Florida storms are infamous. And whether they just show up and go out on a hot afternoon, or if they continue to rain all day, they can certainly slow down your perfectly planned park day at Walt Disney World.
The good news is that there is still a lot to do in the theme parks even if it rains. So, if you come prepared to face the rainiest weather, you can still have an amazing day. . . and you’ll probably enjoy fewer people!
Here are some things you might want to consider taking with you to the parks if rain is forecast.
1) Poncho / Waterproof
While they may not be the most stylish, ponchos will be your most beloved piece of clothing on a rainy day in the park, keeping you dry while you go between attractions and providing a good cushion between you and the wet seats. Bring one from home to avoid high prices at the park.
I never wear an umbrella because I don’t want to wear it all day (wet or dry), and I personally don’t find them so effective at preventing rain. But if you prefer umbrellas, find a compact and nice one that you can throw in your bag.
3) Waterproof shoes
I have a pair of Keens sandals that I love. They are designed to get wet, so they don’t slip or irritate my skin, and they dry quickly when it stops raining. Find a pair of comfortable, durable shoes that are waterproof or water resistant to carry on your trip, whether it’s sandals, sneakers or even boots!
4) Additional socks
Even if you wear waterproof / durable shoes, socks can still get wet. Wet socks are uncomfortable and can cause blisters. Wear a second pair of socks (preferably moisture-absorbent) on especially rainy days to change them once the rain has stopped.
5) Ziploc bags
These will be your best friend in a rainstorm (or on a water walk!). Bring enough to put your phone, camera, other electronic devices and valuables to prevent them from getting wet. Do you carry a special souvenir? Ziploc bag!
Having a small towel in your bag is especially helpful when it comes to sitting down. If it has rained before, you may want to clean a bench or the seats and table in an outdoor dining area. Some attractions may even have wet seats that you want to dry quickly before sticking to them.
7) Athletic tape
Wet shoes, socks and feet can cause blisters. And the bandages don’t fit very well on damp skin, so consider wearing a small roll of athletic tape to cover the irritated areas or putting on the bandages to hold them in place.
A baseball hat, a flexible hat, or a sun hat can be very helpful in keeping your face dry and vision clear. On a rainy day, I like to wear a baseball cap under my raincoat / poncho to help keep my hood up, for extra protection!
9) Glasses cleaning cloth
If you wear glasses, you know that there is nothing worse than raindrops that cloud your vision all day long. Bring a good microfiber cloth to clean your glasses to keep them free from raindrops and stains, so you can enjoy the views!
10) Form of payment
When it really rains, you won’t want to be wet all day with bills, so make sure you have an alternative payment method that works for you. Mobile payments are accepted at parks, but you may not want your phone to get wet by constantly taking it out in the rain. Credit cards can get wet, but you may not want to be opening your bag to items all the time. MagicBands are always a good waterproof option for easy access.
11) Water resistant bag
Some bags are made of materials to hold water better than others. My Vera Bradley bags don’t hold up well in the rain, so on a wet day, you may want to consider a more water-resistant material for your bag, backpack, or kidney bag.
12) Additional masks
Wet masks are not fun to walk on, plus I imagine they are also less effective. When the weather is bad, throw an extra mask in your bag so you can change it during the day if necessary.
13) Phone charger
A cell phone charger is always useful to take with you on a long park day, but even more so on a rainy day. You will use your phone a lot to check the time and radar, which are draining the battery. You may also need to update your tourism plan more often to accommodate the closing of attractions. And, if you’re expecting rain inside somewhere, you might use your phone more for entertainment.
14) Dri-fit clothes
Plan ahead to wear this type of clothing on rainy days. It will dry faster after rain, so you won’t get stuck in soaked, sticky clothes all day long.
Wait What? You may think that if the forecast looks wet, you won’t need sunscreen. But Florida weather can be fickle, and storms can stop as soon as they start, bringing back bright, sunny skies. So always, always, be prepared with sunscreen on a park day!
16) Sunny layout
If Mother Nature is not cooperating, you may just have to bring your own sun with a positive attitude! Remember you’re at Disney, and even a little rain can’t ruin your day!
Maybe a rainy day isn’t exactly what you imagined at Walt Disney World, but armed with these items you can limit the damage and still have a good time. Some of my experiences with rainier theme parks have also been some of my most memorable! So don’t be afraid to get a little wet!
What do you bring with you to the parks on a rainy day? Let us know in the comments!