Walt Disney World in the Rain Preparedness Guide

Written by mallory k miller. Posted in Features, Walt Disney World

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Published on June 27, 2013 at 1:12 am with 14 Comments


Rainy season has come to Orlando, and the amount of moisture coming down in the afternoons continues to increase. This mixture of hot temperatures and extra humidity in the air can make an afternoon at the parks unbearable for some. But, if you come prepared, Disney during and after the daily rain can still be very enjoyable.

There are a few things you will want for a trip to the parks when the chance of rain is 30 percent or higher (which is almost every day this time of year): rain coat, plastic ziploc bags, newspaper, and a mini fan.

#1 Rain Coat

You can be like the hoards of others that rush into every merchandise location the moment it starts raining and pay $8.50 (plus tax!) for the standard Disney rain jacket, or you can come prepared with a much cheaper option that you can throw on the moment it starts raining.

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Hint: If you want to be really cheap, you can get extra large trash bags. These wont cover your head, but other than that, they do the same job.

#2 Plastic bags

Protect your belongings. Throw your wallet and anything else you don’t want to get wet in a large Ziploc-type bag and then put that inside of the backpack you brought with you. Bring sandwich size bags for your phones. Any smartphone will still be able to operate through the bag and it will keep the phone from water damage.

#3 Newspaper

This may sound like the oddest item on the list since newspapers tend to crumble in the rain, but it is very useful for those wet sneakers you will most likely have. When you get back to your hotel room, take off those shoes, ball up some newspaper, and stuff it into the shoes. After about an hour, take that out and put in a fresh piece. Continue this until the water is out of your shoes. The newspaper will suck it up, much like a sponge.

#4 Mini Fan

Another thing that you can save on by purchasing before you enter the park is a mini fan. It will come in very handy after the rain has cleared and the air is so humid it feels like walking through soup.


If you’re wondering about what kind of impact the rain will have on the rides you have access to, here is the answer: very little. Rain by itself does very little to effect the operation of most rides at Walt Disney World. Except, of course, for the obvious exceptions, like Kilimanjaro Safari, where the animals may want to hide. Thunder and lightning is what will have a greater impact. If the safety of guests is in question, rides will be shut down. This only applies to rides that include an outdoor element, like Big Thunder and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom, and Test Track at EPCOT. Most rides will continue operation. This is a great time to go, since a lot of people will be fleeing the parks due to the rain.

A rainy day at the Walt Disney World resort can be just as enjoyable as a sunny one, as long as you come prepared.  Don’t let rain take you by surprise. Keep an eye on the forecast and have a plan for the rides you will head to if rain starts to fall. And make sure to dry out those tennis shoes! You don’t want to deal with wet shoes for the rest of your trip.

And my pick for the best park to visit when it’s raining: EPCOT

This park has plenty to do inside, especially if you stay on the Future World side of the park. From Living With the Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends, to Innoventions and EPCOT Character Spot, there is lot’s to do indoors when the rain or the heat become unbearable. A nice side effect of the rain is that it can flush the crowds out of places like World Showcase. So head there when the clouds part. You’ll find it much easier to navigate the crowds and see the ‘World’ in record time.

Those are my top tips to weathering any storm at Walt Disney World! Do you have some watery wisdom you’d like to share in the comments below?

About mallory k miller

The moment Mallory Miller found a chance to move to Orlando, she took it. A childhood love of all things Disney has grown into a respect for the great reach of the company today. She currently spends most her time exploring the Walt Disney World property, discovering the best ways to explore the resort. She hopes to make visiting the parks easier and more pleasant for the people who can only visit for a limited time.

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  • clewandowski

    I actually like to pick a good ride with a Long, yes I said it LONG line. If I check the radar on my cellphone, and see a storm really close or one that will be lasting at least thirty minutes…I pick a ride with a wait time roughly similar…with some pixie dust when you exit the sun is there to greet you! It also gives you a chance to notice some things you might miss while rushing through normally!

