With the summer heat in Orlando often comes rain. Most people with summer plans to visit Walt Disney World don’t realize summer is the rainy season. With a few tips you can prevent the rain from dampening your magical vacation.
Most of the time it rains around the same time each day, about 3:00 pm. Normally it comes on very suddenly and lasts about 15 minutes. Of course, you can never guarantee anything when it comes to the weather. I try and plan my meal time as close to 3:00 as I can when making reservations. Occasionally I find myself out and about the parks when the rain hits. Each park has at least a few places that are my favorites to get out of the rain. I try to find shows or attractions that take about 20 minutes so it will be over when I exit the attraction.
In Magic Kingdom I try to be in Tomorrowland when it rains. My favorite rainy time attractions in that area are Carousel of Progress and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. There is also The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. The Enchanted Tiki Room comes to mind when I think of the best places in Adventureland.
It’s Tough to be a Bug is a great place to hide out from the rain in Animal Kingdom. If you are looking for somewhere dry in DinoLand USA I prefer Finding Nemo-The Musical as well as Dinosaur. Flights of Wonder in Asia is a fantastic bird show that takes about the same amount of time as the rain usually lasts. If you prefer to embrace the rain and wetness, it is a perfect time to head to Kali River Rapids. This is a wet raft ride that takes you thru the waters of the jungle.
Depending on show times Hollywood Studios usually has quite a few options for rain cover. I take this time to enjoy The Great Movie Ride. There is also Muppet Vision 3D or the Studio Backlot Tour on the Streets of America. The multimedia exhibit Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is always on my do not miss list. That is a great attraction to take in during the rain. Everything in Animation Courtyard is indoors; Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Disney Junior-Live on Stage!, and The Magic of Disney Animation are all great to be at during rain. Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage is mostly covered and a fantastic show to watch when it is raining.
Epcot can sometimes be tricky when it comes to staying out of the rain. If you find yourself in World Showcase you might prefer to explore more of the country you are visiting at the time. Since there is open space between each country I try and not be stuck in World Showcase when it rains. Both Innoventions pavilions are great places to spend time in during the rain. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is a 45 minute multimedia show as well as a dry place to be.
There are always a couple other options you can choose but they are not my favorites. They waste valuable time and money in my opinion. You can duck into a store and crowd around the doorway patiently waiting for the rain to pass. Or while there you can purchase an expensive poncho and try to brave the rain. There is always people who rush out of the park and head back to your resort. By the time you get back there the rain will probably be over so more time has been wasted.
I hope I have provided you with some options you didn’t think of to stay dry when the summer rain comes.
Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!