EPCOT at Disney World can get hot in the summer but you can avoid the heat by visiting the theme park at night

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If you’ve ever been to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida over the summer, then you’ll know how hot it is during the summer, perhaps the most so at EPCOT where all the attractions are very spread out.  But EPCOT is an amazing park and you shouldn’t miss out on it just because it is hot; instead, consider using these 10 tips to stay cool this summer when visiting EPCOT.

1. Take a Fan and/or a Cooling Towel

Tips for beating the heat at Disney's Animal Kingdom include bringing your own fan into the park

While you’re walking along outdoors in EPCOT, you’ll want a fan handy.  TThis fan is great because if you are bringing a stroller (which a lot of you with young children are), you can attach this fan to your stroller.

Similarly, you’ll want to be a cooling towel.  It works a lot like a fan in that it can cool you down no matter where you are in EPCOT.  They sell them at Disney World, but you’ll save money if you buy them beforehand.  You could get this Disney cooling towel or get a cooling towel in a package to save money.

2. Bring Water Bottles

Pure Life, Purified Water, 16.9 Fl Oz, Plastic Bottled Water, You’re allowed to bring water bottles into Walt Disney World, so drinking plenty of water is a great way to stay cool.  You can get these water bottles from Amazon and save money.

3. Visit The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion

The Seas Pavilion at EPCOT at Disney World has fish, dolphins, turtles & more & is indoor & air-conditioned

See sharks at EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida

Over in Future World towards the beginning of the park is The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion.  This is a great place to visit but perhaps even better during the summer because the entire pavilion is indoors and is always cool.  You can ride The Seas with Nemo & Friends, a Finding Nemo themed ride that all ages can ride.  Afterwards you can enjoy the aquarium there.  It has sea turtles, fish, manatees, rays, sharks, manatees, and dolphins.  Your family will love this interactive experience.  And more importantly for you, you’ll be able to sit down and stay cool!

4. Visit the Land Pavilion

The Land Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT park is great because it is entirely indoors

Disney's EPCOT has an indoor air conditioned pavilion with a boat ride where you tour a greenhouse

Next to the Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion is the Land Pavilion.  Similarly, this pavilion is entirely indoors.  There are two great attractions here.

One is Living with the Land, a boat ride where you learn a lot about farming and tour a greenhouse.

The other is Soarin’.  It is one of the most popular rides at Disney World.  You’ll basically be able to feel as if you’re flying all over the world.  You’ll have an up-close view of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, polar bears in Greenland, the Sydney Harbour in Australia, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, elephants in Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, Monument Valley in Utah, Lau Island in Fiji, Iguazu Falls in South America, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and then EPCOT itself!

The Land also has a fast service dining option, Sunshine Seasons.  It has delicious with healthy, fresh ingredients.

Then there’s a great character dining option here, Garden Grill.

A picture of Garden Grill Restaurant, a character dining experience at Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida

The neat thing about Garden Grill is that it actually revolves around in a circle.  You’ll be able to see the Living with the Land ride.  And this in addition to meeting Chip ‘n’ Dale and other popular Disney characters.

There’s also a lot of seating around the Land, not just with the tables at Sunshine Season.  There are also a lot of seats near Soarin that are set up like you’re at a waiting area at an airport.  There are even outlets where you can charge your devices there.  Basically, you can spend a long time in this Pavilion and beat the heat there the whole time.

5. Visit Club Cool

Flavors of Club Cool at EPCOT is perfect for summer days when you want to cool off

Since cool is in the title, you had to know it would cool you down, right?  This place is really cool because you’ll be able to sample Coca-Cola products from all over the year.  You can find out if you like or dislike the options from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Peru and Thailand.  And unlike the overpriced sodas all over Disney World, these drinks are completely free!

6. Visit the Mexico Pavilion

Cool during hot Orlando Florida summers at EPCOT by visiting the Mexico Pavilion

You can stay cool when visiting EPCOT at DIsney World in the summer by enjoy the Three Caballeros RIde

Escape the Florida heat with a nice dinner at the Mexican Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT theme park

The Mexico Pavilion is one of the best places to visit in the World Showcase part of EPCOT because it is indoors.  If you go inside the Mexico Pavilion, you can enjoy a wonderful sit-down restaurant, fun souvenirs, drinks and a great boat ride (one of my favorite rides at Disney World, actually) which rarely has long lines and is themed to Mexico & the Three Caballeros.  So this is another great place to duck into during the summer

7. Ride Frozen Ever After

Stay cool in the summer at Walt DIsney World by riding EPCOT's Frozen Ever After ride

Not too far from the Mexico Pavilion is the Norway Pavilion, and in this pavilion you can find one of Disney World’s newer rides, Frozen Ever After.  This ride is great during the summer because even your young children can ride it and it’s one of those boat rides where you can get wet, which is much needed in the summer.  And a plus is that unlike most boat rides where you get wet, it is indoors and the queuing area is mostly indoors, too, which is really nice.

8. Take the Friendship Boats

A way to stay cool when getting around the World Showcase at EPCOT in Disney World is to take a boat

The World Showcase is amazing but it can be really hard in the summer months to walk through the whole thing because it’s so hot.  So  what if there’s a specific pavilion you want to visit that is far away?  You can take the Friendship Boats!  There used to be two routes but (unfortunately) now there’s just one that you can take from the Canada Pavilion to the Morocco Pavilion and vice versa.  The boats are air conditioned so when it is really hot and you find yourself near Morocco or Canada and you want to get across the World Showcase, I would definitely take these.  Plus, it gives you a nice view of the World Showcase.

9. Leave During the Day

EPCOT at Disney World can get hot in the summer but you can avoid the heat by visiting the theme park at night

Summer days in Orlando, Florida tend to get the hottest in the afternoon.  One way to avoid that all together is to leave in the afternoon and then come back at night.

Now, that can be hard to do if you’re staying offsite and your hotel’s shuttle only drops you off in the morning and picks you up at night.  That is an advantage of staying on-site in a Disney Springs, Disney Value, Disney Moderate or Disney Deluxe Hotel.  The buses come and go all day, and in the afternoon you could take a nap, enjoy the hotel’s pool, etc.

Another advantage of staying onsite, too, is that you can get Extra Magic Hours which means you can go to the park early or late which could give you more time at EPCOT when it’s not as hot.

If you stay offsite, you could consider getting a park hopper ticket with a water park option, and trying Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon in the afternoon so you could stay cool at the water park (you can take a bus from EPCOT to the water park).

10. Visit Journey of Water

You can stay out of the heat during hot months in Orlando, Florida at Disney World by getting wet on Journey of Water at Epcot Center theme park.

Journey of Water at Disney World is both educational and fun.

And finally, if you do want to brave an outdoor attraction, then we recommend Journey of Water.  Journey of Water is a very new attraction at Disney World, themed to the Disney animated film Moana.  Even though it is one of Epcot’s newest attractions, I really like how it reminds me of the Epcot attractions from my childhood.  And what I mean by that is that it is educational yet fun.  It is a walk-through attraction where you learn about water and the water system in a beautiful, fun, immersive, and interactive way.

But all of that doesn’t matter much to you when you are really, really hot and just want to cool down.  What will matter to you are the opportunities to get wet.

A picture of a stream of water at the Journey of Water attraction at Epcot Center in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida