How to Survive a Rainy Day at Disney
Rainy Day at Disney: Let’s face it, if you are going to be at Disney for more then a couple of days, chances are that you will encounter rain at some point in your trip. And I HATE getting caught in the rain! For me, it really has to do with my hair. I have such crazy, frizzy, curly hair that takes hours to tame this beast. So, mix that in with the Florida rain and humidity and it’s NOT a pretty sight! Anyway, I try not to let the rain ruin my day. Here are some ideas that you can do to help you through a rainy day.
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1. Ponchos and Umbrellas
At first, I was dead set against using ponchos. I thought they looked both ridiculous and unhelpful. But boy was I wrong! (That’s me in the photo above! )When I caved and actually used a poncho, I was able to stay (mostly) dry!
Now, there are two strategies you can go with this. The first one, buy a bunch from your local dollar store or off Amazon (here is a link to really great ones that I use now!) before you leave for your vacation. Then, each day you leave for the parks, throw one into your bag. If it starts to rain, you will have one all ready to go. Once it stops raining, you can throw it away instead of carrying around a wet poncho all day.
The second strategy would be to buy one from Disney. They are a little more expensive, but they are sturdier. Also, if it rips while you are in the park, Disney will replace it for free.
If you are still dead set against ponchos, at least pack a lightweight umbrella. Here is the umbrella that I use! I love it so much because- A: it packs up so small. And B: It has Minnie Mouse on it! Click here to purchase it!
2. Stroller Covers
Nothing is worse than a wet stroller and a cranky kid. If you bring your own stroller, make sure to purchase a waterproof stroller cover (I really like this one and it works great!). If you are renting from a rental company, see if the rental comes with a free cover. Most do! If not, just ask! For more info about strollers in Disney, click here.
3. Don’t leave the Parks!
No matter what park you are in, don’t leave! Crowds tend to be much lighter in the rain, so that means fewer wait times for you! And there are lots of covered or indoor attractions in WDW. Below, I will list all of the indoor/covered rides or attractions by park, from the park with the most covered attractions to the one with the least.
- Mad Tea Party
- Meet and Greet at Pete’s Silly Slide Show
- Mickey’s PhiharMagic
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Meet Ariel in her Grotto
- Princess Meet and Greet
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Meet and Greet Tinker Bell
- Haunted Mansion
- Hall of Presidents
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Space Mountian
- It’s A Small World
- Carousel of Progress
- Tiki Room
- Country Bear Jamboree
- The Main Street Shops
Honorable Mention- So the Dumbo Ride is not covered, but there is an indoor playground that the kids can get their wiggles out in the line queue. Perfect for a Rainy Day at Disney. To read more about fun places for the kids to get their wiggles out, click here.
- Grand Fiesta Tour
- Journey Into Imagination With Figment
- Mission: SPACE
- Turtle Talk With Crush
- Meet Anna and Elsa
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- The Seas Pavillion
- Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
- Frozen Ever After
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth
- Soarin’ Around the World
- American Adventure
- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
- ImageWorks- The “What If” Labs
- Impressions de France
- O Canada!
- Reflections of China
Also, don’t forget about all of the amazing shops that Epcot has to offer! You can go shopping around the world in the time span of one rainstorm.
Jen also has a wonderful article about spending rainy days in Epcot. Click here to read it!
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Star Tours
- Star Wars Launch Bay Theater
- Toy Story Mania!
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Meet and Greet BB8
- Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
- Meet and Greet Olaf
- Disney Jr. Live on Stage
- For the First Time in Forever; A Frozen Sing-Along
- Meet and Greet Mickey and Minnie
- Meet and Great Kylo Ren
- Meet and Greet Chewbacca
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney Presents
- Lightning McQueen Training Academy
Now added to the list Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance!
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- It’s Tough to be a Bug
- Na’vi River Journey
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo- The Musical
- Meet and Greet with Mickey and Pals
Animal Kingdom is primarily an outdoor park, so compared to the other parks, this has the least amount of rides/attractions that are indoors. If it rains, you can either leave and go to the other parks, or stay and take advantage of the lower wait times.
4. Resort Hop
If you really, really don’t want to spend a rainy day at Disney parks, hop on the Monorail and spend some time at the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary resorts! All three resorts are all on the same Monorail loop, so you will have no problem getting from one to another. They all also have great quick service food locations, so you have plenty of choices of places to eat! Stroll around these amazing resorts and take in their beauty.
5. Waterproof Your Bag
If you are going to be spending any time in Disney, investing in a waterproof bag might be beneficial for you. This is a MUST to keep your favorite bookbag all nice a dry! If you want to buy one, click here. They are cheap and come in pretty different colors too! Also, throw a few ziplock bags in there. They can help protect your valuables from getting soaked!
6. Disney Springs
Disney Springs has tons to do while it’s raining. Shop till you drop! Catch a movie! Go bowling! Grab a meal! The options are endless here at Disney Springs, and provide great ways to spend your time in the rain.
So, see? You don’t have to fear rain in the forecast of your vacation. I know it’s not ideal, but try to make the most of it! What is your favorite thing to do during a Rainy Day at Disney? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you have a rainy day photo, tag me on Instagram at @DisneyDreamCo, I would love to see them!