You can plan the perfect Disney World vacation, except for the weather. If rain is forecasted for your vacation, do not fret, a little preparation will go a long way. Here are 10 veteran tips to survive a rainy day at Disney World.
1. Indoor Attractions
As outdoor attractions such as Dumbo, Expedition Everest, Test track and more will close in heavy rain. Therefore, knows which Indoor Attractions to get in line when it starts raining. All 4 Disney World theme parks contain indoor attractions and entertainment. Or consider, shopping.
2. Rain Gear
Rain gear will be your friend, since being soaked is uncomfortable pack gear to keep you dry. Ponchos, Shoe Covers and umbrellas are great for the parks. Rain Coats work as well, however are more bulky than carrying ponchos in your park bag. Also, pack Ziploc bags to keep your electronics dry if it rains.
3. Pack Extra Shoes
Have a backup pair of sneakers or comfortable shoes for everyone in your group. This way they will have dry shoes to change into for the next outing while the other pair is drying. Also consider, packing a pair of flip flops/water shoes in park bag to change into at the parks.
4. Magic Kingdom Rainy Day Parade
Know rain is in the forecast? Catch a special parade at Magic Kingdom just for those who brave the rain. Since the usual Festival of Fantasy 3pm parade shuts down due to bad weather, Magic Kingdom has a rainy day parade back up. The Rainy Day Cavalcade makes it OK to rain on your parade!
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Kilimanjaro Safaris is an exception to the rule of outdoor attractions closing in the rain, making this a great choice to ride for visitors of Animal Kingdom. Plus, you may find animals more active on the safari during the rain! As past guests have reported.
6. Stroller Cover
Nothing worse than going to an indoor attraction and coming out to find your stroller soaked. Pack a Stroller cover while you go on rides. A stretched out poncho will work as well.
7. Water Parks
If you cant beat the rain, join it! If there is no lightning than visit a Disney Water Park, you are going to get wet anyway. Past guests have encountered little to no lines, since most equate water parks with a sunny day. However, a bit of drizzle will not stop you from enjoying Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon.
8. Wait it Out
Most days it rains in Florida and is often just in passing. During Hurricane season, rain is forecasted daily. This does not mean it will rain all day. Wait out the rain and reap the benefits of emptier parks. Plus, after rain sometimes comes a rainbow!
9. Weather App
Download a weather app prior to your vacation, such as The Weather Channel (free). Most of us own smartphones now, put them to good use by checking radar from a weather app. This will tell you if the rain is staying or moving out of the area quickly.
10. Pick Your Park
If you have some insight that one day will rain more than the rest of your vacation, pick your park carefully for the rainy day. Read the best to worst Disney World Parks to visit in the rain for a breakdown of how many indoor attractions there are and which outdoor attractions close in the rain, by park. Magic Kingdom wins for the most available indoor attractions.
For a general idea of year round weather at Disney World, read: Weather at a glance by month for Disney World.
photo credit: Thank You Kristen D. (parade photos) & Sara A. (rainbow)
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