You’ve been planning the trip for months, you have dining reservations, feel good about your itinerary and you are ready to see THE Mouse! Then, you look at the weather forecast and see rain! You might be thinking, “well this is going to ruin everything”. You have to have great weather to enjoy Walt Disney World, right? No, that is not true. In this article, we share our best tips for rainy days at Walt Disney World.
Will It Rain During My Disney Vacation?
In central Florida, there are definitely times of the year when it is more likely to rain. You may even see rain in the forecast every day. This is especially the case during the summer months, as this is the rainy season in Florida.
Luckily, this does NOT have to ruin your whole day. There are ways to prepare for the rainy weather during your trip.
How To Prepare for the Weather
The best thing to do to prepare for the rain at Walt Disney World is to just expect that you may encounter some rain, especially during the summer months.
Bring ponchos with you as a precaution. Ponchos are also available for purchase at several locations, both in the parks and at your resort hotel. Umbrellas are also permitted in the parks but may not be the most convenient if you are traveling with small children or a stroller. If you are bringing a stroller, be sure to have a stroller cover too. If you are renting a stroller, this is often included
When you’re packing your suitcase, consider bringing shoes that are weather-appropriate or an extra pair if you are planning to wear tennis shoes. Ziploc bags are also a good idea. These will protect items that shouldn’t get wet (e.g. phones, cameras, chargers, etc.). In addition, you can put wet ponchos or clothes in Ziploc bags to prevent your other things from getting wet.
In central Florida, hurricane season is technically from June to November. The most active time for hurricanes is often September and October. If you are traveling during these months, it is especially a good idea to consider getting travel insurance. Your travel advisor is a great resource to help you find the best plan for your family.
Once you’re in the parks, it’s important to keep an eye on the weather forecast. There are many good mobile apps that will help you keep an eye on any rain in the area. Some will even alert you when rain is expected to start! You can also check out one of the local news stations for their predictions. Watch the websites for the full local forecast and radar.
What To Do If It Rains
We’ve already explored what to do in the heat at Walt Disney World so now let’s talk about what to do in the rain!
During the summer months, it’s not uncommon to encounter rain in the middle of the day. The hottest part of the day often brings rain. Then it tends to ease up as you get closer to the evening. This is yet another reason why a mid-day break is a good idea. If you schedule this each day as a part of your vacation, you may miss most of this rain!
If you notice that rain is in the forecast, it’s a great time to grab a bite to eat! Scheduling a lunch reservation is a good way to take a break regardless of the weather.
Alternatively, you can place a mobile order for a snack or meal and find a place to sit inside to eat. This will often give the weather a chance to blow over. You can also check for walk-up availability at table service restaurants.
If you are looking for indoor attractions to ride at each theme park, there are several choices. Check out the options:
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Hall of Presidents
- The Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Mad Tea Party
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Meet Cinderella & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Mickey & Minnie at Town Square Theatre
- Meet Tiana & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Space Mountain
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Advanced Training Lab (Mission: SPACE)
- The American Adventure
- Awesome Planet
- Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along
- Bijutsu-kan Gallery
- Bruce’s Shark World
- Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Available using Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Lane purchase)
- ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs
- Impressions de France
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Kidcot Fun Stops
- Leave a Legacy
- Living with the Land
- Meet a Favorite Pal at Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
- Meet Anna & Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
- Meet Joy inside ImageWorks
- Meet Vanellope inside ImageWorks
- Mexico Folk Art Gallery
- Mission: SPACE
- Reflections of China
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Stave Church Gallery
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Voices of Liberty
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage
- Disney Junior Play and Dance!
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Indiana JonesTM Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
- Meet Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams
- Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
- Meet Sulley at Walt Disney Presents
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Toy Story Mania!
- The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM
- Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie
- Walt Disney Presents
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Conservation Station
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
- Na’vi River Journey
Rainy Day Tips
The best tip for a rainy day is to remember: Even a rainy day at Disney is better than a day at home! Here are a few other things to remember if you encounter rain on your trip.
- If you are traveling with kids, they may LOVE playing in the rain! if there is no lightning in the area, throw on some rain gear (or bring extra clothes with you) and let them run around! It will entertain them and make the time go faster! Plus, you’ll have a fun memory!
- Grab a snack while you wait for the rain to ease up. Mobile ordering is the quickest way to do this. There are many locations with indoor seating or covered areas to dodge the raindrops.
- Shows are a great way to spend time at the parks if it’s raining. Many are longer and give the opportunity for the rain to ease up or stop.
- Character meet and greets are good options too to have fun and avoid the rain.
- If you want to leave the parks for a little while, resort hopping is a good way to explore the rest of what the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. The monorail resorts are the best because the monorail stations are all covered and there are multiple restaurants and things to explore at each of these resorts.
- If you are using Genie+ and have a return time for an attraction that closes during rainy weather, you will receive a “multiple experiences” option where you can choose a different attraction.
FAQs – Rain at the Walt Disney World Resort
You may still have questions about what to do if it rains during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Does Disney give refunds for rain?
The official policy states that there are no refunds or rain checks given because the parks remain open, even when it rains.
If the parks do close due to weather, then they will provide refunds.
Do the rides shut down when it rains?
Yes, some of the rides do shut down. If there is lightning in the area, attractions that are outdoors will close for safety reasons. Once it is safe to do so, Disney does a great job getting things up and running again.
If you have a Genie+ reservation for an attraction that is closed, you will receive a “Multiple Experiences” pass. You can choose to wait for your selected attraction or enjoy another attraction instead.
Will there still be fireworks?
In most cases, the answer is yes. The nighttime entertainment is typically not canceled when it rains. It may be slightly modified for the shows where there are live actors if there is high wind or storms. For example, Tinker Bell may not fly during Disney Enchantment.
It is possible that the fireworks may be delayed but, in most cases, the show must go on!
Will there still be a parade?
Sometimes, because of the rain, the Festival of Fantasy Parade may be canceled. This is largely because it would be unsafe for the performers to be out during a storm.
If the full parade is canceled, the Rainy Day Cavalcade is often shown as an alternative. This cavalcade is short but features characters waving from the Main Street U.S.A. vehicles and Cast members in their rain gear.
What about transportation like the Disney Skyliner or Friendship Boats?
In the event of lightning or strong winds, there may be modifications to the available Disney transportation for safety reasons. For example, the Disney Skyliner will close if there is high wind or lightning in the area. The boats will also close if there is lightning.
If this happens during your visit, bus transportation will be provided.
What’s the best park to visit if it’s raining?
All four theme parks offer indoor attractions. However, EPCOT is our favorite when it’s raining because there is so much to do indoors. There are several indoor attractions at this park that include indoor or covered queues. In addition, there are shows or other indoor activities if you are looking to dodge the raindrops! Plus, there are several great options for dining.
While everyone hopes for sunny skies during their Disney vacation, rain does not have to ruin your trip! Knowing what to do and how to prepare is the best way to make the best of Florida rain and still enjoy your vacation!
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