WDW Insiders Logo Let the magic begin
Username:
Password:

Lost Password?

Disboards

Disney Links
Network Member
 

Check out the new WDW Insiders free WDW Trivia App on Google Play! iOS version coming soon.

Walt Disney World Insiders - Free Insider Info for Your Disney Vacation

How to Deal with Rainy Days at WDW

By Olan Suddeth [ 44 ]

Rating: rating is 3.75 out of 5 for How to Deal with Rainy Days at WDW (4 votes)  

You're all set for a day in the most magical place on earth - but the weatherman warns that you are going to get wet. So, how do you handle this?

The very most important thing that you need to do is to make the conscious decision to make the best of it and still have a good time. Yes, it stinks that you'll be in the rain. Yes, you will get wet. So what?

The fact of the matter is that rainy days do hold down attendence, so brave souls can expect to spend less time in line - especially in light of the fact that Disney almost never closes any ride simply due to rain. A large percentage of locals that might have taken a day trip to WDW will elect to take advantage of better weather on another day. Less hardy vacationers will choose to stay at their resorts, or will spend less time in the parks than they otherwise might have done. If you simply make up your mind ahead of time to deal with the weather and not give up, you'll see the lighter than normal crowd thin even more as the day goes on.

The vast majority of Disney guests will use ponchos to help fight the rain, as umbrellas can be a pain to carry and stow at a theme park. If you don't have "real" rain gear (which can be pricey, and is also truly stifling to wear in Orlando at almost any time of year), then odds are, you'll go the poncho route, as well. There are two schools of thought for wearing ponchos at WDW - you plan ahead and bring your own, or you buy them from Disney.

If you bring your own ponchos on your trip, you have the ability to either purchase a higher quality item than Disney sells in the parks, or to save money on inexpensive disposable ponchos (Disney ponchos cost eight dollars apiece on our last trip in October 2011). Furthermore, you'll have the advantage that your family won't easily blend in with the 98% of other guests wearing identical Mickey rain gear.

However, there are a couple of huge advantages to buying the Disney ponchos. First off, they are sold at almost every retail location in the parks and resorts of Walt Disney World. Secondly, one poncho purchase will last you the entire length of your stay. If you are like most people, it can be difficult for an entire family to make it through a full day on poncho use without at least one (if not every single one of them) tearing at some point in the day - all of the walking, taking them on and off, and getting in and out of rides just begs for rips. If you rip your poncho, however, all you have to do is take it to the nearest retail location, and Disney will replace it for free, no questions asked. Suddenly, that eight dollar purchase doesn't look quite as bad.

Finally, if you do wear ponchos (especially of the Disney variety), consider packing extra pants and/or underwear in a waterproof bag - at least for younger kids. The Disney rain gear will not protect your entire leg, and after a long day, you can get a real boost from changing.

Next, you need to make a plan for dealing with the rain. Some parks (such as Magic Kingdom or Holywood Studios) lend themelves better to rainy days than do others (such as Animal Kingdom), but every park has a selection of indoor attractions, be they shows, exhibits, or rides. It seldom rains steadily all day long in Florida; most of the time (especially during the warmer months), rain instead comes in showers that come and go. If possible, duck inside during the rain, then hit the outdoor attractions during the lulls.

Of course, sometimes, there is no such thing as a workable plan. During our last trip, we managed to run into an actual record setting rainstorm; it started raining before daylight on Saturday morning, and did not stop raining until halfway through Sunday afternoon... with much of the rain being of the very heavy and/or sideways varieties. We tried modifying the above plan, hitting the indoor attractions when the rain was harder, braving the outdoors when it was lighter. Of course, everyone else had the same basic ideas; we saw lines at Pirates of the Carribean and the Haunted Mansion that were easily twice as long as any others we had seen all week. Nevertheless, we pressed on - and sure enough, by late afternoon, the park began to completely empty.

We rode Splash Mountain in the rain, figuring that we were already wet, and that we couldn't get much wetter (we actually got soaked to the skin). I took my two young sons on the Mad Tea Party three times in a row with no wait. I took the same two boys onto Astro Orbiter three more times in a row - without ever even getting off the ride (they never filled more than four rockets per ride). Yes, we were uncomfortable... but we made some great memories that day that I wouldn't trade for anything.

