A rainy day at Disney World is almost inevitable, especially if you’re visiting in the summertime. However, there are plenty of indoor rides and attractions that are perfect for an afternoon at the Magic Kingdom in the rain.
These attractions are also a great way to beat the heat at Magic Kingdom with covered or indoor queues and indoor attraction space.
If you’re visiting Disney World in the summer, the afternoons will likely be both!
Most importantly, don’t leave the park if rain starts. Not only are there plenty of places in Magic Kingdom to stay dry, but many people WILL leave which means shorter attraction lines for you!
Save these indoor Magic Kingdom attractions for the afternoon, that time of peak heat and greatest chance of a thunderstorm during the day.
Indoor Attractions in Tomorrowland
You can’t go wrong in Tomorrowland if you are caught at Magic Kingdom in the rain since most of the land is indoors or covered.
The Carousel of Progress and Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor are both indoor shows that offer lots of time to cool down or stay dry while being entertained. The Laugh Floor will consume even more of your time with its indoor pre-show area.
Space Mountain is an indoor ride with a long, dark, indoor queue. Even without a FastPass, you might consider Space Mountain for the amount of time you’ll spend in dry, cool air conditioning! This ride even exits into a large gift shop so you can also browse a bit before heading outdoors again.
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is mostly an outdoor attraction, but is covered to keep you mostly dry and out of direct sun rays. Of course, Florida summer thunderstorms often seem to rain sideways so even a covering above isn’t always enough to stay dry!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is an indoor ride, but the line can extend outside, uncovered, and typically isn’t a long wait.
Fantasyland in the Rain
Heading towards Fantasyland, Dumbo the Flying Elephant offers relief from the heat and rain with its indoor queue playground. Although the ride itself is outdoors, you can stop in here with small children and they can crawl and climb around the indoor, air conditioned play space for as long as you need.
The rest of the Fantasyland is a mixed. Many of the attractions are indoors, but the rides are brief with mostly covered but still outdoor queues. There is little covering between attractions so you need a poncho or sunscreen handy.
Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s A Small World, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Under the Sea – The Journey of The Little Mermaid are all brief indoor rides with queues that are mostly covered but extend outdoors. On a hot day, you’ll get a brief break from the heat, but you’ll get soaked walking between these attractions and they won’t offer much time to dry off (except, perhaps, Peter Pan with it’s persistent hour-long wait time!).
The exception in Fantasyland is Mickey’s PhilharMagic. This theater is the perfect place to take a break from the heat or to wait out a brief summer thunderstorm. In addition to the show itself, Mickey’s PhilharMagic has an indoor waiting area and exits into a gift shop so your total indoor time in air conditioning is well over a half hour.
The Rest of Magic Kingdom in the Rain
In the remaining lands, you can pretty much expect to get wet on a rainy day and need to increase your ice cream budget on a hot day.
You have a few choices:
Hall of Presidents and Country Bear Jamboree are large, cool theaters with indoor waiting areas so they offer a great break from the heat and rain.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a great ride to cool off and stay dry. This queue is inside and dark, perfect for escaping a bright, hot afternoon. This boat ride itself is indoors as well and you might even get a little wet!
Haunted Mansion is an indoor ride with a covered queue. You can stay reasonably dry and out of the sun most of the time. Similarly, the Enchanted Tiki Room show will keep you outside but covered while you wait for the show, but you’ll be cool and dry inside before exiting right back into the elements.
Splash Mountain isn’t a ride I’d normally recommend in the heat or rain since the ride and queue are both mostly outdoors, but you WILL get wet (or soaked!) which might be just what you need on a hot day!
You will find details on the queues for all rides and attractions in my Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide. See which rides have height limitations, the queues that have interactive elements, a brief description of each attraction at the Magic Kingdom and more so you can quickly and effortlessly plan your family’s Magic Kingdom day at Disney World!
Outdoor Attractions at Magic Kingdom
While some indoor attractions at Magic Kingdom are perfect for hot or rainy days, there are other outdoor rides and attractions that you will want to enjoy in the morning or save for after dark. Thunderstorms will close outdoor attractions so this is another reason to plan these in the morning and evening when storms aren’t as frequent.
Spinner rides like the Astro Orbiter and Magic Carpets of Aladdin are completely uncovered. The Astro Orbiter’s location atop Tomorrowland makes it especially brutal in the afternoon heat and the outdoor queue isn’t much better.
The Tomorrowland Speedway always feels like the hottest queue. It’s outside near all that pavement and the car exhaust … it’s just miserable in the heat. Get this one done in the morning or after dark.
The Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are two roller coasters that will close during thunderstorms and have outdoor, partially covered queues. I loved Big Thunder as a child, but standing in that hot outside, covered queue is a memory that has stuck with me years later! Get these done early.
Like Big Thunder, Jungle Cruise is another outdoor ride with a covered queue that’s oppressively hot. Even with a FastPass, I try to avoid this one in the afternoon. Skip the nearby Swiss Family Treehouse as well. Why climb all those steps in the heat if you can do it later?
As I mentioned in my Magic Kingdom FastPass Advice and Itinerary, don’t delete a FastPass if the attraction has closed due to rain. It will turn into a Multiple Experiences FastPass that can be used at any time that day.
I’ve mentioned the notable attractions to enjoy or skip in the rain and heat here, but check out my Magic Kingdom attractions guide for clear and concise details about ALL attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.