Rainy Days at the Parks

img_2800Rain at Disneyland can seem like a bummer, but it actually can make for a fun – & typically much less crowded day – if you come prepared.

So, here are some basics tips. In addition to your usual rainy day attire, purchasing a plastic, ever-so-stylish poncho (Amazon, Target, or the dollar store!) beforehand will save you some $. Easier than carrying an umbrella & totally functional. They ARE available in both parks, but as with most last min purchases, they will cost you ($10 for adults & $8 for kids – AP discount applies)

Bring a towel to dry things/faces/etc, a couple freezer-size ziploc bags to keep things dry (or a dry bag if you have one for diapers, etc.), & an extra pair of socks for everyone, just in case. Rain boots are always a good idea! If you happen to need a dryer, there are some restrooms with hand dryers, but also First Aid offers dryers!

In the event of a downpour, certain outdoor attractions may close for safety purposes until the weather passes. We’ve found, however, that MOST indoor/covered attractions remain open when it rains. Most of these attractions, however, have line queues that extend, at least partially into the outside elements – so be prepared to get wet if you don’t have an umbrella/poncho!

Rain does have the potential to affect some entertainment, like parades, fireworks, etc, but, don’t let that deter you from enjoying MANY other things to do in the parks (rides, shows, shopping & food!

Rainy day or not, keep an open mind & try to think of it as a new adventure at The Happiest Place on Earth! It really is just as magical when it rains!️

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Below are a few of our favorite spots to escape the rain:

-In Disneyland-

  • The Disneyland Gallery
  • Great Moments w/ Mr. Lincoln
  • The Main Street Cinema
  • The Star Wars Launch Bay
  • The Golden Horseshoe
  • Characters homes in Toontown
  • Main Street shops are mostly all attached, so you can walk pretty much the entire length of the street out of rain

-In California Adventure-

  • The Animation Academy
  • Frozen Live at the Hyperion (you’ll have to wait in the rain before the show starts, so bring an umbrella & ponchos)
  • A Bug’s Life Theater
  • Sunset Showcase Theater
  • Buena Vista Street shops are all attached like Main Street’s, so yuo can walk the entire length of the street out of the rain

Spots to eat indoors or covered in Disneyland:

  • Indoor seating at Pizza Port in Tomorrowland
  • Indoor seating at Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland
  • Covered patio at Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country
  • Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square
  • Covered patio seating at Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square
  • Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square
  • Indoor seating Plaza Inn on Main Street
  • Indoor seating Carnation Cafe on Main Street
  • Starbucks in the Market House on Main Street
  • Indoor Seating at River Belle Terrace in Frontierland

Spots to eat indoors or covered in California Adventure:

  • Covered patio at Award Wieners in Hollywood Land
  • Covered patio at Paradise Garden Grill
  • Covered patio at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Indoor seating at Flo’s V8 Cafe
  • Indoor seating at Smokejumper’s Grill at Grizzly Peak Airfield
  • Starbucks in Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant & Lounge – reservations recommended for the restaurant side – indoor seating
  • Wine Country Trattoria – reservations recommended – indoor seating

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Seeing Mickey and Minnie on a rainy day inside the Disney Gallery on Main Street!