Grab your poncho! We’re talking all about a rainy day at Epcot. When the clouds get dark it doesn’t mean the fun has to end at Epcot. For the DVC Duo, it means pulling out our raincoats and taking our exploring inside. Walt Disney World is very familiar with the unpredictable weather of central Florida, and many of Epcot’s famed attractions are inside. In today’s article, we’re sharing our rainy day activities at Epcot that are a little lesser-known. We’re geared up; let’s go splash in the puddles!
On our first stop on a rainy day at Epcot, we’re landing at Future World’s Land Pavilion. The pavilion is the perfect place for waiting out any Florida liquid sunshine moment. Known for Soarin’ Around the World, the Land Pavilion is much more than just one attraction. The lesser-famed attraction, Living with the Land, is a wonderful ride and great example of the edutainment (education + entertainment) Epcot is built around.
The attraction brings you through the greenhouses where Disney horticulturists are creating new and advanced growing techniques for a more sustainable growing environment. For a deeper dive into the Disney greenhouses, check out the Behind the Seeds tour.
Our fun doesn’t end with the rides. There’s no better way to enjoy a rainy day, than sitting down for a great meal. The Land pavilion has two solid options. One of our favorite spots for a healthier breakfast or lunch is Sunshine Seasons, or you can never go wrong dining with Mickey and friends at the Garden Grill.
Passholder Insights: Coming soon the Land pavilion will have more to check out with Awesome Planet being added to the theater.
Dine and Dash!
No, we’re not talking about skipping out on your bill. One of our favorite things to do on a rainy day at Epcot is creating our own food tour. Epcot is known for its festivals where the food booths take center stage. A rainy day is a great opportunity to duck into the World Showcase countries to taste what the quick-serve locations are offering up.
We like to order up a meal from a quick-serve location like the Tangierine Café or Les Halles Boulangerie to split. Then it’s time to dash and dodge the raindrops as we make our way to our next dining locations. It’s a great way to taste a variety of options while staying relatively dry.
Passholder Insights: Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion is a great addition to the food tour if you’re looking for a sit-down location, as they are serving up tapas.
Shop A Way!
No better time to search for that perfect souvenir than when the rain starts falling. On a rainy day at Epcot enjoy exploring all the fantastic shops. Future World is home to one of the best shops in all of Walt Disney World, Mouse Gear. From puny t-shirts to quirky mugs, you’ll find it in Mouse Gear.
To kick your shopping excursion into high gear stroll or light jog to avoid the rain, to the World Showcase. All of the countries have unique shopping experiences with offerings from native cultures. Home to some of the best popcorn on Disney property, the shops in the Germany pavilion a must on every time for us.
If Japanese pop-culture is your thing you’ll want to check out the Mitsukoshi store. Attached to the new Japanese restaurant, Takumi-Tei, the shop is filled with the Japanese keepsakes we all know and love.
Passholder Insights: When Walt Disney World begins Epcot’s Spine update, Mouse Gear will be relocated to a new area of the park.
Rainy days are a great opportunity to take a break in the parks. For us, a rainy day at Epcot is a time to splash around the park and enjoy the lesser-known activities. You’ll find us dawning our flip-flops and puddle jumping around the World Showcase. Throw in a margarita from La Cava del Tequila and we’ve got ourselves a perfect little rainy day at Epcot. The only thing left to decide is whether to head right or left when entering the World Showcase. We’re turning left!