OrangeJuice: Under your Umbrella Ella Ella Ella

Aaah yes, it’s cold and wet outside – the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. If you’re feeling more adventurous then head on out to a Theme Park! Short lines and sparsely populated walkways await you.

I know a lot of APs (Annual Passholders) like to drop in for an afternoon in the parks, but if you have the means this is an excellent time to make a day of it. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts for enjoying Orange County’s theme parks in the rain.

Do – be prepared for attraction closures.
Rain usually means it’s the off-season and that means a lot of attractions could be closed for refurbishment. Outdoor experiences often close when it rains because let’s face it, no one really wants to ride Woodstock’s Air Mail in a torrential downpour. So try and handle it well when your fave is closed for improvements or due to inclement weather.

Don’t – fear the poncho. I know, I know, they are dorky but they are actually quite good at keeping a person and their clothing dry. Don’t wear sweatshirts sweatpants and certain fleece clothing because they are are excellent at absorbing water and then trapping it. Nothing spells fun like a wet butt that never seems to dry. If you still can’t abide the reusable poncho then at least wear (a drastically more expensive) rain slicker. You’re booty will thank you.

Do – wear appropriate shoes. Again, any shoe that’s not amphibias will soak up the water sloshing around in the bottom of a boat faster than you can say “Haley Joel Osment is a drunk“. Some friends of mine recommend Crocs, Converse or even Speedo band non-skid flip-flops if it’s not too cold. Don’t forget to bring an extra pair of socks because nothing ruins a day like a scorching case of swamp foot. Mmmm yummy.

Don’t – bring one of those giant golf umbrellas. In addition to annoying other park guests with your gargantuan umbrella that makes you look like an ass hat, it will also be very inconvenient to store while you ride an attraction. Excuse me sir but there is simply not room for you, your huge ego and that colossal umbrella in the ride vehicle! Unless you don’t plan to ride anything then do us all a favor and stick to one of those smaller collapsible micro-mini umbrellas.

More Dos and Don’ts after the jump.

Do – enjoy smaller indoor attractions. You know what I am talking about, those smaller walk-thru type things you usually whiz by on your way to Super Mega Rockin’ Thrill Mountain. Stopping to smell the flowers will only enhance your experience.

Don’t – stop on Main Street for hot chocolate and pastries. Do you like lines longer than the ones for the premier of Star Wars? No? Then you’ll thank me for this. You can find those same treats deeper inside the park and with little to no line. This one really only applies to Disneyland proper as Knott’s Berry Farm and Disney’s California Adventure are laid out in a way that discourages this anyway.

Okay, so what did I miss? I’m sure you must have some tips I didn’t think of. I’ve never really been on a rainy day with kids. Are there any special things I should I consider? Leave a comment and share the knowledge.

5 Comments so far

  1. Brian (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

    Nice article, I honestly prefer Disneyland in the rain. Seriously, the ‘umbrella’ song makes me want to kill myself everytime I hear it.

  2. OC (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    Nice article..I agree I love Disneyland wet. You can get on most rides really quick and some how the hot choclate taste better.

  3. Dave Share (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    Don’t: ride roller coasters in the rain. Especially if you’re in the front. It hurts when the raindrops hit you in the face at 40+ mph.

    Don’t: tell the people next to you in line, "It sure is wet out there!" In fact, just don’t do that ever, especially to me, or I’ll V8 smack you in the head.

  4. Jon (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 9:56 am


    I feel the same about Umbrella as well. Wanna know something scary? She has a new line of fashion-umbrellas that she’s selling. They range in price from 20 to 50 dollars. Run for the hills kiddies, the end is near!

    – Jon

  5. Gina (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    Yes, most kids don’t like being out in the rain unless they can splash in it! So, if you take a kid in the rain, be prepared for whining about getting wet and fighting them to not jump in the puddles. Because of course you are at DISNEYLAND to jump in puddles.

    Kidding. Sort of.

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