You’re in the most magical place on earth, enjoying the vacation that you and your Key to the World Travel® planner have been working on for months, then it starts pouring down rain and your vacation is ruined!! But wait, it’s going to be ok! One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the “Sunshine State” isn’t always sunny. Hurricanes and tropical storms aside, you will more than likely encounter some rain while on your Walt Disney World® vacation. I’m going to share some tips for getting through it!
Turn a corner in any of the parks, and you will find a place to hide out for a few minutes while the rain rolls on by. Mickey’s Philharmagic®, Frozen Ever After, and The Festival of the Lion King are just a few of my favorite places to chill during a quick rain shower. There are several rides that are indoors or covered too. Just keep in mind that once the ride is over, the exit will lead you right back out into the rain. When my daughter was 2 years old, we rode the Teacups 7 times in a row to avoid getting soaked; I’m glad I took my motion sickness pills that day!
If the rain doesn’t let up and your family can push through, you will find that most other guests will head back their resort and leave the parks virtually empty! So come prepared with ponchos from your local discount store, a rain cover for your stroller (some folks use a cheap shower curtain or an extra poncho), and an extra pair of dry shoes for the following day. Did you forget the ponchos at home? You can buy them at the parks, ranging between $8-$10 for children and adults. They will also give you a shopping bag to cover your purse or backpack if you ask nicely.
Don’t want to have prunes for fingers? Hop on the monorail for a fun adventure around the 3 resorts on the monorail line. The first stop is Disney’s Contemporary Resort which has fun shops and restaurants right off the monorail stop, and your kids will love watching the monorail pass through the center of the building! The Contempo Cafe has delicious flatbreads, and you can find some nice hot coffee to warm you up at Contemporary Grounds.
The next stop is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where you will feel like you have been transported to an island in the South Pacific. Here you will find tasty treats like the pulled pork nachos from Capt. Cooks, a DOLE WHIP® from the Pineapple Lanai, fresh sushi from Kona Island, or try one of the signature Lapu Lapu drinks that are served in a huge pineapple!
There’s always some magic happening at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The lobby at this resort is one of my favorite places to grab a chair and relax while listening to the Grand Floridian Lobby Pianist, or the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. This luxurious resort is sure to put a smile on your face, even during a storm.
Another great option for relief from a storm is a visit to Disney Springs™; it isn’t just for shopping! Hop on a bus and head on over to Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ where you can bowl a game or two and try for that perfect score, or show off your combo skills at the billiards tables. They also have a great menu including upscale burgers and sandwiches, pizzas and sushi! In the mood for something more relaxing? Head over to the AMC™ Disney Springs Dine-In Theater and enjoy a meal while watching the movie. With just the touch of a button, you can have your food and drinks delivered right to your seat!
With a little bit of preparedness and patience, you can still enjoy your Walt Disney World® vacation even in a storm. Just think of the rain as pixie dust!
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