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Last week we finally got some good rain and April will definitely be bringing more… which means it's a great time to go to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Thanks to Disneyland…we were invited to take a day off for some Disney fun so that we could share all the great things to do when the rain starts coming down.
The first place we head to when it's raining at Disneyland is to Main street. There is a Starbucks and we normally get soy lattes to sip. The thing with rainy days is that they are normally a lot less crowded and that means more time for rides… and a more leisurely visit. So lattes and hot chocolate (for the little ones) is a must.
On the other side of the street from Starbucks are old style games, like strength testers… but the girls favorites are the penny shows. You put a penny in, and then look through the viewers to some old school style short movies. Since this is inside, it's the perfect thing to do while you stay warm and dry.
Right behind the penny machines is a candy shop and you can even watch them make candy and treats. Emmy could watch them for hours!
Because having a treat first is fun, we get lunch after. During the day, we stop for gumbo right around the corner from Pirates of the Caribbean. Their vegetarian gumbo is out of this world amazing!
Right past the gumbo stop is the Haunted Mansion.
The line for the ride is outside, but it's rarely more than just walking through to the entrance, so go straight to the Haunted Mansion where it's nice and dry. Try not to take home any hitchhiking ghosts.
Another ride with a very short outside amount of time is Winnie The Pooh.
If there is a line it moves very quickly so we will rarely get too wet. Regardless of your age… Winnie The Pooh is for everyone!
You've probably worked up an appetite now like we did, so head over to Carnation Cafe on Main Street for some home style food.
We love their vegan burgers, but I've heard amazing things about all the food. Plus, there is indoor seating. They take reservations but if you aren't able to make one, we've had luck walking up for a table too.
If you happen to be in Disney California Adventure, and you are hungry, head straight to Boudin for a bread bowl filled with warm soup followed by a cup of hot chocolate from Ghirardelli which is just steps away. There is also a coffee cart right across from Ariel's Undersea Adventure, which is steps away from Boudin.
Now that your tummy is full, you must ride Sourin'.
Sourin' is one of our favorite rides and the line to get on it is covered most of the way, so it's the perfect place to wait out a shower and go on a fun ride!
There is also a huge Starbucks in Disney California Adventure that is perfect for snacking, warm drinks, and regrouping before you set off on your next ride or activity.
Here are a few more tips to get the most out of Disneyland in the rain:
- Bring ponchos or buy them there. Most of the shops inside the parks sell ponchos and umbrellas, but if you have some at home be sure to pack them.
- Don't forget to catch some shows. Check the entertainment schedule for the daily show times.
- Go on your favorite rides over and over again. When there are less guests at the parks, that means much shorter lines, and in come cases, you can just keep riding your favorite rides.
- Take some cool pictures. When the sun isn't as bright with the clouds, you can take some unique picture memories of the castle and Main Street.
See even more tips on the Disney Parks Blog.