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Dealing With Rain During Your Walt Disney World Vacation

We wish that every day in Walt Disney World was sunny with clear skies, but that isn’t the reality.  It will rain in the Walt Disney World Resort.  Sometimes it rains daily and some days it pours.

This doesn’t mean that your trip is ruined, it just means that you need to be prepared for the rain.  We have some tips to help you deal with rain during your Walt Disney World vacation so it isn’t a big deal.  Check out these tips so you can be ready for the rain and still have a fantastic time in a Theme Park.

Rain At Disney World

Bring Rain Gear

This first step to dealing with rain happens before you even leave your house.  Make sure you are packing rain gear.

Even if the forecast says no rain, make sure you toss in rain gear because rain storms pop up randomly in Florida all the time.

Determine what type of rain gear everyone prefers.  Do you want ponchos, rain coats, umbrellas or a combination of them?

You can save a lot of money by purchasing some cheaper ponchos back at home before arriving at a Disney Park.  By having rain gear it is the first step to having a successful trip.

Have Extra Socks and Shoes

Another tip to prepare for rain during your trip is to pack extra shoes and socks.  There is nothing worse than walking around in wet socks and shoes.

Being able to switch out socks and shoes when they are wet can really help everyone feel so much better and helps prevent nasty blisters as well.

If you are heading out to a Disney Park and know that rain is coming or it is already raining, toss in extra socks or even extra sandals you can toss on if large puddles start to form.

If your shoes do get really wet, try to put newspapers or even coffee filters in them to help them dry out.  Also, you can use the dryers at the Resorts as well.

It is amazing how fresh socks and shoes can really make all the difference when it comes to everyone’s peace of mind.

So what do you do when you are in a Disney Park and the rain won’t slow down?  We have some ways you can deal with the rain even in the Parks.

Cover Your Stuff

Step one is to make sure you cover anything you are leaving outside.  If you are traveling with a stroller or an ECV, make sure you take time to cover them before heading inside.

You don’t want to head back with a tired kid or adult and realize that a random rain storm soaked your stuff and everything is now wet.  There are great plastic covers but you can also use trash bags if you need to.

Ziplock Bags

Have Ziplocs

Another great step for keeping things dry in a Disney Park while it is raining is to have ziplocs.  These come in handy to help keep things like phones and chargers dry.

Bigger ziplocs are great for having extra clothes, socks etc when in the Parks.  You can also use one to put wet items in after a rainstorm.

Although having a ziploc isn’t necessary, it does make the rain a little easier to deal with.

Slinky Dog Dash
Photo Credit: Disney

Be Flexible

Know that lightning does shut down when a ride is outside for the safety of Cast Members and Guests.  If this happens, be flexible and understanding.

We would love for Walt Disney World to be in a magical bubble, but that isn’t reality so sometimes we have to adjust our plans.  Know that the chance of having a weather delay at least one time during your Disney Park visit is probably going to happen.

Use these rain storms as time to visit something you might not typically visit.  Check out the Enchanted Tiki Room in Magic Kingdom or see Lightning McQueen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Rain doesn’t mean you have to head out, it just means you might need to adjust your plans for a moment.

International Gateway
Photo Credit: Easy WDW

Arrive Early

If you are hoping to avoid rainstorms, consider getting to the Parks early in the day.  By getting to the Parks in the morning, you are able to enjoy them with typically less crowds, cooler temperatures and less rain.

Rain usually shows up as the day progresses so be a step ahead by getting to the Parks early.

Polynesian Pool

Take a Break

If you are not a fan of being wet, we would suggest heading out in the afternoons.  Doing this will not only allow everyone to rest up, but you can also avoid a lot of those afternoon showers.

Some time back at your Disney Resort can really help everyone get ready for an amazing evening at the Parks.

Tough It Out

Finally, if you have rain gear, extra shoes and socks and those ziplocs along with a good attitude, we recommend sticking it out in a Disney World Park.

Rain can often push people out of the Parks as they head back to their Disney Resorts to get out of the storms.

If you are able to stick it out, you can really have a fantastic time with lower wait time and an emptier Park overall.

Rain is likely to happen during your Walt Disney World vacation.  Don’t be surprised or frustrated by this, but instead head into it prepared and ready to go with a positive attitude.  By doing so you will find yourself having a magical Walt Disney World day as you sing in the rain.

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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