8 Best Attractions To Escape Bad Weather At Walt Disney World

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8. The Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents is an excellent choice for when the weather starts to turn sour because you can easily wait for the show to start inside, and then the show lasts for a decent amount of time. Even if you’ve just missed the last show, there is plenty to look at in the exhibit cases inside the attraction’s lobby, so this is a great way to stay busy if crappy weather strikes while you’re wandering through Liberty Square.


7. The American Adventure

The American Adventure is a great place to go when there’s bad weather in the area for similar reasons to the Hall of Presidents. The attraction is indoors, will take up a substantial amount of your time, and there’s a lot to look at inside if you have some time to wait before the show starts. In addition to the museum and artwork located in the lobby of the American Adventure, earlier shows include a preshow performance by the Voices of Liberty.

6. Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is another attraction that’s made this list simply because it’s a longer attraction. It’s also my favorite attraction at Walt Disney World, so it had to make the list one way or another right? Spaceship Earth’s use as a way to escape bad weather really depends on how the weather is bad. If it’s just raining, and you need cover, the queue is not terrible to wait in. It is outdoors, but it’s not completely open so it could be much worse. If the bad weather you’re dealing with is more that you’re super cold, this might not be the best line to wait in as it is outside and sometimes there can be a bit of a wind tunnel underneath the ball. There’s also the chance that you’ll hit it at the right time of day, and you’ll be able to walk on with little to no wait, so overall I’d say this is a solid pick for a rainy day attraction.

5. Finding Nemo: The Musical

Like Spaceship Earth, Finding Nemo: The Musical really depends on what the weather is doing to determine how much going to this attraction in bad weather will help you. If you know it’s going to start raining, but it hasn’t yet, then I’d recommend hopping in line for the show. While the queue isn’t covered, if you time it right, you’ll be inside when the rain starts. This show is also almost forty minutes long, which means that hopefully by the time you get out, you’ll have missed the bad weather.

4. Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King is a great choice for poor weather for reasons similar to Finding Nemo: The Musical. The show will take up a good chunk of your time, and there is plenty of seating, so you can usually show up relatively last minute and get a seat. (Just don’t show up after the show starts and expect a seat, as the line will be closed off by then.) The other perk that this show has over Nemo, is that the queue area is covered. So if the bad weather starts a little earlier, you’ll at least be able to take cover while you’re waiting to be seated.


3. Soarin

Soarin is one of the most ideal attractions for bad weather for a couple of reasons. One is that it is located in the Land Pavilion, which is completely indoors. If there’s some bad weather, and you’re planning on riding Soarin, you can also head to the other attractions located inside the Land Pavilion, and even get lunch or dinner at Sunshine Seasons without having to ever go outside. The other plus side here if you’re looking to kill time while the bad weather passes, is that if you’ve arrived to Soarin Fastpass-less, you’re probably in for a pretty long wait time. While waiting in line probably isn’t your favorite thing in the world, I’d rather wait in line inside, than wait outside for the bad weather to pass.

2. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

A perfect way to get out of the rain is by taking a ride on the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy”! Star Wars fan or not, riding in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon is an experience not to be missed. This interactive attraction is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With roles including pilot, gunner, and engineer – everyone must work together to reach their destination despite a few hiccups along the way.

1. Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the two attractions located in the new Pandora – The World of Avatar area within Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Prepare to straddle what feels somewhat like one of those motorcycles at an arcade, be secured in, and then using 3D screen technology, awesome 4D effects, and motion simulation – feel like you are literally flying on the back of a mountain banshee in the most exhilarating way. Your banshee (somewhat like a flying dragon) will soar through the sky as it takes you on the ride of a lifetime through Pandora – The World of Avatar. The perfect ride to enjoy when it’s raining… as long as the line doesn’t stretch outside!

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."