So you spent months planning the perfect summer Walt Disney World vacation, flying or driving for hours to get there – only to be greeted by pouring rain. No need to be too disappointed – in central Florida, storms are part of the daily weather pattern during the summer months. Since even the shortest of downpours can adversely impact your park visit, use these tips below to plan ahead.
Pack clothing that dries quickly.
The best clothes to weather to the parks in the summertime are those made of thin synthetic or cotton blend fabrics, which dry fast after becoming wet. This way, you and your family – especially kids – won’t feel uncomfortable walking around the in wet clothes.
Ponchos are a necessity.
Those knee-length ponchos can protect you from the rain, as well as from sitting on wet seats on the rides. Buy an inexpensive one before you arrive in the parks and bring it with you, or buy one with a Mickey picture in most park stores and bring it home as a souvenir.
Waterproofing is key.
Head on to your nearest hardware store and purchase a spray to waterproof everyone’s shoes and bags, including fanny packs and backpacks. You might want to avoid taking suede or leather purses, since those can get ruined in the rain. Check ahead of time that the dye on bags you plan to take won’t bleed on your clothes when wet.
Bring Crocs or flip flops.
Heavy rain can ruin leather shoes and make park walkways slippery; bring a pair of crocs or flip flops to wear. Since flip flops aren’t really recommended for riding roller coasters since they can fall easily off, my family and I carry ours in our back packs and change into them when needed.
Plan your day wisely.
Book indoor attractions for the afternoons and outdoor rides either early in the morning or late in the day on your fast pass since it usually rains in the afternoons.
Protect your electronics.
Protecting your cameras, phones and tablets from the rain should be high on your priority list. You can buy custom water proof covers for most electronics or, for a cheaper solution, bring a couple of small Ziploc bags to put your devices in while it rains.
Rent the right equipment.
Need to rent a stroller for your child or motorized scooter for a family member? You should know that there are several options; the best choices are the ones that come with a built-in overhead cover that can protect from the rain.
Bring these necessities.
- Band Aids and Neosporin cream in case of minor falls and scrapes.
- A mini flashlight to see puddles in the dark.
- A thin, packable towel to dry hair, especially if your kids have long hair.
- A travel-sized hair dryer that can easily be plugged in and used in most park restrooms in the case your kid has sensory issues,
Have you visited Disney Parks in the rain – what were your experiences? Leave a comment below.