I could probably sum up this post with one short sentence:
It rains in Orlando.
Most people don’t like to get wet.
But, until the human race learns to control the weather, it is best to be prepared for any kind of downpour when traveling to Walt Disney World.
So, what is my obsession with the rain ponchos!?!
First, let me tell you that Disney sells rain ponchos at every single park. The Florida rain can come down in sideways sheets and it can sprinkle for only 10 minutes and the merchandising gurus know that guests will need (and buy) rain ponchos in an emergency attempt to keep dry while enjoying the theme parks.
If you like to enter the parks with no bags, you can skip this post and just purchase a rain poncho when it starts raining.
I hope you are right in front of a store that carries them when the storm blows through.
Second, let me tell you that almost all rides continue to operate in the rain and a lot of people will leave the theme parks if the rain doesn’t subside quickly. Do you see where I am going with this?
A rainy day at Disney is still a day at Disney! (And maybe a less crowded day, too!)
Rain ponchos are serious business.
And, if it rains, we stay.
For the pre-planners out there, this is how I handle the rain poncho situation:
I purchase 2 kinds of rain ponchos. I call them the cheap ponchos and the nice ponchos.
Cheap ponchos are for the freak, quick and unexpected showers that usually occur in the afternoons. These ponchos are thin, and well…cheap. I usually buy these at the dollar store or drug store and they cost a dollar. Cheap.
I pack 2-3 of these cheap rain ponchos per person in our travel party. I put one of these for each person at the bottom of our park backpack and my husband carries it every day. That way, we are never in the theme parks without rain protection. If we use a cheap one, we throw it away at the end of the day and put a new one in the backpack for the next day.
Academy and Walmart carry thicker, more substantial rain ponchos and I purchase one of these for each person in my travel party. These “nicer” ponchos only go in the backpack if the chance of rain is greater than 50%. Otherwise, the nice ponchos stay at our resort until needed. We reuse the nicer ponchos.
***Side note: You can find both kinds–thin emergency rain ponchos and the “nicer” ponchos in the camping sections at Target, Walmart and Academy.
Rain ponchos have other uses, too!
In a rain storm, use a poncho to protect your stroller.
A poncho is great to cover purchases, stuffed animals, souvenirs and food during a down pour.
Sit on a folded poncho as extra cushion during parades.
In a pinch, a poncho can help shield your skin from the blazing sun.
And, ponchos are great to use on water rides–wear them to protect your clothes or sit on one to protect your bottom from sitting in a puddle.
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