Don’t let the rain get you down at Disney!
I have never gone to Disney World and have it NOT rain at least once while I’m there. Luckily for us, it doesn’t usually last long and we usually only get caught in the rain one day during an entire week.
Although we’re usually lucky enough to not get rained out every single day, it’s always good to be prepared for it, just in case it does…because that Florida weather can sure be unpredictable.
1. Make Sure You Pack At Least One Of These Items
Seems obvious…LOL. But, if you do bring an umbrella, make sure it’s a nice compact one. Also make sure to bring a bag or something to wrap the umbrella in after it stops raining or else everything in your bag will be soaked.
We tend to go with ponchos over an umbrella because they are portable, easy to throw on over your clothes, and we just feel like it’s easier to maneuver our way around without the fear of poking someone with an umbrella. Again, bring a bag or something to throw the ponchos in once it starts raining to keep the inside of your backpack dry.
- Rain Jacket
Rain Jackets are great if you want something less disposable. They’re definitely more fashionable than a poncho, as well.
2. Know What Attractions May Close Due To Rain / Lightning
Some rides can’t function properly when it rains too hard or there is lightning in the area, so knowing which attractions have the potential for closing temporarily can save you some heartache and wasted time. If it looks like it’s going to rain, you may want to avoid the following attractions until the clouds disappear.
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Jungle Cruise
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Dumbo The Flying Elephant
- Liberty Cruise Riverboat
- Astro Orbiter
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Happily Every After
- Test Track
- Slinky Dog Dash (coming June 30th, 2018)
- Kali River Rapids
- Expedition Everest
- Primeval Whirl
- River of Lights
3. Be Prepared For Last Minute Schedule Changes
- Grab Something To Eat
Florida rain usually doesn’t last too long, so sometimes stopping for a bite to eat, even if it’s just a snack, kills just enough time for the rain to let up while you’re munching away.
In Magic Kingdom when it starts to rain? Take this an an opportunity to hop on the Monorail and try out some new restaurants (or favorites) from one of the Resorts on the Monorail Loop. When the rain stops, hop back on the Monorail to reenter Magic Kingdom.
- Hop In Line For An Indoor Ride
Don’t get discouraged when it starts to rain. There are still many rides that do not close if it’s raining since they are located inside. Just find the closest one and hop in line (Bonus if the queue is also inside).
Tip: My favorite place to be while it’s raining is in The Land Pavilion in EPCOT. Not only is it the home of Soarin’ (one of my favorites!), you can also ride Living With The Land, and get something to eat at either Sunshine Seasons Food Court or The Garden Grill without ever leaving the building.
- See A Show
There are so many great shows to see and not only are they indoors (for the most part), they give you a chance to get off your feet for a little while. Shows typically run between 15 and 40 minutes, so the rain may be over by the time the show lets out.
- Go Shopping
You know you’re going to bring LOTS of souvenirs home from the Happiest Place on Earth, so use the rain as an excuse to do some shopping. The stores do get busy during the rain, though, so be prepared for lines at the registers.
4. Go Swimming!
When the rain starts letting up, consider heading towards the pool or one of the 2 Water Parks. Guests will run for the hills when it starts raining, so if you start heading towards the water, you will get ample space to move around in the pool or Water Parks. And as long as there is no thunder or lightning, water rides tend to remain open. You’re wet anyway, so a little rain isn’t going to hurt you.
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A Disney Vacation is exhausting! Take a nap midday, while it’s raining, so you can be refreshed when you go back into the parks for those Extra Magic Hours!