I hope you will never need this advice for your Disney vacation. I truly hope it doesn’t rain while you are at the parks. But it might, so we would like to give you some advice and tips for being ready for rain and weather while on your Disney vacation. Rain is more common at Walt Disney World than Disneyland, but our family has experienced both.
Items To Bring To The Parks (if there is a chance for rain)
- Ponchos. Ponchos are the most important thing you can have on hand. You can bring them from home or you can buy them at the park. The ones at the park are pricier than what you buy at a regular store, but they are pretty cute with the Mickey. I think Ponchos work a little better than a rain jacket as they are thinner for packing in a backpack or stroller, and they come off and on faster. They also give great coverage of pants/shorts where a jacket may stop a little short.
- Umbrellas. This may seem obvious but many people forget to bring umbrellas for themselves and their kids. Sometimes it is light sprinkle and just an umbrella is needed. They pack very easily under a stroller, so don’t forget them! You can buy one at the park as well if you forget but they aren’t as easy to find as ponchos.
- Rain cover for stroller. This one is very important. First, your child can sit in the stroller with it on and they will be protected from rain. The other great use for them is when you park your stroller to go on a ride. Put on the rain cover if there is the possibility of rain (even if slight). Many, many times we would come out from a ride and find it had rained while we were gone, and luckily we covered out stroller. Many others were not that lucky. Most big brands of stroller make their own that fit their strollers, but you can buy general covers that are universal for all strollers.
- Waterproof shoes. There will be lots of puddles. And sneakers and socks will get very wet. I don’t mean flip flops because those aren’t good shoes to walk around all day in anyway. Some waterproof shoes, like Keens, would work great. You have no idea how long the rain will go so have your feet ready to get wet.
- Change of clothes. If you won’t be heading back to your hotel during the day, you will need dryer clothes for the kids. Even with all the gear we have mentioned, you will get wet. So have some backups so kids won’t be sad all day. Or plan to take a break and change.
Advice for Enjoying the Rain
- Stay positive. This seems so simple but the rain can make things gloomy. Try to laugh about it and tell your kids it is a fun adventure, even if your not having a good time. And while kids think splashing through puddles is fun normally, rain at the parks can by a downer. So it is best to just grin and bear it.
- Head to the parks. The crowds do go down when it rains because quite a few people just stay away. So wait times can go down on some of your favorite rides, which is a big bonus.
- Rides may close. Any ride that is run outside without cover, may close temporarily until the rain stops. Disney runs the rides for as long as they can but just know which rides may be closing and try to do those before they might close. Disney will give you warning if you are in line for one of these rides.
- Parades may delay. Parades may be delayed but they probably will still perform unless it is a real downpour. The same for fireworks. Disney will start with delays to see if the rain will stop, but they may have to cancel fireworks and other nighttime shows with rain.
- Be flexible. You may have a schedule of what you want to see and do that day, but you will end up throwing it out the window. It is hard to maneuver in the rain and you may just go to the first inside attraction you find. Just be flexible and go with it. You’ll be happier that way.
- Pictures. Photopass photographers at the park won’t stand in the rain one bit to take pictures. But they do find covered areas in strange places to take pics, so look around for them. Also, take some fun rain pictures yourself. Even if the day is gloomy and wet, you want to at least be able to look back and laugh about it.
There are lots of great attractions and shows you can spend your day at away from rain, so don’t think that at the parks you won’t have anything to do. My best advice is be prepared for rain, and when it comes, make the best of it!