I love Walt Disney World, but I’ll do just about anything to avoid the parks when it is raining. Sure the parks might be less crowded, but it drives me bonkers to dodge puddles, lightning and wearing a poncho is the worst. (Both for the fashion implications and because they just don’t work.)
Check out these places to hide from the rain during your time at Magic Kingdom Park –
Dumbo’s Indoor Playground
If you’ve got little ones, you are probably already familiar with the indoor waiting area at Dumbo in New Fantasyland. Instead of waiting in line, Cast Members will give you a pager and let you enter the play area until it is your turn to ride.
Instead of waiting in line, Cast Members will give you a pager and let you enter the play area until it is your turn to ride. They are extremely flexible, many times my girls want to play a little longer and we just let them know we aren’t ready to ride yet. Besides the playground, the Big Top has air-conditioning. Major win!
This 12-minute, 3D show located in Fantasyland near Prince Charming’s Carousel is one of our family favorites. With an extremely large queue for the pre-show, Mickey’s PhilharMagic Show is another of my top picks for dodging rainstorms. The 3D show features Sorcerer Mickey, Donald and fun scenes from Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Fantasia, Aladdin and Peter Pan.
Set to music, your opera glasses (aka 3D glasses) make this a fun show for all ages. The wraparound screen also means that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Sit back and enjoy! Pro Tip: It is available for FastPass+, but don’t do it! The show replays every 15 minutes and there’s hardly ever a wait.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Relax for this 21-minute show in a revolving theater as you take a trip into the past to discover how technology has shaped our world. Located in Tomorrowland, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was created by Walt Disney himself for the 1965 World’s Fair in New York.
While this isn’t one of my favorite attractions (sorry, Walt), it is a great spot to escape the heat and showers for a bit.
Upstairs at the Columbia Harbor House
My favorite quick-service restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park is the Columbia Harbor House, located right on the edge of Liberty Square and Fantasyland – near the Haunted Mansion and Rapunzel’s Tower. Choose from dishes such as fried shrimp, chicken, salmon, chicken pot pie – and my favorite the chicken and fish combo.
While the downstairs seating areas typically fill up quickly, no matter the time of day – climb the stairs and relax in the upstairs dining area. This laidback area has plenty of seating and great views of Liberty Square. Pro Tip: Try the housemade honey mustard sauce – I love it!
Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty’s Leaders
Located in the Liberty Square area, the Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty’s Leaders features life-like animatronics of all the U.S. presidents. It is a 25-minute show, making it a great place to escape the rain, squeeze in a little education and maybe catch a quick snooze too.
The summer months bring more rain showers, especially here in Florida. It rains almost every afternoon – so be ready! While there are many places to stay dry around the parks, these are some of my favorite places.