Our first Disney World trip, we were standing at Magic Kingdom in the drizzle for an hour in order to claim the most perfect spot to watch the Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella castle. A few minutes before the show, a family comes from behind, pushing everyone in their way, including us. To our dread, the mom then opens this massive automatic umbrella, one that propels open at super speed, proceeding to poke me in the eye as it goes up, my then, 1 year old in the head, and several other people nearby. It was THAT big. When people tried to get her to close it, she just shrugged, and kept it open. Frustrated, the complaints kept up, and one person even pointedly waved his closed umbrella towards them. Eventually, that family moved off to the side, maybe feeling nervous because people kept shouting at them, but not before I got hit again, and gave her the stink eye of death, which, according to my oldest, is scarier than anything else in the world.
The point is though, while umbrellas (small ones!) CAN have a place at a theme park when getting from point A to B, really they can be a bother, as Pooh might say, because an umbrella isn't just rain protection, it's also a nuisance.
Think about it. You’re already a little crowded, it’s hard not to hit someone (or be hit!) in the head, and the umbrella holder almost never notices when they’ve whacked someone. Then there’s the whole going inside a shop or ride, and shaking it out (on the person standing behind you, because there’s no other way to do it in the queue) the puddles it leaves on the floor, the seat (totally not fun to sit on!), then of course the hassle of holding it on a ride, or oops, which table did I leave it on during dinner? Don't forget that rain doesn't usually fall straight down, it's often sideways, so how much good is that umbrella of yours really going to do?
Umbrellas just aren't cool at Disney, folks. Yes, I know they sell those darling little ones covering in Mickey heads, but just don’t, please! Be kind, and considerate and use a poncho!! We have a great one we recommend, click here to read about it. It’s cheaper, lighter and easier than an umbrella!
There’s nothing like a bunch of tired, wet, people all jostled together to make the umbrella holder the target of their frustrations when they get whacked! If you do have to bring your umbrella, get the smallest one you can find and please be kind to everyone else around, and put it down during a show, like the fireworks, so you don’t take out anyone’s eye, or their baby!
I’m thinking one of these umbrella hats might be fun! Can’t really bump into anyone with one of those! Just take it off before the show starts!
Do you have any other fun ways to protect yourself in the rain?