You’re all geared up and ready for a great day at the theme parks when you turn on the news and get the weather report. Unfortunately, the forecast calls for rain and your plans seem to be washing away with it. However, while rain during a trip might be a slight annoyance, it doesn’t have to ruin your fun. The theme parks are designed for rain! Disney Imagineers certainly had the frequent showers of Florida in mind when they built the theme parks at Walt Disney World. Most of the lines for the rides are covered and the majority of the rides are indoors. Nearly all of the restaurants are sheltered or indoors as well. Only a few of the attractions are closed due to rain. Here are some simple tips that can help you make the most of your trip, even if there's rain in the forecast.
Tip #1 - Plan Your Rain Gear! Even if the forecast calls for no rain during your trip, it's probably a good idea to plan for it just in case. For most people, that means packing ponchos. If the rain chances during your
trip are small, Dollar Store ponchos might work and they are definitely great to use on attractions where you might get wet like Splash Mountain & Kali River Rapids. Umbrellas are not the greatest idea in an area where there are so people. Umbrellas can be a hassle if the wind blows and it’s easy to accidentally stab people with them. Ponchos keep both hands free and offer better overall protection, especially in the common side-ways rains during the summer. Besides, ponchos are lighter and take up less room in your park bag. And DO NOT forget to take your ponchos out to dry when you return to your hotel!
Tip #2 - Find the characters indoors Disney characters don’t like getting wet anymore than you do. If you’re looking for your favorite Disney friends, you might have to seek them out indoors. Indoor character meet and greets are not just for the character experience itself, but also for the more comfortable queue. Characters and locations change often, so always check your Times Guide or My Disney Experience app and Park Map once inside the park. Extreme weather can also move some outdoor meet and greets inside, but these won’t be published.
Tip #3 - Make the most of it
Even on the rainiest of days you’ll still find lots to see and do in the parks (in fact, Magic Kingdom sometimes has a rainy day version of their parade if they can't do the regular one). Since many attractions are indoors you won't find that most things close during bad weather, and, as a bonus, you’ll often find shorter lines.
Some of my best memories are made by enjoying the parks in the rain! However, if you are still leery about visiting the parks during a rain shower, here are some other ways you could plan to spend a rainy day:
Reschedule your FastPass+ reservations for later in the day while you wait for a storm to pass. Keep tabs on the storm conditions by using the Weather Channel's app which has a radar you can watch.
Bowl at Splitsville in Disney Springs
Take in a movie at the AMC Dine in Theater in Disney Springs
Explore the Walt Disney World Resorts
Shop, either in the parks, at Disney Springs or even at one of the outlet malls around Orlando
Dine at an impromptu meal (use the My Disney Experience app or call 407-WDW-DINE to check for availability)
Pamper Yourself - If you're in the mood for a bit of pampering, schedule a spa treatment at Disney's Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club or the Disney's Saratoga Springs and Spa.
Or consider ordering a pizza to your resort room and staying in to just relax!