Grand US Tour 2010: Rainy Christmas Time in Disneyland

PauTravels with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Disneyland

In continuation of our theme park tours in the Los Angeles area for our 2010 US Trip, we took our opportunity of going to Disneyland in Anaheim.  We got tickets for 3 days of visiting Disneyland or California Adventure within 14 days the we used our first CityPass ticket in Universal Studios.

But then since we went to Knott’s Berry Farm, the weather has gone worse.  The rains were more frequent than when we were in Knott’s Berry.  And since we only have limited time to spare in the next days as Christmas is very near, we decided to go and try our luck.

We drove to the park with 2 cars as there were 8 of us that day.   My dad drove for us to Disney while we drive the second car with them.   Unfortunately when we arrived at Disney, the rain still poured.

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

A gloomy weather outdoors in Disney’s Main Street

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

a miniature of Capitol Hill

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

a carton miniature for a Disney castle

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

A new generation of dreamers board

With the rain we tried to find shelter and see what we can do.   We stayed mostly in the Main Street section of the park that day.  Fortunately, we saw that some of the mascots were also taking shelter at the Opera House located just behind the Main Street train station. We also both an autograph book to have the characters sign up after we take photos with them.  This was the same thing we did in Hong Kong Disneyland.

And so for about an hour or two, we queued up with the different Disney characters for some photo time.  I think most of the characters came out there since there is no dry place outside.   So we had photos with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, Chip and Dale, Snow White, and with the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit.  We got photos with them and had them sign up in Janine’s signature book.

While also waiting for the rain to stop we took the time to watch one of the shows in the theater that day.  It was not interesting actually that I forgot what it was all about eheheh…
Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Janine with Pluto

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Jen asking an autograph from Donald Duck

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Jen with the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Janine with Mickey Mouse and Goofy

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

a Picture with Snow White

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Picture with Chip.. not sure where Dale was

Around lunch time, the rain mellowed a bit and so we had the chance to go to one food area to take our lunch.  But the rain still continued.  And by the time we arrived at the Tomorrow Land Terrace food area, it was packed with people trying to grab some lunch.  And with the rain, only a few tables were available under its limited roof.  When we got our table, we just made sure the 3 kids have seats and the rest of us just stood.

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

guests squeezed in the limited space to eat lunch and hide from the rainy weather

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

limited to a single table for us as we froze in the strong cold wind

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Darth Vader arrives

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Storm Troopers

While we were having lunch, some characters went out and they were two white storm troopers accompanying a very familiar villain.  Darth Vader.   After their short show, they had some autograph session.

After a few minutes, the rain started to fall once more and with more force this time that it’s blew some food on other tables.  It was very cold and wet that we decided to cut that Disney tour or the kids might get sick.   So my brother and I queued up the Town Hall in Main Street to ask for reimbursement or something.  And since we already knew that there is rain before going to the park, Disney simply gave us return tickets from 4pm onwards.

Going home, we only had our 7-seater car in the car park with 8 of us.  Instead of calling my dad who is at work to pick us up, we asked Angel to lie down on the floor on our way home and keep her head down all the way. We don’t want to be caught in the freeway because of overcrowding hehehe..

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Wet and rainy path back home

Rainy Christmas in Disneyland

Angel on the car’s floor hiding all the way

In our original plan, we should be going back to Disneyland for 3 consecutive days, but due to the weather disturbance we decided to return after new year.  Hopefully the weather will be better.   Also this week, there is storms all over California and blizzards over New York and Europe.

4 thoughts on “Grand US Tour 2010: Rainy Christmas Time in Disneyland

  1. Wow, I think you handled it well – it’s never any pleasure with heavy rain when out sightseeing. It’s not exactly gives you the urge to “dance and sing in the rain” – ha ha.

    That experience sounded like it could have been us with our special “weather curse” we had earlier. Everywhere we went there were bad weather – in places there shouldn’t be! The strange thing was though: in places we expected bad weather, we had the most wonderful weather! Ha ha…

    BTW: sent you an email, responding to yours 🙂

  2. Thanks for the comment… yeah bad weather on trips is very hard to handle specially when with kids… and the thing is that month in 2010 had a week long of bad weather.. as we had in our trip to other theme parks in Cali.. 🙂

  3. The little ones will definitely enjoy Disney Land. In fact my kids love to go there every summer and Christmas but it’s quite expensive. So I proposed to go there on Christmas time only.If you came with a baby , I recommend to rent baby strollers that are less expensive in Disney.

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