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What to Do on a Rainy Day at Disney World

August 1, 2023

Florida is known for having rainy days, particularly during the summer, but that doesn’t mean it will ruin your Disney World vacation!  With the right gear or some backup plans, you can still have lots of fun despite the rain.  

Bring Your Rain Gear

Bring the right gear, so you won’t be stuck hiding from the rain! (Photo Credit: The DIS)

If you want to brave the rain and still enjoy the theme parks, it’s totally doable with the right gear!  This means ponchos, rain jackets, and umbrellas as well as either waterproof shoes or at least shoes that dry quickly.  You may even want an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet.  If you have a stroller with you, be sure to bring a rain cover to keep that dry too. 

Sometimes rainy days can be a surprisingly great time to visit the parks!  Lines for attractions tend to be shorter as guests leave the parks.  You may even catch something special like the Rainy Day Cavalcade that replaces the parades at the Magic Kingdom when there is inclement weather.  

Head to Disney Springs

At Disney Springs, it’s easy to stay mainly indoors, aside from walking between stores.  A rainy day may also be the perfect time to enjoy bowling, dining, and live music at Splitsville Luxury Lanes or go for dinner and a movie at the AMC Dine-In Theatres.  

Resort Hop

Resort hop and enjoy some of the lounges like Enchanted Rose Lounge at the Grand Floridian.

A little resort time is also a nice way to spend a rainy day at Disney World.  Visit the resort lounges for a monorail or skyliner crawl.  Check out the shops too.  If you’re looking for some DVC merchandise, be sure to visit Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, or Riviera for the best selection.  If you don’t have a car on property, here are some tips on how to travel from resort to resort.  

Enjoy the Community Halls

Some of the DVC resorts have a community hall where you’ll find arts and crafts, games, and movies.  Some also offer pin trading.  Even resorts without community halls offer similar activities.  For example, you can visit the Eventi Room at Riviera or Salon by the Springs at Wilderness Lodge for crafts.  

Get Pampered

Relax at The Grand Floridian Spa. (Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog)

Head to a spa for a relaxing massage or treatment!  Currently, the only spa open at a Disney resort is the Grand Floridian Spa.  You can make reservations online.  Otherwise, you can visit Mandara Spa at the Dolphin, which is located on Disney property in the EPCOT resort area even though it is not owned and operated by Disney.

No matter the weather, a day at Disney World can still be magical!  Book your next resort stay through the DVC Rental Store for an unbeatable value. 

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