Visiting Disney World in the Rain

No need to turn around and go home! Carry on!!

It’s raining, but there’s no need to turn around and go home!  Carry on!!  (Photo credit:  WDW Shutterbug)

No need to let a little – or a LOT – of rain, aka ‘liquid sunshine’, stop you from visiting Disney World…or make you leave the theme Parks early!

Summer downpour at the Magic Kingdom!

Summer downpour at the Magic Kingdom!

One of the great things about the DCP program is that you really become an expert on all the Parks of WDW. In no time at all, you know where the best place to park is and learn when the best time to visit to each Park is, even in the rain!

Walking around DAK in the rain.

Walking around DAK in the pouring rain.

We’ve toured Animal Kingdom in the pouring rain and not only had DAK all to ourselves, we had a blast!

In our Disney ponchos.

With my CP friends in our Disney ponchos at Epcot.  I should have worn my sandals.

In order, the easiest Parks to tour in the rain are: Magic Kingdom (driest), Hollywood Studios (good), Epcot (OK), and Animal Kingdom (you’ll get very wet!).

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

Orlando gets more precipitation in June and July than we get all year at home (Boulder, CO).  But, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios all have many indoor attractions.

Take a look at the weather forecast during your stay. If there’s a fairly dry day predicted, plan to visit the Animal Kingdom on that day. While it does have sheltered venues, this is one Park that’s meant to be enjoyed outdoors. You will get very wet, even wearing a poncho, if you go there on a rainy day or if it starts to rain. And, there is very little covered seating for eating.

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

Buy disposable ponchos at the Dollar Store before you go to WDW!

The good news is not everyone plans ahead and you often see visitors leaving the Parks in droves – almost running from the Park – once the rain begins. Just keep one safety issue in mind: when you pop on a poncho it doesn’t mean that you’re immune from lightning. If it’s thundering and lightning, stay indoors until the coast is clear.

If rain is in the forecast, when you arrive at the Park think about renting a locker. You can stow your rain gear in the morning when it’s not needed, and don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to store the wet rainwear later. If it’s really raining hard, plan on having soggy shoes/socks. A change of footwear for later on in the day may be a good idea.

Rainy day: no problem!

Rainy day at DTD: no problem!

The prospect of rain should not keep you out of the Parks (you won’t melt); all you really need to pack is a disposable poncho and flip-flops to make touring during a rainy day a breeze.  We liked using our collapsible umbrellas. The rain will scare plenty of local guests away, so a nice afternoon shower might be just the thing to lower the crowd levels to more manageable levels in the summer (less wait times!).

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Here is a list of some of WDW’s indoor attractions, many of which have covered waiting areas:

October 2015:  A rainy afternoon at MK.  Look, no crowds!

October 2015: A rainy afternoon at MK. Look, no crowds!

Magic Kingdom:
Fantasyland: Dumbo’s Big Top Tent, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, It’s a Small World, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Winnie the Pooh, Prince Charming Carousel – all have covered waiting areas.
Adventureland: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents – all great shows and all have covered pre-show/waiting areas.
Tomorrowland: Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, Monsters, Inc., Stitch’s Great Escape, Buzz Lightyear.
Shopping on Main Street USA – All the stores are connected, so you can walk down a lot of Main Street inside, going from shop to shop.

Future World: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Living With The Land Pavilion, Mission: Space, Sum of All Thrills, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Innovations, Soarin’, Captain EO, Spaceship Earth.
World Showcase:
‘O Canada’, American Adventure, ‘Impressions de France’, ‘Reflections of China’, Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride (Mexico).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Muppet-Vision 3D, Great Movie Ride, One Man’s Dream, Star Tours, Beauty and The Beast

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Finding Nemo: The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, It’s Tough to be a Bug

There's a lot of truth to this meme!!!

There’s a lot of truth to this meme!!!  Be prepared!


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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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