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Disneyland in a Monsoon


RickR

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We had made our plans months ago, figuring early Feb would be a nice time to go to Disneyland with less crowds and ride the new "Runaway Railway" ride.  As the date approached, we could see the weather forecast was getting worse and worse, with an "atmospheric river" approaching.  Bah!  We are Oregonians, rain is of no concern!  So my wife and I decided for forge ahead (full disclosure, I asked a couple of locals what they thought). 

How was it?  Well.  Bad.  1.5" of rain on both days we were there.  Crowds were a bit less than normal.  But the part we didn't anticipate was how many rides were shut down.  Even a lot of indoor rides had to be closed due to water intrusion! 

BUT, we still had fun.  We rode the new Runaway Railway several times (it is awesome) and Rise of the Resistance as well (still awesome).  Many rides had no lines at all.  Which was nice.  And waterproof coats and shoes held up well.  And we now have interesting stories to tell. 

I have just a few pictures to share.  They don't do justice to how much it rained with so much water on the ground. 

 

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We still had a lot of fun.  But the rain made it pretty exhausting after a while. 

I've been to the Florida parks when it has rained.  The difference is that in FL, it rains HEAVY for a while and then stops.  This rain was different...it was heavy and never stopped.  While we had fun still, it was sobering to think that there was flooding in the area.  Hopefully, everyone in the area and their property are all ok. 

 

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I'm glad that you made it safely and enjoyed the trip.  It's so rare to have this type of rain in Southern California that it would be impossible to plan around.  I authorized my staff to tele-work through today regardless of their schedules (we've remained hybrid since COVID.)  We're definitely waterlogged after several straight days of heavy rain. 

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Awww man, sorry Rick. I am glad you still had fun, I mean that's the way to be, right? Accept the circumstance and don't let it stop you! Don't let it rain on your parade....er....well you get what I'm saying 😁

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15 minutes ago, MaximumRD said:

Awww man, sorry Rick. I am glad you still had fun, I mean that's the way to be, right? Accept the circumstance and don't let it stop you! Don't let it rain on your parade....er....well you get what I'm saying 😁

Exactly.  We were together, we were adjusting and managing.  It could have been much worse!  We saw several people that were very upset about it to the point of tears.  It is understandable, but what can you do?  Roll with the punches, baby. 

 

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Yep, roll with the punches it is when it comes to rain during a visit to these parks.  I went for the Food and Wine Festival in EPCOT and it started to rain and it just didn't stop.  I put on my poncho and walked around to see what I could.  Since the rain was not relenting, I decided to see if I could get into the Space Restaurant.  Sure enough, there was a short line and I was able to get in in 30 minutes.  Had a nice time in "space" and when I left, the rain had stopped.  By then, most people had left the park due to the rain, so there were no lines on the rides and I was able to still enjoy the rest of the festival.  🙂

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