There are many things that theme parks can control, but the weather is not one of them. Although California often has warm dry heat, there are instances where the weather can roll in and affect attractions within the Disneyland Resort theme parks — even when they are closed!
Disneyland Resort closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to open up its theme park gates. Although Downtown Disney is still semi-operational amid the current stay-at-home order, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have remained closed for over 10 months now.
That being said, there is a way to get a glimpse into the Disneyland parks even while at home, and that is through the Mattercam! The Mattercam is a live Disneyland camera that streams from the Howard Johnson Hotel with an overview of the parks. Anaheim Park Tourist (@AnaheimPark) took to Twitter to point out the high winds in Southern California on January 19, 2020.
Anaheim Park Tourist specifically pointed out that the swinging gondolas on the Pixar Pal-A-Round attraction were swinging a little more than usual. However, it is important to note that when high winds are occurring during park hours, attractions such as the Pixar Pal-A-Round would not be running due to safety concerns. Although Disney California Adventure is not open, it is expected that if it were, the Pixar Pal-A-Round would have been down while the winds were strong.
— Anaheim Park Tourist (@AnaheimPark) January 19, 2021
The high winds Southern California is experiencing this week did not only affect Disneyland attractions.
The winds that began on January 18, 2021, caused the OC Health Care Agency (@ochealth) to close down the Disneyland vaccination site all day Tuesday, and the closure was extended today.
Due to high wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Orange County, the Disneyland Super POD site will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Those with appointments for Tuesday will be notified of their rescheduled appointment through Othena.com.
Due to high wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Orange County, the Disneyland Super POD site will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Those with appointments for Tuesday will be notified of their rescheduled appointment through https://t.co/VMdBmZYqsB. pic.twitter.com/sTuhjMNcbd
— OC Health Care Agency (@ochealth) January 19, 2021
Due to the high wind warnings issued by the @NWS for #OC, our #Disneyland Super POD site will be closed again on 1/20. No appointments were scheduled for 1/20 due to the high wind forecast, but will resume using http://Othena.com platform as soon as weather permits.
Due to the high wind warnings issued by the @NWS for #OC, our #Disneyland Super POD site will be closed again on 1/20. No appointments were scheduled for 1/20 due to the high wind forecast, but will resume using https://t.co/VMdBmZYqsB platform as soon as weather permits.
— OC Health Care Agency (@ochealth) January 20, 2021
For those who do not know, the massive super POD COVID-19 vaccination center that has been set up at Disneyland is currently operating out of the Toy Story parking lot and is only available to those with an appointment and are residents or work in Orange County. To get an appointment, residents must go through that process with their employer or visit the official website.
For more information regarding the Disneyland vaccination site and where to find it, click here.
Please note that when high winds, storms, or any other weather that could affect Guest safety arises at Disneyland Resort, Cast Members will always ensure that all operating attractions are doing so with the utmost safety in mind.
Even amid the current weather conditions, the Downtown Disney District — and, by extension, Buena Vista Street — is currently welcoming Guests for shopping and limited to-go dining options.
Have you ever had an attraction falter or close down due to wind or weather when visiting Disneyland? Let us know below!