If Southern California is known for one thing, it’s sunny weather and 70 degree days. Even Walt Disney realized this, as perfect weather provides the perfect place to build a theme park. It becomes all too easy, spending so much time basking in the warm Anaheim breeze, to remember that other seasons exist at all! Believe it or not, I have been SERIOUSLY asked about the infamous “Weather Dome”, an invisible force field that is presumed to be hidden high above the park in the atmosphere. This dome, of course, is completely fictional. For a few months in the beginning of the year, it does indeed bring the occasional chilly weather, darker clouds, and of course, rain. If going to The Disneyland Resort is always magical, a morning mist or slight sprinkle can add an extra element of magic to the experience.
As some readers may realize, I am not originally from SoCal, and odd weather is nothing new to my adventures! I have been through snow, sleet, hail, and even a hurricane! And unlike in Florida’s Walt Disney World®, when it rains in Disneyland, the clouds do not seem to dump water (*Minus January 22nd of 2017, the day the park closed early). For a little snow bear, as well as a lot of other park goers, a little bit of rain is no problem at all! At the slightest hint of moisture, many visitors tend to return to their hotel rooms. This leaves others with a tolerance for wetter days with a park all to themselves! Ponchos are donned, umbrellas unveiled, and suddenly rain gear appears everywhere as people walk straight onto rides. It’s a pretty unique experience, as if the entire park is doused in a gloomy glaze, and time appears to magically slow down. Personally, I love splashing in all of the puddles, especially in front of the castle! And walking around with all of the duckies. Even seeking shelter in warmer areas of the park, such as the Animation Building or Flo’s V8 Cafe in Disney California Adventure Park® can be fun, like a secret hideout from the rain. The best part? The reflections of all the Disney lights in the puddles are absolutely stunning.
However, people do visit The Disneyland Resort for it’s famous sunny weather. It’s important to realize that as wonderful as it may be for some to experience Disney Parks in the rain, this also brings a lot of closures. I mean, Southern California was definitely not built to handle rain! If you go to the park on a day like this, be prepared to enjoy more of the little details, such as how the people scurry through the walkways, or how the popcorn smells so much more enticing as water droplets hit the pavement. Many shows and attractions will be cancelled for safety reasons. Don’t expect to watch parades, Fantasmic!, or the fireworks on such a night. No one wants to see anyone get hurt while dancing on a slippery surface! Many Toons will have their ink washed away in rain, so ToonTown is one of the first places to close. Attractions that feature outside elements, such as Radiator Springs Racers and The Mad Tea Party teacups will close. Even characters will seek dry shelter. Often times, many people leave in hopes for better weather later. But thanks mostly to the Internet, more and more guests are beginning to realize the secret of the rain and choosing to stick it out, which can be a disadvantage. It’s true, rainy Disney days are often do-nothing days. But to a bear like me, that’s totally fine.
Whether you like the rain or not, we still don’t have the technology for the mythological “Weather Domes”, and can’t control the somewhat unexpected seasons. No matter the weather, everyone loves Disneyland, and you can expect it to be open all 365 days of the year. True, it’s pleasant to visit the parks in normal SoCal sunshine and bask in the breeze, but Rainy Disney Days can be one of the most magical experiences, as it becomes an entirely different park. As those rainy spring days approach, think of all the possibilities it holds. Whatever that may include, you can guarantee all lightsaber umbrellas will be sold out! Ha ha.
What’s YOUR favorite time to visit the Disney Parks? Tell me in the comments, below!