Rainy days at Disneyland typically bring shorter wait times because local Annual Passholders steer clear of the Parks when it’s gloomy outside. Rainy days can be a lot of fun at Disneyland–if you’re prepared! A nice hotel on a rainy day is a terrific way to enjoy Disneyland. At the Hojo Anaheim, you can get a quality room, at an affordable rate. It’s a 5 minute walk to Disneyland, so if the rain is too much, you can head back to your room for a break. UPDATED 2-21-15
Whatever you do DON’T BRING AN UMBRELLA! It’s a pain to carry around, and you will end up poking someone in the eye. DON’T DO IT!
10. Here’s what to bring:
Stop at Target or Walmart before you hit the Park to save money on ponchos. A poncho with a hood is a good way to go, unless of course, you have a rain jacket.
Rain boots are a must–otherwise your shoes will get soaked as you stroll down Main Street. Flip flops also work well (just bring a towel). The last thing you want is wet shoes and socks, so bring an extra pair just in case.
Get a waterproof bag or bring a Ziploc bag for your phone. A plastic cover for your stroller will help keep it dry (clear plastic painting tarps are cheap, and they work *tip thanks to Calypso). Bring a Sham-wow or a towel to keep things dry.
Get a locker, and take a picture of it with your phone, so you remember where it is.
This is an excellent place to keep dry and wait out the rain if that’s your plan. Personally, I’d rather get into a short Space Mountain line, but if you want to keep the kids dry while they check out Captain America and the Iron Man Exhibit, it’s a great place to hang out for awhile and it’s huge inside. (TIP: You can check the wait time for Captain America in the MouseWait App).
8. Main Street Cinema
You never have time to stop in here, so you might as well do it while it’s raining! After that, you can cruise through the shops of Main Street, and watch Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for the first time in years.
7. Meet Mickey at Mickey’s House
Mickey’s House is fun for the little ones. At the end, you get a picture with Mickey himself. After you’re done, go meet Minnie–everything is indoors so you can stay dry and keep the little ones entertained. Here are some cool things you can find inside Mickey’s House.
6. The Enchanted Tiki Room
Food is allowed in the Tiki Room so you can feed your kids in while enjoying the show. You might even meet the famous Maynard while you’re there!
5. Jungle Cruise
This attraction is fun in the rain but there is no guarantee that you’ll stay dry.
4. Mark Twain
Take a sheltered tour around Tom Sawyer Island in the rain! The Mark Twain Riverboat usually closes around 5pm so keep that in mind. Get a magnificent view of the Rivers of America in the rain. Ask if you can visit the wheelhouse, and maybe you’ll get lucky!
3. Space Mountain!
You aren’t going to get wet on Space Mountain, and most of the queue is sheltered. The line is usually shorter in the rain, but check MouseWait before you walk across the Park.
2. Disneyland Railroad
Take a grand circle tour around Disneyland as you watch everyone else get soaked. This is a fantastic way to relax with a view of Walt’s magical Park!
The Plaza Inn has a large inside dining room. Did you know that you can also get your Chicken to go? Take it to Coke (Coaster) Corner where you can stay dry and enjoy your chicken dinner as you watch the traffic on Main Street. Head over to the Market House to get your Starbucks fix. Keep your receipt to get your unlimited free refills. Get more food ideas on our Disneyland Food Blog and see our popular Disneyland Food Reviews. Don’t forget to head over to La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney–our favorite Downtown Disney location–and the Official Restaurant of MouseWait! If you are there on MouseWait Sticker Nights (Tuesday at 8pm) they will give you the MouseWait 15% discount!
Check out our Disneyland Resort Rainy Day Post on MouseWait for more ideas and join the discussion!
Since rain in Southern California is unpredictable, get MouseWait for iPhone, iPad, and Android and watch the Lounge for real-time updates from Disneyland. Check accurate wait times and see live images coming from the Parks.
When you book your room at the Hojo Anaheim, tell them MouseWait sent you, and they will give you a discount. Give them a call at 800-422-4228 to book your room.
The following attractions are usually closed in the rain: Tom Sawyer Island, Mad Tea Party, Alice in Wonderland, Big Thunder Mountain (closed till the Fall anyway), Gadget’s Go Coaster, Matterhorn, and Tarzan’s Tree House.
UPDATE–more tips from the community! The Finding Nemo Observation room has a warm heater (great alternative to the actual subs, thanks MarshaMouse). Get a grilled cheese and soup combo at the Jolly Holiday (@tinkerschelle), bring a puppy spill pad and sit on the non-absorbent side so your bottom stays dry (@meridashair), If you are prepared, hit Splash Mountain and Autopia (@kmsalling), hang out in the Opera House- sometimes characters hang out there too (@chachalina55). STAR WARS FANS: Instead of the Jedi Training Academy, they usually have a meet and greet with Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and Darth Maul (@StarWarsLove).
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Rainy Day Calvalcade (video by Coaster): When the rain cancels the parades, this is what happens: