10 top tips for having fun in the rain at Walt Disney World!!!!

So you have arrived for the holiday of a lifetime at Walt Disney World, the happiest place on earth! And the last thing you expect to have to do is deal with rain! While it doesn’t happen often, it can and unless there is a hurricane warning it is very unlikely that there will be a full closure, some rides however will still close due to rain so do be prepared for this. Rainy season in Florida is June through to October so if you have your holiday planned and booked for this time, here are a few ideas if you get caught out. However don’t let the rain ruin your holiday and read through these tips on having fun in the rain at the happiest place on earth!

  1. Continue as normal

Continue with your plans as normal! Most showers in Florida are over before they have really started! Grab everyone in your party a poncho (and on for the stroller if you haven’t got the rain cover!!) and stick with your original plans. Most indoor attractions will still be open and most other attractions the queuing area is either indoors or covered and chances are the rain will have stopped by the time you have exited the attraction!

  1. Pick a park carefully if you haven’t planned already!!

Some of the parks are not suited to rainy days at WDW! Mainly Animal Kingdom! Nearly all attractions are outdoors and many areas will be closed because of a chance of lightning! If Animal Kingdom is a must because you want to stick to your schedule there are a few indoor attractions mostly with covered or indoor queues as well. These are Dinosaur, It’s Tough To Be A Bug, Festival Of The Lion King and Finding Nemo – The Musical. These attractions mostly have short wait times but do expect these to be little higher if it’s raining!  We fully recommend Magic Kingdom or Epcot on a rainy day. These two parks have the most indoor attractions and have the most attractions with indoor and covered wait areas!

Here are a few of the completely covered waiting areas:

  • Epcot :
    • Soarin’
    • Anything in the LAND area
    • Innovention
    • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
    • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
    • Mission: Space
    • Grand Fiesta Tour (Mexico)
  • Magic Kingdom:
    • Space Mountain
    • Pirates of The Caribbeanits_a_small_world_line
    • Mickey’s Philharmagic
    • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
    • Carousel of Progress
    • Enchanted Tiki Room
    • It’s A Small World (Please note this is classed as fully covered but the outside lines are open to the side, please see image to the right)
  • Hollywood Studios:
    • The Great Movie Ride
    • Toy Story Mania
    • Frozen Sing-A-Long (This queue is as Its A Small World and a very small part of it is open to the elements but is covered)
    • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Animal Kingdom:
    • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
    • Dinosaur
    • Expedition Everest (The queue maybe covered but the ride is not!)
  1. Dress Appropriately

If rain is forecast have a think about what to wear! You may think jeans will be fine but if you get soaked think about how long they are going to take to dry – ages and you will be walking around really wet and uncomfortable! Bring extra socks to prevent blisters and sore feet (I think we can all agree this is one of the last things you need when on a Disney trip!) and make sure anything else you are wearing is lightweight so that it dries quick when that beautiful Floridian sun reappears!

  1. Rent a Locker

If you have a stroller you might not necessarily think of this one, but on a rainy day it’s a perfect idea. Use a locker to store a spare set of clothes and spare shoes. All you need to do then if you get completely soaked (also a wise idea for those wet rides we all know and love such as Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids) you can just take a trip back to your locker and have a set of fresh dry clothes ready and waiting for you! Then simply store your wet ones in the locker and pick up as you leave the park!

  1. Resort Hop

It may sound boring but quite a neat rainy day activity is to go and explore some of the many resorts at Walt Disney World! Each resort has its own special theme. If you are a pressed penny collector this is a great way of collecting some you wouldn’t otherwise get as each resort has its own unique penny machine and you can’t get these pressed pennies anywhere else! You could even sample some of the different cuisines at each resort or check out the different arcades!

  1. Spa Time

One for the mums!!  If you know it’s going to rain Disney’s Senses Spas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort offer relaxing warm-water spas and a range of services and facilities. You do however need to book these in advance so make sure you are checking the weather forecast so you can plan ahead. Or for the kids, The Pirates League and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique are a fantastic afternoon activity for a rainy day.

  1. Monorail Tour

A monorail tour is also a neat little way of exploring some of the other resorts.  The monorail stops at the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary Resorts and all stops are  under cover so you won’t get wet waiting to jump back on the monorail! The monorail starts running 30 minutes prior to the earliest park opening and runs until an hour after the last park closing.  And if it stops raining you can hop off at Magic Kingdom or Epcot and have some park fun on the same day!

  1. DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest is an awesome way to keep those big kids entertained on a rainy day! Full of high-tech rides, games, virtual-reality attractions and simulators it is a full on family-entertainment complex under one roof. Aimed at 8-35 year olds its great for groups with older kids! Please note that there is a separate fee for admission into DisneyQuest.

  1. Take A Nap

If it’s a brief afternoon shower, take the opportunity to head back to your resort catch a few zzzz’s and have a freshen up! This is fab if your party includes young children.  We suggest heading to a park in the morning and then in the evening when you have rejuvenated yourselves head to the park with Extra Magic Hours(EMH) for some evening activities. Do some of the rides when the sun has gone down, it can be a completely different experience!!!!

  1. And lastly you may think we are mad but give the water parks a whirl!!!

Some people may well think we are crazy but as we said earlier most Floridian showers are just that, a shower! If it’s raining in the morning and you have no plans chill out at your resort in the morning and when it dries up head to one of the great water parks at Walt Disney World. Most people won’t think of it so reap the benefits and enjoy shorter ride queues and a quieter park. One thing though – make sure it’s not an electrical storm and they are actually open before you get too excited about a relatively quiet trip to a water park!

A rainy day at Walt Disney World is better than a rainy day anywhere else! If you follow our tips (hopefully you won’t have too!!) you can still have an amazing time and you may even do something you wouldn’t have considered doing and love it!!


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