It’s spring and I’m itching for a trip. The kids have asked over and over when we are headed back to Florida and I’ve assured them…someday. But that doesn’t mean I can’t plan.
Of course, if you’ve spent any amount of time in Florida, then you know it rains…a lot, especially in the spring and summer months. Rainy days at Disney are pretty much unavoidable, but a rainy day doesn’t mean your park day is shot. A little water won’t ruin your magical day if you follow these tips.
Bring rain jackets and/or ponchos
Amazon is your friend. Or if you forgot to pack a poncho, you can always stop by a Dollar Store and pick a few up before heading to the park. Disney ponchos can be anywhere from $5-$10 and you can do much better elsewhere. You don’t need much, just a thin rain jacket that you can throw in your backpack or stroller. They don’t take up much room and can be a lifesaver during a sudden downpour.
Do some shopping
There are hundreds of little shops and boutiques full of Disney merchandise throughout the entire Disney resort. If you were waiting for the perfect time to pick a souvenir, this is it. And the bonus – you don’t have to carry it through the park wit you. You can arrange to pick it up when you’re leaving the park for the day. And a bonus for the rain days, many of the shops on Main Street in Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are connected, so you can continue browsing without stepping outside.
Go for a show or indoor ride
Disney has many shows and indoor rides you can enjoy during rainy periods throughout the day. Classics such as It’s tough to be a bug, Muppets 3D, or Pirates of the Caribbean can be enjoyed indoors so you don’t have to wait outside in the rain. Make a list of all the shows you want to see and perhaps plan for those during an afternoon shower.
Spend time at the resorts
Sometimes afternoon showers really come and go in a matter of hours. If you’re not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, or want to check out one in which you aren’t staying, you can use Disney’s many free transportation options to visit each resort. Each has its own unique view, theme, and food available for all. (Just note, you are not allowed to use any of the pools unless you are a guest.) I think spending an afternoon at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Grab a bite to eat
If you plan it right, you can eat during the rainy parts of the day! Rain typically comes during the late afternoon, so have an early dinner or snack instead and avoid getting wet. If you can, make your dining reservations for that time period, as when the rain starts falling, the restaurants will fill up quick.
Don’t let a little rain spoil your magical Disney vacation! They day goes on, parades still happen, and fun still occurs. So make the most of your time in the parks on a rainy day!