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What is Disneyland's Rain Policy?

Disneyland: What closes? What stays open?

From emily kitchens
Posted February 21, 2005 at 8:49 PM
What is Disneyland's (and other parks) rain policy? Since there has been much rain in southern california recently. Do they remain open for all sorts of rain? And if they do close at some point, is a rain check offered?

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From Robert Niles
Posted February 21, 2005 at 8:53 PM
Disneyland does not close for inclement weather, though I'm sure that an earthquake or a 1,000-year storm could shut the place down. But rain will close individual attractions.

I visited the park during another February rainy day this week and noted the following attractions closed (in addition to the many others closed due to scheduled rehabs):

  • Tom Sawyer's Island
  • Tarzan's Treehouse
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Gadget's Go-Coaster
  • Matterhorn

    Of course, I should also note that even though the park was open from 8 am 'til midnight, through the morning until early afternoon almost everything in the park was a walk-on. Rain often keeps away enough locals that you can do more on many rainy days at Disneyland than you can do on the dry ones.

    Just bring a hooded raincoat, waterproof pockets and a sunny outlook.

    From Anthony Murphy
    Posted February 21, 2005 at 10:08 PM
    I am a big Disney World person and I could be mistaken, but I do not think anything closes down (as in attractions). I guess when they made Disney World, they kept into consideration the almost predictable Flordia rain!

    From Mark Hollamon
    Posted February 22, 2005 at 2:10 AM
    You are a bit mistaken Anthony. During a thunderstorm at the first sign of lightning Splash Mountain, Big Thunder, Dumbo, pretty much every ride will shut down until the storm passes. Depending on the time of year, certain rides are pretty much open during the early part of the day because the weather gets pretty predictable.

    We were closed for two or three days in 2004 with the hurricanes.

    From Anthony Murphy
    Posted February 22, 2005 at 8:01 AM
    Yes, you are correct. I now remember that those two close down. Thanks!

    From Justin Smith
    Posted February 22, 2005 at 7:36 PM
    My friend once told me that it rained when she went to Disneyland and Big ThunderMountain was still runing and she went on it with a raincoat. Not sure if I believe her!

    From steve lee
    Posted February 22, 2005 at 8:36 PM
    I'm not sure I'd want to ride DL's Big Thunder on a sunny day, let alone a day with the added danger of a slicker track (I know, BTM crashing references are outdated. Sorry).

    From Robert Niles
    Posted February 22, 2005 at 10:42 PM
    Thunder Mountain typically doesn't go down until a rain drop falls between one of the infrared-beam sensors along the course that track the trains' locations. The computer doesn't know that raindrops are tripping the sensors, not trains, and assumes that a train is out of position, so the computer stops the ride.

    This happened pretty much daily in Florida, where I worked Thunder in the early '90s.

    From Matt Rogers
    Posted February 23, 2005 at 6:23 PM
    I thought they used electromagnetic sensors on Thunder Mountain Railroad.

    From Disney Princess
    Posted March 5, 2005 at 11:27 AM
    i went to disneyland on wendnesday and on thursday to california adventure, and on wendnesday it drizzled and everything stayed open, i guess until it gets heavy they start to close things.

    From Coaster Enthusiast
    Posted March 16, 2005 at 12:14 PM
    While in DisneyWorld FLA last season, there was slight drizzle all through the day ... all rides [in the Magic Kingdom] remained open. The park was nearly empty, with minimal lines mainly for all the indoor attractions. I was on Big Thunder Mountain when it began to rain (pretty hard, too). They ops did stop further trains from disembarking until it settled down, but our train completed its circuit without difficulty.

    Also, I have been to several parks during rain showers. Most coasters remain open, however, due to the added friction on the tracks, the trains move slower. Also, the whipping of rain water on your face HURTS! So goes the suffering for not waiting in any lines :-/


    From daniel sears
    Posted March 20, 2005 at 1:50 PM
    that's all interesting for me!


    From Danny Bernard
    Posted October 16, 2005 at 2:23 AM
    Hey I might go to Disneyland and DCA this monday, even though it says chance of T-Storms I think I'm gonna brave it. Just one thing: any meterologically savy people know what the actual meaning of precipitation is? Weather.Com says Anaheims has a 30% chance of precipitation all day so is that good or horrible?

    From JasonK K
    Posted October 16, 2005 at 5:29 PM
    Just to add, in Disneyland Paris the rides appear to remain open despite any kind of weather. I know, the rain drops on Thunder Mountain felt like mini bullets!

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