Every so often, we get a few days of rain here in sunny Southern California, and if your trip happens to land on one of those days, here is what you need to know about visiting the Disneyland Resort. The good thing is, rainy days are the least crowded days in the park, so take advantage with these tips!
How to Prepare:
- Bring an umbrella or poncho. These are also available to buy when in the park, but you might be soaked by the time you get there. Although your #ootd might suffer from the poncho, at least you will be hands free!
- Wear rain boots. I bet most Californians don’t own a pair, but they sure do come in handy when we get a little bit of water. It’s better than water soaking through your shoes and getting your socks wet. There is nothing worse than wet socks, am I right?
- Scotchguard your shoes. If you plan to forego the rain boots, make sure you protect the quality of your leather/suede/etc. shoes… or your bag!
- Waterproof your equipment. Water soaking through your bag can ruin a day pretty quickly, so it’s probably best to ditch the canvas bags when it rains. What if I want to take pictures? I’ve seen Danielle wrap her camera in a plastic grocery bag a few times… anything to get the shot!
How to Navigate:
- Take the monorail. If you are staying at one of the on property hotels, taking the monorail would be a good idea to drop you in the middle of Tomorrowland to ensure maximum dryness. Those driving to the parks shouldn’t have to worry too much with the tram from Mickey and Friends and the Toy Story Parking buses providing coverage.
- Take the train. While I don’t believe it will get you to and from places as quickly as possible, it’s fun transportation to keep you dry longer.
- Watch the shows. The Enchanted Tiki Room and Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular are examples of a few indoor shows to enjoy while getting out of the rain, and they’re pretty darn entertaining!
- Enjoy dark rides: Some uncovered attractions may be closed for safety reasons, but a good chunk of rides that are indoors will remain opened. Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Monster’s Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Toy Story Midway Mania are some great indoor rides to check out.
Where to eat:
- Make reservations. If you know in advance it will be raining during your visit, make reservations at a table-service restaurant or ask on the day of your arrival at specific locations.
- Eat at indoor quick-service locations. Some of the quick-service eateries that offer indoor seating are Pizza Port, Village Haus, Plaza Inn, Smokejumpers Grill, the Golden Horseshoe Theater, and Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Café.
With the Little Ones:
- Ditch the Stroller. Our blogger Julia says the best way to stay dry is to just carry your kids or let them walk. Strollers tend to flood or get soggy in the rain.
- Take advantage of Baby Care Centers. These clean and quiet areas in the park offer great services to those traveling with little ones. They offer highchairs for feeding, a distraction-free nursing area, changing rooms, a kitchen for warming up food and bottles, and also sell necessities that you may have forgotten at home. These Baby Care Centers can be found at the end of Main Street near First Aid and the Plaza Inn at Disneyland and near the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain in the Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure. Take advantage of these centers even when it’s not raining!