Our very first family trip to Disney World was in September 2007 and it was HOT! For 2008, we decided to go in October since it would be cooler and on that trip we got a lot of rain. So then we decided to try the Spring in 2009. May sounded great! I researched the weather and found that May was typically very dry with the average high being 88 and the average low being 66.
I became obsessed with the weather the week before we were headed south. I stalked all the online weather forecasts. It was going to be perfect! Nice temps and no rain, just as we had hoped! Orlando had been in somewhat of a drought with no rain for awhile (yippee for us)! I packed all of our summer clothes: shorts, short sleeve shirts, tanks, skirts and flip flops.
*Buy your ponchos BEFORE you leave home. You will pay a fraction of the price that you would pay for one in the park. However, don‘t go too cheap because I’ve learned from experience they don‘t hold up well.
*Carry a poncho/umbrella at ALL times! For example, my son and I went in to the American Idol Experience with blue skies. I left the poncho/umbrellas in the stroller. We came out to torrential rain and Disney has a policy that doesn’t allow guests to wait under cover at the exits so out to into the rain we had to go. Oh, how I wish I didn’t leave my poncho in the stroller! We got drenched! TIP: I now prefer to carry a backpack to WDW and I always have a rolled up poncho in case of emergency in my bag.
*Bring an extra layer of clothing just in case. A sweatshirt or jacket would be great and won’t take up much room in the suitcase.
*Bring an extra pair of shoes. I brought various shoes but all were flip flops which don’t stay on when sopping wet. I ended up kicking them off and barefooting it at times…gross, I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
*Bring a towel. This would have been great for drying off. A towel would have also been nice to sit on after all the other wet people riding rides before us.
*Research purchasing weather (travel) insurance ahead of time. We always go on a budget and have never paid the extra cost but if you can, this could be a wise investment.
*Do some research before your trip and have an alternate indoor plan if needed. You may want to spend some time at Disney Quest, hopping on the monorail to check out some of the resorts, or go to Cirque du Soleil.
We decided to put our ponchos on and make the best out of it! One of my favorite quotes is, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain“- Dolly Parton. On our May 2009 vacation we surely did put up with the rain but we also got to view a beautiful double rainbow while at Epcot. It’s definitely a vacation we’ll never forget!
Contributed by Corby C. of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a proud wife and mom to Banks and Henley, a Disney Destination Planner with Travel with the Magic and one of our Minnie Moms.