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.
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.
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.
Rainy Day at Disney World Tip #4: Umbrellas
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.
Rainy Day at Disney World Tips #6: Just Get Wet
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.