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Old 09-27-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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60% Chance of rain during my ENTIRE trip next week...any advice?

I usually never check the weather for any trip that I go on...but I am bored at work so I did (plus I can't stop thinking about my trip!). We are leaving on wed 10/3 coming back 10/9.

I have lucked out and it has never rained any time I have been to Disney or Universal in my whole life.

Any advice about what to do in the rain?

Are ponchos the way to go?

Do the rides shut down?

Does AK close?

I dont have park hopper and only have one AK day planned and I love it there.

I am also sad because I purchased photopass plus and was really hoping to get some nice pictures...not rainy pics ...and not no pics if there are no characters out
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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Check back a couple of days before.

If you don't like the weather in Florida, it will change, and you cannot know at this point what the weather will actually be next week.

I'm watching this Sunday, and it changes day to day.

Some rides shut down (like Test Track which isn't open anyway)

AK does not close.

Moving this to Theme Parks, Attractions and Strategies.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:27 AM   #3

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Well--first of all the forecast may be entirely wrong.

And if it does rain, it might just rain in one place and not another. Or just in the morning and not the afternoon.

But rain isn't really a problem at WDW--at least it never has been for us. Just pack a poncho and make your regular plans!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:30 AM   #4
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Are they calling for "scattered" or "isolated" storms? We were there from sept 16-22 and it rained almost every single day.....but....it only rained for an hour or so here and there, for the most part.

The day we went to AK, it rained during the lunch hour, while we were comfortably inside Yak and Yeti, then it stopped and there was only a fine mist of rain for the remainder of the day.

I tink it rained 2 days during the lunch hour and 2 evenings...but not until 8pm or 9pm. A few other days, there were some periods of misty rain..enough to curl my hair and make for some so-so pictures, but not enough to close any rides.

The only disruption to our plans was that it rained during our evening at DHS..it started at 7pm and it was pretty steady. We were supposed to see Fantasmic at 8pm but we just weren't up for sitting in the rain. It was at the end of the week and we were tired, so we went back to the hotel.

We didn't have ponchos...I probably should have packed them, but since we didn't, I wasn't about to pay $$$ for 5 Disney ponchos, so we winged it.

Good luck! Try not to worry too much.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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My favorites memories of WDW where under rain.
In fact, I like when it rains in WDW. A lot of people just don't go in the parks because of it, but everything is indoor there, so it's realy not a problem.

You often end up with low crowds and not that much rain.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:36 AM   #6
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Bring your ponchos, wear shoes that can handle getting wet, and keep on going.

We were there the same time as Heidi P, and as she said, it rained almost every day. It mixed up our touring in MK a little since some of the rides shut down during the rain, but we still did everything we wanted to get done. We just did other attractions during the rainy times and checked in on the closed ones via my smart phone to see when they opened again. We threw on our ponchos and walked onward. The kids made a game out of it, and they named us the Order of the Banana because we all were wearing the yellow ponchos. The rains were heavy at times, and my skirts even got wet under the poncho from the splashing up. However, we were all dry within an hour or two of the rain stopping.

We still have lots of Photopass photos from non-rainy times or characters who were under shelter during misty times. We even have a photo of us all in our ponchos in front of the Epcot ball one night when it was raining. The photopass photographer was under the turnstile roof, so dry, and we all stood in the rain.

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:37 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=Heidi P;46282494]Are they calling for "scattered" or "isolated" storms? QUOTE]

Its says isolated t- storms.

I am going to hope it doesnt rain for my AK day and MNSSHP !
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:38 AM   #8
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Thank u for moving my thread I didn't realized I posted it in restaurants at the time--woops!
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:38 AM   #9
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We did AK last month the dayof Hurricane Isaac. We got there at rope drop and stayed until park close. It POURED all day unil about 1:00ish?? Anyway...everyhing was open... We rode EE 3x in the pouring rain when we first got there again and again...the rain stung a bit but was awesoooome. Kilamanjaro Safari was great bc the animals were very active in the rain. The male lion was even roaring !!!! Put a poncho on and enjoy the empty parks!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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Watch the local news station before you go to bed and then when you wake up. Avoid F & W in the rain as it's like enjoying a picnic in the rain.

I hope you get a lot more sun than you're expecting.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #11
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I barely even pay attention the day OF anymore. Too many times I was told it would downpour the morning before I went out, and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.

Unless a hurricane or tropical storm is about to hit, just make your plans and deal with whatever comes.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #12
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Florida's weather is funny! It may say rain, and it may rain, but you may never even notice it. I've been at my hotel and left to go to EPCOT to find out that it poured in EPCOT. When I got to EPCOT, everyone had left and there were no lines. Apparently it had rained at my hotel, while I was in EPCOT. Never saw one drop.

There are plenty of places to hide out if it rains too hard. Yes, you can get a poncho, however, I would suggest bringing a good one from home or purchaseing one from Disney (and keeping it in the luggage for future trips) is the way to go. The cheap ones rip and stick to you.

I have only had bad weather once where it interrupted my vacation. And, we were in EPCOT and watched the Japanese sugar woman make many very cool sugar animals. We were there about a 1/2 hour. Which, had it not rained, we would never had seen. It rained the entire week we were there, and, except for bad hair days, we had a great time!!

Have a great vacation and don't let what the weather may or may not do disturb the fact that you are in the happiest place in the World.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:12 PM   #13
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If it does rain, be prepared ....to have a great time! Seriously, as long as you have quick dry clothes and shoes and have a good raincoat or poncho you are set. We wear water shoes or crocs or sandals so the water will run right off them and set quick. We have shorts that are quick dry so when they do get wet and t stops raining they dry in a few mins. We have lightweight raincoats we wear, they fold up small once dry but good ponchos work just as well. Plus, the parks clear out for any significant rain so as long as there isn't lightning around then things stay open and there are a lot less ppl around! We do not like rain ruin our time there and have found it to be a lot of fun with a little planning as stated above and a good attitude. Have a great trip whether its a dry or wet one!

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:19 PM   #14
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We are heading down tomorrow until Oct 7th and the forecast has changed constantly. I ordered a few hardy ponchos and bought a bunch of throw away ones as well. We will also have crocs and hats and umbrellas.

We have spent so much time and planning and are excited rain or shine: )
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #15
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Dont owrrie about it. Buy some ponchos ahead of time as Disney charges alot for them. Remember it if Florida and it raines every day at 3pm for a few min.
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