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Many people have found out that one of the best ways to deal with rain at Disney is to try to ignore it. Just put on your poncho and go, that is of course you have a poncho with you! Large stores like Wal-Mart always have these in stock at very reasonable prices; we always keep ours in the boot/trunk of the car. We also keep spare socks, as there is nothing worse than going round the parks with wet feet.
However if you are not prepared what better reason do you need than to head for the Disney shops on site? Stacks of ponchos will miraculously appear in most every store at the first sign of rain, and if don't see any just ask. They are usually kept close to the checkouts.
On some ponchos the hood does not stay on the head very well. If you buy a sun-visor that fastens at the back of the head you can put it over your hood. This not only keeps your head dry, but also your face.
You can buy extra cheap ponchos at dollar stores to cover backpacks and strollers. They come two in a pack and cost $1.00
If you need to protect our camera you can wrap this in a carrier bag.
If rain is in the forecast, you can always bring an extra set of clothes to the park and put them in a locker. You can wear your ponchos but when the rain stops you can have a quick change; dry shoes and socks make all the difference. Carrying a towel in a backpack can help, too, to dry off the seats of rides before you sit.
Remember that some rides will close for safety reasons whenever it rains. The most obvious ones are the outdoor thrill rides like Test Track and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Rainy days are a great time to visit Epcot. If you go to the Land Pavilion you can take the Behind the Seeds Tour. It lasts about an hour. You get to go through the greenhouses and labs and see the techniques Disney uses to grow their plants. When you have finished the tour, watch the Circle of Life film. Finally, if you are hungry you can eat at Sunshine Seasons. This is a great food court that offers a wide variety of selections. Up above you are beautiful hot-air balloons. This is all inside so you can stay dry.
Future World pavilions have at least one show or ride of some kind, plus children's hands-on activities, also gift shops.
The World Showcase country pavilions also have shops, exhibits/movies, live entertainers, places to dine, and nooks and crannies to explore, which could easily take a couple of hours before you have to venture back out into the wet. The countries are close together so you won't get very wet hopping from country to country. It is the perfect time to relax and take it slow while at the same time learning and having fun
Do not forget you can also we stop in Mexico for margaritas, Germany for brats, France for a ham and cheese croissant and the United Kingdom for fish and chips!
Whatever the weather in Florida you will always enjoy Disney.
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