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  • On Jun 26, 2023
    Danielle from IL 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 planning a trip to Orlando in October. We plan to do one day at Magic Kingdom and have to make a reservation. What is the reservation policy if it ends up storming all day on the day of our reservation?

    Welcome to planDisney, Danielle, and thank you for this refreshing question. As a Florida resident, I've learned to splash in the puddles, so I have some strategies for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort visit...rain or shine!

    Danielle, have you heard the saying that if you don't like Florida's weather, stick around for five minutes? I've found that to be sound advice! But if you decide you'd rather reschedule your park day, you can do so. Although Theme Park Tickets are non-refundable, you should be able to change the date of your one-day ticket on your My Disney Experience Mobile App. You'll need to make the change before midnight on the day you arrive. Tap on the Tickets and Passes tile in the app, select the ticket you'd like to reschedule and follow the prompts. Also note that if the new date is more expensive, you'll pay the difference; there are no refunds for a less-expensive ticket.

    On rare occasions, severe weather during hurricane season could cause the parks to close. If that happens during your visit, you will have the option to reschedule your ticket to a future date. We don't even say the "H" word out loud in Florida, Danielle, so here's hoping "one of those" doesn't come into play for your trip!

    But my main tip is to embrace your visit to Magic Kingdom Park no matter the weather. Florida rain is typically a pop-up shower, and I've found these often cool things down nicely. During the rain, my family spends time in the shops or watching classic indoor shows like Country Bear Jamboree or Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. You can grab a bite to eat or head to an indoor attraction like "it's a small world." And a secret surprise is the Rainy Day Cavalcade! This short but upbeat parade can only be seen on blustery days.

    I suggest you pack a disposable poncho or purchase one inside the theme park. And if rain looks imminent, I always wear a pair of lightweight rubber shoes so I can splash through those rain puddles. I've also learned that crowds are almost always thinner during wet weather, so wait times will be shorter at many attractions. While outdoor rides might close during the rain, they will reopen as soon as it is deemed safe. The show always goes on at Disney!

    Danielle, I hope I've given you some options for enjoying your day at Magic Kingdom Park. After all, a rainy day at Disney beats a sunny day anywhere else! Please stop by planDisney anytime. I'll have an umbrella waiting.

    Magic awaits,
    Elaine
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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