So you’re going to Animal Kingdom? Well, maybe you’re just thinking about it. Or, maybe, you’re like me and your brain is in Disney mode 24/7 and you will look at pictures, read blog posts, and dream about everything Disney until your next visit.
Regardless of why you’re here, I’m happy you stopped by for a visit!
Now, let’s cut to the chase. Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is in Florida. Contrary to its nickname, The Sunshine State, rain does happen in Florida. It happens year-round, but especially in the summertime. So, does a little water (ok, sometimes a lot) mean you have to cancel your day at Animal Kingdom? No way! There are plenty of things to do that will keep you relatively dry.
Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. Our family has been visiting the parks for the last 17 years. My husband and I spent 5 summers working as Disney Cast Members. We have spent a lot of time in Animal Kingdom – a lot of wet time. I’m pretty sure out of our hundreds of visits to the park I could count less than 20 times that it did NOT rain. Yep, it’s true. You know what? It didn’t mater. We had a blast anyway. In fact, some of our best memories are from dodging rainstorms. 🙂
Enough reminiscing. Let’s get to the good stuff, the information, the reason you came here.
You should always be prepared for rain when visiting all the parks.
Here are a few items to toss into your park bag:
Rain poncho – I’m not talking about a expensive one. On the contrary. Pick up several of the disposable ponchos from your local dollar store. These nifty little necessities fold up very small and are lightweight – great for fitting into the smallest of park bags.
Sandals for kids – While I do not recommend anyone, children or adults, wearing sandals to the parks, having a spare pair tucked into a diaper or park bag in case of soaked feet is not a bad idea. You do NOT want your kiddos traipsing around the parks miserable because their feet are soaked.
Small microfiber towel – These are great for minimizing dripping hair or drying wet seats after a rain. You can also use them after a wet ride on Kali River Rapids. They are truly multi-purpose. Just be sure to store them in a baggie to keep everything else in your bag dry.
Now that you have your supplies, let’s take a look at what to do on a rainy day in Animal Kingdom.
Animal Kingdom Rainy Day Agenda:
Don your poncho and just keep going! – That’s right. Unless there is lightning involved, or excessively heavy rains, most of the attractions stay open. So, go ahead, and keep riding those rides.
Stick to the indoor attractions – Festival of the Lion King – I personally give this show 5 stars. This attraction has it all – amazing music (seriously, best live performances on property), acrobatics (tumble monkey rock!), lots of familiar characters, and non-stop fun. Be sure to watch this one rain or shine!
Finding Nemo – This show is spectacular. The music, the artistry, it’s all absolutely amazing.
Dinosaur – This indoor attraction is a ride through. It’s kind of bumpy and loud, especially for younger kids. If you’re into dinosaurs you will love it!
Kilimanjaro Safari – Yes, that’s right! As long as the weather isn’t horrible the safari continues. Just be sure to wear your poncho. Rain blows into the truck from both sides. Unless you are seated in the middle, you will get wet. That’s ok, though. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the animals you might not see otherwise.
Funny story, last time we rode the Safari, in the middle of a torrential downpour, a rhino decided to stand in the middle of the road – for…a..VERY…long…time. Mr. Rhino took his sweet time enjoying the rain. We were stuck there for at least 20 minutes. It was so much fun. Our driver was awesome. Everyone on the truck was having a blast.
Oh, and this is the view we had!
If you are willing to splurge, check with the table service restaurants in the park to see if they have any open spots – While Disney’s table service restaurants are pricey, they are well worth every penny. The food and the ambiance is always amazing.
Stroll through the shops – Rainy days are a great time to do souvenir shopping.
Pin trade – Are you a pin trader? If not, this is a great time to start. Use this opportunity to stroll through the shops and trade pins wit the Cast Members. Be sure to ask if the store you are in has a pin board!
There you have it. My list of what to do on a rainy day at Animal Kingdom.
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