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Old 02-18-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Rain rain go away!

How bad is the World when it rains?! It is in the forecast next week and I'm worried about it...we're only there 5 days so we need all the time we can get
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1- How bad is the World when it rains?!
2- It is in the forecast next week and I'm worried about it...
1- Depends. It can be great, as it keeps extra guests away.
Put on your rain poncho and have a great time!

2- You can safely ignore any forecast over 24 hours away.

It can be raining buckets at, say, Epcot and the sun can be shining at MK.
Don't sweat it.

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Rain isn't really that bad. The parks will clear out though, which makes lines shorter and you can go through rides quicker.
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It's been so dry here that we need all the rain we can get.
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How bad is the World when it rains?! It is in the forecast next week and I'm worried about it...we're only there 5 days so we need all the time we can get
We are only there 5 days as well. I feel you. We arrive Saturday morning.

Just remember- a 40% chance of rain is a 60% chance of NOT rain, and just because there is rain in the forecast, it doesn't mean it will rain on the parks.

pack a few ponchos and make the best of it!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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We'll be there next week as well.

The last time we were there in Feb it rained 2x for a short period. In the rain wasn't terrible 1 of those times, the other it was super cold. BUT, once it stops the park is dead! Everyone heads for their resorts. Stick it out, eat something and say hello to an empty park in about an hour
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #7
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I agree that you should forget about forecasts - they seem to change by the minute!

We were there last month and on our AK day, there was "only" a 20% chance of rain according to the newscast that morning, confirmed by my smartphone. Eating breakfast, it started raining - even a few heavy downpours. Lasted a few hours but we had our ponchos and waterproof Merrells so it didn't bother us in the least!
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You could always do what I do... Just ignore today's forecast and check again tomorrow. Usually it will have changed. ;-) I'm already stalking the forecast for our trip and making myself nuts, because it said 80° and sunny when I checked yesterday only to be revised to 62° and raining today (that's the day we're snorkeling at Crystal River so I'm watching it like a hawk and I'm starting to suspect some weatherman somewhere is messing with me ). At 2 weeks out, I know that weather forecasting is like throwing darts blindfolded at a chart of likely options - heck, we got 4" of snow here at home just 6 hours after the radio told me "no significant accumulation"! - but I can't seem to keep from worrying over it anyway.

But more to the point... This is dry season in FL so odds are against several consecutive days of rain. And on warmer days, rain isn't bad at all. There are a lot of indoor attractions, lousy weather keeps the locals away, and the parks empty out as the fair weather fans head for their hotels. We toss ponchos on the kids, break out the umbrellas, and forge ahead!

ETA: One essential tip, whether or not there is rain in the forecast - bring two pairs of comfy shoes so if one does get wet a dry pair is only as far away as your resort. Nothing worse than getting stuck drying tennis shoes with a blow dryer for lack of a back-up pair.
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The rain this time of year is associated with weather fronts, not the sea breeze rains we get daily in the summer. So when a front approaches, it may rain for an hour or two up to a day or two, depending on how fast the front moves through (fast, slow, gets stuck right over us, goes south and then comes back through north, etc.). So the rain is harder to predict and the forecast will change often.

Make sure you have a poncho, and make sure you have an extra pair of shoes back at the hotel in case the first pair don't dry overnight. Most of the attractions are indoors, so they aren't affected by inclement weather. The few that can be affected are seldom shut down unless the weather gets very severe.

We really do need the rain. My poor yard is nearly brown, even with the once a week watering we are allowed. Plus, the longer we go without rain, the worse the wildfire threat is, and believe me, you'd rather have a rainy day than a smoky one.
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I'll be at the World next week too. Glad to hear that the forecast isn't very accurate. Although I should have known as it has changed every day.
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