{A Guide to} Disney in the Rain

Here you are, packed and ready for a family trip to Disney. Fast passes are arranged, dining is reserved, you’ve prepped snacks with care. You arrive to the parks with hope and excitement then … the clouds gather and it starts to RAIN.

Panic sets in as you frantically search for the dollar store ponchos EVERY Disney blogger told you to pack. And because you were ready to be fully prepared for any scenario, you packed them. Wishfully thinking, no doubt, that there would be no reason for them.

Girl. Of COURSE, you were going to need them. Rain in that part of Florida is a part of the forecast for at least 2 minutes EVERY day. And if you’re lucky, you will only experience short rain storms. BUT if you, like me, get stuck there in a hurricane, there are some GREAT ways to enjoy the parks in the pouring rain!

First, the best parks to be at in the rain are Hollywood Studios (so many covered shows) and Magic Kingdom. Then Epcot comes in third. The worst park for a rain day is Animal Kingdom. Hands. Down.

So, let’s get a game plan!

Seriously, pack your ponchos. If not, you will spend $15-20 a pop for the Disney ponchos. I’m guessing that’s NOT your children’s idea of a fun souvenir.

Best rain activities at Magic Kingdom:

The Country Bear Jamboree
Tiki Room
Carousel of Progress
Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (long indoor queue!)
The People Mover
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (another great covered queue)
The Philharmagic
It’s a Small World (indoor queue … it’s a theme)
Or most any of the permanent character and princess spots!

Depending on the time of day, you could also work to snag a dining reservation to sit inside for a while!

Hollywood Studios also has great long, indoor shows ideal for a rain break.

The Frozen Ever After Sing Along
Star Tours (indoor queue!!)
Beauty and the Beast Stage Show
Muppet Vision 3D
Toy Story Mania
Star Wars Launch Bay 
The Little Mermaid Stage Show

Epcot also offers up quite a few indoor options! We love the Land Pavilion which houses a couple of rides and one of my favorite indoor character dining experiences, the Garden Grill.

You can also kill loads of time at the Sea Pavilion. With a ride and an interactive show as well as a mini aquarium, it’s not only a great spot to hide from rain, to beat the heat as well!!

I will say, traveling though the World Showcase is slightly less ideal in the rain, but make it a good excuse to enjoy a margarita in the Mexico Pavilion or a nice sit down dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants. The German restaurant is a favorite and comes with live entertainment!!

Rain is no reason for your Disney trip to be soured, but adapting quick and switching up the game plan to accommodate changes in weather can make a damp experience just as magical as a sunny one!

Sarah Joy Hays is a native of Louisiana and graduate of LSU! She returned to Baton Rouge in 2015 after 6 years living and working in DC. She is a proud momma to an enthusiastic, red-haired toddler and is navigating all of this as a solo parent; fully relying on group texts with other moms, coffee, and Jesus. Sarah Joy, or SJ, has devoted much of her abundant spare time to the Moms on Campus, South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church, and her newly founded Foundation that will focus on emergency disaster response. She claims to love to read, journal, and cook; but only manages one of the three out of daily necessity. SJ dreams of having a Target collaboration based on coffee mugs and dry shampoo one day… till then she will enjoy running her bakery CounterspaceBR and growing a consulting business!


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