So far this year, I have heard so many guests comment on how cold it is! And its true. The past few weeks have dealt Central Florida some truly cold temperatures. And this can easily come as a surprise since most people escape to Florida for the sun and palm trees. So ok, its cold or raining (or both!) what do you do now?
1. Buy the Right Clothes
One of the first things you can do is make sure you have enough layers. One trip we took in February, we were woefully under-packed. And while it was pricey, we hit up the Gift Shops at the Polynesian and the Emporium at Disney Springs for sweatshirts. My youngest has also been known to buy a blanket which doubles as warm gear at the parks and a great souvenir for home. Another option if you have a car or more time on your trip is to check out the local Walmart and Target. They will have much more affordable options and still have a lot of Disney themed gear if that is what you are looking for. I think the main thing here is, if you are going to go to the parks in the rain/cold, get yourself in the right clothes. If you don't, it can be miserable and you will have spent money and time on a trip that is just not going to live up to your expectation. Do yourself the favor and buy the sweatshirt or the hat or whatever it takes!
2. Stick to the Shows at the Parks
If you are braving the elements (and I mean why wouldn't you? How often are you at Disney?), then I would look for some of the great shows that each park offers. At Magic Kingdom I would look for Country Bear Jamboree or the Carousel of Progress are great options. For Epcot several pavilions have wonderful movies such as China and France. Hollywood Studios has the Launch Bay with a Star Wars Movie and Character Meets plus there is also the Frozen Show. Animal Kingdom has the Festival of the Lion King. All of these shows provide both great entertainment but also a significant respite from the cold and rain.
3. Use the Amenities at Adventureland Villa or your Resort
4. Make Table Service Reservations
This tip comes from personal experience and from Disneyland! If its raining (and even more so if its cold) see what table service restaurant reservation you can grab. Most table service restaurants are indoors and take some time to complete the full meal. These can be a great way to dry off and warm up before heading back out. One of my favorite spots for this is Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom. Usually last minute reservations are available and they even serve beer.
Overall, Disney World (and actually any vacation in my opinion) is what you make of it. Ok, so its cold and/or raining. You can either wait it out in your rooms or complain about it, or you can saddle up and figure out how to best manage the day. With some thought, you can still enjoy the day and hey! Its still Disney World! I'd pick a cold and rainy day near that castle over most any day!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!