When we think of a Walt Disney World vacation, we think endless amounts of sunny blue skies. While we all hope and plan for this, what do you do when the weather is not ideally perfect? Here are my top seven things to do on a rainy day at Walt Disney World.
1. Go Bowling
Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs offers 30 lanes and 2 floors of fun in a retro style theme. It does get busy so I suggest you reserve a lane in advance although it is not required. If bowling isn’t your thing, no worries, Splitsville has you covered offering dancing, live music, 5 bars, and a sit-down restaurant. You are bound to find hours of fun for the entire family.
2. Go see a movie
The AMC Disney Springs 24 with Dine-in Theaters offers the latest first-release movies. For a special movie going experience, be sure to check out the dine-in theaters. Here you can have a restaurant type meal while watching the latest releases. For show times, make sure to check out the AMC website.
3. Go Shopping
You had planned on picking up some souvenirs anyway, what better time than on a rainy day? You can either shop around your resort’s gift shop, at the parks themselves or spend the day at Disney Springs. World of Disney and many brand-name stores such as Vera Bradley and Lego Store offer a very diverse shopping experience.
4. Resort Hop/Tour
This is one of my favorite things to do on a non-rainy day, but when it’s raining even more so. I love checking out possible places to stay on our next trip “home.” This is especially easy to do, especially at the resorts that are on the monorail line. Hop off, take a walk around the stores and lobby and learn what other resorts have to offer.
5. Pin Trade
You’ve seen the stands around the Parks and your resort. Perhaps you are like my son and collect new pins with every trip. If you aren’t familiar with pin trading, Why not take advantage of the rain and learn? Many cast members at your resort wear a pin-covered lanyard. Take a look at gift shops and community centers. Many have books or bulletin boards on display on which have pins available for trade. It can be an expensive habit, but they make great souvenirs for years to come.
6. Check out the activities offered around the resort
Some of my favorite memories during Disney Parks vacations happen not at the Park itself but participating in the activities that the resort have to offer. We have taken advantage of many activities ranging from renting a movie to painting ornaments for the holidays. Be sure to check the resort guides that you receive when you check in to see what your resort specifically has to offer. Be sure to check in with the front desk to get the most up-to-date version of the resort guide since they change from week to week.
7. Enjoy the Parks
Grab a poncho or an umbrella and head out. Hit up Splash Mountain and make the most of it. You’re wet as it is, so why not? Enjoy the potential for shorter lines, dance to that Rainy Day Character parade down Main Street at Magic Kingdom. Simply go on as though the rain doesn’t bother you at all. After all, the Parks remain open despite the weather.
Whether you decide to hang around your resort or head to the park remember you’re at Walt Disney World. A rainy day there beats a sunny day anywhere else!