While afternoon showers are common in the Sunshine State (particularly during the summer months), getting a full day of rain is much more rare. In fact, our sixth trip to Walt Disney World this year provided us with our 3rd ever rainy day – out of a total of around 100 days spent in Florida! If a rainy day does hit during your holiday, there are a number of different ways to handle it; it all depends on your interests and how much you may hate getting wet! Below are a few ideas to keep in mind should you have to weather a wet day at Disney!
A favourite of many who travel to Orlando, you can choose to avoid the wet weather and use this day for some retail therapy. Choose one of the indoor malls, such as Mall at Millenia or Florida Mall and you’ll only have to brave the rain whilst dashing for cover. Many find a rainy day the perfect way to take a break from the Theme Parks while spending some cash on gifts and souvenirs, but even those on a tighter budget will enjoy spending a few hours window shopping in these huge shopping centres. Being much bigger than the malls we’re used to in the UK & Ireland, as well as offering so many different and exciting shops we don’t normally see at home (Pottery Barn, Sephora, M&Ms world…) there is plenty to see and do to keep you occupied and keep your mind off the murky weather outside.
In the rush and excitement to explore the Theme Parks, many people can overlook the vast amount on offer at your Hotel, particularly if you choose to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. If you experience a rainy day and want to avoid being out in the wet for too long, you can take the opportunity to fully explore your Resort. From the hotel shops and restaurants to arcades, fitness centres and spas (if you’re lucky!), a rainy day can give you the time to enjoy your hotel facilities to the fullest. If you’ve chosen a Disney Hotel you could even spend the day on a Hidden Mickey hunt! If you do spend your rainy day at your Resort Hotel, be sure to speak to the front desk or concierge about daily activities that are organised to ensure you don’t miss out on anything
Another popular option for a Floridian rainy day, there are plenty of indoor attractions to experience around Orlando. If you really want to try and avoid being out in the wet weather all together, consider looking into attractions like Ripleys Believe it Or Not, Wonderworks, Madame Tussauds or SeaLife Aquarium. These will keep you dry and provide with a few hours entertainment. A quick internet search will provide a plethora of indoor attraction options and this should make it easy to find one which is suitable for your travel party/
Brave the Wet
My personal favourite, and the option we are most likely to choose is to brave the wet and venture into the Theme Parks anyway. While for many this option seems slightly insane, choosing to head into the Parks on a rainy day will see you faced with a much emptier park – who wouldn’t love a day to explore their favourite park without mass crowds? While it is worth noting some rides and attractions close during wet weather (most notably the parades), many are fully operable and will have much shorter queues due to lighter park attendance, a huge advantage to those wishing to brave the wet. If you do decide to brave the rainy day weather, make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear (flip flops are not great during the rain!) and bring a raincoat or poncho (Disney World sells ponchos if you’ve made the trip without)
Regardless of how you decide to spend your rainy day, there are plenty of things to see and do to keep you occupied. What you choose to do will ultimately be a personal choice based on your travel party, but it is important to know that a rainy day at Walt Disney World doesn’t have to be a wasted, or ‘boring’ day. Go into a rainy day with a sunny attitude and make the most of your holiday – whatever the weather!