Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rain in Disneyland–What worked and what didn’t

Normally Southern CA doesn’t get more than three days of rain in a row.  We hoped that the intense, heavy rain on the drive down would be the end of it.  Oh how mistaken we were.  Parts of LA reported over 14 inches of rain in three days and that wasn’t on the last day of the rain. 

  • I bought rain boots for the kids and a rain jacket for Gwen before we left.  I honestly thought I had wasted my money.  Nope, it was the best investment I ever made! 
  • Gavin’s little windbreaker we bought him last year thinking it was weather proof just soaked up all the rain.  No worries.  Heath and I didn’t really have weather proof jackets either so we bought the Disney rain ponchos that everyone had.  Gavin sort of destroyed his.  I’m not sure how but he can be a fidgety person, lately with something constantly in his mouth.  So his poncho had a hole in it under the hole for his face.  It didn’t take long for the plastic to rip all the way down and have the whole poncho fall off around his feet as he walked.  We bought him a new Disneyland jacket. 
  • The ponchos were great and kept us dry and the kids were dry in their rain boots and weatherproof jackets.  We created a tent over Gwen in the stroller with ponchos that worked out pretty well.  Heath bought a hat and was much happier since it kept him a lot dryer. 
  • Before making the tent Gwen’s pants were soaked.  Hairdryers are just as good as a dryer.  We had two on her stroller and had the thing dry in no time.  It was dripping wet from sitting outside the Blue Bayou where we ate lunch on Monday. 


  • The best part of the rain was that it kept the lines down.  I can only remember two or three rides that we actually had to wait for.  One was Midway Mania in CA Adventures and the others were on Thursday when the sun came out along with a phenomenal amount of people.  By the way, Disneyland has had to turn people away the last two days because they have sold out!  That is a lot of people. 
  • The other best part about the rain is that nobody looked good.  Everyone was bedraggled and wet with rolled up pants.  Everyone had fun but the rain definitely took out the fashion show element of Disneyland.  The only heels we saw were at night in Downtown Disney where people dressed up to go to dinner and had umbrellas.  And that was more like Wednesday and Thursday when the rain had stopped. 
  • One night Heath and I went out alone.  We left the kids with Grandma and Grandpa.  That was my favorite part of the whole trip.  Anyway, we left our ponchos in the room and took two umbrellas.  It completely changed everything.  My advice is to make sure everyone has their own umbrella.  If you have little kids like us and umbrellas are more trouble than they’re worth, do the poncho thing and accept the rain for what it is. 


Kirk, Dayleen, and Breena in the first teacup.  Garrett and Melina in the second teacup.

  • Some rides were closed because of the rain.  My kids loved all the rides in Fantasyland and Storybook land but we couldn’t do most of them until Thursday.  We did stand in line for the Alice in ‘Wonderland ride but as soon as they announced it was a ride that closes for inclement weather we jumped out of line because there was so much more to do. 
  • Going for four days in the rain made us see more shows in CA Adventure.  The first time we went we were there for three days and didn’t see many shows.  The shows were great.  We saw Aladdin where Gwen cried when it was over.  We saw the Muppets in 3D.  We saw Turtle Talk with Crush twice and went to the Animation Academy where we learned to draw Goofy. 
  • We got fast passes for Soaring Over California twice.  That was the only ride we got fast passes for.  I know Kirk’s family did a lot more fast passes for rides our kids didn’t want to do. 

I’m sure there is a lot more to add to this list.  Dawn and Dayleen should add their own tips.  The Seattle Westovers (Kirk and Dayleen’s family) wore shorts and capris almost every day.  They never had to deal with their pants dragging in puddles. 

2 thoughts:

Dawn said...

Advise for Disneyland in the Rain

Don’t believe the song title: “It Never Rain in Southern California.” but listen to the chorus:
Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours.

Being from the Seattle area everyone assumed we were use to the rain but I have never been so wet outside of a swimming pool.
1. Take two raincoats so one can dry out while you go out again in the dry one.
2. Be sure you have sprayed the coats with Scotch guard before you go.
3. Buy a poncho before it starts to rain. I saw several people with rain suits which would be even better.
4. Bring duct tape to repair the poncho.
5. Bring extra socks and shoes.
6. If you use an umbrella be considerate of others.

The Piquant Storyteller said...

I have never heard that song but it is so true! Your advice is perfect. I saw the people walking around in their plastic suits and I really wanted one. Dry legs would have been really nice. We sure had fun though didn't we?