Rain is inevitable in Florida. As annual pass holders and long time Florida residents, we braved non stop rain countless times to enjoy the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. Many visitors will leave during a non stop rainy day, which means shorter ride queues and less people in general. This can make for a pleasant day IF you are prepared for the rain. If you’re planning a trip to Disney World, use these six tips to be prepared and make the most of a Rainy Disney Day.
- Purchase ponchos BEFORE entering the park. Ponchos sold at Disney gift shops are upwards of $9 a piece! Pick up a few for less than $1 at Wal-mart or the Dollar Tree and save yourself some money. We love using ponchos as a cover for our stroller too. They keep baby nice and dry but can be thrown away at the end of the day. It is important to keep an eye on the baby though to prevent a choking hazard.
- Pack ziplock bags. Storing valuables (money, phones, cameras, etc) in ziplock bags saves them from any potential water damage. This is also a great tip if you plan on riding any ‘wet’ rides.
- Bring Umbrellas. Sometimes a poncho just won’t do. Especially if you have a stroller, grab a small umbrella or two to hang from the stroller or stow underneath. While many rides are indoors, stroller parking is NOT. It is so helpful to have a spare umbrella to open and set inside the empty stroller to keep contents dry.
- Shopping. Although it doesn’t appear this way from the outside, many Disney gift shops are actually connected to form one LONG store with multiple entrances. Spend a few minutes perusing merchandise, or at the very least, use this as a dry walkway.
- Sit down to eat– While many Disney restaurants are quick service, a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to sit down for a longer meal. With less people in the park, there’s also a better chance of snagging a last minute reservation to one of the more popular restaurants. Check the My Disney Experience App for restaurants closest to you.
- Wear appropriate footwear- One of the easiest ways to ruin a day at Disney is by wearing uncomfortable shoes. This is especially the case when it’s raining. Speaking from experience, wet soggy tennis shoes are the worst to walk around in. If the forecast calls for rain, make sure to wear comfortable sandals or pack a pair of extra shoes/socks to change later in the day.
Don’t worry, a little rain won’t ruin your Disney trip, as long as you’re prepared for it. Using the tips above will ensure a magical day despite a little ‘liquid pixie dust’. As a bonus, note some of the benefits of a rainy Disney day below:
- Less people, shorter ride queues, yay!
- Fireworks STILL happen (as long as there is not lightning or extreme winds)
- Most rides and shows are inside and aren’t delayed or stopped due to rain
- Disney is extremely accommodating for cancelled events (i.e. the Jedi Temple Training at Hollywood Studios, when rained out, gives participates the opportunity to meet Darth Vader instead) You may get an equally memorable experience despite stormy weather.
Have you ever endured a rainy Disney day? What’s your favorite tip or trick? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.