Even though Florida is one of the sunniest places around, it still rains. The chances of your vacation getting completely rained out are pretty low, but there are months that are rainier than others. So, what happens to your Disney Vacation Plan when it rains at Walt Disney World®.
All is not lost, your Disney vacation plans can be altered and you will still HAVE FUN! Some parks are a little easier to navigate during rainy weather and others not so much. Depending on your heartiness, you don’t need to change much about your Disney vacation plan.
This park is great in rainy weather. Most of the queues are indoors or under a covered area and the attractions are close together so there is less walking between them. It is also good to remember that if you did not come prepared for the rain, all the stores sell ponchos and umbrellas.
That said, if you are in a complete downpour consider trying to get into some of the rides that are completely covered like; Monsters Inc., Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s flight, Under the Sea, It’s a Small World, Pirates, etc.
The ones that are a little less covered are rides like Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Since the rides themselves are outdoors they may close down because of water on the track, so technically there is nothing you can do.
If this park is your plan for the day, and you are expecting rain, this is one park you really want to bring some rain gear. If you are dressed appropriately this park is quite fun in the rain.
For long periods heavy rain you can check out some of the places that offer big spaces and things to look at. The aquarium is a good option since there is a lot of space inside to wander around and look at the fish, the manatees and Turtle Talk with Crush. You can also go into The Land and stand in line for Soarin’, tour the Land greenhouse or even just sit and enjoy coffee at the restaurant.
This is a great time to do a complete tour of The World Showcase because, with the exception of walking between pavilions, everything is inside. Movies about the countries can be found in Canada, France, and China. Shopping in every country is a fun experience, check out what is unique like hunting for pearls in Japan. The Voices of Liberty in the American pavilion is an amazing way to spend fifteen minutes any day, but even better when escaping rain. Keep in mind in the rain these pavilions may be busier but they are large enough to help you get out of the rain. The Mexican pavilion has a cool attraction called the Grand Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros which is an indoor boat ride. Additionally, this pavilion is filled with shopping and dining, it is a nice place to enjoy some time. Adults, this is also a good spot to grab a drink out of the elements if you like margaritas. La Cava del Tequila is a hidden gem within the Mexican Temple.
These two parks are a little more difficult to fit into your Disney vacation plan when it is raining. Animal Kingdom park is mostly outdoors and if it raining the animals may or may not stay out for you to enjoy. There are however some shows to take in, Nemo and Friends and the Lion King. Sadly one has to wait in line out side but if it is not pouring you should be fine. There is now also Pandora to enjoy and the queue for those rides are mostly indoors as are the rides.
Hollywood Studios is at this writing has a lot of rides under construction, but we have often gone to our favorite ride there, Toy Story to avoid the rain. Most of the queue is inside and once inside it is a nice place to wait.
If it is a warm rain and there isn’t any lightning, the water parks are a great option since the crowds drop significantly and you’re supposed to be wet. It is Florida and most of the time, rain is not that unpleasant since it can be warm. You can also go swimming at your resort.
Rain is not always fun and can put a bit of a damper on your Disney vacation plan, but it doesn’t have to spoil your fun. There are so many things you can do and usually, the rain passes fast and you can get on with all your outside activities.
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