Disneyland Resort Summer Tips: Staying Cool at the Disneyland Resort

Tyler Slater

by , Public Relations Manager, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products

Last week, I kicked off the “Disneyland Resort Summer Tips” series with the best ways to soak up some fun at the Disneyland Resort hotel pools. Today I’m going to pass along some tips for staying cool while playing at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. From cooling off indoors to getting soaked on world-class water attractions and enjoying delicious frozen and cool treats, summer is meant to be spent at the Disneyland Resort!

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  • Take a break from the heat – Indoor attractions can sometimes be the best-kept secrets for staying cool at the Disneyland Resort. At Disneyland park, stop by Innoventions to meet Captain America at Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage and Thor at Thor: Treasures of Asgard and then take some time to explore The Innoventions Dream Home. Also, classic indoor attractions like “it’s a small world” and Pirates of the Caribbean are perfect for a rejuvenating break. If you are visiting Disney California Adventure park, attractions like “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” and Muppet*Vision 3D are fantastic indoor shows. One of my favorite ways to escape the heat is The Disney Animation Building. Here, you can learn how to draw a classic Disney character at the Animation Academy or even find out what Disney character you are most like at the Beast’s Library!
  • Get set to get wet – There is nothing like cooling off on Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite things about both of these attractions is that your entire family can experience the attraction together! Ask any of my siblings and they’ll tell you, I often volunteer for the front row of Splash Mountain because I enjoy getting soaked during the summer. However, you never can tell who will get the most wet on Grizzly River Run so be advised – you will get wet, and you may get soaked! My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Shannon Swanson, previously produced this fantastic video highlighting these two attractions that I wanted to include today. Enjoy!

  • Enjoy frozen sweets and drinks – A frozen sweet or drink can also be the perfect remedy for a warm day at the Disneyland Resort. I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious Dole Whip Float (that is vegan, gluten-free and kosher, I must add)? Other favorite frozen treats include: Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar, soft serve ice cream from Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company and Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae. You can also pick up a healthy Mango Madness smoothie from Schmoozies at Disney California Adventure park or a Fanta Orange Float from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland park if you’re looking for a refreshing drink!

What is your favorite way to cool off during the summer at the Disneyland Resort? Leave your answer in the comments below!


  • When I was in Anaheim last month I tried one of those Goofy’s Glaciers. I had the Cherry, it was the perfect treat for The Little Mermaid’s Undersea Adventure, my favorite way to beat the heat.

  • Rebecca, an article about vegan eating at Disneyland on the website Happy Herbivore says the Dole Whip recipe was changed in 2013 so that they are now vegan. I didn’t know either!

  • Wait… Dole Whip Floats are vegan? My daughter has a dairy allergy and has been told they had dairy? It would be awesome if she could have these at Disney World to give her the full experience!

  • I am a big fan of the Animation Building too! Not only is it dark (which can be temporarily soothing when you’ve been in the bright sun for hours), but it is cool and airy. (Plus, the Toy Story zoetrope is great fun to see!)

    I also like to stroll over to the spacious and beautiful lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel, and plunk down in one the deceptively comfortable chairs stationed around the area (those chairs can be difficult to climb out of after sitting in them for a while!). With a beverage or snack in hand (from the nearby Hearthstone Lounge), it can be a wonderful respite from the heat, and a nice place to chat with fellow visitors. And, the lighting is dim — which is great for tired eyes.

    The geyser at the Disneyland Hotel is also a fun little place to have a quiet moment (and to, hopefully, catch some mist/spray from the water!).

    As far as edible relief from summer’s harsh rays — aside from the obvious ice cream choices that are available, I am a staunch supporter of the refreshing pineapple spears that can be found in the various carts or shops that sell fresh fruits in both parks! Those juicy spears can hit the spot after a long, dehydrating, scorching day. But make sure to have lots of napkins nearby, as they will start to drip very quickly!

    • These are all excellent tips, Sherry! Thank you for sharing! I too, love to spend time in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa 🙂

  • Wow Tyler, your making me hungry. We are going to Disneyland in a few weeks and have already put a few of these on my “must do” list. Being from Hot Arizona, you want any excuse to “cool down”. Sounds yummy. Can’t wait.

    • My pleasure, Debbie! We’ll see you in a few weeks!

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