Many people enjoy crafting a nice appearance when visiting a Disney Park. You have to look your best when snapping selfies in front of the castle or getting pics with your favorite characters. With that said, looks should be just one factor in your fashion choices. Practicality should be another.
We said this back when we listed the best Disney shoes to wear at the Parks. This time, we’re saying it about sunglasses, which aren’t as universally practical as you may believe. Here’s our advice regarding polarized sunglasses, a special type that may come in handy.
What are Polarized Sunglasses?
To understand polarized sunglasses, you first need to understand this: when sunlight hits something, it gets reflected or bounced in other directions. When it strikes something flat, like the ground, it becomes horizontal light. Seeing this light can distort your vision in various ways: color contrast is tougher to discern, and the glare from light-colored surfaces can be blinding.
Disneyland and Disney World are both located in sun-soaked areas, and horizontal light can be a problem. Polarized sunglasses are designed to block that type of sunlight. By only accepting vertical light, these darker lenses help you see colors more clearly and make vision less painful on the brightest days.
Pros and Cons
We’ll start with the bad news about polarized sunglasses:
- Even if the lenses are gray, wearing polarized sunglasses can make you see colors weirdly. That’s not exactly ideal for a place as vibrant and beautiful as a Disney Park.
- They can also give you trouble when trying to look at LCD screens. At certain angles, the screens will appear white and blank.
- Worse, some people can’t even wear them because it makes them physically ill. It’s uncommon, but it can happen. We suggest trying them out for a while and checking for headaches or dizziness.
Naturally, there are plenty of benefits to wearing polarized sunglasses that make up for the downsides:
- They reduce glare from horizontal sunlight, which is good for your safety. It also improves your ability to see and distinguish objects.
- Compared to other sunglasses, wearing these shades while in the shade feels just fine. This is important because removing your sunglasses while outside leaves your eyes exposed to UV rays.
- Something else that makes your peepers vulnerable to UV rays is having them all the way open instead of squinting. All types of sunglasses reduce the need to squint, but polarized sunglasses make up for it by blocking a lot of light.
What About UV Rays?
Polarized sunglasses should be able to block UV rays. However, just because they should does not always mean that they do. Not every sunscreen product meets the minimum SPF for protecting your skin. The same is true for sunglasses: not all of them are good for protecting your eyes.
When you find a pair that looks cool on you and matches your style, you should do one more thing before buying it. Check for a label somewhere that says something like “Blocks 100% UVB and UVA.” UVB radiation is the type that causes sunburns and certain cancers, while UVA radiation causes wrinkles and aging. We strongly advise getting a pair that protects against both.
Polarized Sunglasses at Your WDW Store
If you’re looking for polarized sunglasses to wear on your next Disney trip, why not get a pair with a Disney theme? Here at Your WDW Store, we sell over 45 different sets of shades. All of them are polarized, capable of blocking 100% UVB and UVA, and based on your favorite Disney characters. Whether you’re headed for Southern California or the Sunshine State, you’ll be prepared to greet the day in style and safety.