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Essential Items to Bring On Rainy Days in Disney

If you have been paying attention to the weather at Walt Disney World lately, you are well aware that the rainy season has arrived.  There have been days where it has been flooded throughout the Disney Parks making it an interesting day to navigate.

These rainy days can impact your trip if you aren’t prepared for them ahead of time.  We have a few key items that are essential if you are heading to Disney Park during the rainy season.  These items will allow you to keep enjoying the magic and even maybe sing in the rain some too.

Rain At Disney World

Rain Jacket and Ponchos

Even if you don’t normally wear a rain jacket or poncho, you are going to want to invest in one of them before heading down to the magic.  Invest in a light rain jacket, a nice poncho, or even the cheap throw-away ponchos before arriving at Walt Disney World.

Being able to throw something on quickly to protect yourself from rain can help you stay positive even when it feels like the sky is falling.  It will also save you some money and frustration trying to find ponchos in Disney stores.  Although they are nice ponchos, they aren’t cheap.

Keep yourself dry by packing a poncho or jacket ahead of your trip.

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Small Umbrellas

If you don’t care for ponchos or rain jackets because they make you too hot, consider bringing a small portable umbrella. These are easy for packing in your Park bags and pulling out for protection from the rain. They can be difficult if it gets windy, but it is still better than getting soaked.

Make sure you take it out before going through security.  Umbrellas will set off the system and cause your bad to be searched by security.  We like putting them in the side pocket of our Disney Park Bag so we can easily access it for those light drizzles.

baseball hat
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This is one that we didn’t think about, but we greatly appreciate it now that it has been added to our rainy day packing list.  Even if you don’t typically wear hats, consider packing one for rainy days.

These can be great for throwing on during a rainstorm and keeping your hair tame afterward when it gets even more humid- because that is possible. Hats for little ones can be helpful as well as keeping their hair under control and protecting them from the rain and sun.

We appreciate not having water falling directly on our faces.  The hat helps get those drops from irritating use and keeps our hair under control.

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.

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Think about what shoes will work the best for you. We typically don’t recommend wearing shoes that aren’t secure, like flip-flops, during a rainy day because you can easily slip on them. Tennis shoes are easy to walk around in; however, they do not dry out quickly. Some Disney veterans enjoy wearing sandals with straps because they are waterproof and dry out quickly. 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.


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

Ziplock Bags

Having ziplock bags with you during a Walt Disney World vacation can be a lifesaver usually, but they are truly magic during a rainy day in the theme Park. Ziplocks can be used to put anything that gets super wet into. Think rain jackets, ponchos, socks, and shoes- those are all items that it is great to toss into a ziplock instead of just your Park bag. Ziplocks can also protect those items that you don’t want to get wet. If you have a camera, extra portable chargers, or even food, zip locks can help them stay dry. We love having all sizes of ziplock with us in the Park.


Just because it is raining like crazy when you leave for a Theme Park doesn’t mean that the sun won’t come out later in the day. We always make sure we have sunscreen with us when visiting Walt Disney World. Making sure we can protect ourselves from the sun is extremely important.

As the crazy rainy season arrives at Walt Disney World, make sure that you take time to pack these essential items.  These will help keep you protected from the rain and allow you to keep enjoying the magic of Disney.  Rain happens, but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip if you have a plan and are prepared.











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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