What to Do When it Rains at Disneyland? Enjoy Disneyland in the Rain!

Updated 9/16/18. Visiting Disneyland in the rain is one of the best decisions you can make to have a less crowded day in the park. On one of the best days we ever had at Disneyland, it rained in the morning and then got sunny in the afternoon.

When it rains at Disneyland, the crowds tend to be low…and that’s just how I like them!

Below find some tips for visiting Disneyland in the rain! Find out what to do when it rains at Disneyland, advice on what to wear when it’s raining in Disneyland, and where to eat in Disneyland inside.

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How to Dress For Disneyland In the Rain

First of all, be sure to check the forecast. Even though it is rainy, the park may not necessarily be cold. Often when it is raining at Disneyland, I choose to wear shorts because it is still hot out and that way no cloth will be exposed below my poncho.

That leads perfectly to my next point! Make sure that you bring a poncho for visiting Disneyland in the rain! Don’t bother with a raincoat or umbrella. Ponchos will be able to easily cover your entire body and any bag that you are carrying without adding extra mass that you have to worry about carrying around when the rain stops or you go inside. Make sure that you bring your own poncho to Disneyland because buying them on Amazon costs a lot less than buying them in the parks.

Make sure that you have a good selection of shoes. The best case scenario is to pick shoes that are water resistant or even boots so that you aren’t walking around in sponges all day. My only concern with this is that you will end up with shoes that are waterproof, but not comfortable to walk in all day.

You can rent a locker at the resort to store dry clothes if your Disneyland hotel is too far away.

You can read more about what to wear to Disneyland and what to pack for our Disneyland here.

Top 10 What to Do When it Rains at Disneyland Ideas

Below we have grouped attractions, experiences, and dining options into themes and areas for you plan a better Disneyland trip when it is raining.

Take the Disneyland rainy day to enjoy things that you wouldn’t usually.

Main Street Attractions and Shops

A still from the film that starts the Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

There are a few attractions on Main Street that are great to explore when the weather is cold or wet. Main Street Cinema plays several old time Mickey Mouse movies that you can sit inside on the floor and watch. The Disneyland Story and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is located as you enter Disneyland. The Disneyland Story includes an impressive collection of Disney artifacts and memorabilia as well as a video and pictures. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln uses Audio-Animatronics technology in a beautiful theatre to present this great President’s legacy. Additionally, there are several shops on Main Street where you an browse the merchandise and avoid the weather.

New Orleans Square Options to Stay Dry

Pirate cellmates try to lure a dog with cell keys in its mouth over to their locked cell

New Orleans Square offers two indoor rides where you an escape the Disneyland rain. The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion are guest favorites and include a nice dry place to sit. The New Orleans shops are also great for staying dry. Here you can browse in shops such as Cristal d’Orleans, Pieces of Eight, and Pandora. For dining, the Blue Bayou is an indoor restaurant with a view of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the French Market Restaurant is covered, outdoor seating.

Stay Dry in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland

The illuminated space ship inspired entrance to the Star Wars Launch Bay as night falls

Star Wars Launch Bay is a great indoor area to explore all things related to Star Wars. There are several areas with memorabilia and videos from the movies, as well as opportunities to meet characters, such as Chewbaca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and Bobo Fett. There are also Star Wars video games and a shop with some great merchandise, books and customized phone cases. You can buy a phone case or name tag with your name engraved in the Star Wars language, Aurebesh!

Space Mountain, Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, and Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters are all also indoor rides you can enjoy in any kind of weather.

Disneyland in the Rain Ideas, Fantasyland

The fanciful it’s a small world façade is full of whimsical detail

There are several rides in Fanstasy Land that are indoor, including It’s a Small World, Snow White’s Daring Adventure, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Peter Pan’s Flight.

You can sit in the covered theater to watch Mickey and the Magical Map, a live musical show, or see the humorous versions of Tangled and Beauty and the Beast at the Storytelling at Royal Theatre. This is also a great time to use the indoor princess meet and greet located next door to the Royal Theater.

Disneyland in the Rain, Adventureland Options

Audio-Animatronics figure of a singing parrot named Pierre at Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

Inside the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room, you can watch a 15-minute colorful, musical show that showcases the Pacific Islands. This theatre-in-the-round includes exotic birds, tikis and plants that sing. Be sure to stop at the Tiki Juice Bar before you go into the show. You can purchase a Dole Whip soft serve, Dole Whip Float, pineapple spear, or Dole pineapple juice. The Dole Whip Float is a crowd favorite and there won’t likely be the typical line for the sweet treat on a Disneyland rain day!

