Summer months mean we’re experiencing our favorite 10-minute rain blasts! We all want the rain to go away when we are visiting a Disney theme park, but rain whips through Disney World on an almost daily basis in the summer.
Sadly, rain often means cancellations and ride closures, which is never fun. On a happier note, Disney actually offers a few things that you can only see while the Florida rain is pouring down. Disney also has a few strict rules that they must follow in order to keep guests and attractions safe. Although ride closures can be a bummer, they are often for our protection.
Rainy Day Parade
The Rainy Day Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom is ONLY offered when the rain or weather conditions are too bad to bring out the floats. Disney does its best to give you what it promises, which means if it is possible to send the full parade out, it will happen! But, if Merida’s curls are going to fall, and if the dancers are going to be dripping wet, Disney will likely send out the Rainy Day Cavalcade.
Rain is known to pour down in the mid-afternoon in Florida. Sadly, rain often interferes with the Festival of Fantasy Parade, since this parade goes on at 3PM.
The Rainy Day Cavalcade is a little shorter than most, but it is so cute! The dancers wear little rain jackets, hats, and galoshes. They dance and splash around in the rain!
Many of the characters from Festival of Fantasy still come out to play, they just aren’t on their normal floats. Mickey, Minnie, and a few other characters ride around in cute cars! It’s actually a unique thing — even some of the AllEars.net team haven’t actually seen the Rainy Day Cavalcade in action!
Shows May Look A Little… Different
If the castle stage becomes too wet, Disney will modify its showing of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire to keep performers and your favorite Disney friends safe. This may mean that the show will look a little different and well… in some respects… boring.
If the rain is not too bad to cancel, the performers will do a shortened and modified version of the show in place of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. They will come out in groups and walk around the stage to a few Disney songs! So no worries… you’ll still get to see your favorite Disney pals!
Sometimes, if the weather becomes too bad, the show will stop right in the middle. When Disney knows a storm is brewin’ they have Cast Members tracking the rain and lighting. Sometimes, they will send out the show in hopes that it will finish by the time the storm rolls in. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, so performers are trained to look for certain light colors on the stage. Certain colors will tell them that a storm is coming and to be on the lookout while another color will let them know that the show needs to stop and they need to come inside!
When this happens, the show will come to a halt (quite possibly in the middle of a song) and the cast will walk back to the castle with little-to-no warning for the guests who are watching.
Lightning Closes Outdoor Attractions and Some Transportation
When lightning strikes, outdoor rides will shut down. This includes rides like Slinky Dog Dash, Astro Orbiter, and Expedition Everest. Disney usually will not close the queue line, so you can totally wait out the storm while in line for an outdoor attraction. Your wait time might even reduce if other guests decide to ditch!
Also, you may want to note that it does not even have to be raining for attractions to close! Sometimes it will be completely sunny outside and an outdoor attraction will be forced to close. This can happen due to both wind and lightning.
If the rain or lightning becomes too bad, Disney will, of course, cancel shows like Fantasmic! (when it’s open) or Disney Enchantment fireworks. Some shows can even be canceled for wind… crazy, right?
Like we said earlier, Disney doesn’t like to cancel shows, so they will likely delay it for as long as possible in hopes that guests can still see them! Sometimes shows will have a rolling delay while Disney scrambles to make a show happen for its guests. So, if you’re dedicated, we suggest waiting it out!
In addition to attractions closing, water transportation will also close when lightning is within range. That means, if water transportation is in your plans, you may have to find another way around the resort.
The same goes for the Skyliner. Disney usually supplies bus transportation alternatives when these other methods of transportation are closed. Check with the transportation cast members to find out what your choices are!
Outdoor Food Stands Close
When the weather gets bad enough, outdoor food stands will close. The Cast Members will quickly pack up their things and head inside. Sometimes the stand will look a little messy since the Cast Members will literally cover the registers and get out of there!
So, if you ever are looking for a Cast Member at a pretzel stand in the pouring rain, they’re probably inside staying dry! The stands will reopen once the storms move past.
Ponchos Come Out Full Force
Of course, Disney always sells ponchos, but the second it starts to rain or the sky becomes a little dark, Cast Members whip out ponchos at practically every merchandise location. They will be in locations you didn’t even know would sell a poncho. You will see them everywhere, and they will be readily available. We suggest always bringing your own when going on a Disney vacation because they are pretty pricey inside the parks.
You will even see Cast Members in little ponchos… if they remembered to pick one up from costuming, of course. I can’t count the number of times Cast Members forget theirs and get stuck in the torrential downpour.
In addition to the ponchos, you’ll find an assortment of umbrellas and other rain gear.
Those are the major things that happen when a downpour hits Disney.
Do you know any other Disney rainy day fun facts? What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day at Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!
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