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Making the Most of a Rainy Day at Walt Disney World

It is not uncommon to experience rain while at Walt Disney World. Many days from the middle of April through the end of September will have a quick shower or storm. During the summer, a strong afternoon thunderstorm is almost guaranteed daily.

A Rainy Day at Disney's Hollywood Studioa
Trying to stay dry

Days when it will rain all day at Walt Disney World are rare, unless there is a tropical system. Still, they do happen. You don’t want to miss a day of your vacation, but you also don’t want to be wet and miserable all day. What should you do? Here are some tips on making the most of a rainy day at Walt Disney World.

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You will need to have the right rain gear. During short storms a cheap poncho might do the trick, but that will not cut it if it is going to rain all day. Your whole family will appreciate having ponchos that are better made.

Rain at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Credit: Paula K

If you don’t have the right poncho, they are sold in almost every store at Walt Disney World. On a rainy day they will be either at the register or in a bin near the door. One nice thing about the Disney Parks ponchos is that if one rips, you can exchange it for free in any store. Disney doesn’t want you to get soaked either.

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A poncho is not going to cover your shoes. Buy shoe covers before you leave home, or use waterproof spray. If your feet won’t get sore, wear flip flops or crocs.

A Rainy Day at Disney's Hollywood Studioa
Credit: Paula K

Pack extra clothes, including shoes and dry socks, in a backpack. Rent a locker when you arrive at Walt Disney World so that you will not have to carry the extra gear with you all day long.

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If there is thunder, many rides will close because it is not safe for them to operate. If it is just rain, chances are they will stay open. If you’re already wet, hit the water rides such as Kali River Rapids and Splash Mountain. They can be fun in the rain.

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Don’t shy away from taking pictures because you don’t look your best. It will be a day that you want to remember, so snap away!

Rain at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Credit: Paula K

When you want a break from the rain, use Mobile Ordering and find an indoor place to eat. Ride something like Space Mountain that has an indoor queue. Most of all, have fun! You’re at the most magical place on Earth. A rainy day at Disney is better than a dry day at home.

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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