The date has been circled on the calendar for weeks. As the days draw closer, the anticipation grows for that magical trip to the “happiest place on earth.” The day finally arrives, but the eager attendee is welcomed in the morning by ominously dark clouds and a threat of imminent showers. Suddenly, the day that has long been anticipated may be changed by a shift in the weather, which is welcome in “Mary Poppins” but not on a day that includes a Disneyland trip.
Is the day ruined? Will all the hopes and dreams of a perfect outing be dashed? For some, the answer might be “yes” if happiness was contingent on a bright sunny day. However, enjoyment of amusement parks does not always require perfect weather. Here are a few thoughts on how to enjoy a day at Disneyland in the rain.
In general, people should always check the weather forecast before heading to an amusement park. If there is a chance of rain, people should pack proper rain gear. Umbrellas can be a bit unwieldy, so it might be best to go with the standard rain jacket or parka. For short-term use, people can purchase compact parkas in the camping section at local department store for a couple of dollars. These are usually over-sized, so they can cover large parts of an adult or child as they trudge through the rain.
Despite the presence of rain, Disneyland still has many of their rides and attractions inside, and people can still hit their favorite spots. Rides like Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Innovations, Small World, Peter Pan, and the Haunted House are all indoors. Granted, some lines may be partially outside, but hopefully the previously mentioned rain gear could help fend off some of the weather. In addition, there are other shows and shops that can be enjoyed indoors so that attendees do not have to spend their time outside.
Breaks in the weather
Certainly there are days where it rains throughout the day. However, in Disneyland locations such as Southern California, rain can come and go. When it does, park employees usually have rides cleaned up and ready to go. Therefore, people should continue to watch the skies and be ready to head for their favorite attraction if the weather improves. That way they can still take advantage of the park, even if the skies are a bit bleak.
To a certain extent, people may just want to decide that they are going to “deal” with the weather. Disneyland is in a warm weather state, and while walking in the rain is not the most pleasant activity, it could be a lot worse. To be certain, parents don’t want to risk sickness and misery for their kids, but at the same time attitude can go a long way. Therefore, the best way to deal with a rainy day may be to bundle up, walk through a few puddles, and make it an adventure!
Despite the dreary nature of rainy days, a wet and cloudy day can actually be a blessing in disguise at a place like Disneyland. One of the biggest challenges of Disneyland is that the crowds can be oppressively large, particularly on the weekends. If people can survive a rainy day, it can actually be a much better experience because many people will stay away. Therefore, a rainy day may change the Disneyland experience. However, people can still have a fun and memorable time at the “happiest place on earth.”