Preparing for Disney in the Rain
When visiting a Disney Park, especially Disney World, weather can be unpredictable. If you are visiting Florida from June-October, you are almost guaranteed rain. It’s simply the reality of it. There is no bubble Disney can cover the parks with, they cannot control the weather, and they will not provide a refund simply because you got wet due to poor planning. On my trips in May and June of 2017, it rained almost every single day. Don’t let this disappoint or frustrate you, take full advantage of it! As the rains come, the crowds leave and you have the park to yourself. Remember, water dries eventually. Embrace it!
But of course, being soaking wet isn’t fun unless you meant to have it happen. So here are some of our best tips on staying dry on a rainy Disney day.
Before you go on vacation, go to Walmart and buy a ton of 99 cent ponchos. They are cheap, but they do the job. You can use them to sit on during shows, an extra layer of rain protection, to put over strollers, and to cover bags. Once they start getting torn and tattered, throw it away and move onto the next one.
Disney sells ponchos in the parks, but they are much more expensive. So buy them before! Whether it is nice ones that you can use long term or cheap Walmart ones.
Bring umbrellas for each person in the party. I honestly think there is an unspoken belief that Disney does not allow umbrellas. This is not true at all! There are certain shows you cannot have them open during, but a majority of the time, they are allowed. Disney even sells them in their stores.
Bring light rain jackets for each person in the party. I have a rain jacket tied around my waist or bag that is easily accessible at anytime. You don’t want them too heavy since it is still Florida and hot, but they come in handy a lot!
Have bags that are more durable in the rain. They don’t necessarily need to be water resistant, but you don’t want your bag soaked through. Especially if you have nice camera equipment in your bag.
Wear shoes that do well in water and dry easily. My Disney croc flip flops do great in the rain since they are rubber. Bring extra socks if you are worried about soggy socks.
When it rains, it can get pretty heavy and start to pool on the ground. Wearing clothes that don’t reach the ground and get wet will help a lot.
Just because it rains, it doesn’t mean that every show will be cancelled. Lightening will be the only thing that really causes delays and closures. Even the parades have a rainy day replacement!
If you are really worried about any certain items of clothing getting wet and bugging you or your children all day, bring an extra of that item.
In all honesty, wait out the 5 minutes of the downpour and then go enjoy the emptier parks. It is worth it!