Rain during your Disney vacation can be a bummer but it can also be wonderful. I mentioned in a previous post that we traveled to Orlando for a race and it ended up being cold and rainy. We decided to take the kids to the park for the evening despite the weather and we had almost zero wait times!
Epcot is my top pick for a rainy day in the parks. There are so many great indoor activities to explore. If you overlook that the world showcase is outside you can do quite a bit of fun things with the kids in Future World. Check out Nicole’s post for more fun regular day activities to do with kiddos in Epcot.
Its important to remember that most of the rides are inside. Only Test Track will be closed down because of the weather. There are also some great character meet and greets to take advantage of in Epcot. Character meets are not our first, second or even third go to.. I have to drag my family to meet characters. That being said you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto, Joy and Sadness, Baymax and most recently Wreck it Wralph and Venellope.
I should also mention that we typically have rain gear with us, because Florida. We have a rain cover for the stroller so the seats don’t get all soggy. The boys can also sit in the stroller with the rain cover on , keeping them dry and out of puddles. It also lets us move a little more quickly in between buildings . We have lightweight rain coats, the kind that fold into a pocket. These are pretty worthless in any significant amount of rain. I have a lined rain coat left over from my college days and it does the trick. Note how dry the boys look in this picture. ( thanks rain shield)
Space Ship Earth
The ride is classic. My kids love it. But they also equally love all the games that you find when you exit the ride. There is a race car type video game. It takes about a full 5 minutes for each boy to play. There is also a game about powering cities with green energy. It is almost like shuffleboard. The screen is on the floor and you work with a partner to power the cities. All four of us love this game
So not everyone loves this ride. It is a newly found must do for my 7 year old. Not so much for my 5 year old. I have spent a lot of time waiting in the exit area of Mission Space. This area sports a climbing play structure, and several video game opportunities. There are several single player save the astronaut games and a very large cooperative repair the ship game. All three of these activities are good rainy day fun, or honestly middle of the summer melt your face off fun.
UPDATE!!!! This area is closed as of 9/2019. Some new fantastic experiences will be coming in its place. Ignore the next paragraph!
I feel like this area is overlooked. There is a super fun attraction that you can visit called Colortopia. I won’t go into lots of details but you can read about it here
. It is a fun inside activity that is great for the whole family. In this same area is a science show called SpectacuLAB. This show was super fun with lots of opportunities for the kids to volunteer. Check the times guide when you arrive at the park for the daily schedule.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
This area has loads of activities to keep you occupied in the rain or the heat. Turtle Talk with Crush is super entertaining. The aquarium is huge and the cast members are more than happy to chat you up about the creature they care for. My kids still like to flit back and forth checking for scuba divers or sharks. This area is edutainment at its finest form.
I know, I know I said avoid the World Showcase in the rain… but I’m making an exception for this particular pavilion. Inside this pavilion you have all the major things you need. A sit down restaurant, San Angel Inn. A classic ride, The Three Caballeros. You may find Donald Duck here doing a meet and greet. There is a Kidcot station to keep the kids busy. Last but not least there is the famous La Cava del Tequila. This Tequila bar is home to loads of delicious margaritas, tequila flights and snacks. It is also home to very few tables and on most days a VERY long line. A rainy day may be your best bet to grab a great drink or a table.
Are you brave enough to take on the parks in the rain? What are your favorite rainy day activities? Follow our adventures here.