While planning our recent trip to LEGOLAND, we decided to add on a couple days at Disneyland. Thankfully, I checked the weather right before we left Seattle. That’s when I realized it would be raining at Disneyland! May contain affiliate links.

So, I packed rain boots for the boys and rain jackets for everyone!

Sure enough, we spent our first day at Disneyland in the rain. But, being from Seattle (you know, the land of rain) we didn’t let that stop us from having a magical day!

What You Need to Know about Disneyland in the Rain:

IT MIGHT NOT AFFECT CROWDS

We went on a weekend in October, and I assumed the rain would keep people away. But, I think a lot of people were there specifically to see the Halloween festivities.

So, if you are going at a time where people might be planning trips to Disneyland, don’t count on shorter lines.

But, if you are going at low season or during the week, you can probably take advantage!

Funny thing, it was actually less crowded on a sunny Sunday morning than on the rainy Saturday!

OUTDOOR RIDES WILL BE WET

We usually start off doing Dumbo as our first ride at Disneyland. The line wasn’t too long, so we only waited about 10 minutes.

Photo of a Mom and boy riding Dumbo at Disneyland in the rain #DLP #Disneyland #Dumbo
Even though I sat in a little puddle, the magic of Disneyland made this ride as fun as ever! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Since people were sitting on the ride, I figured they would stay somewhat dry.

As soon as I sat down, I realized the seat was wet. I hadn’t factored in the time in BETWEEN rides!

Insider tip: Bring a plastic bag or poncho to put on the seat first to avoid a wet tushy!

SOME RIDES WILL CLOSE

Something else I hadn’t factored in is that some rides would close because of the rain.

My son really wanted to do Gadget’s Go Coaster in Toon Town, but they had to close it and he was really sad.

Same thing happened with The Mad Tea Party. It was the first time I’ve seen the teacups empty at Disneyland!

Make sure to check the Disneyland App to see which rides are closed. Insider tip: It helps to let kids know that some of their favorite rides might be closed because of the rain, but they might open up later in the day.

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YOU WON’T SEE CHARACTERS WALKING AROUND

Don’t expect to see princesses hanging out at the Disneyland entrance or Alice walking around in the rain.

It’s definitely a bit less magical when you don’t see lots of characters doing photo ops outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do character meet & greets.

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Snow White escaped the rain with this indoor meet & greet on Main Street. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

We saw Snow White sneaking inside at Town Square and we did a fun photo op with her!

And we saw Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy doing meet & greets outside under the awnings on Town Square buildings.

THE FIREWORKS MIGHT BE CANCELED

You’ll definitely want to check to see if the fireworks are canceled because of the weather. You’ll be able to do this on the Disneyland App or ask a cast member.

There’s no need to stake out a spot and wait in the rain only to find out later that they are canceled.

BUT, YOU’RE STILL AT DISNEYLAND AND IT WILL BE AWESOME!

While I was a little bummed that it was raining (only because it was our friends’ first trip!) we had a BLAST!

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Who knew Disneyland in the rain would be so much fun? Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Just about everything we wanted to do was open and the lines weren’t very long.

In fact, Main Street was pretty deserted and we were able to do photos with most of the characters with just a 5-10 minute wait!

Tips for Going to Disneyland in the Rain

CHECK THE WEATHER BEFORE YOU GO

I know this may seem obvious, but keep an eye on the weather for the days leading up to your trip and check before you head into the Parks.

This gives you an opportunity to pack rain gear so you are prepared!

I like to bring foldable rain jackets, rain ponchos, and a mini umbrella in our day bag. And you might bring a foldable water resistant blanket like this for sitting on the wet ground for the parades.

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BRING EXTRA CLOTHES

Chances are, you will sit on a wet bench or ride and you’ll have wet pants. Or worse, your kids will have wet clothes and they will complain over and over again about it!

So, throw in extra pants and shirts so you have an option!

THINK ABOUT YOUR SHOES

I didn’t want to pack my tall rain boots, so I ended up wearing lace up shoes. Well, my shoes got wet and then my SOCKS got wet, so I had wet toes most of the day.

I’m really glad that I packed rain boots for the boys because they had dry feet and loved splashing in all the puddles!

