See Disney World is in central Florida. The summer in central Florida is usually hot and humid. But still most summer days finds some form of rain or thunderstorms being the norm. Therefore, those who visit in the summer months need to be able to find things to do in Disney World in the rain.
All three times, we have been to Disney in the past few summers, we had to deal with rain and/or thunderstorms at some point.
The first summer, we almost missed dinner reservations at Epcot with the princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Thankfully, for my princesses we didn’t.
The second summer, we had a quick thunderstorm derail our Fast Pass for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This time, we weren’t as lucky, and never got our Fast Pass back for this one.
But still both those times, the storm came in quickly and departed just as quickly.
However this year, we actually had some rain off and on for a few hours one day that lasted well into the late evening hours. Still we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying some extra magic hours at the Magic Kingdom.
See we learned pretty quickly, how to adapt when rain strikes.
By the way, I highly recommend rain ponchos. See these ponchos are a great way to keep dry from those pesky showers. You can bring with you or even buy them at the parks at the first sign of rain as ponchos seem to become available all over the park when rain is expected.
Also we have learned what can be done to pass the time at Disney World in the rain. So if you are planning to go to Disney World, then you need to read on here. Because rain even happens in the most magical place on earth!
1. Indoor rides are must do.
When it rains at Disney, especially if there is thunder and lightening involved, many of the outdoor rides, especially the thrill rides, such as Splash Mountain or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be closed until the storm passes.
But many of the indoor rides stay open, such as Its a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Under the Sea (Journey of the Little Mermaid), Haunted Mansion and even the Prince Charming Regal Carousel as it is covered from the rain. So, as you can see in Magic Kingdom alone there are plenty of rides to enjoy even in the rain.
2. Watch indoor park shows.
All Disney Parks have indoor shows running pretty much throughout the day daily. See these shows aren’t only good to beat the heat, but also a great way to stay dry during a rain storm at Disney.
Such shows include as follows: Mickey Philbar Magic, Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor and Enchanted Tales with Belle.
3. Take pics + get autographs from your favorite Disney characters.
Because when in Disney, who doesn’t enjoy taking photos and getting autographs of their favorite Disney characters. Each of the parks has many and varied characters available for these photo and autograph opportunities. In Magic Kingdom, you can get autographs from Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, Ariel, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Cinderella, Elena of Avalor, Rapunzel and Tiana.
4. Shop until you drop at Disney stores.
Also, each of these parks has many shopping opportunities. Take it from a shopper, such as myself that I have both got my shopping on to beat the heat and to also stay dry from a Disney Thunderstorm.
These stores not only have great souvenirs available, but also have places that you can purchase snacks. If you have the Disney Dining Plan, you can also use it on many of these snacks in these gift shops.
5. Why not grab a meal indoors.
Just like the gift shops allowed for snacks to be purchased. There are many different quick and table service restaurants in each park. Table service usually require a reservation. But for quick service restaurants, you can usually walk in and eat. The food options are endless whether you would be looking for hot dogs, hamburgers, or even dessert, such as ice cream, cake or more. As many times, as I have visited Disney I still haven’t eaten everywhere. Plus, these restaurants are truly great places to wait out a rain storm, too.
6. Take a break back at your resort.
When all else fails, you could always leave the parks for a bit and return after the rain storm passes later on in the day if need be.
Those with young kids might do this to go back to their room to relax and even have their little ones take a much needed nap to recharge.