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8 Essential Disneyland Rainy Day Tips

Nobody visits the Disneyland Resort expecting someone to rain on their parade. While the majority of days will be sunny and pleasant at The Happiest Place on Earth, Mother Nature has been known to put a damper on things especially between November and March. What can you do? If you happen to be visiting Disneyland in the rain, there is a bright side. We've experienced the park in our soggy froggy rain boots a few times and have picked up some Disneyland rainy day tips to keep you warm, dry and entertained. Plus, we have a list of our favorite Disneyland rainy day rides!

As they say in the Enchanted Tiki Room, "every cloud has a silver lining." The rain keeps many locals away, as they have a hard time navigating the freeways at the first sign of the wet stuff. (I'm kidding, Southern California. You know I love you.) With the locals off the roads, out-of-town visitors have more of the parks to themselves and can enjoy shorter lines.

The Disneyland park reservation system means that you don't have the flexibility of switching days last minute based on weather. Knowing how the rain affects rides and entertainment can help you plan for a successful day without any disappointment. Being prepared with the right gear can keep you dry and happy. So let’s hop in this puddle and plan the fun with some Disney California Adventure and Disneyland rainy day tips!

8 Essential Disneyland Rainy Day Tips

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Rainy Day at Matterhorn

1. BYORG (Bring Your Own Rain Gear)

Bring umbrellas and/or ponchos and other supplies. While selfie sticks are banned, umbrellas are welcome. You can buy hooded ponchos in the parks near the water rides, but you can save some money and pick up a sturdier rain poncho (at about half the price) at a Lowe’s or Home Depot. Dollar stores may have inexpensive ones, too. (We like to buy a multi-pack from Amazon and keep a couple in our backpack.) Have ears? Try Ponchears, which allow room for your ear headbands.

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Ponchos on the Matterhorn

When it comes to umbrellas, bring one that folds down very small. You can easily stow it when indoors or the rain lets up. One time I had a long umbrella with a large handle sticking out of my backpack. Let's just say it did not end well for some mugs in a gift shop when I walked by.

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Stroller Covers

Stroller covers are also hopful "just in case" additions to a backpack or diaper back, though ponchos also work wonderfully for this in a pinch. Bring plastic bags to keep your phone dry!

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Splash Mountain Phone Bag

Also, in a sea full of clear Mickey ponchos, you'll be glad to have colored ponchos that stand out from the crowd. Other essential rain gear ideas include hats and water-resistant shoes or boots that are good for walking and have a good grip (to prevent slips and falls).

Keep your phone safe and dry in a plastic bag. Speaking of plastic bags, if you line the inside of your backpack with a garbage bag, it will keep the contents dry.

If you have a small towel with you, you will probably be able to put it to good use. Bringing a thin, waterproof tablecloth can provide you with the perfect ground cover to sit on if there are parades and the ground is still wet. You’ll never regret packing an extra pair of warm socks just in case.

2. Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Mickey's Rainy Day Cavalcade

Plan your entertainment. If you know the hourly forecast for your visit, you can possibly look ahead to see your greatest possibility of catching each show listed in the Entertainment Guide. Are the fireworks going to be canceled? Disneyland could cancel fireworks for rain, but heavy winds will definitely cancel the show. The fireworks are often canceled on dry nights due to heavy winds. But the good news is that Mickey's Mix Magic projection and music show can go on in any weather. You can usually get a good sense of whether (weather?) or not fireworks will be canceled by talking to Disney cast members throughout the day.

Expect rain to modify or cancel parades. World of Color runs in the rain (it is all water, after all), so plan to catch World of Color on the projected wettest night. And if you do miss anything, at least you can check it out on our YouTube channel. Keep an eye (and ear) out for alternate options, as well!

Parades are likely to be canceled due to rain. It's not safe for the dancers on wet ground. During a rainy day trip in 2019, we got to see “Mickey’s Rainy Day Cavalcade” with some of the Main Street vehicles and characters.

