No need to let a little – or a LOT – of rain, aka ‘liquid sunshine’, stop you from visiting Disney World…or make you leave early!
One of the great things about being a Disney cast member is that you really become an expert on all the parks of WDW. In no time at all, you know when the best time to visit to each park is, even in the rain!
Walking around DAK in the rain! Rain, rain, go away…
We’ve toured Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the pouring rain and not only had DAK all to ourselves, we had a blast! Visiting DAK in the rain!
In order, the easiest WDW Parks to tour in the rain are: Magic Kingdom (driest), Hollywood Studios (good), Epcot (OK), and Animal Kingdom (you’ll get very wet!).
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 to visit when it’s raining.
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.
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.
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!).
Here is a list of some of WDW’s indoor attractions, many of which have covered waiting areas:
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’, Spaceship Earth (our favorite!!!).
‘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, Great Movie Ride, One Man’s Dream, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Finding Nemo: The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, It’s Tough to be a Bug
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