Epcot in the Rain

Epcot in the Rain
A backwards waterfall at the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot at Disney World

Rain is an unavoidable part of most Disney World trips. During some times of the year, it is a daily part of your trip and you should have some idea of what to do if it affects your day.

Epcot is one of the best places to get caught in the rain due to its pavilion style layout. Many of the buildings have multiple rides, shops, and restaurants in them without having to go outside between them.
World Showcase China Epcot Topiary

Now there are many great places to go in the rain in Epcot but I'm going to eliminate one of them now. Most of World Showcase is not the best place to be in the rain. The majority of pavilions hold several unconnected buildings each with only one thing in each building. If this is your plan for the rain, be sure to have a poncho or umbrella.

If you are in World Showcase in the rain I recommend making your way to Mexico or America.

Mexico holds multiple shops, a restaurant and Gran Fiesta Tour, a ride starring the Three Caballeros. All of this is within the entirely inside pavilion, meaning you can do all of this without having to go outside.

America holds restaurants, performances, and the American Adventure, a wonderful show showcasing American history from 1776 to the mid-2010's. It can easily entertain you for the duration of an afternoon storm.

Nemo and Friends the Seas Epcot

Ideally, in the rain, you want to be in Future World as almost every pavilion is a great place to get stuck in the rain, with several rides or shows in each.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends has both a ride featuring all of your favorite characters from the film as well as Turtle Talk with Crush and a fully functioning aquarium that used to be the largest in the world. This can easily keep you entertained and dry for several hours.

The Land Greenhouse Epcot

The Land is probably the best place to be in the event of a prolonged storm. It holds two rides, two restaurants and historically a theater show although at the moment it's closed. You can ride both Living with the Land and Soarin without having to go outside as well as choose between either a table or quick service restaurant.

Epcot Imagination Pavillion Figment

The Imagination Pavillion is an ok place to be in the rain but it's not the best.

It does hold a fun ride with Epcot's mascot, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, the post-show is...outdated. By which I mean it runs on a 90's version of Windows and has features that haven't worked in years. It can be fun but not for long periods of time.

This pavilion also holds a 3D theater at the moment showing a collection of Pixar shorts. The problem is, while it's in the same building, you must go outside to get to it and it exits directly outside.

Spaceship Earth Mural Epcot

Spaceship Earth can be a great rain escape. It's a long ride followed by a post-show with many free arcade games. You can easily spend a few hours in here if needed.

Future World Odyssey Test Track

Test Track can be a good place to spend a storm as it generally has a long line. The problem is if this closes down because of the rain, which would just send you outside. The post-show is not the best but has many fun games to play.

Mission Space facade epcot

I am going to say the one place you don't want to be in Future World in the rain is Mission Space. It has relatively short waits and until the Space Restaurant opens the only thing on the inside other than a ride is a small interactive space race game.

Epcot has many great places to spend a rainy day, just be sure your prepared.