3. Get a Locker 

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Lockers in Disneyland

There are lockers in both parks, as well as in between the parks. You can rent a locker with in-and-out privileges for the day. Stash some warm, dry sweatshirts or jackets in the locker for later, and swap them out for damp clothes. If it stops raining, those thin ponchos can become surprisingly heavy and bulky once you stuff four of them in a backpack, so shake them out and stow them in a locker for a later time if the rain lets up. Jumbo lockers can sell out early, but you should have no problem acquiring a standard locker, which is plenty large enough for a standard backpack and collapsible umbrella. A large locker holds two backpacks. If you will have your backpacks out in the rain, you might consider lining them with a trash bag to keep your contents dry (as we already mentioned).

4. What Time Is It? Showtime! 

Shows are still making their way back to Disneyland. Hopfully, the daily shows at the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre in Fantasyland return soon. That theater is under cover. The Fantasyland Theatre is under a canopy. You can sometimes catch indoor live entertainment in The Golden Horseshoe, as well. The Enchanted Tiki Room provides a dry escape to enjoy a show. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is indoors.

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Indoor Princesses

When it rains, the characters go under cover (pre-pandemic) and you can find a variety of them inside the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln building throughout the day. (We caught sight of Donald Duck, the Evil Queen and Cruella De Vil and later three princesses at once in there as we exited the show!)

At Disney California Adventure, Hollywood Land is the place to be during the rain. Mickey's PhilharMagic will get you indoors. Across the street, the Animation Building is filled with indoor activities, including Turtle Talk with Crush and Animation Academy. If you have little ones, they can get their wiggles out at the Disney Junior Dance Party.

5. Check the Forecast

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Ponchos in DCA

Check the hourly weather so you know what to expect throughout the day. One of our favorite Disneyland rainy day tips is a splashing good time. If you expect rain later in the day, experience the attractions that might close during rain before the storm hits.

Rides such as Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Autopia, Storybook Canal Boats, Gadget’s Go Coaster and Pirate’s Lair at Tom Sawyer Island are good choices to hit before the skies open up. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, Goofy's Sky School, The Golden Zephyr and The Redwood Creek Challenge trail at California Adventure may also close in the rain. Other rides may close if is really coming down or there is lightning in the area. On the other side of that, if you're wet, get soaked! Enjoy the short waits for water attractions such as Splash Mountain at Disneyland and Grizzly River Run at California Adventure.

Toontown’s low entrance under the train tracks has been known to flood in very heavy rain, temporarily trapping guests there until the water can be drained, so it's wise to avoid this area during heavy downpours. Toontown is undergoing a refurbishment until 2023.

6. Hit the Shops

Spend some time souvenir shopping if it’s raining buckets. Perhaps a souvenir Disney umbrella, hat or light jacket is in order.

7. Dine Indoors

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Carthay Circle

There are several indoor dining locations. You might want to make indoor restaurant reservations through the Disneyland app. Coffee shops and quick-service restaurants may fill up more quickly in hard rain, but you’ll have no stress if you plan some indoor meals. Splurge on the elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant, romantic Blue Bayou or fun Lamplight Lounge. Carnation Café has some indoor seating, as does the River Belle Terrace and Café Orleans (though it's limited). Oga's Cantina is indoors. You can also hop over to one of the Downtown Disney options. We have more tips on dining here.

Some quick-service Disneyland dining locations with a roof include:

  • The Plaza Inn
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Pizza Port
  • Galactic Grill has some covered areas.

Some quick-service restaurants that will keep you dry at Disney California Adventure include:

  • Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café
  • Flo’s V8
  • Smokejumper’s Grill

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Ponchos and Disneyland City Hall

8. Let it Go!

Perhaps our top Disneyland rainy day tip is to make the best of it. Tell yourself the rain never bothered you anyway. Channel your inner frog: splash in puddles, ride water rides over and over, buy hot cocoa and sing in the rain. Don’t worry about the froglets. Pack some extra dry clothes and let them jump in puddles to their heart’s delight. Rainy days at Disneyland offer a special kind of magic and will certainly make your trip more memorable. If the sun comes out, look for a rainbow!

