1923 Main Street: Disney Travel Style Podcast

The Internet is full of Disney travel "experts" sharing Disney summer travel tips, so which tips are actually worth heeding and which are pure hogwash?

We Searched the Web to Find the Trends in Disney World Summer Travel Tips, What we Found was Eye Opening
We compiled a range of summer travel tips for Walt Disney World to share what we think are actually tips to consider. We are not Orlando locals and we travel to Walt Disney World every summer, usually in August, sometimes in July. We know Orlando summer weather as a tourist. There's a difference here that's often overlooked and that locals don't always understand. 
This podcast is for the Disney traveler because Disney travelers who spend a week in a hotel when they visit will experience Walt Disney World in a way that locals simply do not. So advice from a local is not the same perspective as advice from a vacationing Disney traveler. It's always important to consider the source for any advice or any perspectives on any subject in life.
With that lens in mind, let's look at the most common tips for summer travel at Walt Disney World and discuss which tips are worth considering versus those that are either commons sense for any warm climate or just worth ignoring. 
By the way, we're not naming names or websites about where these tips originated. There is a lot of crossover, but there are some thoughtful and good pieces of advice from some of them (along with many duds or common sense thinking). 

We've assessed all tips using the follow scale: 
  • (N) No, not a great tip or not specific to Walt Disney World in the summer
  • (Y) Yes, definitely a good tip to consider 
  • (O) Obviously, a common sense tip that most likely applies to any hot place 
  • (M) Maybe, this isn't a tip we would follow or recommend, but there may be circumstances where it might apply to you
The Best and the World of Walt Disney World Summer Travel Tips
  • Pack cooling towels (N) 
  • Buy ponchos before you go (N) 
    o   Be prepared for rain was a better way to state this (and no, you don't have to carry around a poncho or umbrella) (Y)
  • Stay hydrated. (O)
  • Find the air conditioning (O)
  • Arrive early and stay late (Y and N) 
  • Take an afternoon break. (Y)
    • Avoid parks during mid-day heat is a better Y
  • Pack sunscreen and apply it often (O)
  • Do indoor attractions during the heat of the day (N) 
  • Bring a waterproof bag (M)
  • Have a long lunch indoors (M) 
  • Pack a portable fan (N)
  • Water Parks (Y)
  • Be flexible with plans (Y)
  • Allow time for entertainment and characters (O)
  • Quick dry shirts and shorts (Y)
  • Two pairs of shoes [or use the dryer if you're in a villa] (Y)
Our favorite tips, not often found on these lists:
  • Misting stations
  • Prepare for afternoon storms
  • Avoid lugging stuff around. Any of these tips that tell you to bring this or bring that are working against that. You want to be light and nimble in the heat, not bogged down with fans, towels, heavy containers and so on. That will weigh on you: literally.
Tips positioned as Disney World summer tips that are really anytime tips 
  • Book ADRs
  • Plan all your pictures in the morning (not all pictures are planned)

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Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic

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Creators & Guests

Amelia Belobradic
Amelia Belobradic is co-host of 1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel News Podcast.
Mike Belobradic
Mike Belobradic is the creator and co-host of the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923MainStreet.com and a longtime expert on Disney travel.

What is 1923 Main Street: Disney Travel Style Podcast?

1923 Main Street® is an award-winning* Disney travel podcast hosted by Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic. This is your source for the latest Disney travel style news, tips and advice.

Join Mike and Amelia for fun-filled informative discussions as they share the latest Disney travel style news every week. Get the latest style news for travel to Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club (including Disney Aulani in Hawaii and Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida), Disneyland Paris and more.

In each episode, Mike and Amelia discuss everything Disney inspired style, from what to pack for your Disney vacation, what to wear in the parks, styling your wardrobe for Disney special events and more. Mike has over 50 years and 100+ weeks of onsite Disney travel experience, while Amelia brings a younger perspective to the table with 14+ years and nearly 40 weeks of onsite Disney travel experiences at the age of 16. Mike Belobradic is the founder of 1923 Main Street, a casual clothing line #InspiredByTheMagic of Disney and beyond.

*1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast won the Canadian Podcast Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Series in 2022 and has been nominated for Best Podcast Awards at the People's Choice Podcast Awards and the Canadian Podcast Awards.