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Old 12-29-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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Best Rainy Day Activity?

Just so we are prepared, we would love to have some ideas on what is best to do with our 3 kids (8,6,3...all boys) if we have rainy days. Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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Purchase some ponchos and hit the parks in the rain. You will be able to accomplish so much because the crowds will be very light. Don't let a little rain stop your touring plans, just prepare for it.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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I agree. That was my thought. Don't let the rain stop you. Take ponchos and enjoy.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:53 AM   #4
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i'm a kid and when my family and i go to WDW, we usually just throw some ponchos on and hit the parks! or we throw on a sweater and hit up downtown disney marketplace to do some shopping. or since we stay in pop century all the time, they have an arcade, so we either go to the arcade, stay in our room and watch movies, look around in the giftshop for a little while, or there was a cartoon artist in our hotel lobby that does those drawings of you where your face is hugeeeee but your body is really small. theres alot to do when its a rainy day at WDW!
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:24 AM   #5
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Go shopping or to the movies at DTD.

Go to Disney Quest.

Hang out at the bar at Rainforest Cafe and watch some sports.

Go to an early dinner, and then hang out at the lounge with a good book.
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:29 AM   #6
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Thanks...but what is Disney Quest?
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:14 PM   #7
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Thanks...but what is Disney Quest?
1. A place near Cirque De Soleil (west side of Downtown Disney) that gets very crowded when it rains.
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97. A collection of arcade games and electronic simulations of rides and also some crafts and drawing activities. One feature is a "build your own roller coaster and ride it" using a flight simulator machine. Another is a bumper car like game where you shoot balls at your opponents. One is a pinball video game where you manipulate a hobby horse like pylon using your whole body to move your ball and score points. There are some elaborate multi-player space warrior games up on the top floor where you put on helmets and harnesses as opposed to just push buttons.

Admission is approx. $40. or one water park fun visit off of your park ticket with that feature. No added charges except for items you take home like the CD you recorded in a sound booth or the printout of Mickey you drew, or a piece of cheesecake you ate.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:15 PM   #8
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Thanks...but what is Disney Quest?
Disney Quest is not very good for your younger kids (6 and 3). It's basically a bunch of motion simulator rides. Many have height restrictions that will preclude your 3 (and possibly 6) year olds from riding.

We just went to WDW with our two children (ages 5 and 3) and had to deal with several days of rain. We packed rain ponches and had stroller rain covers and spent the rainy days at the Future World section of EPCOT. All of the attractions in that part of the park (except for Test Track) are indoors. Like other people said, the rain keeps the crowds down a bit so it is definitely a good time to hit one of the parks. If you go that route, just make sure you grab fastpasses (they're free!) for Soarin' when you first arrive at EPCOT. While you're waiting for your fastpass time slot, you can ride and see the other attractions at The Land and nearby Sea and Imagination pavilions. Your kids will love Turtle Talk with Crush and The Seas With Nemo and Friends at the nearby Sea pavilion. Also, don't miss The Circle of Life film in The Land pavilion. It's a great film. A good place for lunch is the Sunshine Seasons food court at The Land pavilion. Nice selection of food options (with some healthy options included). FYI, even though the fastpasses indicate a time frame to return (e.g. between noon and 2:00 p.m.), as long as you arrive after the beginning time of the time frame, they'll let you ride (even if you get there after the end of the time frame). So if your time frame is between noon and 2:00 p.m., they'll still let you ride even if you happen to not get back until after 2:00 p.m.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:21 PM   #9
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Definitely get some ponchos and go to the parks in the rain. Some of the rides will close if there is lightning, but most will be open and crowds will be light.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:23 PM   #10
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As long as it's not cold, go to one of the waterparks on a rainy day. Hey, you're going to get wet anyways and there will be very few people there. We did that one day (during tropical storm Fay) and had a great time. Disney will usually keep one waterpark open even if it's raining (no thunderstorms though).
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Rainy days are a GIFT at WDW! We were at the parks in September and picked the Studios for a rainy morning, figuring that most everything was inside. We rode TSM FOUR TIMES before 11:30 a.m.! (Twice with FP's and twice as standbye.) For the rest of the week, that attraction was packed.
Just take disposable ponchos so you don't have to worry about them getting mildewey. (sp?)
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:48 PM   #12
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Rainy days are a GIFT at WDW! We were at the parks in September and picked the Studios for a rainy morning, figuring that most everything was inside. We rode TSM FOUR TIMES before 11:30 a.m.! (Twice with FP's and twice as standbye.) For the rest of the week, that attraction was packed.
Just take disposable ponchos so you don't have to worry about them getting mildewey. (sp?)
I could not agree more. We just returned. Our first day (12/18) it "rained" off and on and was windy. We did MK first thing because most of those rides are "inside." We rode Big Thunder Mountain twice without having to get off. We then went to AK and did EE (which in the rain was an experience). We lucked out in being under shelter when there was a cloud burst so the only time we really got wet was in riding Kali River Rapids (the second time). The rest of the trip, the weather was beautiful and the parks were packed.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:15 PM   #13
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The park crowds may be lighter, so definetly take advantage fo that. Another rainy day activity we like is monorail hopping. Hit the MK or Epcot for a few hours and then ride the monorail to the MK resorts for shopping or checking out the resort. Grab lunch at the Kona Cafe, GFC, Captain Cooks, Gasparillas, or the Contempo Cafe and make your way back to the parks. This at least gets you out of the rain for a while.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:18 PM   #14
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It rained on our last full day earlier this month and we found lots to do at the resort. We stayed at AKV and dds did ceramic painting and cookie decorating plus they had many other activities for kids that we hadn't been able to do the other days because we were at he parks. It was great. Like the others, normally I would put on a poncho and hit the trail but it was raining hard and it was cold. Soaking wet and cold 3 & 5 year olds are not my idea of fun!!
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:19 PM   #15
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Most people who go to the parks on rainy days really want to be there and are going to have fun no matter what. You will see more smiles in the rain than any other time. I agree that warm and wet is much more pleasant than cold and wet.
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