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Quick Tips for Dealing with Rain at Disney

We have seen many rain storms through Walt Disney World this past week. Now that we are in full summer mode, this trend will continue throughout the next few months. If you have a trip planned, don’t panic about the rain. All you need to do is come prepared for it, and your journey will continue to be magical.

Rain doesn’t mean that your trip will be ruined, but it does mean that you need to be prepared. We have some quick tips for dealing with the rain at Walt Disney World. Check these out so you are ready!

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Bring Rain Gear

It all starts with being prepared. If you are heading to Walt Disney World any time of the year, make sure that you pack rain gear. No matter what that forecast tells you, toss in those ponchos and umbrellas. Rain storms pop up suddenly at Walt Disney World, and you want to be prepared for them.

Determine if you want rain jackets, ponchos, umbrellas, or a combination. Toss them into your Disney Park day each morning so you are ready to go. You can save money and stress by having your rain gear in the Disney Parks daily.

Being prepared is the first quick tip in dealing with rain at Disney.

Related: Essential Items to Bring on Rainy Days in Disney

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Get an App

Part of being prepared is knowing when the rain is coming. There are a lot of weather apps out there, but consider getting one that will notify you of storms and rain coming your way. Many enjoy AccuWeather, MyRadar, or WeatherBug.

By being aware of an upcoming storm, you can head to get food, go to a show, or be prepared with your rain gear. This can get you ahead of the crowds that rush to indoor locations with the rain hits.

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Bring Extra Socks and Shoes

There is nothing worse than having wet feet while touring Disney Park. There is nothing magical about that situation. Plan for your feet if you know rain is predicted for the day.

Toss in extra socks, shoes, or even sandals that you can use if large puddles start to form. If your feet get wet, you can switch them out and be ready to go.

This is also why we highly recommend everyone have at least two pairs of shoes at Walt Disney World. If one team gets wet, you can easily switch them out.

It is incredible how fresh socks and shoes can make all the difference regarding everyone’s peace of mind.

Ziplock Bags

Bring Ziplocs

Another significant 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 makes the rain easier.

Cover that Stroller

If you are traveling with a stroller or an ECV, cover them before heading inside. You don’t want to return with a tired kid and realize that a storm has soaked everything.

Even if that sun is bright when you head into your meal, show, or ride, you never know if a quick storm is coming. Invest in those plastic covers to toss them over your stroller and keep everything dry quickly.

Go Early

Most rain storms show up in the afternoon at Walt Disney World. If you want to avoid the rain, consider getting to the Parks early in the morning. You not only can enjoy a less crowded Park, but you can also enjoy cooler temperatures and less rain.

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Take a Break

If you do not like being wet, we suggest heading out in the afternoons. Doing this will not only allow everyone to rest up, but you can also avoid many afternoon showers.

Some time back at your Disney Resort can help everyone prepare for a fantastic evening at the Parks. If you don’t want to head about your Resort, consider visiting a nearby Resort to hang out, have a meal, or shop. This can also be a great way to spend a few hours while the rain is the heaviest.

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 Walt Disney World to be in a magical bubble, but that isn’t reality, so sometimes we must adjust our plans. Know that the chance of having a weather delay at least once during your Disney Park visit will probably happen.

Use these rain storms 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.

Related: Tip for Having a Magical Tine Even When it Rains

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Dance in the Rain

Finally, if it does rain during your trip, choose to dance in the rain. Be prepared with rain gear, extra shoes, and ziplocs, and stick it out. Rain often pushes Guests out of the Parks as they head to escape the storm.

If you stick it out, you can have a fantastic time with much lower wait times and an overall emptier Park experience.

Rain is likely to happen during your Walt Disney World vacation. Don’t be surprised or frustrated by this; head into it prepared and ready to go with a positive attitude. By doing so, you will have 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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