Tips for a Rainy Day at Disneyland

Is there rain in the forecast for your upcoming Disneyland vacation? Here are some helpful tips for a rainy day at Disneyland!

Rain, rain, here to stay? Either way, it’s a Disney Day! Having spent the majority of my life in Southern California, I find it quite curious when water starts falling from the sky. But there’s one thing I know for sure. Rainy days are the best Disney days!

Contrary to popular belief, rainy days are the best Disney days. See @mydarlingparty's tips for a rainy day at Disneyland.

You might wonder how on earth a place that fills your heart with sunshine could remain so magical when it’s drizzling. I asked several of my Disney-loving friends, and they all agreed. Rain deters park attendees, so getting on rides is much faster. And you can’t forget the magical memories you’ll make embracing the rain. The Disneyland Resort remains the Happiest Place on Earth, regardless of the weather.

But those bothersome rain clouds can present some planning challenges, so I wanted to share with you tips for a rainy day at Disneyland, sorted by land.

Contrary to popular belief, rainy days are the best Disney days. See @mydarlingparty's tips for a rainy day at Disneyland.

Tips for a Rainy Day at Disneyland

Main Street

  • Pop in and out of shops to avoid the rain. Most stores connect so you can make your way down the street, dry as a whistle. While shopping, pick up an umbrella or poncho to help stay dry.
  • Head into Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln or spend pocket change at the arcade.
  • Nab a hot chocolate or one of your favorite Starbucks coffee drinks from Market House.

Contrary to popular belief, rainy days are the best Disney days. See @mydarlingparty's tips for a rainy day at Disneyland.


  • Tomorrowland is my personal favorite for staying dry. Attractions are relatively close together which cuts down on sprinting through rain showers.
  • With Season of the Force overlays in Tomorrowland, rainy day guests will have an out of this galaxy day. Attractions not to miss include Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours, Hyperspace Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Get a peek at the Star Wars-inspired Tomorrowland. And if you didn’t get enough shopping in while on Mainstreet, check out some of the fun Star Wars merchandise.

Contrary to popular belief, rainy days are the best Disney days. See @mydarlingparty's tips for a rainy day at Disneyland.


  • With the majority of the lines being outdoors, Fantasyland can be challenging during the rain. Head to it’s a small world for a reprieve or check out wait times on the Disneyland app.
  • The dazzling rain drops will remind you it’s spring, as will the gorgeous colors of the flowers blooming at the Disneyland Resort. Take a moment to stop and smell the flowers, or get inspired for your own garden.

Contrary to popular belief, rainy days are the best Disney days. See @mydarlingparty's tips for a rainy day at Disneyland.


The words “You may get wet” are right on when considering Frontierland. Embrace it! One of my favorite memories from our past rainy day visit was taking my 8-year-old on Splash Mountain. The look on her face after getting even more soaked after the big drop!

Contrary to popular belief, rainy days are the best Disney days. See @mydarlingparty's tips for a rainy day at Disneyland.

My husband shared fond memories of his first visit to Walt Disney World as a child and his parents joining in on the races from umbrella to umbrella in the ‘monsoon’ he experienced. Those unexpected bits of weather make for great memories!


  • An all-season favorite for our family is the Enchanted Tiki Room. It’s indoors and allows for tired feet to have a rest. Plus, Dole Whips are always a good idea.
  • Also consider Pirates of the Carribean, another indoor option. There are two early drops that could possibly get guests a little wet, but nothing worthy of an outfit change.
  • Normally, Indiana Jones requires fast passes for my family due to the wait time. But Indiana Jones is a great example of why rainy days are the best days at the Disneyland Resort. There’s little to no wait! Get on your favorites again and again.

If you’re willing to get a little wet, a rainy day at Disneyland is dripping with memories and fun. How do you make the most of rainy days at Disneyland?

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34 thoughts on “Tips for a Rainy Day at Disneyland”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    We usually go to Disney World in August, which is rainy season, so we have to get creative down there sometimes since a lot of the rides shut down in the rain.

  2. Lady Lilith says:

    Nice to know there are a lot of indoor options. If you go on a rainy day, looks like you will still have what to do.

  3. diane says:

    we have been lucky so far. The two times we have gone were both sunny and nice. Can’t imagine trying to deal with those lines in the rain!

