Florida is generally thought of as sunny and warm, but the weather here can get unpleasant for a number of reasons. In the summer you face scorching heat, intense humidity, and daily storms. In winter you may encounter a steady chilly drizzle that’s not cold enough to become snow, but definitely chill enough to make your fingers and toes complain. If you need a break from the weather for any of these reasons there are a few great places to head. There are also some destinations that will only leave you stuck in the elements for longer. If you’re uncomfortable outside, keep these best and worst locations in mind.
1. Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Epcot
Ellen’s Energy Adventure is spectacularly long, making it by far one of the best places to go when you need a long rest. The queue and preshow are indoors and the preshow even has some benches along the walls. Once on the ride, you’ll find long bench seating and giant vehicles that typically give you plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. Kids want to lay on a bench and take a nap? Here you can do it indoors. While the slow-moving vehicle and following video aren’t exactly thrilling, they’re moderately entertaining, and they keep you inside for a full 45 minutes. There’s also a minimal wait for this attraction so you don’t have to exhaust yourself standing around in line beforehand.
2. Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios
The vast majority of the queue for the Great Movie Ride is indoors so you can wait well out of the sun, rain, heat, or cold. The ride itself lasts another 22 minutes, which gives you a long break to sit back and relax. The seats are long benches that are reasonably comfortable and everyone in your party can ride.
3. The Enchanted Tiki Room, Magic Kingdom
Though the queue for the Enchanted Tiki Room is outside, the wait for this attraction is usually minimal. Once inside, you have comfortable benches to sit on and you can relax for the duration of the 15-minute show. Though you’ll experience a bit of a rainstorm, rest assured that it all comes in the form of special effects. You won’t get wet in this safe haven from the weather outside.
4. Conservation Station, Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom’s lush foliage makes this park feel much hotter and more humid than other locations. If you need a break from the weather, Conservation Station is a fun place to pass some time while the kids stay entertained. This indoor location has regular Meet and Greets with Rafiki and other characters, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the local critters living at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Depending on the day and time, you may get to pet a ferret, snake, or other creature.
The absolute best place for a little rest here is one of the Song of the Rainforest booths. When one is available, you can take your entire party in to sit on the padded benches in the cool and dark. Headphones are available for a soothing serenade from nature. Just try to stay awake in this comfortable retreat.
5. Finding Nemo - the Musical, Animal Kingdom
The queue for Finding Nemo – The Musical is outdoors, so this isn’t ideal if you’re caught in a downpour, but the show is a good place to escape the heat or cold for a bit. The show lasts 40 minutes and has a comfortable indoor theater where you’re safe from the elements.