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Friday, May 11, 2012

Tip Tuesday: Dealing with rain (part 1)

Welcome to another Tip Tuesday!
(my apologies for late posting -- apparently my post on Tuesday didn't actually go live).

If you've been watching Orlando weather lately, you'll notice something pretty constant -- rain.  There has been quite a bit of rain lately, sometime heavy.

So what do you do when it rains?

First of all, head to the parks!  Yes, you read that right.  Grab your poncho or raincoat and head to the parks.

Why?  Because many guests will decide to stay at their resort when it's raining -- especially if the forecast calls for rain all day.  This means the lines may be shorter.

Knowing how to deal with the rain is the trick.

This week, I'll focus on a rain strategy for the Magic Kingdom.

Keep in mind that most attractions are indoors, with a few exceptions:  Dumbo, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Aladdin's Magic Carpets and the Tomorrowland Speedway.

Just because it's raining, don't assume these attractions will be closed.  You can assume one thing -- they will be wet, even if they are running.  Back in 2010, I posted a tip about how to handle wet seats, so check that our for more on dealing with wet outdoor attractions.

Pretty much everything else is indoors.  Better yet, there's a lot of cover in the Magic Kingdom, so you can get from attraction to attraction without getting too soaked -- except for the hub area.  If you have a raincoat or poncho, you can make the dash across the hub pretty easily -- just watch out for the trolley tracks.  They can get slippery and will have little puddles around them.

Keep in mind that the different stores that make up the Emporium are connected inside, so you can easily get from Town Square all the way to the hub without getting a drop on you by going through the Emporium.  Much of the sidewalk outside the Emporium also is covered, so that's another option.

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