Disney World in the Rain – What to do when it rains on your parade
Yes, unfortunately Disney magic does not work with the elements and it can rain at Disney World. In particular, the summer months can experience quite a bit of rain. So what are you going to do if this happens to you?
First of all, you can see it as a good thing. The rain means that other people are leaving the parks. The advantage of this, of course, is that the lines get less and less as people give up and go home. As long as you’re prepared, you can be one of the ones to stick around and enjoy the shorter lines. To stay dry, the best thing to do is buy a Disney rain poncho. These huge plastic ponchos aren’t the coolest thing you’ve ever seen, but they’ll keep you dry. They are not always displayed in stores and must be requested. Perhaps no one wants to admit that it rains in The Happiest Place on Earth. However, they are cute and durable, although you will probably never use them if you are not in a theme park. I don’t think anyone wants to be seen wearing a giant plastic rain poncho with Mickey Mouse on the back unless they are in the sympathetic setting of a theme park! They all look the same with a Disney poncho (unless, like me, you’ve had yours for years and are sticking with last season’s color). If you want to be able to recognize your family when you are dressed for the rain, then you can buy a poncho from another store!
If you have a stroller with you, always put the poncho over it when parking the stroller outside of the ride. That way, you won’t have to explain to your child, who is yelling in protest, that it’s really okay to sit in a wet seat for the next two hours. Another idea if you have small children in a stroller is to put a small towel in the stroller basket; it could be very useful.
Go inside. This may seem a bit obvious, but there are many things to do at Disney that are undercover. Showers tend not to last that long, so if you can sit in one of the shows or attractions for a while, you might get back out into the sunshine.
Take a look at the map. Even dressed in your Mickey poncho, don’t plan on walking to the middle of the park in the middle of a downpour.
You could take the opportunity to get out of the park for a while (don’t forget your hand stamp). Exploring one of the Disney hotels is a great way to pass the time. If you are in the Magic Kingdom, you can easily reach The Floridian, The Contemporary, and The Polynesian by monorail or boat.
So see the rain as an opportunity and turn it to your advantage.