It rains in central Florida, home to the Walt Disney World resort. June and July typically see the most rainfall, averaging seven or more inches of rain for each month. It’s not uncommon for rain to be in the forecast for the entire week you’re scheduled to be at Disney. Don’t panic.
First, it’s typical for rainstorms to pass through central Florida quickly so if the forecast says 80-percent chance of rain in the afternoon, don’t cancel your plans to visit the Magic Kingdom. Second, even if the rain does linger, there are dozens of ways to do Disney in the rain.
Do Indoor or Enclosed Rides and Attractions
All four Disney parks have multiple rides and attractions that are not affected when it’s raining, even in a torrential downpour or thunderstorm. At the Magic Kingdom, head for the Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Pirates of the Caribbean or Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. All three are indoor rides and the majority of their queue lines are enclosed or under cover. Toy Story Midway Mania! in Disney Hollywood Studios also is a good choice in the rain.
At Epcot in Future World, it’s easy to escape the rain by visiting The Land where you can ride Soarin’, Living with the Land and enjoy the film The Circle of Life. The Seas also is indoors and home to Turtle Talk with Crush, the Seas with Nemo and Friends ride and a spectacular aquarium all ages will enjoy. Don’t forget about Mission: SPACE, Spaceship Earth and Ellen’s Energy Adventure, all indoor attractions that are not affected by rain.
See a Show
Take some time to enjoy Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in the Magic Kingdom or catch a performance of the Country Bear Jamboree. In the Animal Kingdom, the Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo—The Musical are indoor performances ideal for raining days.
Indulge in Shopping
While rain often prompts many park guests to funnel into the various shops, it really can be a great time to browse for that perfect souvenir or just take some time to window shop. The shops along Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom are linked so it’s possible to venture from one shop to the next without having to step out into the rain or crowds hanging around under the different store awnings.
Enjoy Activities in the Resort
Each of the themed Disney resorts offer different free activities during the day, including arts-and-crafts or games for kids. Check with the resort concierge for information on these activities.
Tip: Pack a lightweight, plastic poncho for each member of your group to avoid having to purchase these at the resort or parks when a downpour does hit.