The weather in Central Florida is one of the most unpredictable things about your Walt Disney World vacation.
You could be walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. and the heavens will open up your and start down pouring.
At this time a lot the guests tend to leave the park and head back to their resort. But I say stay in the park, there is plenty to do while raining. Also, the rain will typically not last long anyway.
In this series we’re going to take a look at things to do while it is raining at Walt Disney World.
We’ll start our look at where to head if you’re in Magic Kingdom park.
Magic Kingdom is one of the best places to be “trapped” out in a rain storm. Yes, all of the outdoor attractions will shut down but there are a lot of indoor ones in this park.
If you’re over in Tomorrowland I suggest heading into Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This is a great show, often overlooked by non-die hard fans.
The amount of Disney history is staggering and you feel it. This attraction was touched by Walt Disney himself for the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
This attraction once lived at Disneyland Park in California but made its way to the East coast to avoid demolition.
This theater attraction is great for passing a storm. The seats are comfortable, and of course there is air conditioning.
Over at Storybook Circus, a part of Fantasyland, I would suggest meandering through one of my favorite shops on property Big Top Souvenirs.
They have a lot of great souvenirs. This is a great store if there is some sort of celebration going on at Walt Disney World as this location is usually a catch-all for these items.
There is also a great mini-bakery set-up in here where you can get some of the same theme park baked goods as Main Street Bakery.
I think this shop is sort of a hidden gem because typically only families with young kids will venture into this part of Magic Kingdom.
In Fantasyland I would suggest any of the dark rides. Most of the queues are indoors and a lot of them have some great theming.
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid or “it’s a small world” will be your best bet. Both of these attractions typically have a fairly short wait, especially compared to Peter Pan’s Flight or Winnie the Pooh.
Also if you have used your first 3 Fastpasses there’s a good chance you can get one for either of these at the next available window.
Liberty Square you have the quintessential Haunted Mansion. Although this is in most cases not a walk-on most of the queue is still covered.
With the pre-shows this attraction can take up a good chunk of time and it is worth every second.
If you’re looking for a more time-consuming experience The Hall of Presidents is another great theater attraction.
The holding area has some great exhibits to check out as well if you want to avoid the fairly long show.
This attraction represents a by-gone era in Disney attractions and definitely worth checking out. With a fairly large holding area, with some seating, it is a great place to wait for the show while raining.
Once inside you have yet another air conditioned theater and get to watch some of the most classic Magic Kingdom characters.
With a completely indoor, well themed, queue it is a good place to wait even if there is a wait. The attraction itself is fairly long and will eat some time.
If Pirates is bogged down or you want another great attraction to check out, head over to The Enchanted Tiki Room.
Another right-of-passage attraction that is really fun. Most people just pass it by because of its age but it is still worth a showing once a trip.
Main Street, U.S.A.
If you happen to be on Main Street, U.S.A. I would head right into the shops that line the street. Most of the shops are connected inside.
I would head into the Emporium first as there is much more to look through on that side as well as more connected shops.
Once you hit the end you can come right back down the other side of the street.
Also, if you never have, explore the Train Station itself. There are lots of great Imagineering touches in there.
If it is raining Magic Kingdom will not run their daily parade but will instead run the Rainy Day Calvacade. This is a great little show/parade worth checking out.
Next edition we’ll take a look at touring tips in Epcot.
What are some of the things you do when visiting Magic Kingdom in the rain? Let me know!