How To Avoid Dehydration at Disney World

Walt Disney World is located in Florida, which means that you have to deal with the heat of Florida.

In addition to tips for staying cool with air conditioning, we’ve been asked to provide a few options and tips to avoid dehydration while on vacation at Disney.

Free Water

Free Water in the Yacht Club Resort at Disney World – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

We have a full article on the best places to get complimentary high quality h2o while on the Disney World property, but it’s important to stay hydrated without spending a dime on cool water.

Quick Service vs Table Service

Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

The first thing that happens at a table service reservation is that your waiter will bring your party water. It’s a great way to start the meal and will almost put your body into shock, as you’re adding a highly air conditioned environment with incredibly cold water.

It’s great!

If you’re going to a quick service restaurant, you’ll be able to ask for a cup of free tap water – but it’s not at the same level as a table service location.

The goal may be to look at lunch ADRs and doing dinner quick service dining.

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Best and Worst

The best tip for staying hydrated and avoiding dehydration is to always be thinking about your body temperature.

The worst tip is to put off your personal comfort for the betterment of your group. If you’re hot – say something.


EPCOT Drinking Fountain (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Oh, you’ll want to fully avoid water fountains at Walt Disney World.

The water is usually warm and you’ll want to think about the times in grade school that you were stuck drinking out of a water fountain. No one likes it – so why would you subject yourself to it?

Most water fountains are within sight of a quick service restaurant, so why not run in for a cup of ice water.

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Soda tips

The draw of a soda is huge, and I’m not going to say that you won’t want to have a coke with your meal – but if you’re wanting to avoid dehydration, it’s all about the water intake.

My favourite tip is to visit a quick service location with a self-service soda fountain and start with a caffeinated soda. After finishing your meal, stop at the fountain and fill up your cup with a Powerade or an iced tea.


Outdoor Vending at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

The last tip is to have a $20 vacation budget for buying water.

If you have it in the “budget”, you’ll feel better if you have to buy a dasani and after seeing the bill…you’ll pre-plan for the rest of the trip!

Do you have any extra tips? Let us know on Instagram @StepstoMagic

How To Avoid Dehydration at Disney World

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