How to survive a rainy day at Disney World

Florida is called the “sunshine state” but it does occasionally rain….even at the Happiest place on earth. In the summer months, there is often a daily passing thunderstorm.  Here’s the good news, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you need to sit in your hotel room. In fact, you can still do most activities you already have planned!

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Seize the opportunity: The parks are less crowded so take advantage.  Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios all have several shows and rides that are indoors so they will all still be operating in the rain…and it’s a good time to go on a water ride. Several outdoor rides will also operate as long as there’s no thunder or lightning. Note that Animal Kingdom has the least amount of attractions to do in the rain.

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Pack a poncho: Don’t pay a premium to buy them at the theme park when it starts raining.  If the forecast is showing rain, bring them to the park. You will see lots of folks leaving when the rain starts (because they didn’t plan ahead) but you will be good to go! I don’t recommend using an umbrella, they are a hassle to carry around and hard to navigate the parks using them. If you are going to be traveling with a stroller think about bringing a plastic cover for your stroller—an adult poncho works in a pinch!  And don’t forget a Ziploc bag to protect your phone from getting wet.

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Head to Disney Springs: You can spend a whole lot of time in “World of Disney” shopping. It’s the world’s largest Disney character store. Catch an entertaining meal at T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe, or some world class dining at Morimoto Asia. Disney Springs also offers the options of a movie at AMC Theatre, bowling at Splitsville, or listening to music at House of Blues!

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Related: Top 5 Sit Down Lunch and Dinner Spots at Disney Springs

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