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Magical Blogorail Yellow: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Yellow. Enjoy the ride as we share what we like to do when it’s raining at the Disney parks!

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Thanks to Brenda from Magical Blogorail Blue for this rainy day Disney pic!

My family usually visits Walt Disney World in September, when Central Florida gets at least one pop-up rain shower per day and often a random hurricane or two (three one year we were there). Because it rains so often when we visit the Most Magical Place on Earth, we’ve come to embrace the break from the sun. So unless it’s just really dumping, or a big weather-maker is going to take hours to pass over, we usually make sure all cell phones and cameras are tucked away and keep right on going.

Bradleys rain WDW http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com
Our friends the Bradleys, soaking wet at Magic Kingdom!

Here are some things you CAN still do at Disney in the rain without getting too wet:

  • Ride an indoor attraction with an indoor queue (think it’s a small world).
  • See an indoor show with an indoor queue (think Mickey’s Philharmagic).
  • Eat or grab a snack.
  • Shop! (That’s like my least favorite suggestion, lol!)
  • Go to Art of Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and learn to draw like an Imagineer.
  • See a movie on Main Street, USA.
  • Get a haircut at the Main Street, USA, barber shop.
  • Go to Disney Quest at Downtown Disney.
  • If it’s just a sprinkle and there’s not lightning in the area, swim—you’re already wet.
  • If at Epcot, go into one of the Pavilions and chat with a Cast Member who’s native to that country. Ask them to teach you some phrases or words in their language.

rain at Epcot http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com

If it’s raining too much to keep going, or a hurricane is pouring down, you can

  • Ride and indoor attraction with an indoor queue.
  • See an indoor show with an indoor queue.
  • Eat a sit-down, table-service meal that will take awhile to consume.
  • Shop! (Again, I just really hate doing this one, lol!)
  • Go to Disney Quest at Downtown Disney
  • Go back to your resort and take a nap till the storm passes. Head back to the parks for extra magic evening hours.
  • Take the kids to the arcade at your resort.
  • Check out the kids’ crafts and other activities offered at your resort. (Some have kids’ club-type activities; others have Wii or group games.)
  • Ride the monorail around the Seven Seas Lagoon, stopping at each of the resorts on the line to explore them.
  • Go through the Character Spot at Epcot. Depending on the crowd level, this can take quite some time! (Same with Enchanted Tales with Belle at MK.)

rainbow at Disney http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com

What do YOU do when it rains at Disney? Do you duck for cover or tough it out?

Today’s Takeaway:
For our April 2013 Earn Your EARS assignment, we discussed the numerous lightning rods on Walt Disney World structures (you can see 3 on Epcot’s Japan torii gate below), and I discovered that Central Florida is the lightning capital of the United States! (As you can see from this NASA map.) I suppose that’s a “no-duh” point, given Florida’s geographical position. As it juts out into both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, it is susceptible to hurricanes, tropical storms, and a variety of potentially violent air mass collisions.

Epcot Japan torii gate http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com
Photo via purchased Disney PhotoPass CD

Visit Exploratorium for an electrifyingly fun project! In this experiment, you will store up an electric charge, and then make sparks.

For elementary and middle grades, perform the Styrofoam plate/wool/aluminum pie pan method.

For high school, perform the Leyden jar technique.



Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is THE DISKIDS.

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1st Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse (You are here!)
2nd Stop ~ The DisKids
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  • DIStherapy

    Jodi- I especially love your idea of spending extra time with the characters; you can give your autograph books a serious workout while staying dry!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You sure can! And that line moves pretty slowly, so it’s a great way to wait out a storm.

  • http://disiningmemories.blogspot.com/ Upon A Star Concierge

    We’ve done lots of these in our encounters with rain… LOVE to shop! :) And I love the idea of talking to Epcot CMs about their native countries!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      There’s so much to do, even in the rain–esp. shop! 😉

  • baconmamma

    We tough it out! Why waste valuable park time?!?!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Exactly! You’re only there for so much time. Might as well make the most of it!

  • Jennifer Barrella Knott

    We don’t mind a little rain in the parks, as long as we’ve got our ponchos! We enjoy shorter lines and it;s just as fun!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yep! I love it when the rain scares the crowds away 😉

  • Dawn Hopkins Panagos

    The only time I didn’t enjoy the rain at the parks was when we had our tix for MNSSHP. We were drenched the whole time and fireworks and parade were postponed multiple times…finally at least got to see the fireworks but no parade :-( But on a normal rain day, there’s plenty to do at the parks…I enjoy the short wait times!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Aw, yeah that sounds like a mess :(

  • Michelle Books

    When it rains in the MK, we put on our ponchos and truck on. A week may seem like a lot but in reality it flies by in the blink of an eye so we gotta take advantage of the time we have. we will continue on our planned route if the rain isnt crazy down pouring. However if it is we will stop for a bite to eat or shop and then make a run for it when it all slows down.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Absolutely! The time does fly by so fast, it would be a shame to let a little rain waste any of it!

  • TigerTrish

    Thank you for the tips. I especially think I will try stopping at the resorts and taking a look around. I agree with you, I am not a big fan of shopping, would rather eat:-)

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re welcome! There’s lots to do at Disney, even in the rain :)

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