Help­ing Hands

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY TIFFANY GONZALEZ

We love go­ing to Walt Dis­ney World dur­ing the fall and win­ter, so much so that we now only visit the Re­sort dur­ing those two sea­sons. Kids are back in school so the crowds are low for the most part, parks are dec­o­rated beau­ti­fully, there are awe­some par­ties at Magic Kingdom, and the weather is won­der­ful.

You can leave the spray bot­tles, flip flops, and fans at home. The weather is so pleas­ant dur­ing these cooler months. In the fall, the weather av­er­ages from the mid-80's and the low in the lower-60’s. And in the win­ter, the high av­er­ages in the low-70's and lows in the mid-50's.

Many peo­ple of­ten won­der about what to pack this time of year. The weather in Florida can be tricky, kind of like the weather in my home state of Texas. One day it's sunny and warm, the next it's cold and windy.

My num­ber one rule is don't forget your hood­ies. Yes, I know this is Florida, but don't make the mis­take of for­get­ting to pack a hoodie, it gets cool at night in fall and dur­ing the day through­out the win­ter months. Two years goes we went at the end of Oc­to­ber; one of the nights got re­ally cool and I ended up hav­ing to buy six $50 hood­ies from one of the parks shop for each of my chil­dren. I sug­gest wear­ing a t-shirt and lay­er­ing, so once it gets warmer, you can take the lay­ers and still be com­fort­able.

I also sug­gest bring­ing a pon­cho and ex­tra socks with you. The weather in Florida is un­pre­dictable, and rain show­ers can last as lit­tle as a few min­utes. No one wants to walk around slop­ing wet (un­less you choose to ride Splash Moun­tain) dur­ing cooler weather.

And don't forget your swim­suit and water shoes. The pools and water parks are heated, and many peo­ple don't take the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy them dur­ing the fall and win­ter. I’ve found that ei­ther rent­ing a locker or bring­ing a back­pack to put dry clothes in while en­joy­ing the water rides makes life much more com­fort­able once your done. Also, bring a beach towel be­cause it can be a lit­tle cold when you get out of the water.

These are just a few sug­ges­tions that we have learned over the years, but should be a good start to your pack­ing list—en­joy the mag­i­cal weather!

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