It could be or maybe Be prepared
though, just in case it is
You have all your room reservations made,
all your priority seating reservations have been arranged, an itinerary is written, and now it
is time to pack. Knowing what to expect in the way of weather is a key element when
packing for your trip.
The first thing to do is keep track of the weather down in
Orlando. Here are some links that I find very useful in planning what to pack.
Orlando Sentinel Five Day
Weather Channel’s Ten Day Forecast
I suppose a lot of folks picture Florida as always being sunny and
warm all year ‘round. Actually, depending on the time of year, it can be quite cool. If you
have the luxury of being able to pick any time of year to travel to Walt Disney World, than
knowing what the weather is each season can help you decide when exactly is the right time
We (my family and I) have been to Walt Disney World at all different
times of the year. So, we have gotten a taste of lots of different weather down there, believe
In January, you can expect the weather to be a bit cool. Layers are the key
to success, and you will have to pack a little more for a trip that time of year. We found we
could wear shorts during the day, but in the evening wanted to have jeans to put on. It
doesn’t seem to rain as much in January, though, and when you are coming from chilly New
England (like we do:) it sure seems nice and warm! Another interesting thing to note is that
the sun sets a bit later in Florida than in the northern states, so you get more daylight while
you are there!
My favorite time of year to go to Walt Disney World is in early
March. The weather is perfect for me then, which means a lighter suitcase to carry! It is
warm enough to swim, but not uncomfortably hot. Also, the flowers were gorgeous in
Walt Disney World at that time. It was like having a taste of an early spring. The rates are
higher after mid-February, but discounts are often available as the crowds still
Summer is hot in Walt Disney World, and being prepared for that heat is
very important. Pack clothes that are light in color, and tank tops are the most comfortable.
Dark clothes attract the sun, and really can make you feel hot. A light jacket is nice to carry
around, too. Something made of cotton is great. You will be in and out of air conditioning
all day, and it gets chilly in the air conditioning! A pair of cotton slacks are good to pack,
but you may not need them. The best footwear for summer is sandals. My personal
favorites are Tevas. They are so perfect to walking miles on concrete, and if it rains, which
it will, your feet just dry right up afterwards. Trust me when I say there is NOTHING more
uncomfortable than wet socks and sneakers! Another bit of summer advice is to drink
plenty of water. Do not wait until you are thirsty. It is so easy to get dehydrated in the heat
The fall is not one of my favorite times to travel, but early September
the parks are so empty that most attractions are ‘walk-on’. It is hurricane season at that
time, and it rains a lot, though it isn’t at all cold. Be prepared with a rain poncho, or buy a
Mickey poncho when you get there. Shorts are the most comfortable to wear in the rain,
and again the Teva sandals are wonderful. If you wear jeans your legs will get wet, which is
quite uncomfortable, especially when you go in air conditioning.
December is a
fun time to visit Walt Disney World, but it can get very cold. You will have to pack the
most at that time of year. At night it can get down to 40º, and even cooler sometimes. The
best bet is to plan on wearing layers. We rent lockers during the day at the parks to keep our
change of clothes ready at a moment’s notice. Pants will be a necessity at night, and even
during the day it can be cool enough for slacks. When it rains in December it isn’t like a
warm shower in summer. No, it is downright cold! I always pack an extra pair of sneakers
in case one pair gets wet. I find it is a bit cool for Tevas that time of year.
being said, always expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather in Florida. By
keeping an eye on their local weather reports you will know what to expect. There really is
no bad time to go to Walt Disney World. The Magic of it all can make any kind of bad
weather seem not so bad, especially when you have an idea of what to expect. When it rains
while I am in Walt Disney World I call it Happy Rain!