The Walt Disney World Resort and Central Florida are no strangers to some pretty intense weather, especially in the summer months when high temperatures and humidity can cause all sorts of havoc. While the heat is uncomfortable, it also brings major thunderstorms most afternoon which are nothing in comparison to strong hurricanes that often roll through in the later summer months and early fall.
Since rain and occasional thunderstorms are so common at the Walt Disney World Resort, most Guests are used to simply throwing on a rain poncho or rain jacket and continuing about their day enjoying an indoor attraction in the Disney Parks. However, as with anywhere, there are also days where the rain is simply so heavy and lasting that the day can be considered a total wash.
A heavy rain day like that might be gloomy and rule out time in a Disney Park, but there are still plenty of great activities that Guests can enjoy throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that will keep them dry and entertained! From checking out different Disney Resorts to special experiences, here are some great activities to enjoy on a rainy day at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Disney Springs is the ultimate destination for a rainy day at the Walt Disney World Resort as there are countless locations that offer indoor activities and experiences, none of which is as fun or immersive as Splisville Luxury Lanes. Located on the West Side of Disney Springs, this retro bowling alley brings back the glamour and fun of 1950s bowling alleys with a bright and vibrant interior filled with fun activities.
Guests who visit Splitsville Luxury lanes could easily spend an entire afternoon there bowling on one of the many lanes, playing pool on professional-grade tables, enjoying specialty cocktails from several bars, and listening to live music and entertainment. The location is also home to Splitsville Dining Room, a table service restaurant where Guests can enjoy a menu of contemporary international cuisine including some of the best sushi at the Walt Disney World Resort!
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Movies at AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres
Also found on the West Side of Disney Springs is AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres, an absolutely massive complex of theaters featuring comfortable reclining seats, Dolby Cinema technology, and some of the biggest releases in the box office at any given time. A movie is always a great rainy day activity, but enjoying one in Disney Springs is a whole other level of entertainment.
Six of the theaters found at the AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres feature a dine-in service where Guests can order from a menu of gourmet American favorites and specialty cocktails that are delivered to them right in their seat throughout the movie! Guests can also check out MacGuffins Bar and Lounge, a specialty bar with unique cocktails and sips that can then be enjoyed in the theaters themselves.
Shopping & Dining in Disney Springs
Guests who are willing to brave the heavy rain with a poncho or jacket in small increments can absolutely spend an entire day shopping their way through Disney Springs. Since all of the stores are relatively close to one another, there would only be a short dash between entrances before being inside and dry again. There are also some great quick service locations to check out with a wide variety of cuisines!
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Disney Springs is home to a unique blend of exclusive stores and restaurants only found at the Walt Disney World Resort as well as more mainstream locations. Scattered throughout the Marketplace, Town Center, The Landing, and West Side, Guests can find wonderful shopping locations including The World of Disney, Basin, Kate Spade New York, Marketplace Co-Op, Once Upon a Toy, The Logo Store, Free People, Disney’s Days of Christmas, Sephora, Anthropologie, D-Luxe Burger, Chicken Guy!, Earl of Sandwich, and more.
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Disney Resort Hopping
Another great way to spend a rainy day at the Walt Disney World Resort is by visiting several different Disney Resorts throughout the property. Each Disney Resort features its own unique theme that is completely immersive through styling, architecture, artwork, and more, and there are so many wonderful things to check out at each one.
While the grounds of Disney Resorts are ruled out during a rainy day, Guests can still check out the interiors and enjoy plenty of unique experiences. Some options include grabbing Beignets at Scat Cat’s Club – Café at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, sitting by a fire in the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, listening to live music in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or grabbing a drink from Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Those who are looking for a set activity to enjoy at the Disney Resorts should consider doing a monorail crawl around Seven Seas Lagoon! The Resort Loop connects the Magic Kingdom with Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and each station is covered or indoors allowing Guests to continue to stay dry throughout their travels.
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Once at each Disney Resort, Guests can check out quick service dining options to sample new foods or visit lounges to enjoy specialty cocktails while relaxing and taking in the atmosphere of the rainy day! Some great locations to check out are Contempo Café, Capt. Cook’s, Tambu Lounge, and Enchanted Rose.
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Last Minute Dining Reservations
Enjoying a new Disney dining experience is also a great way to spend time on a rainy day at the Walt Disney World Resort, and Guests who check the My Disney Experience App throughout the day are sure to be able to grab a last minute reservation to a number of table service locations at the Disney Resorts or in Disney Springs. There are typically lots of choices to be found in the Disney Parks themselves as well, but that all depends on whether Guests have park reservations and want to deal with the rain a little more.