Rain, rain, go away…you know the rest. At Walt Disney World it’s not a matter of if it’s going to rain, more a matter of when – it’s Florida after all. For us, it doesn’t mean we can’t head to the parks and have a blast, it just means we may need to be a little more adaptive with our activities. Today we’re going share what would the DVC Duo do on a rainy day at Hollywood Studios. Grab your favorite umbrella and raincoat, we’re going splashing through the puddles on this rainy day at Hollywood Studios!
Disney World Is Prepared
If you live in Florida you know you don’t leave the house without a umbrella. Trust us, the rainstorms pop up more often than ghosts at the Haunted Mansion. Disney World knows this as well, and the majority of their attractions are indoors, especially at Hollywood Studios. For this article we’re going over options that you can do without a Fastpass.
Passholder Insights: The only attractions affected by rain at Hollywood Studios would be Slinky Dog Dash and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
For The Star Wars Fans
Soon to be the go to place for all things Star Wars, a rainy day at Hollywood Studios is a great opportunity to explore Star Wars Launch Bay. You’ll find it to the right of the Chinese Theater, in the animation courtyard. Kick-off your galactic adventure with either the 10 minute movie or head right into the Launch Bay.
Star Wars Launch Bay is filled with both character meet and greets and Star Wars memorabilia from the movies. The attraction is filled with on set costumes, movie props, and concept art from all the new pictures. Even if you’re just a causal fan of the movies, the Launch Bay is a great place to spend a few hours while you wait out the storm on your rainy day at Hollywood Studios.
Passholder Insights: Keep an eye out for the stormtroopers on patrol. Throughout the day they make their way out of Star Wars Launch Bay to “patrol” Hollywood Studios. They’re a hoot!
The Disney Nerd
We’re looking at you, Nate! If it’s a rainy day at Hollywood Studios, you’ll probably find Nate in Walt Disney Presents. Just outside of Toy Story Land is Walt Disney Presents which has a variety of things to checkout. You take a step back in time to learn how Walt Disney became Walt Disney. The exhibit is filled with artifacts from Walt’s past, from his childhood desk to his first animation station, and even the concept model for the original Adventureland.
In addition to Walt Disney history, you’ll find the meet and greet with Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc. Just remember – don’t leave any socks behind or there’ll be a code 2319! You can find the meet and greet at the end of the exhibit. All and all, you could easily spend an hour or so going through the different exhibits. If you’re looking for models and concept art for Star Wars Galaxy Edge, this your place. For Nate, it’s a great way to spend a rainy day at Hollywood Studios.
Passholder Insights: Walt Disney Presents is also the location where Disney gives sneak peaks to upcoming movies. Not trailers, but actually sneak peaks, usually about 5 to 7 minutes of the movie.
Muppets, Did You Say Muppets?
If you’re not aware of the #savethemuppets movement, then you are now. Florida rainy days come in two forms, full fledge hurricanes where it means you better get out those boats, and flash storms. The flash storms can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or so. If we stumble upon a flash storm there’s no better way to wait it out than with Kermit.
As one of the last remaining classic attractions at Hollywood Studios, Muppet Vision 3-D is a great nod to the past. Filled with classic Muppet humor it gets us laughing every time. It’s a continuously running show with showings beginning every 10 minutes. If you get there early, no worries, there’s a great pre-show to keep you entertained. Make sure to walk around the room and look at the props, there’s some great hidden chuckles.
Passholder Insights: Muppet Vision 3-D does close earlier than the rest of the park. The last showing is at 5:50 pm with the attraction closing at 6pm.
A rainy day at Hollywood Studios can be tons of fun. For us, it’s a great opportunity to explore some of the attractions we may not see every time we go to Walt Disney World. Additionally, there’s one big advantage to going to the parks when it rains, the crowds are usually lighter. Our biggest recommendation is remember to pack either a raincoat, poncho or umbrella (or any combination thereof), as ponchos at Walt Disney World cost $12 per. They’re great ponchos, but we’d rather spend our money on a grilled cheese at Woody’s Lunch box. We’ve got to make our mad dash through the rain as BB-8 is waiting for us!