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10 Fantastic Things to Do When it Rains at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We have always enjoyed the various theme parks in the rain. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is definitely no exception to that and is a fabulous park to visit when it is raining. Here are 10 fantastic things that you can do when it rains, and you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:





 

10 – Shopping for souvenirs.

Many of the shopping locations are indoors, so during the rain is a great time to do your souvenir shopping and try to stay dry. The shopping in Pandora – The World of Avatar is especially fun, so that could be a great rainy day activity in itself.

9 – Ride DINOSAUR!

DINOSAUR is a thrill ride at the park that is completely indoors. It may not be the best attraction for younger kiddos, and there is a height requirement, but if your group won’t get too scared, it is definitely a great attraction to enjoy whether it is raining or not. We absolutely love it!

8 – Go on a flight at Avatar Flight of Passage.

This is one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World right now. It may not be the best thing to do on a rainy day if the ride queue is so long that it is in an uncovered area, but if you can stay undercover while you wait, this is a fantastic attraction to catch in the rain (or any other time).

7 – Go see the fabulous Festival of the Lion King.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, The Festival of the Lion King is temporarily suspended. It is set to return in summer 2021.

Festival of the Lion King is an almost Broadway-caliber show featuring many of your favorite characters and songs from the Disney classic movie, The Lion King. The live musical and dance performances are amazing, and the show incorporates acrobatics, fire, and more into the thrilling elements. Even better, the theater and much of the queue to wait to get in is covered!

6 – Dine at one of the delicious restaurants.

There are tons of great dining locations around Animal Kingdom and many of them indoors. You may have a hard time getting into the table service locations without a reservation, but it is definitely worth a try! You might as well enjoy a delicious meal while you wait to see if some of the rain will clear out.

5 – Explore the Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

You can take the train out to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where there Conservation Station is located. There are several exhibits inside the building that are great to check out and learn more about conservation.





 

4 – Watch It’s Tough to be a Bug and become an honorary bug.

It’s Tough to be a Bug is a fun 4D show at the park where you become an honorary bug and attend a variety act with the bugs. You get to wear your special glasses so that the elements of the show come alive in a 3D way, plus water, smell, and other effects. It is a really fun show and completely inside the Tree of Life.

3 – Check out Na’vi River Journey.

Na’vi River Journey is a fun river ride in Pandora – The World of Avatar. It is a family-friendly ride, making it a great place to stay out of the rain for the whole family. It is extremely popular, so there could be many other guests that have the same idea.

2 – See Finding Nemo The Musical.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, the Finding Nemo cast are among the cast members who have been laid off. Disney retains the rights to call them back. We hope and expect at some point in the future when conditions permit they will be called back and the entertainment that is critical to making the parks magical will return. If you feel that the entertainment staff are a big part of making the magic happen, we encourage you to let Disney know how important the entertainers are to your experience.

Just when you think Finding Nemo couldn’t get any better, Walt Disney World took it to the next level and made a musical. The songs are amazing, and it’s a great retelling of the heartwarming story. The theater is completely inside (unfortunately the queue to get into the theater isn’t) so you can enjoy the show without sitting in the rain.

1 – Go on a safari at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

If there isn’t lightning and the rain isn’t too bad, then Kilimanjaro Safaris will still run in the rain. It is sometimes among the best times to go on the safari since the animals are often very active during the rain. The safari is amazing under any conditions, but during rain, it is typically a little cooler out, and if you get better views of the animals, too, then that is a win-win!



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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!