How to Deal with Rainy Weather in the Disney Parks

Cinderella Castle and Main Street before Rain

Cinderella Castle and Main Street before Rain

If you are planning a vacation to Disney, it is very likely that you will see rain at some point during your Florida vacation.  On several of my own vacation, I have experienced rain for the ENTIRE stay!  I kept waiting for the rain to stop, yet day after day when we woke and looked out the window, we saw that yet again, we would have an all day long rain-athon.  Not to be stopped, we headed out to the parks.  We found that they were still quite overly crowded and that many other people had woke up daily with the attitude that the rain would NOT stop them either.

Rain in the Animal Kingdom

Rain in the Animal Kingdom

Of course, the best piece of advice for a visit to the Disney theme parks in the rain is to take a poncho!  I bet you have thought of that but let me stress the need for a poncho INSTEAD of an umbrella.  I actually like an umbrella better than a poncho and attempted to use the umbrella in addition to my poncho on one day of the rainy vacation rather than using my poncho’s hood.  What I found was that it was nearly impossible to drive a two-hand-necessary stroller with the one free hand.  I attempted to change from driving the stroller with one handle to driving the stroller with the other handle and still I was driving so erratically I thought surely I would get taken out of Disney by security for drunk driving.  I soon ditched the umbrella and went back to the hood on the poncho.

Before heading to the parks this vacation, I invested in a $5 poncho made of a much thicker plastic than the one I had previously used in a past vacation to Disney.  The older one was the $1 poncho you can purchase from Wal-Mart which is so thin, you can nearly look at it wrong and it rip!  Once to Disney and we saw that it was going to rain the whole vacation, I was VERY excited to have the much more substantial one.  What was even better is that the $5 poncho was made for many, many uses rather than a one and done like the $1 one.

While the correct poncho is essential when vacation during the rain at a theme park, I would say that even more than this was the need for pair of shoes that will allow you to walk properly in the rain.  I cannot tell you how many people I saw wipe out as they walked through the rain.  Many that were not falling, I observed walking as though they were on egg shells.  Flip flops seemed to be the culprit many times for the slip and fall accidents.  The shoes simply did not stay on the foot of the person.  Remember too to check the traction you have on your shoes.

So, what pairs of shoes appeared to have the best traction and rain friendliness?  The crocs!  The shoe dries nearly right after entering a shop, attraction, etc.  The traction on the bottom of a new or fairly new shoe also is great.  Even better, they are not expensive!  Here is a pair for only $24!  Of course, these shoes are extremely comfortable as well making them a great shoe for everyday park travels!

Lesson – Be sure to always check the weather report for your vacation.  If on the days you will be in the parks, rain is in the forecast, be sure to pack accordingly!  You do NOT want a slip and fall or a cold to stop you in your park touring tracks!

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