We just weathered a bit of rain in southern California. Temperatures have rapidly returned to their summer normal, and anyone who put off their Disney trip, due to the unexpected precipitation, is now questioning the wisdom. While exceedingly rare, a rainy day at Disneyland is actually easier to endure than the particular heat. There are a number of obvious heat-relieving rituals you can practice, i.e., hydrate, don’t stand in line for “it’s a small world.” Disney Cast Members also have a wealth of expert advice to impart. Here’s some of the most seasonal and poignant:
Space Mountain attendant and operator, Arlene, has an important tip regarding this classic Disneyalnd attraction: “If the Space Mountain line extends onto the top deck (the patio outside with all the switchbacks) we cannot recommend highly enough that you come back later. The breeze is blocked from all angels and the intensity of the sun rivals anywhere else within the resort.(1) We are rather generous with the FastPass line on our attraction. Standby guests can feel like they’re not even moving, especially in the still air and sunshine. Grab a FastPass of your own, and come on back.”
Candy Palace Cast Member, Braden, directs guests fleeing the Main Street heat to his nearby favorite The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. “It’s hard to call The Disney Story a secret, since it’s right at the main entrance to the park, but even at periods of peak traffic and temperature, there’s always room in this oasis for the witting and wary. The exhibit, theater and memorabilia shop provide as much entertainment as relief. I go for huge helpings of both.”
Elisabeth, our favorite sommelier at Mendocina Terrace, inside Disney California Adventure, has this bit of simple but brilliant advice: “Sample some wine on our shaded patio.” When pressed further for true insider tips she said, “No, I’m serious, between us and the Alfresco Tasting Terrace upstairs, we’ve got the nicest spot in the park.” Elisabeth is serious, and seriously right about this beautiful location. The only issue is how there are too few tables befitting an undeniable crowd gatherer. Our own bit of advice, make a point of passing by this area whenever traveling between two points in the park. It’s not difficult. The Terrace is rather centrally located. Tables do open up. Grab one, and some wine. It’ll positively salvage your day.
(1) Arlene knows her stuff, though we would argue nothing matches the sun that beats down on passengers on “it’s a small world” as the boats make their interminable way back to the docks.