Walt Disney World can be hectic on the most perfect day, then add in a little rain and it can be quite the challenge. Especially during the Florida summers it rains quite often in the afternoons, thus you may have a decent chance of encountering such a complication. Even when Mother Nature is not on your side, you can still enjoy the theme parks. The following are tips on how to enjoy Walt Disney World on a rainy day.
You will want to think ahead and bring umbrellas into the parks. They now sell many that are so small that they can literally fit into your pocket or a purse. They then open up to be regular-sized umbrellas. Obviously, you can buy a much bigger one as well. Umbrellas can help keep you dry, and if it is not raining too hard, they can let you continue like normal through the park.
Bring a rain shield for your stroller
They sell many rain shields that are made for strollers. This will be good to protect your child from the rain. Be careful about just covering them up with something that does not allow for airflow. If you rent a stroller from Magic Strollers they will provide you with a rain shield.
Bring ponchos or rain jackets
Ponchos can help keep you dry. Again, if it is not raining too hard, you may be able to continue through the park like normal with the rain ponchos. They sell them in the park if you do not have any, but you will be paying double to triple for them. Amazon has a ton of Disney themed ponchos for sale.
Wear appropriate shoes to protect your feet from the rain
It is going to be a lot less fun trudging through the rain if your feet are freezing because you are wearing flip-flops. You may want to wear sneakers so that your feet are protected if it starts to rain. Once your feet get wet, it can be difficult to get comfortable and you want to avoid that.
Plan to do the inside activities when it is raining
Walt Disney World has many indoor activities, which can take a long time. You might want to plan to do these activities at the times that it is raining. If you know that it is going to rain on and off all day, then you might want to start on the outdoor activities if it is not raining yet. Also, make sure you consider which rides have lines that are inside or under cover and which ones have lines are that outside.
22 Things to do at Disney World when it Rains
There are lots fun activities you can do if it’s raining including rides, shows, and experiences. Whatever you decide to do, do not let the rain stop you!
Magic Kingdom on a Rainy Day
Ride some rides – The Magic Kingdom has a ton of rides that are completely indoors, including Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, and It’s A Small World.
Be Part of the Audience – Visit some of the interactive experiences that are completely indoors like Enchanted Tales with Belle and Mosters Inc Laugh Floor.
Watch a Show – Carousel of Progress, The Tiki Room, Hall of Presidents and Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Shop along Main Street – All the stores are connected to each other on the inside.
Meet Characters – You can meet and speak with Mickey Mouse at the Town Square Theater, your favorite princess at Princess Fairy Tale Hall, and Minnie, Daisy, Goofy, and Donald at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Fantasyland.
Epcot on a Rainy Day
Land Pavilion – Ride Soarin’, ride Living with the Land, eat at Sunshine Seasons, and watch the Circle of Life.
Seas Pavilion – Ride Nemo and Friends, talk to Crush, catch a dive show, and enjoy the aquariums.
Watch a Show – American Adventure
Club Cool – Tastes colas from around the world.
Kidcot – Kidcot Fun Stops are located in every international pavilion at Epcot. Kids can draw, color and collect activity cards at every country throughout World Showcase. Your kid will listen to Cast Members share rich stories about their native countries as you create your special keepsake and pick up a memento from that country.
Where to Find Kidcot Fun Stops
- Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos)
- Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost)
- China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China)
- Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst)
- Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana)
- American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts)
- Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery)
- Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina)
- France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France)
- United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier)
- Canada Pavilion (at the exit of O Canada!)
Innoventions – Kids can learn all kinds of things through hands on interactive exhibits.
Ride the Rides – Almost all of Epcots rides are inside, including Mission Space, Soarin, Journey Into the Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Gran Fiesta Tour featuring the Three Caballeros (Mexico), and Frozen Ever After (Norway).
Disney Hollywood Studios on a Rainy Day
Indoor Rides – Star Tours, Rock N Roller coaster, Tower of Terror
Watch a Show – Beauty and the Beast, Muppet 3-D, Frozen Sing-a-long, and Voyage of The Little Mermaid
Jedi Training – They do Jedi Training rain or shine. When it’s raining they just move it inside the Star Wars ride.
Animal Kingdom on a Rainy Day
Watch a Show – The Animal Kingdom has some of the best shows at Disney World including Finding Nemo the musical, It’s Tough to be a Bug, and Festival of the Lion King.
Ride some indoor rides – Navi River Journey, Flight of Passage, Dinosaur
Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch – This is indoor and outdoor, but much of the outdoor part is covered. A train will take you here and it’s a great educational opportunity.
Disney Springs on a Rainy Day
Go Bowling – Splitsville is a retro bowling alley with fun for the whole family and food.
Go Shopping – Here’s a list of the best Disney souvenirs.
Head to the Water Park
No, I am not kidding. One of our favorite times to go to Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. When it starts to rain the water parks almost completely empty out. As long as there is no lighting they keep all the rides running and there’s no lines.
It can be a challenge to travel through Walt Disney World in the rain, but with effort it can be done. Following the above tips will help you enjoy Walt Disney World on a rainy day.