In hindsight, I wish I would have brought some short rain boots like these just to keep my feet dry. Or at least some extra socks!

BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR HAIR

I had hoped to rock days-old straightened hair with dry shampoo one more day, but alas, my hair immediately frizzed up in the misty rain!

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The rain didn’t stop me from taking a quick pic in front of this fun wall in Toon Town! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

So, I embraced it and put on my Minnie Ears like it was no big deal!

And it didn’t stop me from wearing my new Minnie Mouse dress!

SECURITY LINE

There is one security line at Disneyland just for people with no bags. A bag counts as anything with a zipper (yes, even a wallet.)

So, if you are traveling with kids, send one parent through the line with the bags while the other goes through the “no bag” line with the kids. Then, they can wait under covered areas to stay drier.

We also split up so I could go rent the stroller to minimize our wait in the rain.

STROLLER COVER

This was the number one thing I regretted not having at Disneyland. We don’t use one at home because the kids are either in the stroller or I park in a covered spot.

But, at Disneyland, you’ll be parking your stroller in the elements while you go on rides or eat, so it’s just sitting there getting wet.

My kids didn’t want to sit down in a wet stroller and I really don’t blame them.

So, you can either use a rain poncho or get a stroller cover to keep your stroller nice and dry.

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HEAD TO MICKEY’S HOUSE

While I suggest you do this whether or not it’s raining, it’s actually an awesome place to wait out the rain.

When we were there, the line was 60 minutes long. But, the kids were able to play inside his house, which was a great distraction!

And then, Goofy and Pluto came through for an impromptu meet & greet! That was a huge surprise!

The boys were stoked to have Mickey sign their autograph books! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

And when we finally got into the real waiting area, there were clips of Mickey Mouse movies playing. It was a great way to hang out while avoiding the rain at Disneyland!

Plus, by the time we met Mickey Mouse, we were all dry!

DO THE SHOWS

Another great way to enjoy Disneyland in the rain is to take advantage of all the Disney shows!

There are several shows at the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre in Fantasyland, which is covered area where you can watch short, live action performances like Tangled and Beauty & the Beast.

Another good option is Mickey and the Magical Map. It’s in a much larger covered amphitheater and features lots of recognizable characters.

You can also grab a seat at Main Street Cinema or Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln to relax a bit before braving the rain again.

We were able to get seats for Frozen–Live at the Hyperion show in Disney California Adventure and it was incredible! And by the time we got out, the rain was gone!

And the Disney Junior Dance Party is awesome if you are with toddlers and preschoolers!

VISIT THE PRINCESSES

The line to go Meet the Princesses at the Royal Hall is also in a covered area. So, at least you’ll stay dry even if the line is a bit long.

Photo of boys meeting Cinderella at the Royal Hall, a great place to beat the rain at Disneyland #cinderella #disneyland #DLR
The boys were honored to meet Cinderella at Disneyland! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Plus, once you get inside, you’ll get to meet three princesses! That’s totally worth the wait!

ANIMATION ACADEMY

If you’re in Disney California Adventure, definitely stop at the Animation Academy.

This is where you can learn how to draw notable Disney characters while sitting indoors in a lecture hall.

The lobby plays clips from Disney films, so it’s also a great spot for kids to lay down or snuggle to warm up.

And hit up Turtle Talk with Crush (also located in the same building) if you have kids with you. It’s a laid-back, interactive experience where you can sit down and let your kids talk to the screen!

INDOOR RIDES

And not all rides are outdoors! Head to the rides that are indoors.

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My son loved showing his friend “it’s a small world” for her first trip! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We hit up “it’s a small world” because it’s our favorite ride and we were able to dry off a bit while enjoying the view! The outdoor line was short and moved quickly.

We also did the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Most of the line was under cover and then we were inside the submarine!

And at Disney California Adventure, we waited inside for the Ariel’s Undersea Adventure ride. Another great way to beat the rain!

Additional Options at Disneyland Include:

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Indiana Jones Adventure

Pirates of the Caribbean

Haunted Mansion

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

Space Mountain

Star Wars Launch Bay

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Enchanted Tiki Room

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GET THE MAXPASS

To limit your time standing in the rain, pay $10 to get the MaxPass. That way, you can manage all your FastPasses on your phone instead of running around the Parks.

