Let's be honest, it's usually raining at Disney World, it's central Florida! We've all been there.... Looking forward to vacation, planning your days out then you look at the forecast AND rain.... ALL DAY! Don't let that rainy weather dampen your Disney vacation! In this post, we'll help you plan for less-than-ideal weather and rank what we think is the best parks or areas to visit during a rainy day at Disney World. Let the magic continue, rain or shine!
Epcot is our top pick for a rainy day at Disney World. With its abundance of indoor attractions, including iconic pavilions like The Land to ride the breathtaking indoor ride Soarin' Around the World or Living with the Land. Next door, visit The Seas with Nemo & Friends along with the Sea Base aquarium then venture over to the fascinating Spaceship Earth journey of human communication. Additionally, Epcot's World Showcase pavilions provide unique shopping, dining, and entertainment options, all covered from the rain and easy to get to.
2. Disney's Hollywood Studios:
Disney's Hollywood Studios offers a variety of indoor experiences that make it an excellent choice on rainy days. Dive into the magic of movies at attractions such as Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway—all accessible without braving the elements. The park's numerous indoor shows, including the Broadway-style Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage and the captivating Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Lighting McQueen Racing Academy or short films like Mickey & Minnie Vacation Fun and Muppets*Vision 3D provide great entertainment options even when it's raining.
3. Magic Kingdom:
Magic Kingdom may pose some challenges on rainy days due to its abundance of outdoor attractions and parades. However, the park still offers plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy when it's wet outside. Visit the classic dark rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Peter Pan's Flight. Additionally, Tomorrowland attractions like Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor are mostly undercover and perfect for escaping the rain. Catch the Festival of Fantasy Parade indoors at the Main Street Confectionery while indulging in some sweet treats!
4. Disney's Animal Kingdom:
While Disney's Animal Kingdom may have more outdoor attractions, it still offers some great options for rainy days. Shows like Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo - The Musical, both performed in covered theaters, will keep you entertained while staying dry. You can also hit up It's Tough to Be A Bug or Dinosaur as a quick attraction to stay dry.
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Disney Springs is an excellent rainy day alternative. Most of the shopping, dining, and entertainment venues here are indoors, allowing you to explore and have fun without getting wet. Savor a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants, enjoy live music at The Edison or Raglan Road. Indulge in retail therapy at the diverse mix of shops. For a little extra entertainment, visit Splitzville for bowling and sushi or AMC Movie theatre to catch a new release. Rain or shine, Disney Springs offers a delightful experience for everyone.
Take advantage of the extraordinary Disney World resorts, which are full of entertainment and dining options even if you're not staying there.
Grab the Monorail to explore the grandeur of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where you can indulge in afternoon tea or enjoy a piano performance in the lobby along with higher end stores such as Basin or Pandora. Visit Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, where you can dine at 'Ohana and then savor a tropical cocktail at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto or just relax in a tropical setting with a Dole Whip. Also head to Disney's Contemporary Resort for a modern and iconic setting that seamlessly blends sleek design with the classic Disney charm where you can dine at renowned restaurants like California Grill and Chef Mickey's shop for Disney merchandise at the Fantasia Market. Each resort has its unique ambiance and offerings just waiting to be discovered.
If you're closer to the Skyliner, A Disney Skyliner crawl can be a fun way to experience the different resorts along the route. Start at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort for a Joffery's coffee cart unless there's a break in the rain you can grab a drink or snack at Banana Cabana before heading to Disney's Riviera Resort for a stroll through the beautiful decor inside and outside along a snack at Le Petit Café. Next, hop on the Skyliner to Disney's Art of Animation Resort and explore the larger-than-life characters before making your way to Disney's Pop Century Resort for a quick stop at the Everything POP shopping and dining area. Finally, continue on the Skyliner to Disney's BoardWalk area where you can enjoy lively entertainment and grab a drink or bite to eat at one of the boardwalk's many restaurants and bars (we've counted 14 indoor options). Remember to plan your crawl according to transportation hours and enjoy the convenient and scenic Skyliner journey between destinations!
Rainy days at Walt Disney World can still be filled with excitement and adventure. From the indoor attractions of Epcot to the blockbuster offerings of Disney's Hollywood Studios, each park has its own unique charm to offer when the skies open up. Don't forget to consider a trip to Disney Springs for an enjoyable day of shopping, dining, and entertainment. No matter the weather, Walt Disney World is always enchanting!
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