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Best Disneyland Weather Conditions
The best Disneyland usually happens in spring or fall. This guide is designed to help you know what the weather might be six months from now - or whenever you're planning your Disneyland trip. It summarizes average highs, lows, and rainfall.
If You're Planning a Disneyland Vacation, go to the Disneyland vacation planner for more information. Page 2 of this guide gives some tips for what to wear to Disneyland and what to pack if you're going there.
Do You Think Metric?
Click on over to page 3 to find the same information in °C and cm.
A Few Things You May Not Know About Disneyland's Weather
You already know that averages aren't perfect predictor when the best Disneyland weather will happen in any particular year, but they can give you an idea. The graphs show the typical conditions at a glance.
Average rainfall is a particularly deceiving idea in California. It depends on what happens in the Pacific Ocean, which varies - a lot. When the ocean currents are warm, it can rain... a lot In other years; you'll hardly see a drop all winter. Another thing to know is that a whole month's rainfall often comes in just a day or two.
Have you heard of June Gloom? If you live in California, you probably know that summer is when the ocean's marine layer gets sucked ashore by rising hotter air. It sometimes keeps the coast cloudy and cool all day. It affects Disneyland on summer mornings but seldom lingers that far inland for an entire day.
Disneyland is hot in summer. In fact, I refuse to go there from June through August. Whatever the forecasted high is, Disneyland will feel 5° to 10° F warmer.
Some locals claim there's a phenomenon called "earthquake weather" which they say is hot and dry. This myth goes all the way back to ancient Greece. The truth is that earthquakes start miles underground. They aren't affected by temperature and happen in any weather.
Disneyland Weather Records
The highest recorded temperature in Anaheim was 109°F (43°C) in 2010. The lowest was 30°F (-1°C) in 2002.
Disneyland by Month
You'll find more specific suggestions about when to go in these month-by-month guides.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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What to Wear, What to Pack for Your Disneyland Trip
What to Wear for Disneyland
You know how to match temperature to your wardrobe selection, so this list focuses more on style and practical considerations you might not think of.
- Dress comfortable. In summer it always feels hotter than what the thermometer shows
- Avoid dangling things and anything that might get caught in the ride equipment
- A small sling bag that you can pull to the front is a good choice - easy to stow on rides
- You'll walk a mile or more for every hour you spend at Disneyland - choose your footwear carefully and don't try to break in a new pair of shoes
- If your hat doesn't have a strap to hold it on, bring a bag to put it in while riding.
What to Carry in Your Disneyland Day Pack
These are a few things that I have found helpful to have along when going to Disneyland:
- A few first aid supplies: bandaids, headache tablets, something to treat blistered feet
- Motion sickness remedies if you need them
- Check the forecast for rain, but don't bring an umbrella - it's... too hard to move around the park with it. Bring a rain jacket with a hood instead.
And you need a good bag to put it all in. Find out what Disney's rules are and get my suggestions based on dozens of visits.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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Disneyland Weather and Climate (Metric Units)
If you're more comfortable with Celsius and centimeters than Fahrenheit and inches, these graphs are just for you.
If you prefer those units of measure, then we're guessing that you may be an international visitor. If you are, you're not alone. About 6 million international visitors come to southern California every year.
Besides the information on the previous page, here are a few more things that may help you plan your trip: