It’s always important to plan for soggy and wet weather when packing for a trip to Walt Disney World. The Florida climate regularly (if not daily) spins up storms and showers that will sweep through the theme parks, leaving guests scrambling for cover. Being prepared will keep you dry and may even allow you to capitalize on the rainy conditions.
So, what’s the best way to stay dry at Walt Disney World? You may be familiar with the never-ending debate between ponchos and umbrellas. We personally side with the poncho as out-of-town visitors, and we’ll explain our reasoning below.
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Ponchos are probably the least fashionable thing you could ever wear, but they’re the most useful to keep you dry in a pop-up Florida storm. We pack a couple ponchos in a large Ziploc bag and keep them stowed away in a book bag that we always bring to the parks. When a shower inevitably opens up, we pull them out and continue on with our day. The ponchos are large enough to wear over the book bag and any outfit, ensuring everything stays totally dry. That’s important since we usually bring a camera, jackets / sweatshirts, snacks and other items that need to stay dry with us into the parks. Wind, which is a major issue with an umbrella, is never a problem.
Once the storm passes and things dry up, we roll our ponchos inside-out (this keeps the water contained and the inside of the poncho dry) and place them back in our Ziploc bag. Everything stays dry in case the sky decides to open up again.
Being ready for the weather can lead to some extremely memorable Walt Disney World experiences. Crowds vanish in a hurry as soon as the first drops start falling. This leads to reduced waits (if there’s any wait) for the indoor attractions that can stay open during inclement weather. There’s something special about walking around a deserted Magic Kingdom on a rainy day.
Just remember to plan for the rain in advance. Gift shops around Walt Disney World sell ponchos and some rain gear, but you’ll pay a premium if you wait until you’re in the parks.
A rainy day at Disney is still a great day!