  4. chasing Joy says:

    These are great tips. I hope to go to Disney one day. It’s good to know a rainy day wont stop the magic.

  5. MJ. L says:

    These are great tips! I have been going to Disney for years but have never went on a rainy day. Now I know some great ways to stay dry when it does rain!

  6. MELISASource says:

    I absolutely love your photos! We have yet to go to Disneyland, but I’ll keep these tips in mind for when we do!

  7. Liz Mays says:

    It’s good to know there is a TON of things you can do on a rainy day. I’d go to Disneyland in pretty much any weather.

  8. felicia says:

    I would love to visit Disneyland! These are all excellent tips.

  9. Jaime says:

    I’ve never been to Disneyland (or Disney World, and that’s pretty tragic.) I can’t imagine there ever being a bad time to visit either park – even in the rain!

  10. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says:

    I had no idea there was so much to do even in the rain in Disney! Pinning this post to remember!

  11. Theresa says:

    We’ve been to Disney World twice and got lucky that it didn’t rain at all while we were there. If we go back and happen to get drizzled on, these are great tips to help make the most of the wet day!

  12. Stacie says:

    You can’t control the weather, but it’s good to know the fun doesn’t stop because it’s raining. Looks like you had a blast.

  13. Jenna Wood says:

    You have to be pretty unlucky to plan a trip to Disneyland on a rainy day in SoCal (they’re rare.) This is a great way to make the best of it though!

  14. Nicole Escat says:

    I will still love and will enjoy the disneyland even when it rains. When i was young, disneyland was my dream and it still on my bucketlist.

  15. Mistee Dawn says:

    These are such great ideas! I cannot wait for the day when I get to take my daughter to Disneyland!

  16. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Disney can still be a ton of fun in the rain. I would like that there are not as many people there. These are great tips.

  17. jamie says:

    We have still not made it to disney… I would hope a bit of rain would not stop the fun.

  18. Brandy says:

    These are all fabulous ideas on what to do with a rainy day at Disney Land! Glad you shared this!

  19. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Unless it is thundering, I say get wet on the water rides! These are fun tips for a trip I hope to take someday!

  20. Jeanine says:

    So fun! What great tips. I’ve never been to disney but I can see it being a lot of fun in the rain even though rain usually is a bummer to all!

  21. Debra says:

    Unless there was thunder and lightning, I wouldn’t let rain hamper my trip. The first time we visited WDW it rained at night, it delayed the Electric Parade, but we ducked into some shops along Main Street until it stopped and even got some ice cream!

  22. Shell says:

    What great ideas for a rainy day. My kids and I have had so much fun at amusement parks in the rain.

  23. Tonia says:

    Excellent ideas. I live on the east coast so going to Disney World is easiest, and the rainy days are plenty. Ducking in and out of the shops is convenient for staying drier.

  24. Dawn McAlexander says:

    I have been to Disney World but not Disneyland. I am sure that these tips would be great for there, too. Thanks!

  25. Veronica says:

    I haven’t been to Disney in forever. I would hate for it to rain while I am there. Great tips

  26. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    Disneyland is fun no matter what the weather when you know the lines will be shorter. You mentioned many of my favorites, which are also great places to experience when it’s very warm outside. Now I can’t wait to visit Disney on either side of the country!

  27. CourtneyLynne says:

    These are some great tips!!! I use to live in FL and I would always tell people rain is your friend at Disney! You will get to do everything because the parks literally empty out!

  28. Kristin says:

    We love Disneyland on Any Day! So glad to hear all the things to do on those once in a blue moon rainy days.

  29. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says:

    I think its awesome that there is so much you can still do – even in the rain. I try to not let a little rain ruin my day…. as it usually doesn’t last long!

  30. Toni | BoulderLocavore says:

    What a smart post. I think no one thinks about what to do if the weather isn’t great. Some great ideas!

  31. Marielle Altenor says:

    I actually never been to Disneyland. As appealing as it would be during a rainy day I would much rather go when it is sunny =) lol

  32. Shannon Gurnee says:

    These are definitely some great tips for visiting Disneyland on a rainy day! I love going to Disneyland!

  33. Latoicha says:

    I have been to Disneyland and love it! These are great suggestions to enjoy Disneyland on a rainy day.

  34. Debra says:

    Wonderful list of tips and I love how you categorized them by land! ? At least Disneyland attractions are closer together than WDW! Helpful for rainy days!

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