Vote of the week: Rain at a theme park
The rain is pouring today in Los Angeles, but I suspect you'd still see plenty of folks making the drive to Anaheim, spending the day at Disneyland
Let's talk today about theme parks in the rain. Typically, rain drives visitors from theme parks like smog from the sky. Folks just don't want to shell out $50+ per person to schlep around in a poncho all day. If you're visiting a park for roller coasters, your day's even worse. Many coasters will not operate in the rain, and on those which do, rain drops become icy bullets, pelting your skin at high speed. Ugh.
But for other visitors... rain means shorter lines, cooler temperatures and a more relaxed staff, likely to "sure, stay on and ride again. There's no one else waiting."
So, which is it for you?
Tell us in the comments your favorite, or worst, experience on a rainy day in a theme park.
I like when it rains as a Guest, because so many other Guests clear out making the park much less busy...I dont like it so much while Im working, cause I may have to stand out or park strollers in the pouring Florida rain, the Guests get cranky, our aquaruim gets too crowded with people staying out of the rain, the ride eventually gets much less busy cause the park does, making things very slow and boring to work, and we have to tell everyone to take off their ponchos as well as to throw away their drinks, no flash photography, and my favorite, watch your step!....but anyway, I digress....working and living in Florida, rain is inevitable, so you have to just deal and not let it change anything
Worst: Working as a cast member at Disney, after a particularly drenching Florida afternoon thunderstorm. No biggie, usually, because if you get too wet, you can go downstairs and swap your costume for a dry one.
Seems to always clear out the park. I almost always wear trunks, a dri-fit shirt, and crocs anyway. So I am comfrotable wet or dry. Doesn't hurt that I shave my head either. So raining doesn't detur me from hanging out and enjoying myself.
Don, you are officially an amphibian! :-)
Love when it rains at the water parks. Everyone always leaves, but we're wet already, so what's the difference?
Also, I like when it's a little chilly at the water parks. Always drives the warm weather folks away, but the "cold" in Orlando/California is always beautiful compared to the cold here.
I like rainy days, if the rain is intermittent so it keeps people away but you can still ride the rides at some point.
Doesn't matter to me one way or another.
I am currently in Southern California for a mini-vacation and my plans included Knott's Berry Farm today...but they didn't even open the park due to the rain!! I was shocked that the park would make such a decision when their website advertised it's operating hours as open today! And I'm from Seattle! Turns out, the day had just a few brief showers and there would have been plenty of dry time to enjoy the attractions. I am so bummed!
I've been to both Six Flags Magic Mountain And USH in the rain and i'll tell you the thurth it's more fun it's an adventure in itself
Step 1 - Go to Youtube
Gotta love those Florida downpours. yeah, 3pm temp knocked down from 98 to 90. Then you get that refreshing blast when you enter the 65 degree attraction. Wet clothes and cold buildings can produce interesting results.
Thank you, thank you, TH, for that video.
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