13 Fantastic Things To Do When It's Raining at Disney World Resort
Even the most magical place on Earth is prone to rain from time to time. That’s to be expected with its lush Central Florida location, which relies just as much on the rain as it does on the sunshine. But Disney Magic is never inundated, and guests find that there is always plenty to do, even if it happens to be a rainy day. Here’s a list of 13 fantastic things you can still do when it’s raining at Walt Disney World Resort.
1. Monorail sightseeing
Take this time to create for yourself your very own aerial sightseeing tour via Disney’s renowned highway in the sky! The Walt Disney World Monorail System is a marvel and a wonder that benefits guests in their travels to and from three of Disney’s Magic Kingdom Area Deluxe Resorts. It also serves as an efficient means for transportation between Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot Park, with convenient stops along the way at the Transportation and Ticket Center. In total there are three Monorail Lines making up Disney World—the Resort Monorail, Epcot Monorail, and Express Monorail.
The first runs on a continuous loop bound for the Magic Kingdom, making stops along the way at Disney’s Contemporary, Disney’s Polynesian Village, Disney’s Grand Floridian, and the Transportation and Ticket Center. The other two both originate from the TTC, with the Epcot Line bound for Epcot Park and the Express taking guests on a parallel route to the Resort Monorail but limited to stopping at only Magic Kingdom Park and the TTC. Monorails begin running 30 minutes prior to each park’s earliest opening and continue making the rounds for one hour following the latest park closing. And in addition to riding for convenience, the sightseeing you can do along the way, and disembarking at various points of your choosing, can make for an entertaining option when it’s raining.
2. Resort-wide Onsite Attractions
Each Walt Disney World Resort has its own unique attributes worth exploring. And if it’s a rainy day, and you’re looking for something to do, there’s no better time to visit the different resorts and see what they all have to offer. Or even take the time to explore and enjoy your own resort for that matter. It’s Disney after all, and these resorts carry over the same magic you experience while out and about in the parks.
What’s more, devoted and caring cast members make it their goal to see to your comfort, convenience, and entertainment, and always have fun resort-wide activities planned out. While you have to assess specific weather conditions before considering the different onsite resort recreations you can do, rest assured that unless there are storms and lightning present, swimming is still on. And for many, doing so when it’s wetter is even better!
3. Character Dining
Because most character dining events take place indoors (with one exception being Mickey’s Backyard BBQ) you can still enjoy a little one-on-one time with your favorites, even if the weather outside is less than ideal. Character dining offers the perfect indoor opportunity to stay dry and still meet and mingle with Disney greats; you can pose for pictures and get signed autographs all while enjoying a tasty meal. There are plenty of opportunities for doing so within the different parks and at various Walt Disney World Resort Hotel dining locations. But do take note that these engagements are popular pursuits, and as always, guests wishing for the opportunity to break bread with Disney favorites are strongly encouraged to make advance reservations.
4. Fun-themed Dining Delights
In addition to character dining, Walt Disney World Resort and surrounding venues in nearby Disney Springs are laden with a host of fun-themed dining pursuits. And considering the fact that some of the more elaborate extended dining specials are slated to last for several hours on end, like the Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa being one such example, a rainy day has no bearing or impact on such plans. In addition to the aforementioned Chef’s Table, some other food-for-thought considerations include Dine with an Imagineer opportunities at the Hollywood Brown Derby or Cítricos at the Grand Floridian, Dine with an Animal Specialist at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Chef’s Domain at Cítricos, and plenty more. And going back to the previously mentioned Monorail sightseeing, there is also the special Highway in the Sky Dine Around—an extended signature dining experience that includes five courses (in all) to enjoy at various stops around the Magic Kingdom Area’s three Deluxe Resorts along the Monorail Line. Then, let’s not forget that there are always those innumerable other fun-themed dining venues to visit in general, from the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Hollywood Studios to T-REX Café in Disney Springs, and everything else in between. Disney has a countless array of possibilities for making mealtimes more memorable than the weather outside.
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