EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Apr 21, 2010
    Kristy from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello! My family and I are headed to Disney in 3 weeks. Any suggestions on what to do if we run into bad weather? Will rides still be operating? We're hoping for alot of sunshine but you never know. Thanks so much!

    Hey, Kristy! Our family actually hopes for a few hours (or days) of rain when we're at WDW so that the parks clear out, and we can sail through the lines easier. As long as it's not a storm with lightning, most of the attractions in the parks stay open, and the rain really does chase some guests away. We tend to be the heartier types and will break out the ponchos to brave getting wet. Of course, heavy rain does put a damper on the outdoor entertainment and events such as the parades and fireworks.  However, we have sat under an umbrella and watched Fantasmic!...with fantastic seats and no wait! So, my advice is to always pack the ponchos and possibly a small umbrella, too. Florida is famous for those passing spring and summer showers.

    In case you do encounter a rain shower or two and are caught off guard, duck into an inside attraction such as The Hall of Presidents or Mickey's PhilharMagic at the Magic Kingdom, One Man's Dream at Hollywood Studios or Finding Nemo at Animal Kingdom. If the forecast is for rain the entire day, Epcot is a good place when it's raining since most of the attractions are inside the pavilions. You can walk through the park in a poncho or with an umbrella, but then you can spend a good amount of time in each pavilion if it's pouring outside. Another good rainy day plan is Downtown Disney. Lunch at a table service restaurant, shopping, a movie and/or a few hours at DisneyQuest is a great way to spend the day. Be aware, however, if you don't have the Water Parks Fun & More Option added onto your Magic Your Way ticket, make sure you compare the cost of DQ with how much time you'll spend there. (It's expensive if you only plan to be there a couple of hours!)

    Hopefully, this has helped you come up with a rainy day contingency plan for your vacation. You are smart to think of the possibilities. However, there is still much fun to be had at WDW even in the rain! Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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