• On Jul 23, 2018
    Becky from RI 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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    My 11 year old son is extremely afraid of the thunderstorms that pop up. Is there anything I can do for him while we're in a park?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Becky. I'm so glad you stopped by with this great question!

     Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are certainly common at the Walt Disney World Resort, especially in the heat of summer. I'm so sorry to hear that they frighten your son! Luckily, these passing storms are usually short-lived, but I do have some suggestions to help keep your kiddo calm (and dry!). 

     If the sky is beginning to look ominous, head indoors for one of the many fabulous shows in the theme parks. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, visit Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo - The Musical. In Magic Kingdom Park, visit The Hall of Presidents or Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. At Epcot, enjoy a show in World Showcase like The American Adventure or Impressions de France. 

     You may also want to enter an standby line that has a relatively lengthy wait time. Attractions like Peter Pan's Flight and Avatar Flight of Passage typically have long standby wait times, but they have indoor queues that are entertaining and make the waiting fun!

     Most Quick-Service dining locations are also super convenient places to take cover from the weather. Duck into Satu'li Canteen and enjoy the beautiful AND yummy Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse while the rains come down. 

     Be sure to download the Play Disney Parks mobile app prior to your arrival. This app is tons of fun with interactive games, Disney trivia, tailored playlists, and more! It may help distract your son from any pop-up thunderstorms. 

     I hope this was helpful, Becky. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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