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It Will Rain In Disney~ What You Can Do To Prepare For It

If you have been following Walt Disney World news this summer you have seen a lot of rain.  It has been a good reminder that it does rain at Walt Disney World.  Even though we wish Mickey had the powers to make it 70 and sunny each day, this isn’t the case.

Good into your trip with the understanding that it will probably rain at some point while you are at Walt Disney World.  Knowing this and having a plan can make it so much better.  So what can you do to set yourself up for success during that rain storm?  We have a few suggestions for you.

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Bring Rain Gear

The first way to overcome rain starts before you even leave home.  Make sure that you pack all the rain gear.  There are a variety of different ways to battle the rain at Walt Disney World so determine what items will work the best for everyone in your family.

Cheap rain ponchos for the dollar store are easy to pack, but they aren’t as easy to use after they have gotten wet.  Nice rain jackets often can be rolled up tight to toss into a bag, but they might not be as long as a poncho.  Umbrellas work well for those lighter rains; however, if you have seen the monsoon-like rains that have been happening umbrellas might not help much.

No matter what you choose, make sure you toss them into your Disney Park bag each day.  Rain storms pop up suddenly at Walt Disney World.  Even if the weather app says no rain, have it ready to go each day just in case.

Stroller Protection

If you are traveling with kids you probably have a stroller as well.  Protect all of your stuff by having a rain cover for your stroller.  You don’t want to come back after a meal or a ride to realize that you missed a random pop-up rainstorm but your stroller didn’t and now it and everything in it is wet.

There are great plastic covers for strollers but you can also make do with trash bags as well.  This can be a lifesaver when you have a little one that needs a nap after a long morning in the Park.

We highly recommend covering your stroller each and every time you Park it and head into a ride, show, or restaurant.  You never know when those rain storms will pop up so just take the extra few minutes to cover it.

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Bring Back Up

We think that walking around in wet socks and shoes is one of the worse things.  If you are like us in this opinion, you will want to consider throwing in extra socks, sandals, or an extra pair of shoes.  Being able to switch out your shoes can be a game changer.  Not only does it keep those shoes dry, but it can also help prevent blisters.

You might have seen pictures of Disney’s Hollywood Studios flooding during strong storms.  This surprisingly happens a lot in Disney Parks.  If you have sandals to toss on, you can really help keep those shoes dry.

It is amazing how fresh socks and shoes can really make all the difference in your attitude for the day.  If you do get stuck in the rain and your shoes get soaked, putting newspapers or coffee filters in your shoes can really help dry them out for the next day.

Ziplock Bags

Bring Plastic Bags

Another great thing to pack for rainy days is Ziploc.  These come in handy when you need to keep things safe and dry.  From smaller ones to put your cell phones or extra batteries to bigger ones that can carry extra clothes, Ziplocs are a good item to toss into your bags.  You can also use Ziplocs to put those wet items after a rain storm as well.   Although these aren’t a must-bring item, having some can help make the rain a little easier to deal with.

So what do you do when it does rain during your day in a Park?  There are a few ways to manage the rain and continue to have a magical time.

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Be Flexible

This goes for every day in a Disney Park, but when it rains it is even more important to be flexible with your plans.  Rides do shut down to keep Guests and Cast Members safe.  When this happens be flexible and understanding.

When weather impacts your plans, use it as an opportunity to visit some other experiences you might not have had on your list.  Enjoy experiences like Wat Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the Enchanted Tiki Room, or the films throughout EPCOT’s World Showcase.

When it rains you don’t have to rush out of the Parks.  You can adjust your plans and enjoy some of the other magical experiences.


Get There Early

A lot of the rain storms happen in the afternoons at Walt Disney World.  If you can get to the Parks early, it makes it easier to get a lot done before the rain might impact the day.  Although we all like to sleep in during our vacation, getting to the Parks early can be a fantastic way to be a step ahead of the rain.

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Dance In the Rain

If you have packed rain gear and have extra shoes, why not enjoy the rain?  A lot of times the rain will clear out the Park making wait times a lot shorter.  If you are able to stick around, you might get to experience some lower wait times and a lot emptier Park.

Rain is probably going to be a part of your Walt Disney World vacation.  Instead of having it stress you out, take these steps to prepare for it.  Once you have a plan, you will be able to manage the rain storms when they come up at Walt Disney World.  We even have a few rides that we find to be fun in the rain HERE. Remember a rainy day at the Walt Disney World Resort is better than being at work.

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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