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What’s the deal with needing rain ponchos at Disney?!?


7 dwarfs

My people.  In rain ponchos.



“Nicer” rain ponchos from Academy


I could probably sum up this post with one short sentence:

It rains in Orlando.



Cheap rain poncho from Walmart


Most people don’t like to get wet.

Got it.


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.


Cheap rain poncho from CVS

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.


1 “nicer” rain poncho and one “cheap” rain poncho

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?



Cheap rain poncho


A rainy day at Disney is still a day at Disney!  (And maybe a less crowded day, too!)



Cheap poncho


Rain ponchos are serious business.

And, if it rains, we stay.



Cheap rain ponchos


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.



Cheap rain ponchos and super awesome kids


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.



Cheap rain ponchos


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.



Nice rain ponchos




Nice rain poncho and cute husband


***Side note:  You can find both kinds–thin emergency rain ponchos and the “nicer” ponchos in the camping sections at Target, Walmart and Academy.



1 nice rain poncho, 2 cheap rain ponchos


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.




Help!  We need rain ponchos for Splash Mountain!


No rain ponchos on Splash Mountain–Oops!



Rain ponchos on Splash Mountain


What else should be on your Disney packing list?  Click here.

Where do I buy all of my super cool Disney shirts?  Click here.



Enjoy every day at Disney–even a rainy one!




Best Places To Buy (MATCHING!) Family Disney Shirts

A family wearing matching T-shirts everyday–Not so cool.

A family wearing matching T-shirts everyday at Disney–SUPER COOL!



Don’t we look cool?

So, where are the best places to find some super awesome shirts for your next Disney vacation?

Lots of places!

Some are expected, like the Disney Store. DUH.  But, it helps to think a little outside of the shopping box (err bag).




AND…if you have a family with a wide range of ages (like me!), you REALLY have to think out of the box–if you want to get everyone onboard!


Extra Hint:  Matching shirts make it easier to find your people in a crowd, too!


Happy Shopping!

So, here is list of my fav places to buy my family matching shirts for our Walt Disney World vacations:

  • Disney Store, Disney Store online and Disney Store outlets
  • Walmart, online, but especially the Walmart Super Center in Orlando
  • Target and Target online
  • Hot Topic-an unexpected MEGA plethora of Disney clothing and accessories!!!
  • Kohl’s
  • Etsy-pre-made and custom!
  • Five Below–cheap!

  • Vista Print–create your own!



  • Dig through the clearance and sale sections of these stores and visit their websites for some little treasures.  Don’t forget the sales sections online! 
  • Be creative with sizing, too!  Men’s XS can fit kiddos and a Youth size 14/16 can fit some teens.  Look in the women’s, men’s, misses, teen and kid’s sections–you never know what you might discover!
  • If you plan to travel during the colder months, pair each t-shirt with a matching long sleeve that can easily be removed if the temperatures soar during the day.



    These shirts are from Vista Print.


    These awesome shirts are from the Disney Store.


    Super cool People Mover shirts from the Disney Store website.


    Mickey shirts from Walmart


    University of Texas Mickey shirts from Kohl’s and white Minnie shirts from Etsy.



    These shirts are from Etsy.




    The Epcot shirts are from Etsy and the Olaf shirts are from Target.

    How do I save $$$ for all of our Disney trips?  Click here!

    Want to plan your Walt Disney World vacation like a pro?  YEP.  Read this!

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    Learn everything about the 2018 Disney Dining Plan here.