When it's all said and done, I'd rather not have to deal with the rain while at WDW. But life is life, and sometimes, it rains. If you're on vacation at Disney, you've already spent the money and set aside the time, so don't back down. Make up your mind to have a good time, make the most of the situation, and press on. You might be surprised how much fun you still manage to have.



Article Copyright By Author. All Rights Reserved.    Date Added: January 08, 2012

View More Free Articles By Olan Suddeth

Article Views: [ 10198 ]    Word Count: [ 978 ]    [ Print Article ]    [ Reprint Article ]
 
Newest Trip Planning Articles Most Popular Trip Planning Articles

 
Don't let a rainy day ruin your WDW vacation.  Use our common sense advice and still have a great time.How to Deal with Rainy Days at WDW
Use this list of numbers to contact Walt Disney World.Contacting Walt Disney World: Useful Phone Numbers (and Email)
This article weighs the pros and cons of taking your children out of school in order to go on a Walt Disney World vacation trip.Should I Take My Child out of School to go on a Disney World Trip?
Three excellent tips to help you plan for your Disney World trip that will help ensure your children are safe, happy, and prepared.Disney World: 3 Ways To Prepare Children For Their Disney Adventure
This article will help adjust your trip plans to accomodate rainy days, short days, hot days, and other variations in schedule.Disney World: What To Do On A Rainy Day And Other Planning Tips
Some great tips on ways to visit Walt disney World and save money while doing it.Disney World Vacation Deals - 19 Great Money-Saving Tips
Want to know the best hotels in the Orlando area?  What about the best character dining experience in Disney?  Or maybe you want to know where to find the best milkshake?  Read on for these and more great tips!The Best Orlando Has to Offer
Taking along kids under six years of age to your Disney vacation?  Read on, brave traveler, and hearken to the wisdom of our guide!Walt Disney World - for the Younger Kids!
Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World?  Make sure that you don't forget any of the essentials!  This artcile will help make sure that you are ready.Planning your Disney World Vacation
Taking a toddler to Disney World?  Read on for a life saving (or, at least, a trip-saving) checklist of considerations that will help improve the quality of your trip.Toddler tips for Disney Trips
A few tips on how to visit Disney World without breaking the bank.Disney Styles for the not so Rich and Famous
Whether or not to reserve a rental car is one of the major choices that any family will need to make when taking a trip to Disney World.  Here are the pros and cons to renting a car.Should We Rent a Car for Our Disney World Vacation?

 
Some great tips on ways to visit Walt disney World and save money while doing it.Disney World Vacation Deals - 19 Great Money-Saving Tips
Three excellent tips to help you plan for your Disney World trip that will help ensure your children are safe, happy, and prepared.Disney World: 3 Ways To Prepare Children For Their Disney Adventure
This article will help adjust your trip plans to accomodate rainy days, short days, hot days, and other variations in schedule.Disney World: What To Do On A Rainy Day And Other Planning Tips
Taking a toddler to Disney World?  Read on for a life saving (or, at least, a trip-saving) checklist of considerations that will help improve the quality of your trip.Toddler tips for Disney Trips
A few tips on how to visit Disney World without breaking the bank.Disney Styles for the not so Rich and Famous
Whether or not to reserve a rental car is one of the major choices that any family will need to make when taking a trip to Disney World.  Here are the pros and cons to renting a car.Should We Rent a Car for Our Disney World Vacation?
Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World?  Make sure that you don't forget any of the essentials!  This artcile will help make sure that you are ready.Planning your Disney World Vacation
Taking along kids under six years of age to your Disney vacation?  Read on, brave traveler, and hearken to the wisdom of our guide!Walt Disney World - for the Younger Kids!
Want to know the best hotels in the Orlando area?  What about the best character dining experience in Disney?  Or maybe you want to know where to find the best milkshake?  Read on for these and more great tips!The Best Orlando Has to Offer
This article weighs the pros and cons of taking your children out of school in order to go on a Walt Disney World vacation trip.Should I Take My Child out of School to go on a Disney World Trip?
Use this list of numbers to contact Walt Disney World.Contacting Walt Disney World: Useful Phone Numbers (and Email)
Don't let a rainy day ruin your WDW vacation.  Use our common sense advice and still have a great time.How to Deal with Rainy Days at WDW