Yes, it rains in the happiest place on earth!
The average temperature in Anaheim is beautiful! Usually not too hot and not too cold, but rain does happen. My family actually prefers to go to Disneyland in January and February because the crowds are usually lower, but that also means there is a higher chance of rain. Don’t let the rain get in the way of a magical Disneyland vacation; the rainy days have been some of our best days at Disneyland!
The weather can change in a matter of minutes in Anaheim. If there is rain, don’t leave the park! Both of these pictures where taken on the same day. The first one we were cold and wet on the Storybook Land boat ride and the second one was taken about two hours later in Toon Town.
What to wear and what to bring:
Ponchos: They are less expensive to bring from home, but they are sold throughout the parks. The ones from the parks are good quality with the Disney logo on the back. We bought ours on our first rainy trip to Disneyland and now we bring them each time we visit. Also, by bringing a poncho there is no need for an umbrella!
Multiple pairs of shoes: Rainboots would be best, but sometimes those can be uncomfortable. When packing footwear, remember you will be doing a lot of walking even if it’s raining. We usually bring two pairs of tennis shoes. We use the hair dryer in the hotel to dry out one pair while we wear the other.
Jackets with hoods: We usually go in January and February, which are colder months. We like having the warmth of a winter jacket with a hood. You can also do raincoats, but some are not warm enough. Double check the weather forecast. Sometimes rain will be predicted but still, have relatively mild temperatures.
Hat: It helps keep your head dry and if your hair does get wet, you can hide it a little bit!
Layers & a backpack: As you can see in these photos, the weather can change dramatically in the same day. You will want to be able to take off those ponchos and jackets and have a place to put them.
Reasons why I love Disneyland in the rain:
Even in wet weather, Disney Characters are still out and engaging with guests. Here is Tinkerbell on the wet ground with my daughter!
Now is the perfect opportunity to ride the water rides; you are already wet! The ponchos really come in handy, for example on Splash Mountain!
The crowds are much lower when it is raining. A lot of the crowds in Disneyland are from local residents and they tend to stay home when rain is in the forecast.
Don’t forget: you can still ride the rides and enjoy ice cream even in the rain!
Best Rides, Attractions, and Dining to Escape the Rain
Main Street, U.S.A.:
- The Opera House which is home to The Disneyland Story, Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Disney Gallery
- Shopping stores that line Main Street, U.S.A.: most of the shops connect allowing you to walk inside from one end to the other
- Indoor restaurants: Plaza Inn and the Carnation Café
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (as of this post closed for renovation)
New Orleans Square:
- Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, both of the queues for these rides are outside, but they move fast and the rides are all inside
- Indoor restaurants: Blue Bayou and Café Orleans
- Golden Horseshoe Saloon (performance)
- Indoor restaurants: Golden Horseshoe
- Splash Mountain (wear your poncho)
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through
- Fantasy Faire (live stage show)
- Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventure, and Pinocchio’s Daring Journey all have covers over most of the ques, the rides are indoors and it is a quick dash from one to the next.
- Indoor restaurants: Red Rose Tavern
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Minnie’s House
- Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Pixar Shorts Film Festival at Tomorrowland Theater
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Indoor restaurants: Alien Pizza Planet
California Adventure Park
Buena Vista Street:
- All of the shops down Buena Vista Street (most connect)
- Indoor restaurants: Carthay Circle Restaurant, Fiddler and Fifer & Practical Café (the place to get Starbucks ☺ )
- Indoor restaurants: Flo’s V8 Cafe
- Monsters, Inc. – Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
- Disney Animation (Animation Academy, Sorcerer’s Workshops, Turtle Talk with Crush)
- Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
- Grizzle River Run (you’re already wet! Wear your poncho)
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Indoor restaurants: Smokejumpers Grill
- The Bakery Tour, hosted by Boudin Bakery
- Outdoor Seating (but covered): Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
Paradise Gardens Park:
- The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Rides, attractions that may close during the rain: Main street vehicles, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Tea Party, Gadget’s Go Coaster, Autopia, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Silly Symphony Swings, Parades, and Fireworks.
Last but not least, make sure to bring a positive attitude! You can and will have the most magical Disneyland vacation even in the rain. Just make sure to be prepared!
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