Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tips for Disney Summer Rain!

Today the awesome Debs from Focused on the Magic is sharing some brilliant tips for coping with Summer Rain at WDW for my Disney Summer Fun Series! But first, I'd like to touch on this weeks theme over at the Babes in Disneyland Blog Hop - 'Inspiration'!

For my first ever post on the Magical Blogorail Black line, I introduced myself, my blog, and I wrote about what inspired me to start a Disney blog! Check it out here!

What inspires me to Disney blog the most is that I get to share my Disney experiences with others! But of course ... this goes both ways! I love that I get to read about the awesome Disney experiences of fellow Disney bloggers!

Fellow Disney bloggers also inspire me in my Disney blogging every day! Such as Debs from Focused on the Magic! Something I look forward to the most in the Disney blogosphere every week is her 'Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop'! Debs does a wonderful job of bringing together the Disney blogging community for some Disney photo fun!!

Debs herself is not only an awesome Disney blogger and Disney friend! She is also one of the BEST photographers I know! She inspires me to become a better one myself :) I love reading all her tips and hints for photograpahy in the Disney parks! Debs always blows me away with her snaps of all things Disney! Her blog is such a joy to scroll through! :) A real treat for the eyes so to speak! :P Please be sure to check her out at Focused on the Magic! 

Which leads me to the first of this weeks guest posts for my Disney Summer Fun Series! That's right! ... It's Debs from Focused on the Magic! Check out her article below!!

Tips for Disney Summer Rain!

It's summertime in Orlando - hazy, hot and humid.  Today's August Africa hot temperature at 1:00 PM is 90º and it feels like 103º! As if that isn't enough to wilt any diehard park hopper, there's high humidity! Touring the parks during the summer months for some is their only option during the year. Personally, I'd rather go during the summer than not go at all but DH feels quite differently. So, for the past five summers I've spent a week in Walt Disney World with one or both of our boys while DH opts for joining us on our much cooler October or February trips.

During the summer crowd levels in the parks build throughout the day along with the humidity. Combine the crowds, high temps, high humidity and you have a pretty sticky situation for all and a increased probability of rain. Just about everyday in fact. When it rains in Orlando it's pours! A sprinkling summer shower can turn into a monsoon.

Don't let rain dampen your magical summer vacation! With a little planning you can still have a great time and capture the memories as well!

Ziplock bags are your rainy day friend and boys don't wear ponchos! Just saying;) In case they give in I'm prepared with a tote bag full of ponchos , small ziplock bags for phones and small electronics, an umbrella and a small towel.

I actually had someone ask me where they could buy one of those, pointing to my camera bag wrapped in a waste basket bag! I explained I'd brought it from home but that they could ask Mousekeeping for a similar size waste basket bag. Tip: Only use the parks shopping bags for dry items not as a "wet" bag. The dye could transfer and ruin anything inside if it gets wet.

I've learned to adapt our touring plans accordingly. I try to know the closest air conditioned attractions, shops and restaurants to seek shelter in while playing the waiting for the rain or lightening to stop. This doesn't sound like much fun but it really is. It's all in your frame of mind. We rode Toy Story Mania twice in a row last August during one such monsoon. Another time DSs did a rain dance backward in the rain, hoping it would stop. Unfortunately my camera was inaccessible at the time or I would've snapped a few good ones. It was wrapped in waterproof bags and tucked away. Which brings me to one of my favorite things to do in the parks and that is of course taking pictures!!

To get some great pictures in The Animal Kingdom go against the flow!  The flow of guests running for the gates and buses that is. Don your rain poncho, secure your camera bag in a 2 gallon Ziplock bag and a garbage bag wrap and make a mad dash for the safari ride.

Warning! Animal Kingdom is slippery when wet!! Those little hills that you hadn't noticed before become moguls in the rain. Especially when you're pushing a teenage boy in a wheelchair!

Because the queue for the safari is under an awning and the ride is covered you can  take your DSLR out and shoot away! The animals love the rain!

Thank you so much, Amanda, for inviting me to join your Summer Fun Series! I enjoy reading all your delicious recipes and your great posts about Disneyland Paris. You've peaked my interest in one day visiting DLP!

Aren't those tips cool!? I totally didn't even think about rain in the summer! I suppose its a great idea to be ready for anything when visiting Disney parks! :P

Thank you so much Debs for taking the time to be my guest here at Mandas Disney Blog! It's been an honor! :P I hope you make it to Dlp one day!! :D

Please be sure to check out Debs and the rest of Debs blog over at Focused on the Magic!

Also don't forget to check out the rest of the Disney Blog Hoppers over at the Babes in Disneyland Blog!

Happy Thursday everyone!


Tricia from Return to Disney said...

Great tips Debs! We took advantage of the afternoon rains to go back to our resort for some quiet rest time, but our kids are younger than yours. I love the idea of hitting the safari during the rain - I'd bet the animals are much more active than they would be in the heat of the afternoon!

Donna Kay said...

Great tips Deb!! Manda I agree whole heartedly she is an awesome photographer! Great post!!

Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

Thank you Tricia, the animals are so much more active and happy to splash around in the rain then we are!!

Oh dear Donna Kay, I'm blushing:) thanks!

Thanks so much Manda for having me today! I can't believe the summer is almost over! One more week! I've truly enjoyed reading all the fun summer posts. This has been a fabulous series!!!

Heidi said...

Super rainy day Disney tips. I agree with your hubby - I don't like the Florida heat (even in May) - but I also agree with you - Disney anytime is better than not at all!

Anonymous said...

Your safari driver is pretty darned cute, Deb. Good pic!

Now stop that blushing! You know you're a great photographer...awesome blogger...and a wonderful Disney friend. Glad to know you! :o)

Good job, Manda!

:DISTherapy said...

Deb, You are sooo right about the Disney plastic bags! I've ruined more than 1 pair of white pants thanks to the rain and that blue dye :D

P.T. said...

Good to know about Animal Kingdom being slippery! I had no idea!!! Thanks Debs for the tips and thanks Manda for hosting her post!

Manda said...

Thank you so much for all the super kind words guys!! Didn't Debs do an awesome job!? I've done that before too Donna! One time I was in Dlp and it rained and I had some shopping - my hands turned blue from the dye!