Looking for tips to navigate a stormy day in Disney World? We’re here to help!
It’s not uncommon for guests to find themselves in the middle of a rainy day at Disney World. And while you might be willing to push through the rain, it’s important to be aware of the weather, as sometimes the thunderstorms can get severe. Here’s what you need to know if severe weather is headed your way in Disney World.
According to The Weather Channel, a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 4PM today for parts of Central Florida.
Here are four tips to make sure you’re prepared if you encounter a storm in Disney World!
Download a Minute-By-Minute Weather App
The weather in Florida can notoriously turn on a dime, so it’s important to make sure you have quick access to up-to-date weather information.
While daily or hour-by-hour forecasts might help with planning things like what outfit to wear for the day, a minute-by-minute weather app is key for keeping track of when severe weather is expected to hit.
Find a minute-by-minute weather app that you like, and familiarize yourself with how to use it before your trip if possible, so you know how to navigate it when needed.
Plan Outdoor Attractions in the Morning
When storms hit Disney World, outdoor attractions are closed for the safety of guests and Cast Members.
While the rain can obviously strike at any time, storms are most common during the afternoon, especially during the summer months when it rains nearly every day.
Sometimes outdoor attractions will reopen later in the day if the severe weather passes. But if the storms stick around, outdoor rides might remain closed for the rest of the day.
If you see a chance of storms in the forecast, be sure to ride any must-do outdoor attractions in the morning, in case severe weather causes them to close later in the day.
Wear Quick-Drying Shoes
Take it from us, walking around Disney World in soggy shoes can be a pretty uncomfortable experience. That’s why we opt for quick-drying shoes when we head out to the parks.
As previously mentioned, the weather in Florida can change pretty quickly, so it’s best to be prepared with quick-drying footwear even if the forecast doesn’t show rain when you initially head out. Plus, you’ll also be prepared if you decide to brave a water ride like Splash Mountain!
If you typically wear sandals to the park, we suggest a pair that has a strap on the back to keep them (and you!) from slipping around when wet, and a pair that is made from a rugged, quick-drying material. We love tevas for rainy days in WDW.
Get Indoors if a Severe Weather Warning is Issued
So, what should you do if a severe weather warning is issued when you’re already inside the park? First and foremost, be sure to get indoors as quickly as possible.
Find whatever indoor location is closest that you can safely access, whether it’s a store, restaurant, restroom, or attraction.
Severe thunderstorms can bring lightning, high winds, and hail, all of which can be dangerous to guests out in the open. If a severe weather warning is issued, find an indoor location you can access ASAP, and stay inside until it has passed.
It’s not uncommon for storms to pop up in Disney World, especially during the warmer months. That’s why it’s important to prepare for the possibility of severe weather, and know what to do when it hits. Follow these tips to help safely navigate a stormy day in Disney World!
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