A Disney vacation involves months of planning, costs of airfare (or gas), accommodations, park tickets, plus the logistics of getting your family to Orlando. But you can’t control the fickle Florida weather. Your park days could involve thunderstorms, rain showers, extreme heat – or a combination of all the above. Not fair, right? Our TravelingMom with Daughters shares her seven best tips for surviving a rainy day at Disney World.

7 Tips for surviving a rainy day at Disney World.

Cinderella Castle is a must-do photo opp, rain or shine. Photo credit: Deb Steenhagen / TravelingMom with Daughters

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. But those brief rain showers don’t always cut through the humidity – in fact they can sometimes make it even worse, so staying dry will definitely help with the comfort factor for the rest of your day.

My family hasn’t had a Disney World vacation yet that didn’t involve some (or even a great deal of) rain. But we’ve learned to roll with the weather and create amazing memories.  Read on for tips to make your rainy day at Disney World the best it can be.

Rainy Day at Disney 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. I bought 4 adult rain ponchos (clear plastic) at the Winn-Dixie near our vacation rental home for $3.99 each and paid a dollar more to get my youngest daughter a pink Minnie Mouse one.

Don't forget the rain ponchos in case of a rainy day at Disney World.

Rain ponchos can be purchased off-site for less. You can even get character ones for kids. Photo credit: Deb Steenhagen / TravelingMom with Daughters

We carried the ponchos in our backpacks and re-used them several times, just stuffing them back in when we didn’t need them since they’re light and compact down easily. Our day in the Magic Kingdom started off sunny but ended in a downpour all the way through the electrical parade and fireworks show, so the ponchos were a lifesaver.

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.

Don't let a rainy day get you down when you're at Disney World. Here are 7 helpful tips to still have a memorable day at the parks.

 Rainy Day at Disney World Tip #4: Umbrellas

Don’t forget an umbrella or extra plastic bag, 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. An umbrella keeps the rain off altogether. Or you can wrap a plastic bag around most of the camera to keep your camera dry.

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.

Kali River Rapids water ride at Animal Kingdom.

Enjoy water rides like Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom as long as you’re getting wet anyway. Photo credit: Deb Steenhagen / TravelingMom with Daughters

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.