Plus, you can avoid some of those long lines that aren’t covered! Let’s spend more time ON rides than waiting for them!

ENJOY A SIT DOWN MEAL

Usually, I’m a big fan of grabbing food to go to make the most of Disneyland trips.

But, we decided to sit down at the Rose Red Tavern to enjoy lunch. It was pretty packed and it took awhile to find a table, but it was nice to feel warm and dry while eating!

Had I thought about it earlier, I would have reserved a table at the Plaza Inn for Breakfast with Minnie. It’s an easy way to see a ton of characters without getting wet!

Insider tip: You can use the Disneyland App to make last minute dining reservations, too!

GO SHOPPING

And this is usually my answer to everything, but shopping is another great way to spend a rainy day at Disneyland!

Whether you are popping in just for a few minutes at one of the cute little shops (like the Mad Hatter or the one at “it’s a small world”) or heading to one of the bigger ones in Tomorrowland or Main Street, it’s a fun way to stay in the Disney spirit while keeping dry!

HAVE A RAINY DAY PLAN

There’s nothing worse that getting your hopes and dreams dashed. Adjust your expectations.

We decided that instead of focusing on rides and parades, we’d spend the day meeting as many characters as we could (and we met a LOT) and enjoying the shows!

And my husband had the Disneyland App up and if a ride had a super short wait time (10 minutes or less) we’d beeline over! Each time we did this, it felt like a total bonus!

The kids had the best time ever and we got to experience parts of Disneyland we hadn’t done before!

Thanks to Disneyland Resort for the media tickets. All opinions are my own.

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

48 Comments

  1. First, that Minnie outfit is super cute!! I’ve only been to Disneyland once (since we are in NJ we usually just take the quick flight to FL to WDW) but we really want to go back so I love these tips for when the weather turns.

  2. These are great ideas and i always tuck some garbage bags in my bag because of the water rides so my butt can stay dry!

  3. I think that a lot of visitors to Disney don’t even think about the rain. What a great post, saving so I am prepared when I visit.

  4. When we lived in LA we had annual passes to Disneyland and rainy days were always the best!

  5. I think I would go to the park even more if it did rain. That’s really awesome that the character went out to see the park goers.

  6. Great post and I’m with the others I’d think I’d prefer the rainy days when it’s not so busy!!

  7. This is great info! A random storm hit when I visited Disney world as a child and it made the experience much more memorable, I had a blast in the rain haha.

  8. Living in South Florida, it always rain when we visit Disney World.. We always pack a poncho to be prepared. Love all of your tips, we should always be ready to have fun at Disney even if it rains.

  9. I definitely agree that you need to be prepared for the elements when travelling to Disney. thanks for sharing those tips and the wonderful pictures

  10. You really made the most of a day where the weather was less than favorable! It sounds like even with the rain, it is possible to have an awesome time with the right attitude and preparedness. Thanks for sharing all of your tips, and I love the photos!

  11. Great tips. I want to be a kid again while reading your post. It’s on my bucket list, visit Disneyland. I don’t know when I will get the chance , but I know I will come prepared. Thanks for your post.

  12. These are great tips. We have only been to DW for a holiday. It’s a little harder to prepare for the weather when have to fly 10 hours to get to your destination. Having an idea on how to change your agenda once you are there to optimize the Disney experience is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ellie Plummer Reply

    Although I don’t have children, I am hoping to go to Disneyland soon so this is really useful. Sounds like you had a really fun time too.

  14. In Norway we have a saying “there is no bad weather only bad clothes” I feel like you live up to this saying as well

  15. First all, good job for braving disney in the rain!!! It’s hard enough during all the elements (hot or cold!!) I couldn’t imagine how much more difficult it would be if it were to rain. These tips definitely help!

  16. Bindu Thomas Reply

    These are some amazing tips! Saving so I am prepared when I visit.

  17. I actually really love your posts! they are really insightful and very helpful indeed 🙂 (I’ve never been to disneyland ever *runs*)

  18. These are all really great tips! Doing anything in the rain can be discouraging, but with some of these tips it seems like you were able to make the most of it! i’ll have to keep these in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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