The humidity is at 99% and the real feel temp is a 120 degrees.
Did you some how make it to the Sahara desert and not realize the super long flight?
Nah. You’re just in the southern United States. Welcome to Florida in July!
Floridians know that their summers are rough and air conditioning is life. Vacationers from all over know that July means school is out and it’s time to take the kids on a magical adventure to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
In the perfect fantasy land, the weather in central Florida would be a delightful 75 degrees with a balmy breeze coming out of the west and with no humidity. We all know this to be a fantasy, especially in July. In reality, the Magic Kingdom becomes a hotter than the surface of the sun. You might even remark on how everyone seems to be ‘mad here’. How in the world are you going to cope mid-day with the grueling Florida sun and ensure both you are your kiddos don’t spontaneously combust?
Enter Casey Jr.’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station!!
A splash pad? At the most magical place on earth? Isn’t that a waste of time? Especially when you can most likely go to a splash pad back home for approximately $5 a kid, as opposed to paying the $100+ to get into the Magic Kingdom and it’s splash pad? No, I’m not crazy. I’m actually saving your vacation! (Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but when that hot sun comes out, people tend to focus on the fact that they are melting instead of enjoying the most magical place on earth.)
Let me back up and say, first, Casey Jr.’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station is NOT a waste of time. It is going to refresh you and your kiddos and help you get ready to experience more magical and memorable moments; while possibly fighting off a heat induced meltdown.
It’s basically an Oasis or a slice of heaven at just the right moment to help your family keep it together. Think of it this way: Your little prince or princess is all excited, probably a little wound up from the moment they walk into the Magic Kingdom. Add in there standing in lines to meet iconic characters, talking to those iconic characters (oh. my. goodness.) and riding magical rides (that may or may not turn that vestibular system upside down. Read: You might get dizzy and a little disoriented.). Now top it all off with a blazing Florida sun that doesn’t stop. The result? Your prince or princess turning into a giant puddle in the center of Main Street, USA.
You’re going to need a break!
Trust me, if your kids like water, they are going to love it. And who doesn’t love getting cooled down in the middle of the day at Walt Disney World? (Have you seen some of the wait times for Splash Mountain? It can get long mid-day for good reason.) There are a few tips you will want to keep in mind before venturing over to Casey Jr.’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station to help make it an enjoyable pit stop:
1. Bathing Suits for Littles
Bring along your baby or toddler’s bathing suits. Some little ones don’t like getting wet in their regular clothes, so this might save you a small headache there. Your real little one might feel more comfortable in their swimsuit when getting wet from head to toe.
2. Spare Change of Clothes
Older kids can splash around in their clothes, as can adults as there is no height limitations at Casey Jr’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station. The Florida heat will definitely dry you off quickly, but bring a spare change of clothes if you don’t like walking around in wet pants. (**Cringe**)
3. Bring a Towel
Bring a towel along to get extra dry or to wrap up your toddler post their splash-tactic adventure. There should be some towels available for purchase in the park near Casey Jr.’s Splash ‘n’ Soak Station, but bringing your own ensures you have one, if you can’t find one to purchase. Plus, it’s more cost-effective!
4. Make it a Family Affair
Splash along with your kiddos! Walt Disney World is generally a very safe place. Yet, some of the structures of the Casey Jr.’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station are large (and amazingly themed!) This makes it tricky to see around and easy to lose sight of your little one. If you have two adults in your party have one of you camp out with the stroller and your belongings and the other one of you gets to pretend they are a kid again.
5. Find a Shaded Spot to Relax
Alternatively, find that shaded spot around the perimeter of the Casey Jr.’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station and camp out, having your kids stay in a select spot in front of you in order for you to see them. (This suggestion helps alleviate the discomfort of walking around in wet jeans all day since you forgot to follow tip 2 for yourself. Yuck!) Scope the area before you find a spot to camp out. Some of the water features are more ‘intense’ than others. If your little one is just braving up to water, you might want to find one of the more conservative spot to ensure you still have a great time!
You don’t have to spend all day at the splash pad, but give it a shot. If your kids like splash pads, water parks or pools, chances are they will love this little gem. Plus, you might score a little ‘stroller nap’ post Casey Jr’s Splash ’n’ Soak Station adventure! Win-win!