Disneyland – Your Rainy Day Tips


“Rain, rain, go away…”

Just about the time the predecessor to this blog was posted the weather in southern California really started to improve, and we’re back to sunshine and dry conditions again.

But I’m sure it will rain again before the winter is over, so I hope these rainy day tips submitted by some of your fellow Disneyland fans will be useful!

From Sara:
We swam out of the parks last week for our drive home to N. CA & were very thankful that we’d left out dry clothes to change into in the car.
Terri’s suggestion:
Eat a leisurely indoor meal, though admittedly your options for that are fewer at Disneyland than they are at Disney World! Some of the counter service places, like Redd Rockett’s and Village Haus, have quite a bit of indoor seating, though. On the other hand there is very little indoor seating at DCA. But consider going to one of the nearby restaurants in Downtown Disney or in the Grand Californian.
Alex wrote:
Along with keeping my feet dry are my hands. I used an ECV and my hands got so cold and wet I could hardly use the controls.

I’ve since discovered neoprene fishing gloves at Wal-mart that are waterproof and very warm. They are very lightweight too so no extra weight for packing. They cost around $5 and come in different sizes. They are in the sporting section. Next time I won’t be without them!

From Pete:
Take the opportunity to enjoy some of the indoor attractions and shows, like Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, The Enchanted Tiki Room and Captain Eo. Over at DCA there’s Aladdin, Muppet Vision or Blue Sky Cellar, and there’s lots of ways to spend time inside the Animation Building – Turtle Talk with Crush, drawing a Disney character, or the Sorcerer’s Workshop. A lot of the queue for Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, and Roger Rabbit is covered or inside.
jaycbird wrote:
Re Feet in the rain: If it is a warm shower, I am almost better off
wearing Tevas or sandals than shoes. I’ll find out for sure next weekend
at DWD, I guess!
Brian’s tips:
On rainy days we like to see how many times in a row we can ride the Matterhorn! To stay dry we usually head for Pirates or the Haunted Mansion. Innoventions is a great place to go and spend an hour or so. Lots of folks head to Space Mountain because the queue is completely covered and why not? Wait out the rain by waiting for Disneyland’s most thrilling attraction! Rain or shine, Disneyland is a magical place!
From Keith:
I love rainy days at Disneyland or Disney World. Whenever it rains, my friends and I call it a “perfect Disneyland day”. My only advice is get a poncho or umbrella and get out there and get on some rides!

A last suggestion from me: Enjoy the parks! Rainy days are usually very uncrowded because those of us in southern California don’t really like to drive or slog around in the rain. So we tend to stay away from the parks on rainy days. Some attractions are closed because of the rain but most are open and the lines are short – you might even feel like you almost have the park to yourself!

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Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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