10 Awesome Things To Do During Bad Weather At Walt Disney World

1. Visit Disney Springs

Disney Springs is outdoors, but with the shops and restaurants all relatively close together it is not too difficult to get through the area while spending only short amounts of time outdoors. If you’re looking to pick up some souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or relax with a cool drink, Disney Springs can be a great place to visit in bad weather.


2. Resort hop

The monorail resorts in particular provide plenty of time indoors if the weather isn’t looking up. By hopping on and off the monorail, you will be able to explore the shops, restaurants, and lobbies of Disney’s Polynesian Village, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian Resorts. Then if the weather improves, you will already be right on the monorail loop to return to the Magic Kingdom.

3. Meet characters

Some character meet and greets can easily allow you to spend plenty of time indoors. Princess Fairytale Hall for instance in the Magic Kingdom can offer the chance to meet a couple of characters with minimal time spent outdoors. Hop in the standby line for the first two characters, then upon exiting immediately hop into the standby line for the next two, and you may be at the attraction long enough to miss an incoming storm.

4. Go to a walk-through attraction

To spend some time indoors while visiting a theme park, visit a walk-through attraction. These attractions, like the exhibits in many of the countries of World Showcase or the Star Wars Launch Bay allow you explore at your own pace, meaning you can spend as little or as much time away from the elements as you like.


5. Shop

The shops will be crowded, as most guests will rush inside once the weather turns, but if you are so inclined to avoid bad weather during your trip, it can be an efficient way to spend time shopping. A shop like the Emporium is so expansive that you can easily spend enough time to wait out a storm in the summertime.

6. Relax with a meal

Ideally you’ll be able to get a table in a table-service restaurant while the weather is bad, but if not try seeking out a spot in a quick service restaurant to sit down with some snacks and a drink. Like the shops, quick service restaurants may quickly become packed, so if you are able to get a spot at a table service restaurant that may be the better option.

7. Visit a bar or lounge

If everyone in your party is 21+ an easy way to spend some time indoors would be to visit one (or more) bars and lounges. Whether you end up on an impromptu monorail bar crawl or inside the Rose and Crown Pub in the U.K. pavilion, having a couple of drinks can often let you relax while the bad weather passes, or at least prolong the time before you’ll need to leave the park and face the crowds for bus.

8. Bowl

Bowling may be the last thing on your mind during a vacation to a theme park, but if that’s the case then you probably haven’t been to Splitsville. Located in Disney Springs, Splitsville is a luxury bowling alley offering lanes for families, adults, and high end dining options, bars, live music, and more.

9. See a movie

You probably weren’t planning on seeing a movie during your trip either, but if you are determined to avoid bad weather the movies may be just the place for you. AMC in Disney Springs offers standard and dine-in theaters, making it easy to enjoy a classic movie-going experience or combine it with a meal to make the best use of your time.

10. Grab your rain gear and stick it out

The best advice for bad weather in Disney is simply to not let it get in the way of your vacation. Of course, everyone has different limits in terms of what they are willing to put up with when it comes to bad weather. But if the weather in question is an afternoon thunderstorm or a day’s worth of rain, you may be better off grabbing an umbrella or poncho and going about your day. As they say, a rainy day in Disney is a better than a sunny day at home!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."