for this is not only the ride, but the waiting area to get on the ride. It’s so dark and cool inside once you get in the building and it’s heavenly compared to the heat outside. This is the only time where I do not mind waiting in line at all since it’s a break from the heat while still being able to wait to get on a ride. Most all of the other rides, you have to wait outside to get on and it makes the wait even longer. Even though most line areas are shaded, it doesn’t compare to getting to wait in the cool air conditioned building of Soarin’ Over California.
Leslie – I like to ride Star Tours most when it’s hot. The outside queue isn’t that bad and once you approach the doors you can feel the air conditioning. Waiting for Star Tours is also entertaining as you listen to all the droids. Plus it’s one of my favorite rides. When you exit the ride you have a chance to finish cooling down in the gift shop as well. With Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and Toy Story Midway Mania attracting most of the attention the ride is usually no more than a 30 minute wait.
Melissa L. – I like to get a frozen lemonade and sit in an air conditioned or shady part of the park! I love Disneyland’s frozen lemonade! It’s always super refreshing and cools you down quick!
Melissa H. – I am always torn between Pirates and Splash Mountain. I love riding Pirates when it is hot because the ride itself is cool and it is one of the longest rides in the park so I get to be in the cool for a long period of time. But I would go on Splash Mountain over and over again if I could! It is definitely one of my favorite rides.
Cassie – I usually grab a cool treat and take a nap in the animation academy. The air conditioning is excellent and I love watching the animated clips on the large screens. If it’s around lunch time when I get too hot I’ll also enjoy a meal in The Carnation cafe. It’s relaxing and cool inside, plus I’ll drink about 30 cups of the unlimited ice water.
Andrew – I’m going to cheat and give two answers, one on each coast. In Disneyland my new favorite place to cool off is Flo’s. Grab a milkshake, a seat and then explore some the wonderful details in the restaurant. Or stare outside and the fantastic theming in Cars Land.
In Disney World, my favorite place to cool off is the Haunted Mansion. The ride is longer than Disneyland’s and, in my opinion, better. It’s a nice, long and cool ride. And you can’t go wrong with a classic. I would also recommend the top floor of the Columbia Harbor House, as that’s hardly ever crowded and is a pretty unique place.
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