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View Poll Results: What is your preferred method of dealing with rain in the Parks?
Umbrella 16 9.09%
Raincoat 11 6.25%
Poncho 82 46.59%
Disposeable Poncho 49 27.84%
Other 18 10.23%
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:25 AM   #61
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Other- it's just rain so we don't really do much. We still walk in it, we don't wear anything to block it from getting us wet. The clothes I wear dry fast though and I usually bring an extra pair of socks if I wear shoes, or flip flops as a back up.


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Old 08-27-2013, 03:45 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by luvsTink View Post
SO...those of you that don't use any protection ()

Are there disadvantages to this...I mean, if it is 90 degrees and raining, the only things I can think that would be negative is uncomfortable chafing...yes? no? thoughts?

The only disadvantages I've experienced come from my hair. I straighten it and when it gets wet, it's a big poof ball. At home when it rains it's usually cold outside so I usually have some kind of hoodie to protect my hair.

There are so many advantages, people clear out of the way! They leave the lines that aren't undercover. If it rains for too long, people just leave the parks in general, or take time to eat a meal... either way, you have a less crowded park. I remember in September 2007, it rained so much that it felt like a ghost town sometimes. And another time, I went to and EMH at DHS where there was NO ONE there and all the rides were walk on.


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Old 08-27-2013, 10:57 AM   #63
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Originally Posted by mfd25wife View Post
I don't think carrying am umbrella is foolish or rude. I'm just too lazy to deal with them. At least I can roll up a poncho pretty small and stick it in someone's bag.
Umbrellas are just like anything else with a high potential for rudeness. 99% of the people are polite and careful, but that 1% is going to give everyone else a bad name.

Personally, we use some nice heavy-duty ponchos with snap sides. They are heavy compared to the disposable ones, but don't rip, and are much cooler because they don't 'cling'. They are also long enough so that my feet have some coverage. (I'm 6'7" and most disposable ponchos look like mini-skirts on me.)
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:09 AM   #64
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I just throw on a speedo and some flip flops and head out to Fantasyland.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:12 PM   #65
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I always just tough it out, and if the rain is bad enough/we're outside enough, then I'll invest in some Disney poncho's! They're strong enough that they last a couple of days. When the rain stops, I just fold them up and throw them in a plastic bag inside my bag and it takes up no room!
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:55 PM   #66
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I voted other because we use more than one thing.

Poncho for me although I’m thinking of taking a rain coat next time depending on when we go.

Both of my children wear rain coats. I generally have the poncho because I can cover my backpack as well, but having to constantly dry my arms is a pain. But then again we have not experienced the typical Florida showers yet. We had Tropical Storm Debby in 2012 and Tropical Storm Andrea in 2013.

We also have my son’s stroller cover.

And we did have umbrellas one day in 2012 during Tropical Storm Debby. 4 straight days of downpours and wind. It wasn’t crowded. Debby’s worst day was my daughter’s BBB day. She had a long gown and we had CRT after BBB and it took my poncho and an umbrella to protect the gown and her hair. And of course haven given up my poncho, I needed something.

Probably because of our experience with Debby, we did not use an umbrella during Tropical Storm Andrea. She was rough, but she was no Debby.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:11 PM   #67
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We use umbrellas. We hate ponchos; we will never use them again. They're messy and hard to pack up again and so hot it feels like a sauna. Umbrellas give us air flow, don't obstruct our vision, and pack away in about three seconds.

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:43 PM   #68
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Originally Posted by glamdring269 View Post
We do a lot of hiking so have some very effective and extremely light weight rain jackets to wear. We also tend to wear waterproof shoes that are about as comfortable as tennis shoes. Pack an extra pair of socks in the backpack just in case. Can't go wrong.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:26 AM   #69
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Unless it's winter, why wear anything? Enjoy the rain!

I hate ponchos, they're far too sticky.

If *anything* it would be an umbrella, but honestly I enjoy the rain.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:33 AM   #70
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:34 AM   #71
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We get a bunch of those little packages of ponchos at walmart before we go. Throw them in our bags. Also sometimes throw a compact cheap umbrella in.. depending....
One year we actually poked holes in big garbage bags and wore them... worked pretty well... and soooo funny!
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:48 AM   #72
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Last trip when the wife and I had just put our ponchos on and were walking through Tomorrowland, a mother and her daughter crossed in front of us wearing makeshift ponchos made from kitchen trashbags.

The daughter was about 8, and was complaining that they looked stupid. The mother just announced "Nonsense! We look beautiful, and we smell like lemon!"

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:32 PM   #73
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I keep a couple of Disney ponchos in my Owner's Locker and put one in my bag if the day calls for rain. They work well, but I don't like them much because they get really hot. I need to find something else. I don't mind my clothes getting wet, but I hate having wet hair and wet shoes. Maybe I should get one of those ugly rain bonnets and carry flip flops in my bag.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:34 PM   #74
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Originally Posted by sonofanarchy View Post
Getting ready to be flamed, but I would never use an umbrella. I think it's rude and foolish for people to use them in a theme park. You could easily poke someone in the eye.

Generally, a poncho will do. This past July, for the first time, we actually left the parks. It was downpouring for hours at a time, for about 6 straight days. We just got so sick of it. We all had raincoats or ponchos, and they weren't enough. We all got soaked and were doing laundry constantly just to keep the clothes from smelling.

Unfortunately, footwear is a huge issue (at least for me). I can't find any sandals that don't give me blisters or hurt the bottom of my feet.
So 'your' opinion is just that! I also think it's rude when people in wet ponchos think nothing of brushing up against 'dry' people in lines/stores/busses. That is my opinion!

I use an umbrella, and no, haven't poked anyone's eyes out yet, and have been considerate not to get too close to other's faces. When it rains too much for an umbrella, we leave. We 'do not' enjoy touring in the rain - we go do other things much more enjoyable 'to us' - to each their own.

As for flip flops in the rain. They can be very dangerous - we have seen some bad slips and falls.
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