Best Disneyland Rainy Day Rides and Attractions

8 Essential Disneyland Rainy Day Tips-Lilo and Stitch in Small World ride

If the rain is really pouring down, we like to find rides with the lines that are mostly indoors or at least under cover. Most Disneyland rides are indoors, but some have outdoor lines. The best Disneyland rainy day rides have indoor lines. Some rides, such as "it's a small world" have an outdoor line, but are long indoor rides.

The best Disneyland rainy day rides and attractions:

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion (some of the line has no cover, but the attraction is completely indoors)
  • Splash Mountain (if you are already wet, why not?)
  • Snow White's Enchanted Wish
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Minnie’s House (closed until 2023)
  • Mickey’s House (closed until 2023)
  • Space Mountain (all indoors if you use the Lightning Lane; some parts of standby line may be outdoors)
  • Star Wars Launch Bay (temporarily closed)
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • It’s a small world (this ride has an outdoor wait, but this slow mover keeps you inside for a long time)
  • Visit Princesses at the Royal Hall
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (some parts of line may be without cover)
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Main Street Cinema

The best Disney California Adventure rainy day rides and attractions:

Disneyland Rainy Day Tips - Animation Academy

  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush and other Animation Building activities
  • Animation Academy
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
  • Disney Junior — Live on Stage
  • Toy Story Midway Mania (some outdoor line)
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Grizzly River Run (if you are already wet … if not, you will get soaked)
  • WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure

Chances are, you will get to experience something fun you might have passed up in nicer weather, so a rainy day can keep things fresh and exciting. Ironically, many of these attractions are also ones we turn to when we are trying to escape summer heat and sun because they offer air conditioning and shade.

Have you visited the parks during a downpour? Have any Disneyland rainy day tips to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: The Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 25, 2021 at 3:27 a.m. Dee H Says...

I always use a large crossbody purse to keep my hands and arms free for rides. If rain in forecast I bring an old Disneyland plastic bag to wrap around purse to keep it dry. I forgot one time and a cast member at The Emporium graciously gave me a plastic bag I could use.

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Oct 25, 2021 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great advice, Dee - thank you for sharing!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 27, 2021 at 11:23 p.m. Julia Saunders Says...

Thank x the update.

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Jun 27, 2021 at 9:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for hopping by, Julia!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2018 at 4:34 a.m. Tammy McKim Says...

I have to share that if there is heavy rain, like we experienced in December of 2016 avoid Toontown! The entrance is lower and caused it to flood over our ankles. There wasn't even rain on the forecast, other streets were flooded as well. But the inside rides stayed open and when the rain stopped on and off (and we went back for dry shoes and pants) the rides were back up and running. Umbrellas do work great and their priority is to keep everyone safe and the rides going if at all possible!

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Apr 7, 2018 at 11:03 p.m. Janell Says...

This information is very helpful and I am feeling more relaxed about the trip. Thank you................

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Apr 28, 2018 at 10:57 p.m. Travel genie Says...

Don’t waste 10 bucks on one poncho get the ones on amazon they sell many

Personally I really liked the quality of lingito’a family pack.

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Apr 28, 2018 at 10:56 p.m. Travelgennie Says...

I got the lingito family pack poncho for 80% cheaper than they sell in Disney !

You can get them on amazon extra thick and works great

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Mar 24, 2018 at 7:37 a.m. Ron Says...

I know it almost never rains in Anaheim during the

month of June, but if it were to pour buckets on the

day(s) I am planning on going to Disneyland (the

last week of June - only a few months away!!!), I

was just wondering if the Alice In Wonderland ride

ever re-opens later in the day once the rain stops

and the ground drys up, or do they have to keep

it shut down until the next day? Also, does rain

force the monorail and/or the train to shut down,

or are they only affected by winds and/or lightning?

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Mar 27, 2018 at 4:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron,

It's usually a rare occasion to get rain in late June, so don't spend too much time worrying about it! If Anaheim does get some rare summer rain and Alice in Wonderland closed, the ride would reopen once it dried up. The monorail should not be affected by rain, but we have seen it shut down in summer heat because it is not air conditioned. Light rain should also not affect the train, but heavy rain and lightning might force them to close it since it is all open air and passengers could get wet. But again, this is an unlikely scenario!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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