Depending on what time of year you visit Walt Disney World, it could rain frequently. Usually the rain doesn’t last long; however, it could put a damper on your vacation. Don’t let it! Most people leave the parks when it begins to rain. On our October 2012 trip to Disney World, it rained every day. On our last day at Animal Kingdom, there was a downpour. We hid out in a gift shop for a while, but it began to get crowded and expensive (my kids wanted everything in there). We decided to put on our ponchos and make a run for Finding Nemo: The Musical. The show wasn’t very crowded, and when we left, the rain had stopped. Some of the attractions had closed for the day and most people had left the park. We were able to ride Expedition Everest twice back to back without a wait and were only one of two families eating at Restaurantosaurus. Here is a breakdown of indoor rides, restaurants, shows, and activities you can do to make the most of your Disney vacation on a rainy day.
What to ride: Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Under the Sea Journey of The Little Mermaid, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
What to see: Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Stitch’s Great Escape, Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Enchanted Tales with Belle
Where to eat: Casey’s Corner (limited indoor seating), Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, The Diamond Horseshoe, Gaston’s Tavern, Main Street Bakery (limited indoor seating), Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, Pinocchio Village Haus, Tomorrowland Terrace (covered outdoor seating), Tortuga Tavern
Who to see: Ariel at Her Grotto, Disney Pals (Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, and Donald Duck) as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Sideshow, Mickey Mouse and Disney Princesses at Town Square Theater, Disney Fairies at Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook
Other activities: The Enchanted Tiki Room, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, Tomorrowland Arcade
What to ride: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Maelstrom, Mission: SPACE, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Soarin’, Spaceship Earth
What to see: Captain EO, The Circle of Life, Impressions de France, O Canada, Reflections of China, The American Adventure, Turtle Talk with Crush, Voices of Liberty, The Spirit of Norway
Where to eat: Electric Umbrella, Katsura Grill, La Cantina de San Angel (indoor seating available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM), Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie (limited indoor seating), Liberty Inn, Sommerfest, Sunshine Seasons
Who to see: Disney Pals (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy) at the Epcot Character Spot
Other activities: Kidcot Fun Stops, Club Cool, American Heritage Gallery, Bijutsu-kan Gallery, Gallery of Arts and History, House of the Whispering Willows, Mexico Folk Art Gallery, Stave Church Gallery
What to ride: The Great Movie Ride, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Midway Mania, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
What to see: The American Idol Experience, Disney Junior Live on Stage, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Voyage of The Little Mermaid, Muppet Vision 3D, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
Where to eat: ABC Commissary, Backlot Express (outdoor covered seating), Fairfax Fare (outdoor covered seating), Pizza Planet, Studio Catering Co. (outdoor covered seating)
Who to see: Buzz Lightyear and Woody at Pixar Place, The Incredibles at The Magic of Disney Animation, Sorcerer Mickey at The Magic of Disney Animation
Other activities: American Film Institute Showcase, The Magic of Disney Animation, Pizza Planet Arcade
What to ride: Dinosaur
What to see: Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo: The Musical, It’s Tough to be a Bug
Where to eat: Flame Tree Barbecue (outdoor covered seating), Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes (outdoor covered seating)
Who to see: Rafiki at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Adventurers Outpost
Other activities: Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Alexia is a Disney Specialist with Destinations in Florida. When she is not helping to plan magical vacations, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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