Florida weather is very temperamental, and you can never be too sure how your day in the parks is going to be as far as weather is concerned. The weather report in the morning may say there’s only a 10% chance of rain, but then that rain comes right during the fireworks. Or it may say it’s going to rain all day, but you manage to dodge most of those raindrops and never catch a sprinkle.
No matter what the Florida skies pour out on you, I’m here to tell you that a rainy day doesn’t have to be a washout if you follow these steps.
1 – Plan Ahead
Before you even get to Disney, pack rainy-weather friendly gear, even if that extended forecast swears that you won’t get rained on. For me, I like to pack those cheap disposable ponchos so I can wear them and toss them, but you might like a more official rain coat. Either way, pack enough to cover your vacation. Also, if you have a small umbrella, it can be a life saver when the rain is annoying but not down-pouring. Make sure you have a bag to put the wet umbrella back into once it’s done raining. Finally, pack rain friendly shoes. On a day when it’s been raining for hours on end, there will be no avoiding those puddles and you don’t want feet that will be soaking and squishing all day.
2 – Be Flexible
When you see those heavy rain clouds swirling into the park above you, take a moment to review what your next plan was. Thinking of going and standing in line for Thunder Mountain? Instead, take a left into the Country Bear Jamboree and enjoy a show while the short-term shower soaks all of those standing in line and stops outside rides. You’ll be laughing, singing and dry. Did you hear rumbling in the sky as you started your journey around World Showcase? Head into the Mexico Pavilion and do some shopping or have a margarita. Just be ready to change your plans at the “drop” of a hat.
3 – Head inside
There’s tons of inside places to kill time as the raindrops fill up the walkways of Disney. Hit up any of the shops or go have a bite to eat. This is a perfect time to really enjoy all of those fine details that Disney adds everywhere, but we’re often too much in a hurry to enjoy them. If it’s not raining too hard, maybe just sit under an umbrella table and watch people do the rainy-day shuffle.
4 – Take some great photos!
Gray skies may not make the best backdrop, but the subtle light of a rainy day can really help you capture the colors and details of many of the Disney décor and fauna. It’s also much kinder on faces than the glaring sun. And if you get a rainy night, puddles can make a great reflector of lights and fireworks.
5 – Stay in the Parks!
No matter how much it rains, tough it out, you’ll be thankful. If it’s one of those days that the rain keeps falling, just put on all of your gear and enjoy a park that will slowly have less and less people. If there are storms, some rides will close down, but many rides are all inside so you’ll still have plenty to do. I once road on Kilimanjaro Safari completely by myself because it had been raining for hours and almost everyone had left the park. And what I found out is that a lot of the animals really enjoy playing in the rain, so it was one of my favorite trips on Kilimanjaro Safari. If I had left the park because of the rain, I never would have experienced it.
The age-old saying that a rainy day in Disney is better than a sunny day anywhere else is true, you just need to embrace it and enjoy singing in the rain!
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