Top 3 Tips: Walt Disney World in the rain!
Although Florida is known as the Sunshine State, it is also the lightning capital of the world. Put the two together, and you get some cracking storms! During the summer months, rain showers and thunderstorms are a daily occurrence and you can usually set your watch by the time it starts - mid afternoon, around 3pm, from June-September! Although it is always wise to try to plan your day around the weather, you can sometimes find yourself stuck in the middle of a torrential rain storm - here are my top 3 tips if you get caught in a rain storm at Disney World;
1) Buy/bring a poncho:
A poncho or rain mac should be the number one thing on your 'things to take' list, and can be the difference between enjoying the remainder of your day and being soaking wet at the most magical place on earth! Disney sells *very stylish* ponchos in the parks for $9, but I'd recommend bringing your own and spending that $9 on something a bit more exciting than what is effectively a plastic sheet. Either pick one up before you travel, or grab one from a local supermarket such as Walmart or Target once you've arrived in Central Florida. And even if you don't get caught in the rain, you can always use the poncho to keep dry on rides such as Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids!
2. Find a dry spot:
Looked at the forecast or clouds looking a little darker than you'd like? It's time to head to your dry spot - whether that be a restaurant, shop or attraction - anywhere with a roof over your head is great in my mind! I'd suggest choosing a 15-30 minute ride or show to wait out the storm, and always provide welcome air conditioning and seating! At Magic Kingdom, attractions such as Carousel of Progress, Mickey's PhilharMagic and Country Bear Jamboree are ideal. Across the other parks, i'd recommend 'American Adventure' (Epcot), 'For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong Celebration' (Hollywood Studios) and 'Festival of the Lion King' (Animal Kingdom). There is always a gift shop or dining location nearby if the attraction lets out before the rain has stopped!
3. Enjoy lower crowds:
Following a bout of severe rain, a lot of guests tend to head back to their hotel for the afternoon before returning to the parks later in the evening. The hour straight after the rain has passed is an ideal time to enjoy lower crowds and shorter wait times. Many attractions remain open throughout the rain (outdoor rides close during thunderstorms) and often have much shorter wait times. My top tip for avoiding crowds is; head to an attraction that has been closed for weather just as the rain/thunder begins to let off and be among the first to re-join the queue and ride the ride once it re-opens!
Rain will not necessarily dampen your day at the parks, providing you are properly prepared. In fact, inclement weather can actually improve your experience at the parks if you plan wisely!