What to Do on a Rainy Day at Disney World
Did y’all know it rains a lot in Florida? Crazy, huh? Even crazier, the rain might only last a few steamy minutes, and then it is done for the day. I wanted to share a few weather related tips with y’all today to help you weather the storms in our favorite place in the world.
.1. Anticipate It.
It’s not a matter of “if” it’s going to rain, but “when.” Do not leave your hotel room without being fully prepared for the pop up showers that occur year round in Orlando. Before you head on your trip stop by the dollar tree at stock up on $1 ponchos. I buy enough for our family (4), for each day. Throw them in your backpack and you are good to go for any showers that may head your way. After the storm, I throw the ponchos away and keep trucking. The ponchos in the park are cute as can be, but at $12+ a pop, they really add up. It’s so much cheaper to bring your own!
If you are pushing a stroller around the park, here is another great tip for you: Buy a cheap clear plastic shower curtain liner and keep it in your stroller. When the rain came, we pulled it out, threw it over the stroller and kept on going. It served as a great rain shield for Roo, and he could still see everything that was around us. It was wonderful knowing that our stroller was going to be dry for the rest of the day. I felt like a genius and super mom when I saw all those other soaking wet strollers. The rain never slowed us up.
Throw some waterproof bags or ziplock bags into your backpack. At the first sign of sprinkles, load up your cell phone, wallets and cameras into the bags and you won’t have to worry about any damage. This tip also works great for Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids.
Pack an extra set of clothes into a bag for any toddlers (or adult) that may not enjoy wet clothes. A grumpy toddler (or adult) can ruin a good day much faster than a quick rain shower can.
2. Avoid It.
Showers are the perfect time to pop into a quick service restaurant for a snack or dessert, or head to an inside show like Mickey’s Philharmagic. Chances are by the time you are done eating or watching the show, the shower will have passed and you can go about your merry way. Unless it is forecasted to rain the entire day, I wouldn’t head to the hotel room. More often than not, by the time you make it back to the bus or car the rain will be gone.
3. Enjoy It.
It’s Disney World. A rainy day at Disney World is better than a rainy day at home. Go to the parks. Splash in the puddles on Main Street with your kids. Ride the carousel in the rain. Check out Big Thunder Mountain during an afternoon shower. Have fun.
Remember, you are at Disney to make memories. A rainy day might do just that!