Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Blue. Today we are discussing tips for rainy Disney days.
Rain often finds its way to Walt Disney World due to its central Florida location. On most days, the rain won’t last for very long; however, even the Most Magical Place On Earth does have its share of rainy days from time to time. When that happens, it’s important to be prepared and make the most of it. After all, a rainy day at Disney is better than a sunny day somewhere else!
No matter the weather forecast, ponchos are a must have for any day at a Disney park. Yes, I’ve learned this the hard way – multiple times. It never fails; the day I forget the ponchos at the resort is the day the torrential downpours visit central Florida. Let’s just say riding The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is not the idea place to be without a poncho when the clouds decide to let loose.
I’m a firm believer in taking in as many Disney attractions as possible. When it starts raining at Disney, I simply put on my poncho and keep having fun. If you visit Disney often, you may find it’s worth it to purchase one of the more expensive Disney Parks ponchos. You can bring them back each trip, and supposedly Disney will replace them if they tear (I don’t know for sure if this is actually true). Years ago my family purchased several of the yellow Mickey ponchos. We take them with us every vacation. Something about wearing a Mickey poncho just makes the rain a little more fun! If you don’t plan on visiting Disney regularly or just want to save some money, I highly recommend purchasing a poncho at home. They will cost a lot less than the Disney ponchos and work just as well.
When the rain doesn’t last all day, my favorite ways to escape the rain are shopping and shows. The stores on Main Street, U.S.A. are a great place to take cover from the weather. The majority of these stores are all connected. So you can shop in a variety of stores without having to get wet.
If it looks like the rain won’t last for too long, head into one of the longer shows at the parks such as The American Adventure at Epcot, Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom, Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios, or It’s Tough To Be A Bug at Animal Kingdom. All of these are fantastic and by the time they are over, the rain might just have stopped!
Believe it or not, there actually are some advantages to having a rainy day at Disney. If you’ve got a poncho, while it’s raining is the perfect time to take advantage of shorter wait times! The majority of guests will find shelter from the rain in a store or show. This leaves many of the attractions will outside queues having little to no wait. Please note that Disney will shut down outdoor rides if lightning is in the area, so you will only be able to take advantage of these shorter waits if it is only raining and not storming.
Rain also provides some unique photo opportunities at Walt Disney World. You may be able to shoot beautiful photographs of rain on the many flowers located around the parks. If you find the right location, you might even be able to photograph stunning reflections of park icons such as in the beautiful photo of Cinderella Castle above.
Do you have any tips for making the most of a rainy day at Disney? We would love to hear them in the comments below!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Ashley Aspires.
Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Magic Kingdom Rainy Day Attractions
2nd Stop – Frontierland Station – Don’t Let The Weather Rain On Your Disney Parade
3rd Stop – Ashley Aspires – Rainy Day Resort Hopping
4th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day
Final Stop – Magical Mickey Tips- Top Tips for Rainy Day Options at Walt Disney World