During our trip to Disney this past June, we had rain for 7 of our 10 days in the parks. And not just your typical afternoon thunderstorm. Not your typical liquid sunshine. But all day downpours. With several tropical systems making their way over Florida in June, I think it was a record month for them. In fact, Easywdw.com tweeted this picture to show the ankle deep water outside of the Magic Kingdom:
But. Rain does not have to ruin your vacation. Really.
One thing you can do is bring ponchos with you. You can put them on and then just keep going.
We have a huge stash of ponchos that we have been using for years. We stocked up one year for just in case.
We had two for everyone for each day of our trip. And then. Well. It never once rained. So, we have a lot. And we keep using them. I've learned a lot from our stash.
These particular ponchos - they are 99 cents at Target or Walmart - made by Coleman. But they really don't do well. With a poncho, there is a lot of on and off. You wear it in the rain - and then take it off when you arrive inside of a queue. After a while, they'll look like this:
We were in line to ride Rock and Roller Coaster this summer and the cast member told us that we had to take off our ponchos because someone wore one on the coaster once and hid the fact that they were wearing a baby on their chest!! So. Yes. Lots of on and off.
Which kind to get? You can purchase them at Disney - and the Disney ones will last. But we like to save a little money - and bring our own. You can still get Coleman at Target or Walmart. But instead of the 99cent variety, get the $4.99 kind. These are much more durable. Easily reusable. For the kids sizes (and my size 14/16 girls daughter fit in them perfectly) they actually snap up like a regular rain coat.
For adults, they are styled more like a poncho - but there is a tie at the neck and hood that will prevent the hood from flying off of your head in the slightest breeze (a true issue with the dollar variety).
Now that you have your ponchos - you are ready to conquer the parks. But which park is best in the rain? I actually think they all have pros and cons.
Epcot is great - especially in future world. There is so much to do indoors - that you might not ever notice it rained. However, the world showcase is a different story. We got caught in a storm in Japan. Though shopping at Mitsukoshi was a lovely distraction - my wallet could only take so much before we needed to move on. And it can be a long way between countries and dry spots.
I did manage to see some kids from our local middle school that were visiting the world on a band trip. And well. They just decided to enjoy the rain.
Magic Kingdom is great - especially in Fantasy Land. Most of the rides in the Magic Kingdom are indoors - you'll just have to dodge rain drops between the rides.
Hollywood Studios is also great. It's a compact park so going from attraction to attraction is not too far. Our issue with Hollywood Studios was that we were there on Star Wars Weekend. And because of the rain, the parade and show at the end of the day were canceled. On the other hand, characters that meet outside - like Phineas and Ferb - they will move to indoor locations. Your background may not be exciting - but you might get to make a big jump with your favorites!
Animal Kingdom - I think I would skip in the rain. The safari is absolutely amazing in the rain. The animals all seem to revel in the wet stuff. But. There is so much that is outside here - with long distances between - I think I'd give this one a pass.
What if it's more than a thunder storm? What about hurricanes? Typically, Orlando is not going to shut down due to hurricanes as it's rather inland. I have heard of them shutting down for a half a day for safety reasons. Issues guests usually deal with in regard to hurricanes are flight delays - either in arriving or getting out. When I visited last August - when Hurricane Irene suddenly changed course and headed to New York - there were LOTS of families stranded at Disney. I think that's a problem I wouldn't mind.
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So...what about you? Which is your favorite park to go to in the rain?