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Bring These Items To Battle the Rain In Disney

The rainy season is here at Walt Disney World.  Rain doesn’t have to ruin your Disney vacation which is why we want you to be prepared with these key items.  Having these items with you on a rainy day will help you continue to have a magical experience while on your Disney vacation.

No one wants rain during their Disney vacation, but the reality is almost all of us face a rain storm or two while there.  Coming prepared will prevent everyone from becoming frustrated when the rain does come.  

Let’s get these items packed so you are ready.

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Small Umbrella

Start by getting a small umbrella for your backpack.  These can be great if you don’t want to put on a poncho or rain jacket or if it isn’t raining too hard.  Having a small umbrella can make it easy to pull out and have protection from rain storms.

Do be careful if it gets windy that you don’t have it blow you away.  Also, think about bringing a Ziploc to toss it in so you don’t have to worry about putting a wet umbrella into your backpack.

Rain At Disney World

Poncho/Rain Jackets

Before heading down to Walt Disney World for your magical Disney vacation, consider purchasing a light rain jacket or buying ponchos for the whole family. Being able to throw something on quickly to protect yourself from rain can help you stay positive.  A Disney packing list definitely should have a rain jacket or poncho on it throughout the year.

Consider visiting the dollar store near you to grab some cheap ponchos.  If you prefer something nicer, plan ahead and get a nice rain jacket before you head down.  No matter which one you prefer, make sure you have it with you each day in the Park.  You never know when a rainstorm will pop up.

baseball hat
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This might seem surprising but a lot of veteran Disney goers live by this during rain storms.  Toss in a hat!  Not only will it help keep your head and face dry during the storm, but it will also help control that hair afterward.  

We typically suggest hats for sun protection, but they can also be a huge help when it comes to rain.


Stroller Cover

Make sure your stroller doesn’t end up collecting a pool of water while you are inside, hiding from the down poor. Bring a stroller cover that attaches and will keep it nice and dry for your little one. There are even stroller covers that can be used while your little one is in the stroller. This can be helpful if they refuse to wear a rain jacket or poncho.

There are a lot of different options so make sure you get one that will fit your stroller.  If you are renting, double-check that one comes with the rental.

Spider-Man shoes
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Back-Up Shoes

There is nothing worse than having to walk around in wet shoes all day.  Think about tossing in waterproof shoes or ones that can easily get wet like flip flops into your Park bag.  You can throw these on as it starts to flood (because Disney streets do flood in the Parks) keeping your tennis shoes nice and dry.

We suggest having more than one pair of shoes, so you aren’t stuck wearing them the whole day when they do get wet. Newspaper is good at drying out shoes, as is a hair drier, but don’t be stuck with that as your only option. Instead, plan with extra shoes on your Disney World packing list.


Right with wet shoes is wet socks.  If you do end up wearing tennis shoes into the Park on a rainy day, consider packing extra socks as well. Being able to switch out your socks into a fresh, dry pair can make you feel so much better. When heading into the Park on a rainy day, have those extra socks ready.

Ziplock Bags

Plastic Bags

We like having Ziploc bags during our Disney vacation no matter what the weather, but they are super helpful when it is rainy.  Ziplocs can be used to put anything that gets super wet into. Think rain jackets, ponchos, socks, and shoes are all items that it is great to toss into a ziplock instead of just your Park bag. 

Ziplocs can also protect those items that you don’t want to get wet. If you have a camera, extra portable chargers, or even food, Ziplocs can help them stay dry. We love having all sizes of Ziplocs with us in the Park.

Larger plastic bags are also helpful for keeping items dry.  We like to bring Target or Walmart sacks with us in our Park bag.  These are used to toss our Park bag in, shoes, or anything that gets super wet.  It is nice to have an extra bag along as well.

Portable charger
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Phone Charger

This is essential every day of a Disney vacation; however, it can become even more important if you are stuck entertaining little ones as you wait out the rain.  On rainy days, we want to make sure we have it so we can check the weather and have a backup for entertainment if we get stuck in one area of the Theme Park. Make sure you have the Disney Play App ready to go. 

Rain doesn’t mean that your day at Walt Disney World is washed out.  There are a lot of great experiences you can still have when it rains.  Be prepared with these items so you can continue to enjoy the magic.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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