Things to do at the Disneyland Resort when it Rains

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Believe it or not, the Happiest Place on Earth doesn’t always have the best weather. Every now and then there is a rainy day at the Disneyland Resort. Don’t stress if it starts to rain! Some people will leave the parks or not even go if it’s raining. Take advantage of the lower crowds and shorter lines! Here are some things you can do to stay out of the rain:


There are so many wonderful shops at the Disneyland Resort! When it starts raining, head into one of the shops on Main Street or Buena Vista Street. The great thing about the shops on those streets is they are all connected! So you won’t have to get wet when you leave one shop to go into another.

Indoor Attractions

When it rains, the outdoor attractions (like Big Thunder Mountain) will close until the weather clears up. Take this opportunity to ride one of the many indoor attractions like Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland or Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney California Adventure.


Most of the shows at the parks are indoors. Check out “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland or “Disney Junior-Live on Stage!” at Disney California Adventure.


Even if you don’t already have a dining reservation, check to see if there have been any cancelations or see if you can walk up and get a table. You’ll be out of the rain and get to enjoy a delicious meal. Or grab a bite at any of the quick service locations.

Downtown Disney District

The Downtown Disney District has lots of indoor options for staying dry. You can shop, dine, or see a movie at the AMC theater.

Stay at Disneyland

Disneyland has more indoor attractions than California Adventure. If you have a park hopper, check out Disneyland for staying out of the rain. Take a round trip ride on the Disneyland Railroad or take a tour around Tom Sawyer Island on the Mark Twain Riverboat.


You can still see some great characters at Disneyland when it’s raining. Mickey Mouse is at his house in Toon Town and some princesses are at the Princess Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland.

Wet Rides

If you don’t mind being wet, go on the rides that you know you’ll get wet on anyways. Splash Mountain at Disneyland or Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure are sure to get you wet!

What are some things you like to do when it rains at the Disneyland Resort?

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  1. Great advise. We caught there one time when it rained. It was a gentle sprinkle that let up while we walked to the park. After a couple of hours, it started to sprinkle and quickly turned into rain, which in turn turned into a downpour that ended up lasting more than 6 hours. With 4 small kids, we decided it was best to get our Disney ponchos, cover the stroller with 2 of them and head back to the hotel. I agree with your recommendations, as this would normally be a great time to shop, eat or catch indoor rides since the crowds tend to head out. I say why not go on Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Run? You’re already getting wet anyways!

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