If you let it, rain can spoil a day at Disney. But if you come prepared, not even terrible weather can take the magic out of the Happiest Place on Earth. The Disney parks are certainly different when rain is bucketing down, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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There are several things you can do to cope when it starts raining at Disney. Mostly, they involve checking the weather beforehand and being prepared for the rain. And if you’re going to Walt Disney World in Florida, the chances of you running into a little rain are pretty high!

Keep reading to find out how to cope with the rain at Disney.

10 Make Use Of Indoor Attractions

The good news is that there are plenty of indoor attractions available at the Disney theme parks. While rain might stop you from enjoying many of the rides and outdoor attractions, it certainly doesn’t mean that the entire park shuts down. When it starts raining, simply make use of the indoor attractions.

This includes any indoor rides and pavilions. Even if they only take a few minutes to get through, you can sometimes dawdle as you walk through attractions until the rain stops. Don’t forget about the indoor shows that might also be on when it starts to rain!

9 Plan Your Day In Advance

Rain sometimes comes on unexpectedly, but a lot of the time, you’ll know what you’re in for. This is especially true in Florida, where it pretty much rains every afternoon at around the same time during late summer. If you know when the rain is going to hit, then you have the advantage of being able to plan your day around that.

For example, if you know that there will be lots of rain later in the day, it might be a good idea to get an early start and do all the outdoor activities in the morning. Don’t waste the morning on the indoor rides and attractions if it makes more sense to do them in the afternoon when the rain is due.

8 Bring A Poncho

A good poncho never goes astray! You might think that you look kind of goofy (pun intended) but that’s what Disney is all about. You’ll be much happier by staying dry in a poncho then getting all your clothes wet. Ponchos are available for purchase at the Disney parks, and they often have cool designs that you’ll probably want to take home with you anyway.

But if you don’t want to be overcharged, it might be a better idea to bring a poncho from home or get one at an off-site store. Either way, as long as you’ve got a poncho, you can keep going about your day at Disney and maybe meet some characters while the crowds are low.

7 Pack Waterproof Clothing

If you’re expecting there to be rain during your visit to a Disney theme park, it’s a good idea to pack some waterproof clothing. Aside from a poncho, you can pack waterproof shoes. There’s nothing worse than walking around in wet shoes and socks!

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The Traveling Mom advises packing clothes that are made of cotton and lightweight, as these tend to dry quickly. So even though they may get wet initially, you won’t be stuck in drenched clothes all day long. Cotton is also good for the Florida humidity, as its breathable and won’t cause heat rash.

6 Always Protect Your Electronics

A little rain won’t kill you, but it could very well kill your beloved devices. The most important thing to protect when it starts to rain is your electronics, simply because they’re so crucial to life these days. Having a broken phone mid-vacation would have been annoying 10 years ago. These days, it’s almost enough to ruin the whole trip.

When it starts to rain, make sure your electronics are zipped up in a bag. If you don’t have a bag, try to cover them in your pocket.

5 Know Which Parks Are Rain–Friendly

Some of the Disney parks are friendlier than others when it comes to rain. A few boast mostly outdoor attractions, so visitors could be limited for things to do if it starts bucketing down. Others have plenty of indoor rides and attractions, and these should be your go-to when rain is forecast.

The Magic Kingdom is good for rainy days because you can stay out of the wet weather entirely by sticking to indoor attractions. If you want to hop from ride to ride, everything is located quite close together.

4 Explore The Resort On The Monorail

One option for coping with the rain is to leave the park altogether and do something else until the weather improves. Obviously, this won’t work if the rain is ongoing for your entire trip, but non-stop rain is rare in both California and Florida.

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When it starts raining at Walt Disney World, you might like to explore the entire resort on the monorail. This will allow you to see everything without actually getting wet. It also means a break from walking, which you’ll be doing a lot of!

3 Head Back To Your Hotel For A Break

If you do decide to abandon the park until the rain is finished, you can always head back to your hotel. It does take a lot of energy to stay at Disney from open until close, and most people could probably do with a nice break at some point during the day anyway!

Many of the hotels at Walt Disney World offer plenty to do anyways. There are pools, shopping opportunities, places to eat, and other ways to spend the time if you don’t want to just nap until the rain stops.

2 Get Your Souvenir Shopping Done

Souvenir shopping at Disney can take longer than expected. The resort is filled with shops, many of them boasting unique souvenirs that you’ll fall in love with. As a lot of the goods don’t come cheap, it can take a while choosing what to spend your money on. Don’t leave your shopping until ten minutes before the park closes, because the stores are all chaotic and you’ll feel too rushed.

When it rains, why not kill time indoors by doing your shopping? If you’re staying at a Disney hotel, there is a delivery service so you don’t have to carry your souvenirs around with you all day after you’ve bought them.

1 You’re Already Wet -- Go On A Water Ride

At the end of the day, sometimes there’s just no way to avoid getting wet when it starts raining. Take the opportunity to go on a water ride that you would otherwise avoid for fear of getting wet. Some good rides where you might get wet include Splash Mountain, of course, as well as The Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

If you’re already wet, you might as well enjoy it. That’s why we recommend going on a water ride when it starts raining at Disney. After all, when it rains, it pours.

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