Let’s talk about Disney World weather!

 

It’s coming up to the summer season again, which means weather is a hot topic both literally and figuratively. Around this time of year I start fielding questions about what to do if it rains during the trip, or why there is rain in the forecast every day. Rain is very seasonal in Florida, and Disney World is no exception. Most importantly, don’t let the rain dampen (pun intended) your trip!

During the summer months into fall, expect rain almost on a daily basis. Most of the time this rain isn’t in all day, soaking rain. Afternoon showers are often welcomed as the heat and humidity of the day come to a head. Often times this is welcomed, as cooler temperatures often and prevail. This is a great time of day to take an afternoon break (especially if you’re in Magic Kingdom). If you’re staying in a park during this time, find an indoor attraction or continue on with your plans. It’s always good to have a poncho packed and ready to go when there’s a threat of rain. Don’t forget about something to cover the little one strollers. We found a great stroller cover from Amazon that’s completely see-through but Shields our daughter from rain. Very kind stranger also gave her a poncho on a previous trip which she thought was awesome the first time around and a torture device the next trip!

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Don’t let the rain and wearing a poncho get you down!

So what happens if it does rain during your trip? Make the most of it! Many people had for the buses and their cars, so
lines often get shorter. Many of the attractions have covered queues while you wait or if you really don’t want to get wet,  find an indoor attraction to wait out the rain. Rain is also a good time to go shopping, or have a meal. While you won’t be the only one with these ideas, it’s better to stay as dry as possible.

If rain is in the forecast, we always bring a pair of sandals with us. While tennis shoes are a must for our family while touring the theme parks, nobody likes wet socks or blistered feet the following day. If you want to keep your tennis shoes on, make sure you have an extra pair of socks available. Something I didn’t think about last time was a bag to put wet socks and clothes into. A small plastic bag (or the bag that comes in your ice bucket in your resort room) will do just fine. When you return to your resort, air everything out. We always pack a second pair of tennis shoes as a back up because let me tell you, shoes do not dry in one day. If you only have one pair of shoes, a hair dryer often works, but be prepared for some stinky shoes (and feet) the rest of the trip.

I also ALWAYS bring a hat when there is a strong threat of rain. It gets the rain out of my eyes as I walk and for whatever reason the darn hoods on the ponchos don’t stay on my head without me holding them. Well I can’t push a stroller AND hold my poncho, so a hat solves all of those problems for me! It doesn’t make for great family photos but it’s a great way to save that horrible feeling of rain drops right in the face!

NemoPonchoIf it looks like an all day kind of rain, stick with your plans! We got absolutely poured on during our last trip. Rain started around 2:30 and soaked us through almost 8 pm. Almost everything was “walk on” and none of the attractions were closed because it was just rain and not lightning in the area. We had a little swim into Ariel’s Grotto and were the ONLY people in line around 6 pm and grabbed a very last minute FastPass for Cinderella & Rapunzel (Anna & Elsa was also available as I’m guessing someone got tired of being wet). We’ve done Disney in the rain, but this was the most soaking rain I’ve ever encountered. To stay dry we watched Carousel of Progress, rode PeopleMover, checked out a few shops, had dinner, met some characters, and ended the day with fireworks RIGHT as the rain was stopping. Ahhh the magic of Disney!

On the other end of the spectrum, summer brings HEAT. This is nothing to be messed with. Please listen to your body, keep yourselves and your kids appropriately hydrated with water, Gatorade/Powerade, and other liquids that replenish your fluids. Stay away from caffeine when possible (you won’t get me up early to hit a Disney park without coffee) and stay away from carbonated beverages. Find a place to cool off during the heat of the day and plan your indoor experiences for the afternoons. The best part about those “indoor” activities is they don’t typically have long waits or they are continuously running shows so it’s a nice air-conditioned place to rest your feet, cool you and your family, and enjoy some more Disney fun!

Do you have any Disney secrets for beating the the weather?

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. The 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!

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!