Heading to Walt Disney World during the winter and not sure what to pack? While I wouldn’t characterize Florida as cold, I hear evenings after the sun goes down can be in stark contrast to the day and that worries me. Just because it’s warmer in Orlando than Ontario doesn’t mean that it will actually be warm.
Needless to say, that can make it very difficult to plan and pack for a trip this time of year! These are our Disney packing tips for Winter at Walt Disney World.
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What to Pack for Disney World in December
Can you go swimming? What kinds of clothes should you bring? Of course, it’s hard to pack everything that you might need “just in case” when you’re on vacation. But, with a few of our tips and simple strategies for packing the essentials, you’ll be prepared for any kind of weather or park scenario you might face during the month of December.
The Weather in December
What is the weather like at Walt Disney World in the winter?
Looking a week in advance, this is what we expected to be treated to in Disney World. Having researched typical December weather, this seems to be normal.
What should I pack for winter at Walt Disney World?
The days are HOT. Like 25 C degrees (77 Fahrenheit for our American friends), which is nice summer weather here in Ontario. So a pair of capris and a t-shirt is perfect for this kind of weather. Since you have a long-sleeve or sweater in your bag, don’t worry about being too warm during the day just so you aren’t too cold in the evenings.
Notice that I said capris and not shorts. Sure, 25 C is perfect shorts weather, I have no intention of wearing them when the sun goes down and the temperature drops to 12 C (54 F). That’s a little too chilly after a hot day for bare legs. For me, I prefer to wear capris or knee-length dresses. A little warm in the day, a little chilled in the evening. Nothing uncomfortable and I don’t need to add bottoms to my park bag.
Jacket/Sweater, and Gloves
Never underestimate the need to keep warm. Once that sun is gone, the temperature drops like a stone. Bring a sweater and maybe some thin Dollarama gloves. Nothing too crazy but it’s better to be prepared and not need it, then need it and not have it.
Comfortable sneakers and socks
Because December is cooler, sneakers and tennis shoes are your best bets for footwear. Sandals can be a bit too cool for December park touring
Poncho or Umbrella
Being cold is not enjoyable, but being cold and wet is even worse
It’s still Florida. You will need sunscreen during the day, regardless of the temperatures.
While many would refer to a tuque (Beanie outside of Canada), any hat will do in these light temperatures. Since it’s December, we would recommend a fleece Elf or Santa hat, maybe something with Mickey ears, but a cap is good too. Anything that covers your heat and keeps in the heat.
Even if you don’t think you will be swimming, pack at least one swimsuit per person. You never know when the heat comes out and the time is perfect for a swim.
Carry a backpack (or rent a locker)
If you’re worried about carrying all this with you all day, invest in a locker rental at the theme parks. This is a great way to bring your coat/sweater/long pants and store it while park touring throughout the day.
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