How to stay dry at Walt Disney World
Let's talk about how to stay dry at Walt Disney World.
But first we have to sing...
I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain.
Oh, boy Dad sings good.
Gene sings pretty good too - Photo by Laurie Sapp
Let's start out by talking about how Mrs. Mom and I stayed dry on our trip in November, end of October, first of November. We didn't get wet at all. A whole week there and we didn't get wet at all! How did we do it? It didn't rain. It was pretty easy. It didn't rain, so we didn't have much problems staying dry that week, but that's very unusual.
It Rains in Florida
Sometimes it's even prettier when it rains - Photo by Matthew Cooper
News Flash: It rains in Florida.
a lot. It's not unusual for it to rain, especially in the summertime, June through September, for it to rain every day, several days in a row, afternoon showers. 2:00, 3:00 in the afternoon, a quick shower will come. Sometimes it rains for days and days, but it rains a lot in Florida. It's kind of important that you have a plan to stay dry during the rain when it gets wet at Walt Disney World.
Bring Extra Shoes
What do you do? Some tips from Dad. Number one is bring extra shoes. Way back, I think it was our second trip with the kids, we went in December. The first thing we were going to do is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. We got into town in the afternoon. We were going to do the party in the evening and then start our trip off right at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Guess what? It rained all night long. Number one thing I say about rain is poncho up and soldier on. We put our ponchos on. We started doing all the stuff. It wasn't raining hard, but it was raining enough to where we were getting pretty wet even with our ponchos on. It was cold too, so we had our sweatshirts on. Everybody from about here down on their arms was all wet. The bottom of our pants were all wet.
Our shoes were just soaked. I only brought one pair of shoes, so my shoes were wet. The next morning when we got up to go to the next park, my shoes were wet. It rained all day that day too, and it rained all day the next day too. We had three days of rain. I was wearing wet shoes those whole three days and the next day. It took like two days for my shoes to dry out because I'd always put them on. There's just no chance for them to dry out, so one thing you want to have is an extra pair of shoes.
I know Stephanie, my assistant that's doing all the comments down below, she said she brings five pairs of shoes. I said, "How big a suitcase do you carry?" She says, "No. Most are sandals." Anyway, Mrs. Mom always takes at least two pairs of shoes. If we're going to church on Sunday, it'll be three pairs of shoes. Bring extra shoes. Best thing I can tell you to do.
Go into a building
You can always duck into a gift shop - Photo by Matthew Cooper
Next is when it starts to rain, duck into a gift shop, duck into a restaurant, duck into one of those long rides, especially those summertime quick showers. Just get in somewhere where it's dry. Those things usually go by in about 15, 20, 30 minutes. Eat some lunch. There are plenty of places around Walt Disney World where you can stay dry.
Be Prepared for wet rides
You "might" get wet on Kali River Rapids - Photo by Judd Helms
The next thing, know when it comes to rides there are some rides there that will get you wet. Splash Mountain
sometimes gets people wet. Kali River Rapids
, now that one will get you wet, especially when it comes to shoes.
One of the things you might want to do on Kali River Rapids, I don't care if you want to get a little wet, one of the things you might want to do is wear some sandals or something water shoes, some kind of water shoes, just to take those and wear them just for that ride because usually there's water down in the bottom, and especially after you go through the rapids. They'll be water down in the bottom of the boat at Kali River Rapids. That one's going to get you wet. Throw on a poncho. Throw on the water shoes. Take your socks off, but get ready for, be ready, be prepared. I'm all about being prepared. Be prepared for getting wet at Kali River Rapids.
A couple others that you might get a little bit wet on. I know we got a little sprinkle on Frozen Ever After
when you're going down the rapids a little bit. Got a little wet on Frozen Ever After. Pirates. There are a couple places where you get a little splash in Pirates of the Caribbean
. The spitting camels in Aladdin, the Aladdin spitting camels. Of course, if you got kids, they are going to want to go to Casey Jr. Splash Pad where lots and lots of water. You got the Epcot, the fountains that shoot up, the splash pads around Epcot.
Pack for it
There are lots of places to get wet at Walt Disney World. Just be prepared. Pack in your backpack. Pack extra socks. Mrs. Mom's always got two or three pairs of socks in our backpack. Bring baggies. You can always put wet clothes in baggies if you need to change clothes. Something to keep things dry.
Bring a towel. I know that's, "Why would you bring a towel?" Say you're going to ride Splash Mountain. One thing about Splash Mountain is when you get into the boat, you step on the seat. A lot of times, those seats get dirty with people's feet. They might get a little wet. People's feet stepping on them, they leave dirt. Wipe that off before you get in with the towel. Use the towel to dry off if you get wet. Bring a towel. Take one out of the room and take it with you. That's a little way to be prepared.
When all else fails, if you get to wet, there's a gift shop on every corner, and most of the gift shops have cool clothes that you can buy. That's another way you can stay dry.
Dad's Bottom Line
The bottom line is it rains, it's wet at Walt Disney World, and you just need to be prepared. Think about it before you go. How are you going to stay dry at Walt Disney World?