Tips for staying hydrated at the Orlando Theme Parks!

Sometimes we get so busy enjoying all of the sites and rides at the theme parks that we forget to drink enough fluids, and we become dehydrated. Then we feel miserable. It’s important to get plenty of hydration and replenish minerals we may lose when we’re in a different climate or when we overexert ourselves. Liquid refreshment can be magically energizing!

Water, please!  It’s not something that the parks advertise because they want us to buy sodas, freezies, milkshakes, and bottled water from them, but they understand the need to have water available, especially for young park visitors. That’s why they will give you a free cup of water upon request at select refreshment stands (usually the ones with soda dispensers or restaurants). Not every beverage station can give out free cups of water, though. Most will direct you to the nearest station.

You can request a cup of water with ice or without ice. Some have straws; others don’t have straws available (especially those areas where there are animals that might ingest them). Since our younger grandchildren won’t drink out of cups without straws, we usually carry either a metal one or the tempered glass straws (we feel semi-environmentally-responsible when we sip using these straws—from our disposable cups). 

There are also drinking fountains throughout the parks where you can fill your more environmentally-friendly bottles and cups. Some of the fountains are clean and work well; others have disgusting trash heaped in them or they appear to double as a birdbath.

And there are ice-filled kiosk bins with bottles of water, pop, juice, and other beverages for sale throughout the parks. Take a moment to fill your little ones (and yourself) with liquid refreshment so you can avoid dehydration during your park visits.

Good hydration can bring back smiles.

Look for stands that have soda machines (and kind staff).

Minerals can help, too.  Especially when traveling, we make sure to add some minerals to our water and other beverages (or we purchase ready-made drinks that can help restore our mineral and electrolyte balance. My favorite pharmacist and healthy children will point out, though, that we need to be careful to read the labels. Sometimes these drinks can be packed with sugars and other things that may make the “healthy” drinks less than healthy)

Many minerals help a body carry out its daily functions and processes in the most efficient and beneficial way. Essential “trace” minerals are needed in much smaller amounts but we may deplete them more quickly during travel. Trace minerals include iron, chromium, copper, zinc, iodine, manganese and selenium. Here’s a helpful article from Trace Minerals (one of the brands we enjoy) about these vital minerals:  Why You Need Ionic Minerals

Experience-Filled Hydration.  Okay, we’ve addressed the more healthy choices for our hydration needs. There are beverages that can fill the need for fun, too. Here are a few of our favorite park beverages:

A Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience at Universal Orlando wouldn’t be complete without a sip of frosty Butterbeer! It’s creamy, cold deliciousness, especially on a hot day! For a couple of good reviews about the different forms of this delicacy available to park visitors, we like the article by Nicole Moshe on the official Universal blog site about Butterbeer,  and an article in the Orlando Informer called Butterbeer at Universal Orlando Resort–Complete Insider’s Guide!

You can even take home a souvenir cup—or you can get it in a disposable one.

In Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, the Pongu Pongu stand near our favorite Pandora ride offers a Night Blossom Drink with Boba Balls. It’s frosty, sweet, and has the surprising pop of passion fruit-flavored balls. To better describe it, we will direct you to a blog that includes a recipe for this delightful drink experience at Get Away Today: Make Your Own Avatar Treat: Night Blossom Drink Recipe

One of our favorite treats from Disney Parks is the Dole Pineapple Whip! We’ve enjoyed it for years during our trips to Disneyland and were pleased to find it in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando. This delight is cool, creamy, and just sweet enough to be very refreshing. We find, however, that not every Dole Whip is the same, even within Disney World.

Our favorite is near the Tiki Room in Disneyland, but the Aloha Isle version in the Magic Kingdom is our Orlando favorite. Here’s an article that lists other places to find the treat from Disney AddictsWhere Can I Get A Dole Whip at Disney World?  Another fun post is from Disney Tourist BlogDole Whip Fun Facts.