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Rain at Universal Orlando.
Rain at Universal Orlando.

Share your best tip (or tips) for enjoying Orlando’s theme parks in the comment section below.

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kc4ixi
kc4ixi
June 5, 2013 5:44 pm

Just go out and have fun!! A couple of years ago we were at the Magic Kingdom when a downpour began. We didn’t even worry about ponchos, just went out and had a blast. It was really easy to get on Dumbo since everyone else was trying to get out of the rain. It was some of the most fun we have had! A lot of people leave when it rains, or don’t even go to a park so the crowds are always less.

Zander122
Zander122
June 5, 2013 5:48 pm

Take pictures of the kids as they jump in the puddles.

TheFishFace97
TheFishFace97
June 5, 2013 5:50 pm

Jump around in the rain and have fun. It makes the trip more fun if you don’t let it ruin your day. Just run around in it and have fun.

Callhimatourist
Callhimatourist
June 5, 2013 5:58 pm

It’s great definitely a welcome relief from the heat more if a fun convenience than an inconvienience 😀 I have very fond memories of the parks in the rain 🙂

achatts
achatts
June 5, 2013 6:01 pm

Pray for a hot day – dress in swimwear and get to the park on time, do all the water rides and who will know its even raining!

cubbish
cubbish
June 5, 2013 6:04 pm

Even though I’m English I was completely taken aback by the near monsoons in Orlando! Don’t hide from it, just get out there and get drenched!

forestpagan
forestpagan
June 5, 2013 6:05 pm

My best memory last year was coming off the last hulk ride before it closed for a storm, then sitting by the lake looking across to hogwarts and taking pictures of the lightning looking as if it was striking the towers! Brilliant! Always fun to see a reallky good storm….:-)

Universalfreak1208
Universalfreak1208
June 5, 2013 6:28 pm

Best advice- When you see rain in the forecast, unless it is a huge storm it is usually a good thing. This creates less crowds, which means shorter lines! If it is raining, go to Universal Studios as most of the park is indoors. If you don’t care about getting wet, then you should be the only ones walking in the rain, but the only ones hitting everything!

JeremyLawrence
JeremyLawrence
June 5, 2013 6:30 pm

Last time we were there we left the park and ate at Margaritaville, when we returned to the park after the rain had slowed down and eventually stopped, the park had pretty much cleared and wait time were low. All of the rides had returned to normal operation with very little wait times. I suggest leaving the park and grabbing a bite to eat indoors at City Walk when it rains!

redneckotaku
redneckotaku
June 5, 2013 6:35 pm

Get a dollar poncho at Wal-Mart or the Dollar store and keep in your pocket. Just have a dry pair of shoes to keep your feet from getting wet. Then Hope from attraction to attraction in low crowds.

WendyL
WendyL
June 5, 2013 6:45 pm

Put on ponchos and have fun! You’re on vacation!

Bas
Bas
June 5, 2013 6:47 pm

Be a man and don’t give a s***. It’s still warm and the sun will be shining again within 30 minutes, so you’ll be dry in no time. Use this time to do some of the busier attractions, as people will be hiding in the cafeteria.

trishd
trishd
June 5, 2013 6:53 pm

Do the water rides, that way, when the sun comes back out, you’ll only have got wet once. xx

annabanna
annabanna
June 5, 2013 7:22 pm

Shop til  ya drop

Sugarlumples
Sugarlumples
June 5, 2013 7:37 pm

Definitely do the water rides! Grab a poncho and go with the flow. You’re on vacation, try not to stress. 🙂

CassieRyan
CassieRyan
June 5, 2013 8:05 pm

A few hours in the Florida sun after the rain clears up and you’ll be dry anyway. Don’t mind the rain, enjoy the water rides and just go for it! If it’s expected pack a change of clothes in the car or in a sealed plastic bag and you’ll be fine without the air conditioning giving you pneumonia.

iamdollie
iamdollie
June 5, 2013 9:28 pm

We carry inexpensive rain capes with us in the bottom pocket of our daughter’s wheelchair, along with a collapsible Universal umbrella.  We only use them for downpours, which can even feel great in the hot summer months.  We’ve spent the whole day in a pouring rain before, only because we live 1-1/2 hours away and I’ll not waste our time due to a little Orlando rain.

Jared Collins
Jared Collins
June 5, 2013 11:56 pm

We always purchase ponchos at the dollar store- much cheaper than inside the parks. Also use nice flip flops for no soggy socks and shoes. This is true for both water rides and rainy days.

dwhite56
dwhite56
June 6, 2013 9:10 pm

Rain?  What rain?  Like others have mentioned, we always have dollar store ponchos on hand….several, so we don’t have to worry with trying to   fold them once we’re done with them.  Also, as aforementioned….flip flops!

Maxine Brewster
Maxine Brewster
June 5, 2013 5:41 pm

just wear your poncho and keep going …..

Christopher Lewis
Christopher Lewis
June 5, 2013 5:43 pm

Invest in a poncho first off…then try and beat the rest of the crowds to the indoor simulator rides lol

Drew Henderson
Drew Henderson
June 5, 2013 5:45 pm

get a grip & get on with it! you’ll be dry 5 minutes later anyway haha

Jennifer Dupont
Jennifer Dupont
June 5, 2013 5:45 pm

There is something to be said for playing in the rain as an adult. Splash in the puddles, take lots of photos and laugh. A fun day in and of itself. The fact that you are in an Orlando theme park makes it fun times 1000!! 😀

Ron DeViso
Ron DeViso
June 5, 2013 5:46 pm

#1 – You’re probably going to get wet.
#2 – There are some attractions that will be closed.
#3 – The ground might be slick, be careful.
#4 – Have a great time!

