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Find refuge at Disneyland’s Animation Building to create cartoon characters & sing with the Seven Dwarves.

By Ari Krell

You know the old saying, “It never rains in southern California.” Well it’s totally true. Until it rains. And if it happens to be raining cats and dogs on a day you already planned on going to Disneyland Resort, then prepare yourself for a magical time even under threatening skies.

Certain attractions take on a different appearance on those gloomy, drizzly days. The Jungle Cruise in Adventureland is the perfect example of how the rain can change the personality of an attraction. While my family and I have taken this classic adventure many times on dry days, it’s been a totally different experience in the rain.

Gliding along rivers, we felt that much closer to the adventure with raindrops pattering on our canvas roof.  The attraction became smaller and the jungle animals larger. Moisture escaped the air, and even the skippers on boats cracked jokes about the rainy day ambiance.

At Disney California Adventure Park, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror becomes more ominous during a downpour. The Hollywood Tower Hotel façade appears even more menacing when the sky is dark grey. During a rainstorm the air hangs heavier, the music more haunting, the dust thicker and the dim lights flicker more. The creepy hotel cast members appear dourer during a long drizzle, which adds to the whole experience.

And here’s one more place to escape during a downpour: Innoventions in Tomorrowland, a two-story, interactive house. My two daughters always race upstairs to play interactive games like Power City, a shuffleboard type game that teaches about energy usage. My personal favorite: the Innoventions Dream Home, which sports all the technological bells and whistles of tomorrow’s real estate.

Move onto the Animation Building in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot,  where you can learn to draw your favorite Disney character, find the character you are most like, see a zoetrope in action, talk with Crush and sing with the Seven Dwarves. You can also just sit back on a comfortable couch in the main lobby and be blown away by the amazing video animation displays that fill the walls with the magic of your favorite Disney films.
So even if it isn’t always sunny in California, there’s no need to fret when the skies become grey.  Take refuge indoors, one of the many reasons Disneyland Resort is indeed the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Ari Krell is a member of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel.

Panelists have received/will receivea Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disneyland Resort or Disney Vacation Club vacation for panelist and up to three family members and/or park tickets for their participation on the Walt Disney World® Moms Panel. The views expressed in the Panel are those of the panelists, who are independent contractors. These views are not intended to reflect the opinions of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, its affiliates, its management, its agents or its employees and have not been reviewed or approved by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online prior to posting.


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