• On Dec 16, 2019
    Mary from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I read umbrellas are allowed in but can't be used everywhere. Where can't they be used?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Mary!

    Your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is only a few days away, and that calls for a celebration! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the theme parks, resorts, and Disney Springs are ready for you, with gorgeous decorations, tasty holiday treats, and so much festive fun to be had. But you don’t need me to tell you about it – you’re going to be right in the middle of it SO soon!

    Umbrellas are not listed as prohibited items in the Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules, and I’ve seen lots of Guests use them in the theme parks. It’s not unusual for a rain storm to pop up in the afternoon in Orlando, and I’ve also seen Guests using umbrellas for shade. Last summer, my son and I were in line to meet characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the sun was blazing – and, to our happy surprise, Cast Members came along with umbrellas for us so we could enjoy some shade.

    Umbrellas are not allowed when they pose a safety risk or obstruct views. For example, an umbrella may not be opened on any attraction or in the seating area of a show. I recently watched Fantasmic! on a rainy night, and most of us wore raincoats or ponchos in the outdoor seating area, as umbrellas would obstruct other Guests’ view of the show. You’ll just want to be considerate of others and be prepared to close an umbrella should a Cast Member let you know it’s not allowed. You’re also welcome to check in with a Cast Member if you’re not sure whether an umbrella is allowed in a particular location or situation.

    Mary, I recommend bringing a small, purse-sized umbrella and a waterproof bag to store it in when not in use. You might also want to consider a compact rain coat or a poncho; there are umbrellas and ponchos for sale in the theme parks, but if you purchase in advance you’ll save a few dollars.

    Have so much fun on your upcoming visit, Mary! If you find that you’re singin’ holiday tunes in the rain, I hope you’re warm and dry and able to splash and sing your heart out.

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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