Don’t Let a Rainy Day at Epcot Get You Down

If there's one Walt Disney World theme park where getting caught in the rain isn't such a bad thing, it would be Epcot. Of course, a rainy day at Disney World beats a rainy day anywhere else and you shouldn't let a little rain dampen your day at any of the theme parks.

However, if I had to choose which park I would want to spend a rainy day visiting, it would be Epcot. You just never know when the skies might open up in Central Florida, especially during the summer months, but if you're at Epcot we have some suggestions for dodging the rain.

Don't let a little rain dampen your day at EpcotDon't let a little rain dampen your day at Epcot

When you're in Future World you can quickly take cover in the queue for Spaceship Earth and spend the next 20 minutes enjoying the attraction. When you disembark the ride if the rain is still falling spend some time inside Project Tomorrow. This interactive area is perfect for all ages and make sure you take a few minutes to find your smiling face on the giant illuminated globe.

Spaceship Earth is a great place to avoid the rain! Spaceship Earth is a great place to avoid the rain!

If it looks like it might be a longer rain shower, you can always head over to The Universe of Energy and spend 45 minutes with Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Stupid Judy on Ellen's Energy Adventure.

Another good place to avoid the rain is Innoventions East and Innoventions West. At Innoventions East you can experience hands on exhibits such as StormStruck, The Sum of All Thrills, and the Test the Limits Lab. At Innoventions West the kids can have fun in The Great Piggy Bank Adventure and Where's the Fire. Or spend some time letting the kids play in ImageWorks: The 'What If' Labs after riding Journey Into Imagination with Figment.

Let the kids hang out in the ImageWorks 'What If?' LabsLet the kids hang out in the ImageWorks 'What If?' Labs

One of our favorite places to visit (rain or shine) is The Land pavilion. Even if you don't have a FastPass+ for Soarin', you can still avoid those pesky rain drops by taking a ride on Living with the Land, or grabbing a delicious bite to eat at Sunshine Seasons, or even watching the 20-minute long film The Circle of Life.

If you want to spend even more time inside The Land we suggest checking out the Behind the Seeds Tour. This one-hour walking tour will take you behind the scenes of Living with the Land and you'll have a chance to visit the fish farm and four greenhouses that make up the attraction. The tour costs $20 for adults and $16 for kids.

The Land is a great place to visit if you're caught in the rainThe Land is a great place to visit if you're caught in the rain

If you happen to be touring World Showcase when the rain starts falling there are many places to stay dry. You can check the CircleVision film O Canada in the Canada pavilion, or grab a delicious treat in the Les Halles bakery in France and then catch a showing of Impressions de France. If you're near the China pavilion we suggest watching Reflections of China.

Stop by the Canada Pavilion for a viewing of 'O Canada'Stop by the Canada Pavilion for a viewing of 'O Canada'

On a recent visit to Epcot the thunder started just as we were finishing lunch in Morocco and the skies darkened as we approached The American Adventure pavilion. And as luck would have it the next showing of The American Adventure was just minutes away.

We made it inside the mansion just in time to see the Voice of Liberty perform. As the rain poured outside we were treated to one of the best live performances in all of Walt Disney World. And wouldn't you know it, about 45 minutes later the rain had ended and the sun was out again.

The Voices of Liberty in The American Adventure pavilionThe Voices of Liberty in The American Adventure pavilion

There are many other ways to beat the rain in World Showcase including great dining options, shopping (you'll find that some of the shops in certain pavilions are all connected), or even visiting La Cava del Tequila for some grownup drinks and snacks.

Of course you can always just throw on the ponchos and walk through the rain. After all, the sun will eventually come out again especially during those pesky summertime thunderstorms.

What is your favorite way to beat the rain at Epcot? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Alana wrote on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 21:11:

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LOL! Worst of all your posts! The best thing about rain at Disney World is that most people go back to their rooms and leave the parks practically empty for us. Don't give away this secret! LOL!

alicemouse wrote on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 02:36:

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While you're at Spaceship Earth, take a minute to notice that the rain is not running off the side of the ball and pelting you in the head. Those little holes that you see at the junction of each set of panels funnel the rain through an interior gutter system that empties into the World Showcase Lagoon.

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