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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night with the moon shining bright over Frontierland in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Disney World Rides That Are Fun in the Rain

We know that you aren’t hoping for a rainy day when you are planning your vacation to Walt Disney World. If it does happen to rain during your Disney vacation, not everything is lost. We find some rides just as fun, if not more fun, in the rain. So grab those rain jackets or a rain poncho and get ready to sing in the rain.

Before starting the list, keep in mind that these rides will only run if there isn’t lightning or thunder. Rides are closed down if there is a threat of lightning in the area. When we talk about rain, we mean nice rain, not the heavy hurricane rain that can sometimes happen. Also, EPCOT only has one outside ride: Test Track, which doesn’t run in the rain, so keep that in mind when picking a Disney Park.

Rides in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain

The first ride we love to ride in the rain is Splash Mountain. Located over in Frontierland, Splash Mountain is the perfect rain ride because if you are already wet from the rain, what is a little more water from the drop? It is also exciting going from inside to outside in the rain during the ride.

Tomorrowland Transit PeopleMover

Over in Tomorrowland, we love catching a ride on the Transit PeopleMover during a rainstorm. Not only does the ride keep us dry, but it also provides outstanding views of the theme Park in the rain. We love the relaxing feeling we get as our senses take in the rain. From the smell to the sounds it makes on the roof of the PeopleMove, we are truly relaxed as we travel around Tomorrowland. This attraction is a perfect option during a rainstorm if you want to keep dry but stay and enjoy the Magic Kingdom.

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Coasters

If you are looking for a thrill, we also enjoy taking on the coaster during the rain. Again this is only if there isn’t lightning or thunder in the area or if it isn’t a sharp, heavy rain. We find both Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland and Seven Dwarf Mine Train in Fantasyland to have an added element when we ride them in the rain. It might be the speed of the attraction as we are zooming along in the rain, but we find the coasters to be a different experience in the rain.

Rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we have two attractions that we find fun and enjoyable- if not even better- in the rain.

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Slinky Dog Dash

Very much like Seven Dwarf Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain in Magic Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a different type of fun in the rain. We love laughing with our favorite Toy Story characters as we get launched, dip, and turn our way along with the attraction. Again, this ride won’t run if there is thunder and lightning in the area, so keep that in mind; and we don’t recommend riding in the hard, pelting heavy rain, but a nice mist can be a lot of fun to ride in.

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Hollywood’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Even though this ride is all inside, riding during rain or thunder can bring a whole new element of creepy to the ride. As part of the story includes the elevator being hit by lightning, riding during a storm can bring another level of spookiness to it. If you are brave enough to ride and make it to the part of the ride with the drops, you get a unique view of Disney’s Hollywood Studios from up high. Adding in the rain to the twilight zone brings a whole new level to this ride.

Ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For being mostly a theme Park with outdoor attraction options, we feel that Animal Kingdom has a lot to offer even in the rain.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

If you are looking to catch a ride on the safari, going during a rainstorm can be extremely entertaining. Many of the animals you can see on the ride, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, zebras, become more active, giving you a chance to see them play and dance in the rain. The best part is that you aren’t going to get wet on the safari but can enjoy the animals as they do during light rain.

Animal Trails

Another way to see animals in the rain is to hit up the trails. The Maharajah Jungle Trek and the Gorilla Trails can be excellent options if you want to see some of the animals playing in the rain. These aren’t the only places you can find animals playing in the rain in Animal Kingdom. Make sure to check out the gibbons and the Discovery Trails around the Tree of Life to see a variety of animals as they react to the rain.

Kali River Rapids

Very much like Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom is Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. On this short water raft ride, you will most likely get wet, so why not hop on during a rainstorm. Many Guests choose to wear their rain gear on this ride normally, so why not do it in the rain as well. Make sure your lap is covered though, as it might get a splash as well.

Expedition Everest

Our final ride we find fun in the rain is Expedition Everest. There is something extra exciting about hunting down the Yeti in the rain. Again Expedition Everest won’t run in the lightning or thunder, but if there is just a light rain, it is a unique experience to have as you climb up to the broken track and then find yourself rushing backward. Be ready for a thrill!

We know you don’t want the rain to ruin your vacation to Disney, but we also encourage you to stick it out in the theme Park if you can. These rides and experiences are extremely fun and unique when you try them out in the rain. So next time you are in the theme Park and it starts to rain, put on that rain gear and keep on enjoying the magic.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.