Is it Hot? Yes. We went Last week of June - First week of July and yes it was hot, but we are from the deep south so we were used to it. Buy the little hand held fans with squirt bottle BEFORE you go…they are refreshing and they cost like $20 in the park. At the very least have everyone a t-shirt to change into. Putting on a clean shirt can instantly make you feel better after you have been sweating at the parks all day. Make plans to escape the heat…by hitting shows in the midday sun or inside rides…you don’t have to plan all inside stuff in the afternoon, but 30 minutes out of the sun and inside is a nice break. To me AK was the HARDEST place to escape the heat as almost EVERYTHING is outside except for “Nemo” so go see it in the afternoon…and remember a line is twice as long as it actually is when it is 100 degrees, so just be patient.
The ride - plan for the ride just like the trip. Know about where and when you are going to stop for meals. I made my kids a coloring map of the cities we would pass about every 45 minutes to an hour…I never once heard “How much farther?” They would color when I told them we passed a certain point…so they could see it for themselves. Also, I gave them a time estimate they could understand…10 movies - watch 10 movies and we will be there and you can’t ask where we are until you have watched them (btw, we NEVER make it to 10). A DVD player helps ALOT as well as the Nintendo DS. I always plan to do the bulk of my driving while the kids are traditionally getting ready to go to sleep or are asleep. I like to pull into DW at about 6am-8am so that the kids wake up and are not waiting. Of course that means ALOT of sacrifice on my end…Driving through the night and getting maybe 1-3 hrs of sit down time BEFORE hitting the parks for a few hours.
DW Resorts do not check in until 3pm but will give you your park passes early that day. If you get there early, ask the front desk clerk where their restrooms are and ask for a hand-towel…let them know that you realize that you can’t check in but would like to freshen up and they just might go ahead and get you in a room if available. They did for us. Personally, I love the drive - but I am wierd like that.