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Rainy Day at Disneyland – Tips and Advice

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Rainy Day at Disneyland - Tips and Advice
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Did you know it rains in Southern California? It’s true! On average we get 36 days of rain a year, which isn’t much. But if you’re a frequent Disneyland visitor, chances are you’ll encounter some rain while you’re at The Disneyland Resort.

But don’t worry, Disneyland is still really enjoyable in the rain! And the good news is, the rain tends to keep the crowds away (us locals just can’t be bothered with it) and queue times are often really low.

Here are some rainy day Disneyland tips and advice in case you ever find yourself stuck in a downpour!

Rainy Day at Disneyland - Tips and Advice
Photo credit: Katie Stein

Rainy Day at Disneyland – Tips and Advice

Dress for success. Disneyland does not drain well in heavy rains, so rain boots are a must. If you don’t have rain boots, bring an extra pair of shoes and socks and store them in a locker. An umbrella is a good idea if it’s a solid storm, but for scattered showers a poncho should suffice. You can purchase plastic ponchos at Disneyland or order them on Amazon. I also recommend dressing in layers, as it may feel toasty when you go inside a hotel or a restaurant to escape the rain.

Rainy Day at Disneyland - Tips and Advice
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Protect your stuff. Bringing a hand towel and some Ziploc bags is a good idea. You’ll never know when you’ll need to wipe down a seat, and bags are good for protecting your phone or camera.

Use transportation! The monorail, Disneyland Railroad, and Red Car Trolley are all covered options that still operate in the rain (unless the weather is really extreme). Use them to get from one place to another without walking in the rain.

Rainy Day at Disneyland - Tips and Advice
Wilderness Warming Hut. Photo credit: Tyler and Amanda Gravatt

Dry off in a Warming Hut. If you’re in Disney California Adventure, you can pay $5 to use the Wilderness Warming Hut located across from the entrance to Grizzly River Rapids. There are two huts, with a max capacity of five people. Once activated, you get 3.5 minutes of warm, circulating air. But be advised, you may have to wait in a long (outdoor) queue to use them! (Update: These seem to be seasonal!)

Prepare for cancellations. Fireworks, parades, and shows are often cancelled during heavy rain. Sometimes you’ll get a chance to see Mickey and Friends Rainy Day Cavalcade instead of the standard parade. It’s a cute little parade using the Main Street vehicles. Also, some roller coaster attractions such as Matterhorn and Incredicoaster will stop operating in the rain. Use the Disneyland app to check which attractions are up and running.

Hit up all the inside attractions. Rainy days are when Great Moments with Mister Lincoln has it’s time to shine! It’s true there aren’t many sheltered attractions and queue areas at Disneyland, and even less at Disney California Adventure, but there are certainly places to escape the rain. Here’s a list of attractions with ample protection, and some to maybe avoid.

Rainy Day at Disneyland - Tips and Advice
Photo credit: Katie Stein


The following are indoor attractions:
Great Moments with Mister Lincoln
The Opera House (waiting area for Mr Lincoln but an attraction in its own right)
The Main Street Cinema
Mickey and Minnie’s Houses in Toontown
Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin
Pinnochio’s Daring Journey
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
Sleeping Beauty Castle walk through (steps may be slippery)
Star Tours
Star Wars Launch Bay

The following are indoor attractions with partial or fully outdoor queues:
Enchanted Tiki Room
Peter Pan’s Flight
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
It’s a Small World
Indiana Jones and the Forbidden Temple
Pirates of the Caribbean
Haunted Mansion
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
Space Mountain
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Winnie the Pooh
Golden Horseshoe

The following are attractions that are outdoors or partially outdoors:
Splash Mountain
Tarzan’s Treehouse
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
King Arthur’s Carousel
Big Thunder Mountain
Mark Train Riverboat
Alice in Wonderland
Fantasyland Theater

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The following are indoor attractions:
Animation Academy
Sorcerer’s Workshop
Turtle Talk with Crush
Character Close Up

The following are indoor attractions with partial or fully outdoor queues:
Soarin’ Around the World
Ariel’s Undersea Adventures
Monster’s Inc.
Toy Story Midway Mania
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!
Disney Junior Dance Party
Frozen: Live

The following are attractions that are outdoors or partially outdoors:
Grizzly River Rapids
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Radiator Springs Racers
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Pixar Pal-Around
Silly Symphony Swings
Golden Zephyr
Jumpin’ Jellyfish
Goofy’s Sky School


Use the rain as an excuse to eat and drink a lot. Restaurants and lounges make great escapes from the rain. Here are my favorites:

Blue Bayou (reservations generally required)
Plaza Inn (limited indoor seating)
Golden Horseshoe
Red Rose Tavern (limited indoor seating)
Carnation Cafe (limited indoor seating)
Pizza Port

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Carthay Circle (reservations generally required)
Lamplight Lounge (limited indoor seating)
Smokejumper’s Grill
Flo’s V8 Cafe (limited indoor seating)
Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Cafe (aka Starbucks)

Downtown Disney and Hotels
Tortilla Jo’s
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Hearthstone Lounge
Napa Rose
Storytellers Cafe
Goofy’s Kitchen
Steakhouse 55
Trader Sam’s (space is very limited)
Surfside Lounge
PCH Grill

Shop ’til you drop. Rainy days are the perfect excuse to head into the shops and do a little browsing!

Remember: Be kind to Cast Members. Imagine planning a once-in-a-lifetime Disneyland vacation and it storms the whole time. These are the types of complaints Disneyland Cast Members deal with when it rains. Bad weather is always a bummer, but it’s extra stressful for CMs. So be sure to give a smile to every CM you encounter!

Rainy Day at Disneyland - Tips and Advice
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Make the best of it. A rainy day at Disneyland is still better than a regular day anywhere else! So watch a few indoor shows, have some snacks or drinks, and take some silly photos with your poncho for Instagram. And have fun!

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About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.