Although you can control some factors to help ensure that your vacation will have the perfect weather (the time of year, checking long-range forecasts, etc.), Mother Nature tends to like surprises. But you don’t have to let the weather spoil your vacation – even a rainy day can be a lot of fun and help create family memories that will last a lifetime.
Florida rainstorms tend to be over quickly instead of lasting all day, so don’t panic if you see clouds rolling in.
Tip #1: Ponchos - Bring rain ponchos for everyone, and if you can, buy them beforehand off-site. Yes, you can buy the Disney Parks rain ponchos at any of the parks if you need to, but they are definitely pricey. Rain ponchos can be purchased off-site for less.
We carry the ponchos in our backpacks and re-used them several times,
Rainy Day At Disney Tip #2: Sunscreen Yes, you read that right. No matter the forecast, don’t forget the sunscreen. Even if it’s gray and pouring rain when you head out, it could be bright and sunny by lunchtime. It’s best to be protected since you can get burned even if the sun is behind clouds.
Don’t forget to re-apply often, since a single coat won’t last the entire day. Sun hats and sunglasses are a good idea too – just remember to keep them stowed during rides so they won’t blow or fall off.
Rainy Day At Disney Tip #3: Layers. Dress in multiple layers. You can easily remove an outer layer if it gets wet. Plus, rain can be cold even if the temps are hot outside. And those air-conditioned indoor spaces are often colder than you think. Tank tops are great for outdoors in the heat, but throw a light shrug or hoodie in your bag, just in case. Not carrying a bag? Just tie a thin shirt around your waist by the sleeves.
Rainy Day At Disney World Tip #4: Plastic Bags.Don’t forget some ziplock bags, especially if you plan on taking lots of photos or video. Rain ponchos work great for you and your belongings, but they don’t help to keep your camera or phone dry while in use.
Rainy Day At Disney World Tip #5: Plan Ahead. Plan your day according to the weather forecast. If it’s going to be extra hot, plan for stops in air-conditioned spaces, like restaurants, gift shops or indoor shows. It’s a good opportunity to see some of the amazing shows they have in the Disney parks. Plus you get to rest your feet for a little while too. Threatening clouds or raindrops are also good opportunities to browse through shops or stop for a meal. Since many rain showers blow over fairly quickly, you can often avoid getting wet altogether.
Enjoy water rides like Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom as long as you’re getting wet anyway.
Rainy Day At Disney World Tips #6: Just Get Wet. Well, you’re going to probably get wet anyway, right? May as well give up even trying to stay dry and just embrace the drenching. And while you’re wet, take the opportunity to ride the water rides, provided it’s not thunderstorming. It is just water, after all.
Rainy Day At Disney World Tip #7: Stay Calm. No matter what the weather does on your day in the parks, don’t let it get to you. It’s still an amazing experience to be at any of the Disney parks, whether wet, sticky, hot or dry. Yes, standing in the pouring rain to watch a parade or fireworks show is uncomfortable. You can still make it a fun experience for your kids by letting them splash in puddles or twirl around in the rain.
People and clothes will dry – but the memories you make that day are once-in-a-lifetime. They will be something your kids will remember forever. Try to keep your frustration or disappointment to yourself to help make those memories positive ones for the kids.
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