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  • On Aug 23, 2022
    Rajesh from TN 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 re-planning our first Disney vacation for my kids (ages 5 and 8 )and wanted to make sure if September (labor day) is good time to explore even when it is raining

    Greetings and welcome to planDisney, Rajesh!

    Thank you kindly for reaching out to me here at planDisney for my advice, it would be my honor to offer assistance to help optimize your visit to Walt Disney World Resort.

    When my children were younger the majority of our visits were over the Labor Day weekend and the weeks revolving around this weekend. While the climate is still in the rainy season, typically we found that the showers came about in the mid-afternoon so we planned accordingly with which park(s) to tour and we were prepared for the rain by bringing rain ponchos, collapsible umbrellas, quick-dry clothes and/or a change of clothes which we stored in the Walt Disney World Resort Lockers available at all theme park entrances.

    Touring the Walt Disney World theme parks for us began early morning and found us returning to our Disney Resort Hotel for a rest by early afternoon because we found a pattern of rain storms coming in between 2 PM and 5 PM. Many afternoons found us at Disney Springs enjoying some bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ or catching a movie at AMC® Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatres. Then, in the early evening, we would return to a theme park to enjoy the rest of the day. Sometimes, we would brave it out and stay in the park and found that we still enjoyed the majority of the indoor rides, and one consistent pattern during a rain storm in a theme park was that many other Guests leave thereby creating shorter wait times at attractions. We found our flexibility increasing daily as we noticed crowd patterns. Another creative thing to do is to make your advance Disney Dining Reservations for Character Meals or other Table-Service meals in the mid-afternoon to enjoy a delicious meal during a stormy afternoon. Storms do pass, however, and you find yourself getting back into your groove quickly.

    Theme park touring strategies for us involved visiting theme parks with the majority of attractions indoors in the afternoons such as EPCOT, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and we made sure to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park early in the day as the majority of attractions at this theme park are out of doors and because the park is so vast. Adding the Park Hopper® Option to your tickets will enable you to visit a second theme park at 2:00 PM or later only after you have visited your first reserved theme park, and utilizing the Disney Genie+ Service really helps save time waiting in lines that offer Lightning Lane entrances.

    Download the My Disney Experience Mobile App to manage your plans before and during your visit as it offers many useful features to help you with your visit.

    Please take a look at the current Walt Disney World Resort - Special Offers, Deals & Discounts which may be of interest to you adding many conveniences to your visit.

    Rajesh, it was my pleasure assisting you today - have a wonderful vacation at Walt Disney World Resort!


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Meet the Panelist: Jacqueline, Ontario

Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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