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Top 8 Things To Do At Walt Disney World In The Rain

Although we all envision perfect sunny weather for our vacations, into each trip a little rain must fall. And if you are visiting Central Florida the chances are very high that you will encounter rain more than once. There are a few apps that I like to help me know when the rain falling will be a washout or just a temporary shower. I recommend Rain Aware, My Radar and the Fox 35 (local Orlando) weather app. It is also important to note that Florida is the most dangerous state in the US for lightning strikes—so if the rain is accompanied by severe thunder and lightning you should seek shelter and stay there until it is safe to venture out. But, if it is just a typical afternoon rain shower there are several things you can do to keep it from putting a damper on your vacation. Here are my top 8 favorite things to do in the rain:

8. Go Shopping!

This one requires you to venture off Walt Disney World property via a taxi, rental car or your own car. There are several outlet malls in the Walt Disney World vicinity where you can duck in and out of the rain getting great deals on name brand merchandise. My favorite outlet store is the Character Warehouse that contains discounted Walt Disney World products. Another top stop for Disney fans is Theme Park Connection, a treasure trove of Disney collectibles, history and even park props. Check them out on Facebook for more information.

7. AMC Fork & Screen Theater

The AMC Theater at Disney Springs is a 24 screen movie theater and a great way to escape the rain. They have an Enhanced Theater Experience theater to have an even more intense movie experience. Or, you can enjoy the Fork & Screen experience where you can enjoy a full meal while you watch the movie!

6. Water Rides

You’re wet anyway! So why not take on all of those water rides that end up drenching you—it won’t be any different than just walking around. Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids are the two biggest culprits when it comes to theme park soakings.

5. Shop (again) in Disney Springs

This time visit Disney Springs’ Marketplace and shop the amazing stores there. You could spend an entire rain storm in World of Disney (I know because I’ve done it). You also want to be sure to check out the Disney Design-A-Tee, Basin, Star Wars Galatic Outpost, Once Upon a Toy and the massive Coca-Cola Store. You could spend at least an hour in these amazing stores. You can even have your packages shipped back to your resort if you are staying onsite.

4. Splitsville

Take the fun indoors at Disney Springs’ Splitsville. This retro feel bowling alley will keep everyone entertained on a rainy afternoon. Stay awhile and enjoy a meal—the menu features everything from sushi to pizza.

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3. The Land or The Seas Pavilion at Epcot

Or both. These pavilions offer several attractions all under one roof and they are fairly close to each other, so if you finish with one you can dash to the other. At The Seas you can ride the Seas with Nemo and Friends, talk to Crush, maybe catch a dive show, and take your time observing all of the aquariums. Over at the Land you can wait in line and ride Soarin’, ride Living with the Land, grab a bite to eat at Sunshine Seasons, and even watch the Circle of Life if you are really desperate to wait out the rain.

2. Monorail Tour

If you are looking for a less expensive way to wait out a rainstorm, you may want to take a monorail tour. There are a lot of ways to do this. You could go to Epcot and take the monorail loop to the Ticket and Transportation Center, then hop on the resort monorail and get off at each Resort on the monorail loop, or you could go to Magic Kingdom and take the resort monorail from there. These resorts are beautiful to visit and look around (including the gift shops), but there are other ways to make it interesting. My family did a monorail resort cupcake crawl, selecting a special cupcake from each resort’s food court. Yum! And, we’ve done a Pressed Penny tour of the monorail resorts searching out the Pressed Penny machines at each resort and creating a penny that relates specifically to that resort. Just check with the concierge in your resort lobby to make sure the monorail hours are not shortened during your stay.

1. Buy (or bring) a Poncho and Do What You Always Do

My number 1 recommendation for how to spend a rainy day is to go to the parks. As long as you are not in danger, put on that poncho and keep touring. Most people will pack it up and head out when it starts raining, but if you don’t mind getting a little damp you can enjoy a less crowded park and shorter attraction lines. Keep in mind a few attractions must close during the rain, but there will be plenty to stay busy (and happy).

What do you do when it rains at Walt Disney World?

About Sarah Chapman

I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SarahLBAC for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).