When it comes to visiting Disneyland Resort, the odds are that it will be dry and sunny. In the winter, the temperatures can get low, but they are really nice for walking around a theme park. In the summer, it can get REALLY hot, but the shade provides a lot of relief. One thing that you typically do not need to think about packing is an umbrella. However, for the past month, that has not been the case. Heavy rains, intense flooding, and even snow, have been pummeling Southern California, and The Happiest Place on Earth is definitely feeling the effects.
Disney wants everyone to have a great time while visiting their theme parks, but they also want to work hard to keep everyone safe. Rain is once again pounding the Southland, and Disneyland officials have announced that Disneyland Park will be closing early. Instead of closing at 12 a.m. as scheduled, Disneyland Park will close at 11 p.m. Disney California Adventure Park will close at 9 p.m.
This is not the first time that the Parks have been forced to close early due to weather. The entire state of California has been dealing with wild weather for over three months, and Disneyland Resort has repeatedly had to close its theme parks early in order to keep both Guests and Cast Members safe. Disneyland Resort is not far from Knott’s Berry Farm, and the competing amusement park has also closed for the entire day repeatedly because of the rain and flooding.
According to the National Weather Service, Southern California is being hit by what is known as an “atmospheric river”. Atmospheric rivers are narrow columns of vapor that move with the weather and carry massive amounts of water vapor. And when we say massive, we mean it. Atmospheric rivers carry water vapor that is nearly the equivalent of water found at the mouth of the Mississippi River! Once the atmospheric river makes landfall, it releases all of that water in the form of rain and snow.
Guests visiting Disneyland can expect wet weather on both Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22. After that, the rain is supposed to let up and dry, sunny weather will return to the area.