Indiana Jones Adventure is an indoor, thrill ride where you take part in The Legend of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

Queen Elsa and her Royal Court

You will be truly impressed with this Broadway-like version of Frozen at the Hyperion Theatre in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure. This one-hour show is performed in a beautiful, indoor theatre with amazing special effects and talented actors and musicians. This spectacular musical includes your favorites from the beloved movie, such as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven. This is a great way to get indoors from the Disneyland rain for a show that is just over an hour.

Disney Animation Building     

Many lamps hang from the Sorcerer's Workshop ceiling

Located in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure, the Disney Animation Building houses a few indoor attractions to escape the weather. At the Animation Academy you can draw a different Disney character every 30 minutes with a Disney artist. At Turtle Talk with Crush you can chat live with this tubular Finding Nemo character.

The Animation Courtyard is a great place to relax on couches and carpet while watching video clips and stills from many of your favorite Disney movies. You can walk down the ramp to the Sorcerer’s Workshop where you can visit the Beast’s Library and explore the Magic Mirror Realm and create your own animated artwork. You can also meet the Frozen princesses at Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome.

Escape the Rain With Short Films

There are a few spots in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure where you can watch short films or previews and stay dry. In Tomorrowland, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi runs every 15 minutes and is a brilliant showcase of all of the Star Wars movies. The Sunset Showcase Theatre in Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure provides sneak peaks of upcoming Disney and Marvel Moves. Past movies include A Wrinkle in Time, Thor: Ragnarok, and Beauty and the Beast. Also, as mentioned above, It’s Tough to be a Bug! is another short film experience to check out.

Disneyland in the Rain–Indoor Dining

Gas station-themed entrance to Flo's V8 Cafe lit with neon signs at night

When the weather outside is frightful, dining inside is delightful! Indoor restaurants in Disneyland include Plaza Inn, Red Rose Tavern, Blue Bayou, Golden Horseshoe, Pizza Port, and the Carnation Café. Indoor restaurants that are located in Disney’s California Adventure include Carthay Circle and Flo’s V8 Café. Downtown Disney has several indoor restaurants as well, including Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Tortilla Jo’s, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Rainforest Café, and the ESPN Zone. Additionally, there is a Starbucks in both parks and in Downtown Disney where you can sit inside and enjoy a hot drink. You can see all of my top Disneyland restaurant reviews here.

Disneyland Character Dining is also a fantastic way to still feel like you are in the middle of the Disney magic surrounded by characters without having to walk anywhere in the rain.

BONUS: Go All In On the Disneyland Rainy Day

You will inevitably already be wet from spending the day at Disneyland in the rain. Why not take full advantage of this? Grizzly River Rapids and Splash Mountain may not be your top choice on a regular day, but when you are already soaked it’s the perfect time to enjoy these awesome attractions. My record is riding Grizzly River Rapids five times in a row without getting off while it was pouring rain. (We were staying at the Grand Californian Hotel, which made it even easier to run back to the hot shower afterwards.)

I highly recommend that when visiting Disneyland in the rain that you make a dining reservation so that you have a guaranteed spot to escape to.

Frequently Asked Disneyland in the Rain Questions

What rides close at Disneyland when it rains? 

Many of the attractions that involve going outside along tracks or along slippery surfaces close while it is raining at Disneyland. All outdoor attractions close when lightning is visible in the area.

Inside Disneyland Park, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Tea Party Spinning Tea Cups, Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Main Street Vehicles, Storybook Canal Boats, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, and Gadget’s Go Coaster all typically close down due to rain.

In Disney California Adventure park, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, The Redwood Creek Challenge trail, Golden Zephyr, and Silly Symphony Swings all typically close down due to rain at Disneyland.

All of the parades are cancelled or abridged depending on the severity of the storm. Fireworks are sometimes cancelled, but can sometimes be shown if it is just rainy and not windy.

Can you get a Disneyland rain refund? 

Disneyland’s official policy is that all tickets are non-refundable, as we mention in our guide to finding discount Disneyland tickets, however Guest Relations does have the ability to give refunds on a case-by-case basis. Getting a Disneyland ticket refund due to rain alone is not likely, but if you feel that you deserve a refund it does not hurt to ask at the Disneyland City Hall or Chamber of Commerce.

How much are rain ponchos at Disneyland? 

Disneyland rain ponchos are $10 for adult ponchos and $9 for child ponchos. They also sell small umbrellas for $15.

How often does it rain in Disneyland?

Disneyland can be rather wet during the early months of the year with January, February, and early March being the main time periods for rain. As mentioned on our when to visit Disneyland calendar, this can make for much lower crowds. If you check on the weather report a few days before your Disneyland vacation, you will get the best information on if it will rain at Disneyland.

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