Is rain interrupting your VIP tour of Disney World? Here’s some fun ideas for you!
Whether it’s checking out an indoor ride like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many themed restaurants, there is plenty for you to see and do on a rainy day. At World Class VIP, we’ve got the latest tips on gear to pack and indoor places to explore that will be less crowded than others! Our Disney VIP tour guides can help your family have just as much – if not MORE – fun, even if there’s rain at Disney World.
A Little Bit of Prep Can Go a LONG Way!
In Central Florida’s subtropical climate, the rainy season lasts from June 1st – Nov 30th. Luckily, with some planning and help from our Disney VIP tour guides, you can still give your family a day that they’ll never forget!
What to Wear:
For the rain in Disney, you’re going to want to wear lightweight clothing that dries quickly. For shoes, it’s best to go with sandals that can dry quickly and that have good arch supports. My favorite go-to’s are Crocs, but others work just as well.
What to Pack:
Time to break out the rain gear! If you’re going to be walking longer distances in the rain, a poncho will keep you drier. If you choose to run into a building to wait it out, an umbrella may be more your style. Don’t forget the rain cover for your stroller!
One thing that people don’t think to pack is plastic bags. Ziploc sandwich bags can come in handy for keeping your wallet and cell phone dry, and grocery bags are great for storing any wet clothing or rain gear.
Rearrange Your Schedule to Do What YOU Want
Plan to see shows in the afternoon.
Now that everything is scheduled for social distancing, you can reserve a seat at a show during times of the day when it’s supposed to rain – usually from 3pm to 5pm. Talk to your guide at World Class VIP tours to find out how!
Plan a late-afternoon siesta.
The Disney Monorail System connects the Magic Kingdom to several resorts around Lake Buena Vista. If you’re looking for something to do, you can always check out the activities in the Polynesian Village Resort and the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Go off the beaten path.
If you’re the adventurous type, you can always decide to go the opposite route and try out all the water rides! They rarely close due to the rain, and if you’re going to get wet anyways, you might as well go all-in! If you want to take it further, you can even spend the day at the water park!
Avoid the crowds.
Save Disney Springs for sunny days. While it has a great selection of shops and indoor activities, it’s the first place that EVERYONE thinks of visiting during rainy days.
Avoid theme parks that have most of their attractions outside.
When it comes to bad weather, some theme parks are more convenient than others to visit. Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are amazing parks, but you may have a longer distance to walk before you arrive at an indoor attraction, and the indoor attraction may be more crowded.
Best Ways to Have Fun in the Rain at Disney World!
Now that we’ve gone over things to avoid on rainy days, let’s dive into the things that we CAN do! Here are a few lists of indoor attractions that are available when it rains outside!
Rainy Days at Hollywood Studios
Sometimes, it’s good to sit down and take a break for a while. Hollywood Studios has a replica of the famous Brown Derby, a restaurant where you can relax while you’re waiting for the rain to stop. The original was known for its glamour in the Golden Age of Hollywood. If you know it’s going to rain, we recommend making a reservation there for an early dinner.
Rainy Days at Magic Kingdom
List of Indoor Attractions:
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Toontown County Bounty
- Monsters Inc. Comedy Show
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Pirates of the Caribbean
- Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
If you’re caught in the rain, there are plenty of things to do in the Magic Kingdom! Mickey’s Philharmagic is a very popular 4D show, and if it’s still raining out, you may get to see the Rainy Day Cavalcade afterwards! The Rainy Day Cavalcade is a special parade that only happens when it’s raining, so keep an eye out as you’re walking from building to building!
Rainy Days at The Animal Kingdom
List of Indoor Attractions:
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo, It’s Tough to be a Bug
- The Dinosaur Ride
- Avatar, Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey
If it starts raining at the Animal Kingdom, the attractions will be fairly spread out. You’re going to want to don ponchos as you’re going from one attraction to another.
Another option is to visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There are many different activities to do with your family. The younger ones can enjoy face painting and cookie decorating, and the older ones can try their luck at drum lessons and bingo. Plus, if you’re near the lobby around 4 pm, you can sample the famous house butternut squash soup and delicacies from a charcuterie board!
Rainy Days at Epcot
List of Indoor Attractions:
- Frozen Ever After
- Impressions de France
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE, Soarin’ around the world, Spaceship Earth
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- The Land and the Seas with Nemo and Friends
Epcot is THE best park to visit when it rains at Disney World! It has a TON of indoor attractions to check out, and the World Showcase never ceases to amaze, with its many villages, architecture, and food from across the globe!
Rainy Day attractions that you can’t miss are the Mexican Pavilion, the Chinese Pavilion, the French Pavilion, and the Japanese Pavilion. Each has entertainment, dining, and shopping specific to their own country, and you will always find something new there. Plus, you may be able to find a few characters wandering around for a photo op!