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Traveling to Disney World with 3 generations


by Tara


We have a trip booked for the first week of September this year and it’s my parents first trip. They are in their 70s and I’m wondering how hot it will be especially taking them and 2 small kids (ages 6 and 2 1/2). We are staying at Port Orleans Riverside new royal rooms. Any suggestions or tips for a wonderful trip?


The sunrise over the bayou at Port Orleans at Walt Disney World

Oh, what a beautiful morning Photo by Express Monorail

Dad’s Keep Cool Answer




Traveling with three generations is a magical experience. One of my most cherished memories is from the time we took a big family trip and Mrs. Mom’s Mom saw Cinderella Castle for the first time. It’s really special to see both your kids and your parents laughing and playing together at the Most Magical Place on Earth.


Early September is still pretty hot – nearly as hot as August – but since you’re coming in from Tennessee the heat won’t seem so bad to you. The first week of September is as good as it gets when it comes to crowds. With the kids back in school, the crowds just disappear. You’ll be able to walk on most rides, and you won’t have to fight the sweaty masses to get through the parks.


Dad’s September Crowd Calendar


The most important thing is to be aware of the heat and take the precautions necessary to keep your family safe. Children and seniors are at the higher risk for heat stroke and exhaustion, so you’ll need to take plenty of breaks and ensure everyone stays hydrated. There is lots of air conditioning at the parks and resorts, and plenty of shade – so make sure you stay as cool as possible, and remember to drink LOTS of water!


A midday break at your resort will help keep everyone cool and recharged. Taking a nap or a dip in the pool (or both!) is a great way to break up your time in the sun. Building these breaks into your PLAN will help you to ensure you take time out for rest! You can also plan to visit an air-conditioned show every hour or so to give yourself some extra “breaks” while touring the parks.


Staying on site certainly makes it easier to take mid-day breaks, and Dad always thinks that staying in a Disney resort hotel adds extra Disney magic to the trip. The Port Orleans Riverside is a great resort for family fun – with pools, an arcade, watercraft and bicycle rentals, and even a fishing hole, memories are just waiting to be made. You can even take a boat to Downtown Disney for a little something different!


Dad hasn’t seen the Royal Rooms in person, but they sound fantastic. Disney has really gone above and beyond with the themes of their special story rooms (including these, the Pirate rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort and the entire Art of Animation Resort). Make sure to take enjoy all the little details the room has to offer!


One more thing to consider: with grandparents and kids in tow, waiting for Disney bus transportation might be a bit of a challenge. Trying to get seats on the bus for everyone (there is only seating for about half the bus’ capacity) and waiting in the heat might be more of a hassle than it’s worth. That’s why Dad always suggests having a car at Walt Disney World (or at least until today).

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Dad’s Bottom Line


Tara, don’t worry too much about the heat, just be aware of it and build a PLAN that will help you keep cool. You’re going at the perfect time of year to take it slow! Lots for breaks to swim, nap, and cool off with a Mickey Ice Cream Bar, and you’ll be fine.


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