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Rainy Days at Downtown Disney
Although it is unusual there can be rainy days at Disney but they need not spoil your enjoyment. If rain is forecast we tend to plan ahead and initially enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the villa rather than the usual dash to get to the Parks as early as possible.
We have friends with teenage children that love to do some movies at the AMC 24 Theatre Complex that is modelled on the movie houses of the 20s with fantastic sound effects. They usually all do at least a couple of movies and then meet in the foyer afterwards and go to one of the many restaurants in Downtown.
As our girls get older they have begun to enjoy Disney Quest, which is an indoor Interactive Theme Park so it is great for a rainy day. This is split into four Zones, Explore Zone, Virtual Zone, Score Zone, and Creative Zone.
The younger one enjoys Aladdin’s Magic Carpet where you put on a virtual reality helmet to take the Magic Carpet ride with characters from Aladdin.
She also likes the Animation Academy where an instructor helps them to draw; it is amazing what they produce.
Our teenager loves the virtual Jungle Cruise where she says you just hop on a raft and hang on for your life!
They both enjoy the Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam where they can bounce of bumpers to compete to become the Mightiest Duck!
You can also visit Cyber Space Mountain where children can design their own roller coaster and then hop into a simulator to ride on it.
Pirates of the Caribbean is great for younger boys. Here they can steer the ship, fire the cannons and compete in a race for gold.
It is quite easy to spend several hours at Disney Quest on a rainy day or even in the winter months in the evening when the parks close earlier.
Then it is on to the Once Upon a Toy Store, which keeps the younger girl busy with its interactive toy displays. Make sure the children design their own Mr. Potato Head postcard for a fun and cheap (free! ) souvenir. Of course they may well want to build their own Mr Potato Head and I am afraid you will have to pay for this!
The Lego shop is always good to visit, here they can se the latest designs and also try building some of their own.
We always visit the pin trading shop, sometimes to buy a pin but often just to watch the pin trading that fascinates us all.
The Virgin Megastore provides two floors of all things musical and we often have to return here to collect our teenager!
You can also take the opportunity to buy your Disney souvenirs in the huge Disney store. We usually split up in here and arrange to meet back at a certain door at a certain time, as it is always so busy and difficult to navigate in a group.
Finally you can always stay on for a meal at one of the restaurants, last time we ate at the Irish Pub and restaurant and I must admit we all went home as tired as if we had been to a Theme Park!
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