All the Things That Close at Walt Disney World When it Rains
Disney on a Rainy Day!
The summer is the rainy season in Florida, it is also one of the busiest times of the year for the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts.
Chances are if you are going to WDW during the summer you will get some rain during your trip.
Don't let this ruin your fun though! Everyone at Disney still wants you to have fun and enjoy your time at the parks even when it rains.
There is still a lot to do and see in all the different parks.
What park is a good choice in the rain?
Everyone's opinion is different about this, here are some things to
think about before you decide which park to spend a rainy day in.
Most people would say that Animal Kingdom is not the park to do on a rainy day because a lot of the things are outside but there's still a lot of inside things to do. Some of the characters here are outside so you will not see them on a rainy day, keep that in mind if you really wanted to meet someone here. The shows, Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo, are inside so you can still see them. The safari ride continues in the rain and it is usually a terrific sight in the rain, the animals are more active. We have seen the giraffe running around and playing with the other animals right after a rainstorm and other times we have seen them all huddled in the corner where you could barely see them, it is always different. You will probably not want to do the walking trails, Gorilla Falls Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek, because those are not covered. The rides that are outside for any part can close in the rain, some rides close for lightning but stay running during a light rain.
This park has the most things closed and canceled because of the weather but it also has more things to do so there is still a lot of things to see. Like Animal Kingdom the outside rides here close during lightning and heavy rain, some still are open during a light rain. Outside characters and shows do not go on in the rain. On a rainy day at the Magic Kingdom you can see a special rainy day parade, Rainy Day Character Cavalcade. When it isn't safe for the characters in the Festival of Fantasy parade or the Move It Shake It parade, they load them into buses and cars, put on their raincoats and galoshes, grab the umbrellas and have a rainy day parade.
Rain would only close one ride here, Test Track, outside character greetings do not happen in the rain and some outside entertainment gets canceled or moved during rainstorms. The rides in Epcot are all indoors including wait lines except for Test Track. You could go to the Land Pavilion for a passing storm and ride two rides and get a bite to eat if it starts raining. The Seas Pavilion has a ride, show, aquarium and a play area you could spend some time here also. So this park would be a good choice because it could be less time out in the weather.
The shows are covered here so there are things to see in bad weather, although Indiana Jones and Beauty and the Beast line areas are not covered. The characters in this park are all inside so you can still meet them. March of the First Order does not happen in the rain and the Citizens of Hollywood do not come out in rain. This is also a good choice in the rain.
So you can still have a great time at any of the parks on a rainy day, and if it is just predicting afternoon thunderstorms then get the things that might be closed or canceled during bad weather done in the mornings before the storms move in.
These are the rides, shows, and attractions that close or change because of rain:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Dumbo Flying Elephants
Big Thunder Mountain
Tom Sawyer Island
Aladdin Magic Carpets
Swiss Family Tree House
Indiana Jones Stunt Show is shorter because the end is not covered.
Slinky Dog Dash
Gorilla Falls Trail
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Kali River Rapids
Character greetings that are outside.
Streetmosphere and outside entertainment.
Night time shows including Happily Ever After, Once Upon a Time, IllumiNations, Rivers of Light, Fantasmic, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and Disney Movie Magic (these shows could also be delayed instead of canceled).
Eating areas and snack carts that are outside.
If you have fast passes to any of the rides and they close because of rain or lightning or any reason you can come back later and use the pass to get on the ride when it reopens even if your time expires. You could also choose instead of waiting for the ride to reopen to use the fast pass for another ride in the park except for a newer ride, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Avatar cannot be a replacement fast pass choice.
How was your Disney World Rainy Day Experience?
Have you been to any of the Disney World theme parks on a rainy day? Which park would be your choice for a rainy day?