Friday Five: 5 ways to plan for rainy days at Disney World

 

In Florida, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll see some rain on your trip. We’ve had a few lucky trips that we didn’t see a drop of rain until after we were done with our last day of parks or on our departure day, but those have been few and far between. I think it’s good karma for being completely waterlogged for 7 whole days during a fluke May soaking in 2009. Needless to say, my family are PROS in when it comes to doing Disney in the rain. Here are 5 ways to plan ahead and to make the most of those rainy days:

  1. Buy ponchos and WEAR THEM. You can spend less than $5 at your local Walgreens/CVS or even Walmart to get a good quality poncho that won’t rip after 2 wears. We’ve been going strong with our $3 ponchos for 3 years now. Make sure you don’t forget about the little ones. There are kid sized ponchos and really remember the strollers too! Your littlest passengers may not mind a little rain, but having a cover to keep the stroller dry will go a long way.
  2. Engineer ways to keep your feet dry. The fastest way to blisters and a rough rest of a trip is wet socks and shoes. You have a few good options to keep your feet dry. If there is rain in the forecast, think about brining a pair of sandals or flip flops (we always, always, always wear tennis shoes to the parks because it’s too much walking for a shoe with no support for my puppies). If you want to keep your tennis shoes on, bring 1-2 extra pairs of socks to the parks with you and switch them out as they get damp.
  3. Don’t let it ruin your day! We’ve had some of our best (and least crowded) park days in the rain. A day in Magic Kingdom in which we walked on almost every ride we were planning on doing for the entire week, met essentially every character more than once, and I rescheduled my FastPasses so many times, I lost track because I didn’t need most of them until the afternoon. And I got a new perspective on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the pouring rain so it felt a little like Splash Mountain. Make the most of it and have fun.
  4. Do a little shopping or grab a bite to eat. If walking around in the rain (if you get a day FULL of rain), isn’t your thing, duck into the shops, look for an interesting and unique dining reservation at the last minute (sometimes those last minute reservations can be great ones – We’ve snagged Whispering Canyon, Ohana, and even Be Our Guest in less than 24 hours before we’ve dined).
  5. Take advantage of indoor attractions. See a show or two, enjoy Hall of Presidents or Country Bear Jamboree or explore Innoventions in Epcot. If you’ve got park hoppers, head to Magic Kingdom or Epcot to check off all of the shows you want to see in the time it’s raining.

Rides and attractions will remain open in the rain. If there are torrential downpours or lightning in the area, you will see some stoppage of rides, but usually that is just temporary. Likewise, fireworks will go off in the rain except for very heavy rains or lightning or insanely windy. If strong weather is eminent, you may see fireworks go off a bit earlier than planned. If you have questions, please check with a cast member!

Always remember, you planned this vacation for months and a little rain is not going to ruin your trip! In the words of Dory… Just keep swimming and as Elsa says, LET IT GO! You can still have a great vacation rain, sun, heat, or cold!!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

If you would like help planning your next Disney World vacation, I’d love to be a part of the process. Please feel free to contact me anytime for a free quote.he benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

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