Couple enjoying pretzel at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • On Aug 9, 2023
    Beverly from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are coming to Disney World in 3 days. The weather says more than 50% chance of thunderstorms, each of the 7 days we will be there. It is also supposed to be in the upper 90's all week. Should we just cancel the trip. We have hopper-plus.

    Hiya Beverly,

    Welcome back to planDisney! I know they say that Florida is the Sunshine State, but they should amend that statement to reflect the weather more accurately. Orlando can experience a downpour, sunny skies, an Elsa-level cold spell, and sweltering heat on the same day. Given the uncertainty of the weather, I understand entirely your hesitancy to visit.

    While I wish I could give you a definitive answer about the weather, unfortunately, it could still change even though the forecast points to rain right now. I can tell you that I’ve been to Walt Disney World Resort during a hurricane and one of the hottest days in the summer, and I have tips that could help make your trip enjoyable despite the weather.

    1. Pack an umbrella/poncho and extra socks. In my experience, rain at the Most Magical Place on Earth doesn’t tend to last for very long during the day. It comes in spurts and then fades away. Good rain gear can help you comfortably brave the sprinkles while waiting for a lull. Head inside to attractions with queues with cover if you want to stay dry, or take advantage of the rain and head to attractions that typically have the longest lines. When it rains, everyone tends to take cover or head for the exit, so my husband and I put in our rain gear, pop the rain cover on the stroller, and power through.

    2. I just returned from a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth, and let me tell you, the 90-degree heat was challenging at times. When we saw the expected temperatures, we looked at our itinerary and enlisted a little strategy. Head to the Theme Parks early in the day and get as much done off of your wish list before midday. Once the heat begins to climb and you are ready for a break, prioritize a nice sit-down meal at one of the incredible table service dining locations or a midday nap. Then as the temperature drops and the sun goes down, return to the Theme Parks! If you prefer to stay all day, we found that cooling towels, a refillable water bottle, and being smart about our attraction choices were a huge help. Attractions with outside queues save for early morning or late evening. Save the inside attractions for the midday heat.

    I know this wasn’t necessarily what you sought, but I hope it was helpful. If you decide to cancel your trip, remember tickets are not refundable or transferable, so make sure that you pay attention to the expiration date of your Theme Park tickets so you can reschedule your vacation. If you do decide to go, I hope your trip is magical. In my experience, the memories you make during your trip overshadow the elements.

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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