A rainy day in Disney World doesn't mean all your magical plans will be a total wash out. Being prepared with umbrellas, ponchos and a list of alternative activities might help you discover that rain in Disney can actually be fun and offer magical moments that you may not experience on a sunny day.
Unless there is a possibility of a storm, most rain showers are in the afternoon and last a brief amount of time. In May it rained every day for the last 5 days of our 10 day trip. While most people headed for the gates we donned our ponchos or popped open our umbrellas and went with the flow making memories that will last a lifetime.
Downtown Disney is a great place to be when it rains offering many indoor activities. My son Peter and I were caught in a downpour there one Friday night. We decided it was a good time to play video games at Disney Quest which we hadn't done in a very very long time. I'm not a big video gamer so it's not on top of my list. I got to play the Wreck it Ralph game for the first time. Then we tried our hand at bowling at Splitsville along with a quick bite to eat. If it hadn't been raining I know we would have walked right by those magical experiences.
The fun wasn't just limited to indoor activities. In the Magic Kingdom there was no time like the present for a Dole Whip. While everyone rushed past us we huddled in one of Adventureland's faux porches nibbling and plotting our next course of action. Peter suggested The Swiss Family Tree House which happened to be directly across from us. I don't remember exactly how long it's been since we experienced the Tree House but my guess is 15 years. It's just one of those attractions that is easy (at least for me) to overlook while rushing to POTC.
Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safari is my favorite ride in the rain. There usually isn't a long wait time and you might even have a choice of seats on the truck as we did. The animals who would otherwise be lying about in the shade come out to splash and frolic.
Magic Kingdom trains keep running through the rain and what a fun way to travel around the park. Just don't sit toward the outside of the cars unless you want to get even more wet.
We were treated to a special cooking demonstration in New Fantasyland's Big Top Souvenirs and over at Storytime with Belle Peter had a special meet and greet with Belle.
Outdoor entertainment doesn't stop when it rains in Disney World, they bring it indoors. The Fife & Drum Corp surprised us with a wonderful performance inside the Liberty Inn in the American Pavilion while we ate dinner one evening. Over in Epcot's Mexico Pavilion Donald Duck moved his meet and greet indoors much to my delight as I really wasn't willing to wait in the rain, even for my favorite duck.
I hope I've provided you with a few new ideas for activities that you can add to your rainy day touring plans.