Tips for a Rainy Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Just when Floridians and Orlando area vacationers alike are hoping for pleasant fall weather, Florida decides to be a soggy, rainy mess. This can be par for the course in the fall season, and Ivonne on our team experienced a very rainy day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yesterday. It got us thinking that it would be good to share some tips for a rainy day at Hollywood Studios.

Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway Courtyard in the Rain (@servoisnaked)
Toy Story Land in the Rain (@servoisnaked)
  • Download a weather app that alerts you before rain arrives. Ivonne likes Dark Sky and reports that it was pretty accurate during her visit.
  • Getting ahead of the rain means you can get to an indoor attraction, a shop, or grab a bite to eat and stay dry before the rain begins.
  • Look at the weather forecast ahead of time and if rain is in it, save the theater attractions like Muppet Vision 3-D for when it rains.
  • Use our Lines app to see Expected Wait Times compared to Disney’s Posted Wait Times so you can find an indoor attraction with a low wait.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the Rain (@servoisnaked)
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the Rain (@servoisnaked)

Here’s some suggestions for indoor attractions to head to at each section of the park so you know where to head to so you can stay dry.

  • Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster are both indoor attractions, but can have queues that currently extended outdoors due to physical distancing. (Sunset Boulevard)
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is not a blockbuster show, but a decent option for something easy to get into for shelter. (Sunset Boulevard)
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, is a great attraction for all ages, but can have a queue that currently extends outdoors due to physical distancing. (Center Stage)
  • For the First Time in Forever Frozen Sing-a-long is a great indoor show, but the line can extend outside, and show times vary. (Center Stage)
  • Disney Junior Play and Dance, only go this if you have a toddler or preschooler, trust me. (Animation Courtyard)
  • Walt Disney Presents, a walk through exhibit about Walt Disney, truly one of the easiest and best things to do on a rainy day (Animation Courtyard)
  • Toy Story Mania, this is a great choice for a fun ride away from the rain, and usually the line does not extended outside for long (Toy Story Land)
  • Vacation Fun – Animated Short with Mickey and Minnie, probably the easiest and most fun way to get inside from the rain without a wait (Echo Lake)
  • Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, a great way to experience some Star Wars fun inside without the long waits of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (Echo Lake)
  • Muppet Vision 3-D, due to limited capacity the wait can get long so check out Lines app for the Expected Wait Time (Grand Avenue)
  • Millnneum Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, even if you’ve ridden this attraction before, heading here in the rain will keep you dry and its a different experience each time (Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge)

Other indoor options include shops or grabbing something quick to eat or drink inside, here are some highlights:

  • Red Trolley Cafe, Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard
  • Tune In Lounge at 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Echo Lake)
  • Backlot Express (Echo Lake)
  • Build Your Own Lightsaber at Tatooine Traders (Echo Lake)
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge)

What are you some of your rainy day tips for Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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