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    I head to a ride that offers a lot of cover for the longest time. For example, Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Great Movie Ride, Nemo Musical, etc. otherwise, it’s a great opportunity for dining, snack or shopping.

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    I don’t like ponchos because they make me all sweaty (rain in Florida makes the humidity worse than it already is), so I just bring my trusty umbrella. I do store stuff in Ziplock bags though. Those things are very handy.

    Like Dusty, when it rains, I try to head to a ride/show that’s long if possible. But if I can’t and I don’t want to be stuck in a shop for who knows how long, I finally just brave it and play in the rain. I’ll end up soaked from the knees down but I just deal with it.

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  • Westsider

    What a terrible climate to build theme parks in. And why on earth people from east of the Rockies choose to vacation there is beyond me. Although I have been told it’s because the climate of the Midwest and Northeast is so miserable (snow, ice, sleet, rain, lightning, tornados, freezing cold) for six months out of the year that a trip to hot, humid and rainy Orlando seems like an actual improvement compared to the dreary weather in Boston or Chicago or Cleveland or St. Louis or Minneapolis or Philadelphia.

    As a West Coaster who only deals with temps from 65 to 85, with low humidity, and with about 15 days of measurable rain per year (December to March, sporadically), these types of blogs about how to deal with miserable and depressing conditions on your hard-earned vacation are baffling. Why not just go to Disneyland and Southern California instead? Totally baffling…

    • DobbysCloset

      …because all of the times I have ever been to DL…it hasn’t rained. Even if it is raining outside the park, it doesn’t rain inside the park. Because Walt didn’t have rain in the picture, right? Because the Joy of Mickey keeps the rain at bay? Because WDW isn’t really Walt’s Park?

      Here’s where the all-you-can-eat Dining Plan would come in handy…The Chihuahua says he might…m-i-g-h-t…consider going some place it rains IF there’s an all-you-can-eat Dining Plan…

  • DoppelV

    I think the sandwich bag tip for phones is spot on. I never go to the parks without them, even if there isn’t rain in the forecast.

    My vote for best park to visit in the rain is Magic Kingdom. Yes, you may lose two mountains, but you never have far to go without some cover, and crowds tend to lighten when the weather turns ugly. Epcot is great, but there is so much distance between pavilions that can get miserable in a Florida downpour. The Studios aren’t bad, but the loss of atmospheric entertainment to me, pushes it below MK. Plus, if LMA and Indy have to close, those giant crowds that would be otherwise occupied have to go somewhere, and since that park is lacking in attractions to begin with, the wait times soar.

  • robbiem

    Great tips

    I prefer Magic Kingdom in the rain. With the original design you could travel round large areas of the park by crisscrossing through restaurants etc.

    EPCOT is too spread out so you risk getting ‘stuck’ somewhere you don’t like until things blow over

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Carry extra socks.

    When the rain stops your shirt and shorts will dry out, but your socks will not. Being able to swap them out for a dry pair is a lifesaver.

    • DobbysCloset

      I always carry extra socks anyway for those pesky water rides. Cheez, sometimes I carry extra shoes!

  • brianpinsky

    ….but at Disneyland when it rains in January and the few times between September to March dress in layers, when the rain is down the wind chills you out. Ponchos are great but what’s the best friend to bring in your bag…dry socks (the park was designed before the had drainage down to a science). I hate stepping in the ankle deep puddles in the esplanade or puddles along Main Street.

  • dazyhill

    Disneyland can be miserable in the rain especially when it’s cold and windy too. Extra socks are a must and I will usually wear boots if I know it might rain heavily. My feet will be killing me at the end of the night but at least they will be dry.

  • waymire01

    If you don’t feel like braving the parks in the rain, hop on the monorail and do a tour of the resorts on the loop. Lots to see, do, and eat.

    • DobbysCloset

      The Little White Chihuahua following you on the “eat” parts of your monorail journey would be Dobby. Don’t give him broccoli. Please.