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Walt Disney World Rides That Are Fun In the Rain

With so much rain down in Walt Disney World now (and in the upcoming months) we thought we would look at the rides that are still fun even in the rain.

Understand that if there is thunder or lightning in the area, Walt Disney World will shut down the attraction for Guests and Cast Member safety, but it is just rain- you are good to go.

Be prepared for the rain by reading through our post on how to deal with rain HERE.

After you do that, check out our rides we still enjoy in the rain.

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Magic Kingdom Rides For the Rain

Splash Mountain- Frontierland

Let’s start with the obvious one in Splash Mountain.  You are going to get wet on Splash Mountain anyway so a little rain just adds to the theme of the ride.

We also find it super fun to go from inside to outside during the ride as well during a rainstorm.  Grab that poncho and away you go to the Briar Patch!

Tomorrowland Transit PeopleMover- Tomorrowland

Over in Tomorrowland we enjoy a nice, smooth ride on the PeopleMover during a rainstorm.  The ride keeps you nice and dry high up  in Tomorrowland while giving you outstanding views of the Park below.

We love the relaxing feeling we get as our senses take in the rain. From the smell to the sounds it makes on the roof of the PeopleMove, we are truly relaxed as we travel around Tomorrowland. This attraction is a perfect option during a rainstorm if you want to keep dry but stay and enjoy the Magic Kingdom.


For a little more thrill during a rainstorm, check out the different coasters throughout Magic Kingdom.  Over in Frontierland, you can experience an even wilder ride on Big Thunder Mountain, or head to the mines on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland.  Goofy will take you on a quick trip on the Barnstormer as well.

We find the rain adds an element of fun as we ride these coasters in the rain.  It might be the speed of the attraction as we are zooming along in the rain, but we find the coasters to be a different experience in the rain.

Kali River Rapids
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Rides in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rain can really impact a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the majority of the Disney Park is outside; however, there are some experiences that are just as good in the rain.

Kilimanjaro Safaris- Africa

If you are looking to catch a ride on the safari, going during a rainstorm can be extremely entertaining. Many of the animals you can see on the ride, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, zebras, become more active, giving you a chance to see them play and dance in the rain. The best part is that you aren’t going to get wet on the safari but can enjoy the animals as they do during light rain.

Kali River Rapids-Asia

This is just like Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom in that you are already wet from the rain so why not enjoy a water ride as well.

On this short water raft ride, you will most likely get wet, so why not hop on during a rainstorm. Many Guests choose to wear their rain gear on this ride normally, so why not do it in the rain as well. Make sure your lap is covered though, as it might get a splash as well.

Animal Trails

Throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guests can enjoy a variety of different trails where they can see a variety of animals and find hidden spots to relax.

Head to both the Maharajah Jungle Trek and the Gorilla Trails can be excellent options if you want to see some of the animals playing in the rain.

These aren’t the only places you can find animals playing in the rain in Animal Kingdom. Make sure to check out the gibbons and the Discovery Trails around the Tree of Life to see a variety of animals as they react to the rain.

Expedition Everest- Asia

There is something extra exciting about hunting down the Yeti in the rain. Again Expedition Everest won’t run in the lightning or thunder, but if there is just a light rain, it is a unique experience to have as you climb up to the broken track and then find yourself rushing backward. Be ready for a thrill!

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Rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Slinky Dog Dash- Toy Story Land

Hang on folks as you race around Andy’s backyard with Slinky Dog.  This family-friendly coaster is super fun in a little rain.

We love laughing with our favorite Toy Story characters as we get launched, dip, and turn our way along with the attraction. Again, this ride won’t run if there is thunder and lightning in the area, so keep that in mind; and we don’t recommend riding in the hard, pelting heavy rain, but a nice mist can be a lot of fun to ride in.

Hollywood’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Sunset Boulevard

This is the only indoor attraction on our list but for a good reason.  Riding Tower of Terror during a rain storm brings a whole new element of terror to the ride.

As part of the story includes the elevator being hit by lightning, riding during a storm can bring another level of spookiness to it.

If you are brave enough to ride and make it to the part of the ride with the drops, you get a unique view of Disney’s Hollywood Studios from up high. Adding in the rain to the twilight zone brings a whole new level to this ride.

If you happen to have a rainy day while in Walt Disney World during your vacation, don’t feel that all is lost.  Hit up these rides for some additional fun.


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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