My best advice would be to pack an umbrella or poncho! Most of the time, the rain is short lived, so you can continue to enjoy your day, however, when the rain does last, here are some things I think you will agree, can keep everyone busy and dry.
1. Spend the day at Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios has a lot of indoor rides, attractions, and shopping so you stay out of the weather. It is also the smallest park, so parking and transportation options are relatively close to the park entrance. The Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, and Toy Story Mania are all fun and should stay open even in rainy weather. Indoor exhibits and shows are abundant like: American Idol Experience, Muppet Vision 3D, The Legend of Jack Sparrow. Magic of Disney Animation, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dram, and the Great Movie Ride round out this day tour.
2. Magic Kingdom Sunset Boulevard provides lots of shopping experiences for you to find the perfect souvenir or gift, or just pass the time out of the rain!
3. Exploring the Resorts is also a great way to stay out of the rain. Use your vehicle or Disney’s transportation and venture to some of the Deluxe Resorts. Deluxe resorts have at least one sit-down dining option, so use a rainy day to pick a new spot to eat or ask your resort concierge for a recommendation. For families, great dining options include Boma – Flavors of Africa at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House) for a buffet breakfast or dinner. Both Kona Café at the Polynesian Resort and Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge serve all three meals. All three resorts have large lobbies to explore, and the observation decks at Animal Kingdom Lodge are wonderful places to relax and view animals on the savannah before or after your meal. Many deluxe resorts also host character meals, so a rainy day can be a great time to check that off your list without using park touring time. Be sure to call for reservations or check with your concierge for confirmed seating at any of the deluxe resort restaurants, particularly for large parties. Don’t forget there are also monorails and boats to take you all over Disney grounds. Information on transportation is available in resort lobbies or ask a cast member, they would love to help!
4. Downtown Disney is not my first choice for a rainy day because many travelers will head there instead of the parks, resulting in a larger crowd and more challenges moving around with bags in wet weather. However, the numerous dining and entertainment options in Downtown Disney can be a nice diversion, particularly if poor weather extends more than a day or two. Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park and the recently opened Splitsville Luxury Lanes offer some much-needed physical activity for those otherwise cooped up at their resorts. Disney Quest requires an entry fee; Splitsville does not, although the bowling and billiards games inside are pay as you go.
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