Where to Cool Off at Disney World

When you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you should know about the best spots to get out of the Florida heat and scorching sun!


Each theme park has a unique Guest Relations indoor area, but the best one BY FAR is the Welcome Center at Disney Springs! From the free ice water to a FuelRod exchange location, this is a must-visit if you’re looking to soak in cool breezes in really comfy couches and chairs!

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Connections Cafe Starbucks Location at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

There are a number of Quick Service restaurants that provide a spot for you to find a table, break out the wifi and check out what’s next for you in the most magical place on Earth!

Best Quick Service Restaurants for this are: 

  • Pizzafari @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Connections Cafe @ EPCOT Future World
  • Sunshine Seasons @EPCOT’s Land Pavilion
  • Tortuga Tavern (Seasonal Restaurant) @ Magic Kingdom in Adventureland
  • The Pinocchio Village Haus @ Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland
  • PizzeRizzo or Backlot Express @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Living with the Land at EPCOT (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

I was going to list each and every single attraction separately, but the idea is to find an experience that you can either “walk up” to without a FastPass+ reservation and grab a seat for an indoor show for an extended period of time.

Magic Kingdom

  • Carousel of Progress
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Country Bear Jamboree


  • American Adventure
  • O Canada (No seats, just leaning rails)
  • Impressions de France

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • MuppetVision 3D
  • Beauty & The Beast on stage (Covered area, not indoors)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug
  • Festival of the Lion King

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Some of my favorite spots to soak up some A/C are the shops that I can spend around 5-10 minutes in without struggling too much. I know that you’ll think about the big retail areas, but there are some hidden spots that I just love to visit!

Magic Kingdom

  • Momento Mori at Haunted Mansion
  • Tomorrow Power & Power Co at Space Mountain


  • Creations Shop in Future World
  • Northwest Mercantile in Canada Pavilion
  • Anywhere in the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Ok, by this point…you’re seeing a pattern. Basically, any pavilion in the World Showcase will offer an air conditioned retail shop to get out of the heat:)

Animal Kingdom

  • Windtraders in Pandora: The World of Avatar
  • Disney Outfitters (Great Pin Trading too!)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Tower Merchandise (Home of #BellhopStitch)
  • Rock n Rollercoaster Store

Hope this helps with your Disney Vacation planning! If you’re ever looking for great air conditioning spots…look for the nearest Cast Member and ask:) They’ll point you to a spot that you may not have even thought about!

Dustin Fuhshttp://www.stepstomagic.com
I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!

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