Jason Lanick
Jason Lanick
June 5, 2013 5:46 pm

getting to a shop or restaurant before it rains.we beat it today at Discovery Cove.

Jo Bloggs
Jo Bloggs
June 5, 2013 5:46 pm

We still had an amazing time running from ride to ride in torrential rain. Get on The Revenge of the Mummy if you need to dry your clothes and warm up a bit.

Nicola Burke
Nicola Burke
June 5, 2013 5:48 pm

Just carry on as normal. That’s what we have done this week. A bit of rain doesnt hurt anyone. 🙂

Christian Guthrie Hill
Christian Guthrie Hill
June 5, 2013 5:48 pm

I would suggest grabbing a poncho and using the time to see all the shows. Or, go crazy and ride all the water rides!

Sylvia A Cardo
Sylvia A Cardo
June 5, 2013 5:50 pm

Hit the indoor rides, shows and a poncho is your best fried! Packing mine for this weekend already!

Tracey Nicol-lewis
Tracey Nicol-lewis
June 5, 2013 5:51 pm

Go to a water park you get wet anyway, that’s what we did

April Carpenter Thomas
April Carpenter Thomas
June 5, 2013 5:54 pm

If there is lightening, they will close the rides for safety. Just make a b-line to the closest indoor ride and prepare to wait. We will use this time to eat in the park, or we’ll go out to our van and eat the lunch we packed in our cooler.

Bianca A. Nunez
Bianca A. Nunez
June 5, 2013 5:56 pm

Hit the indoor rides buy a poncho a umbrella won’t help much

Aengus Mackenzie
Aengus Mackenzie
June 5, 2013 5:57 pm

bring poncho’s from home , much cheaper and your family will be easy to identify in the sea of universal ponchos

Sandra Craig
Sandra Craig
June 5, 2013 5:58 pm

We always head to Mels before the crowds build up and have a yummy burger lol xxx

Ryan Kenney
Ryan Kenney
June 5, 2013 6:01 pm

yup

Nicole Stamberger
Nicole Stamberger
June 5, 2013 6:03 pm

Just suck it up and have fun!! Walk under coverings as much as possible but if you get wet you get wet no big deal. When it’s in the 90’s all a poncho will do is make you even hotter. Those things are ovens. Laugh in the rain and create fun memories.

Tammy Stewart Westbrook
Tammy Stewart Westbrook
June 5, 2013 6:04 pm

When we vacation we don’t let a little rain stop us unless the ride closes and in that case we get under an awning and people watch!! 🙂

Tony Armijo
Tony Armijo
June 5, 2013 6:19 pm

Go to the dollar store or publix and pick up a poncho and an umbrella.

Jessica An
Jessica An
June 5, 2013 6:28 pm

It’s just rain…go with it. Ditch the ponchos, get some water shoes and have fun. Until the lightning comes, then EAT.

Andre Somma
Andre Somma
June 5, 2013 6:34 pm

First off, before you leave the hotel be sure to shower and put on good deodorant. Then don’t forget to put on your good waterproof shoes. During the inevitable 4:00pm daily summer storm and subsequent outdoor attraction suspensions find a good spot under shelter while you wait for the 15minute storm to pass. Then prepare for it to get very muggy after the storm passes as the water evaporates off the ground once it heats up again. Stay hydrated and be sure to reapply the deodorant that you brought with you in your park backpack.

Heather Bedor
Heather Bedor
June 5, 2013 6:48 pm

The best park to enjoy in the rain is Hollywood Studios…every attraction is indoors…and mostly shows…so you’re not stuck waiting on a long and gigantic line because the theaters can seat a ton of people comfortably. Happy visiting!

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Tony Armijo
Tony Armijo
June 5, 2013 6:51 pm

Rain or shine, moisture wick clothing. Dries fast. Small sling back pack with poncho or small umbrella, water bottle, snacks, plastic zip lock bags and sunscreen.

Amy Files
Amy Files
June 5, 2013 7:46 pm

We always pig out at the Monster Cafe during the rain. If we are at IOA we go to the Dino Institute area and play.

Kathryn Simpson
Kathryn Simpson
June 5, 2013 8:19 pm

Plan lunch at 3 when the rain is sure to come, usually gone by the time you’re done. Ponchos are ovens agreed. Not a bad idea to pack dry socks in a backpack. Water parks are dead when its raining all day so those are good bets, you’re already wet!

Angela Buckley
Angela Buckley
June 5, 2013 8:30 pm

No outdoor rollercoaster in rain usually because rain in florida = T storms. Seaworld is a good park to go to on a rainy day-plenty of theatres covered and less rides. Epcots also a good plan because you can spend plenty of time in future world inside ‘the seas’, ‘the land’ or ‘innoventions’ 🙂
Buy a poncho or take one with you if its expected to be rainy season, it will be put to good use! Make sure you clean them and dry them out after every use back at the hotel/villa though or they can get mouldy.

Jill Sands Curtis
Jill Sands Curtis
June 5, 2013 9:08 pm

Bring a cheap rain poncho from home to wear, and go on your merry way!

Mercedes Sanchez
Mercedes Sanchez
June 5, 2013 10:16 pm

buy their cheapy rainy plastic coats, and enjoy the rain and the fun, what else can you do after expending 90 dollars for your tickets?????

Danny Maynard
Danny Maynard
June 5, 2013 11:19 pm

The world is mud-luscious and puddle wonderful! I love rain!

Moshe Zafrany
Moshe Zafrany
June 6, 2013 12:05 am

Thanks for the tips. We are planing a September vacation. Rain for sure…

Robert Thomson
Robert Thomson
June 6, 2013 3:51 am

Get wet and enjoy!

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