July is part of the peak season at Walt Disney World, so the theme parks and resorts will be very busy. The plus side of all this bustling activity? Disney packs the parks full of interesting parades, events, and shows, and the parks stay open late each evening.
Take advantage of the long summer hours to see everything you want to see. Ride closures and updates are at a minimum in July, so you should be able to see everything you want to, as long as you are willing to wait in line or use the FastPass+ program. The hot weather makes summer the best time to visit Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, or just cool off in your resort pool.
The Disney theme parks are very crowded in July, and may even reach maximum capacity on some days, meaning the park would close to new arrivals until the crowd thins out a bit. The Fourth of July and the days surrounding it are some of the busiest times of the year, so plan on using FastPass+, packing some line busters for the kids, and making advanced dining reservations for any restaurant you want to visit. You will not be able to walk up the podium of a popular restaurant like the Coral Reef and request a table during this busy time of year.
Disney World Weather in July
Hot and humid sums up the weather in Orlando in July. On the front end of the Atlantic hurricane season, July brings sometimes torrential afternoon downpours to Disney World.
- Average high temperature: 92 F (33 C)
- Average low temperature: 72 F (22 C)
Most summer rainstorms last less than an hour, but Orlando still manages to log nearly 7 inches of rain in the month of July. Daylight lasts for 13.5 to almost 14 hours a day, and the parks let you take advantage of the lingering sunshine; some stay open until as late as 10:30 or 11 p.m. on certain days. Disney's Extra Magic Hours can extend your visit until 1 a.m. at the Magic Kingdom.
What to Pack
It seems counterintuitive to pack a sweater for 90-degree weather, but air conditioning often overcompensates for the temperature outside, turning a visit to a restaurant or retail store into an uncomfortable experience. Otherwise, you should pack the usual summer casual attire: shorts, T-shirts, light dresses or skirts, bathing suits, flip-flops. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes on your park visit days, though. You may appreciate an umbrella during the afternoon downpours, or you may just appreciate the cooling rain.
Most importantly, bring plenty of sunblock and re-apply it often every day, even if the sky looks overcast. The Florida sun can be brutal, and even people who claim they normally don't burn can find themselves turning dangerously red at Disney World.
July Events at Disney World
Every summer day at Disney World brings some type of spectacular, but special celebrations this month include the Fourth of July fireworks programs and events.
- Fourth of July at Disney World: At Epcot, you can enjoy special evening concerts and a grand fireworks display. Favorite Disney characters make an appearance in patriot attire. The Magic Kingdom puts on a spectacular fireworks display, and Disney's Hollywood Studios puts on a galactic Star Wars-themed fireworks show.
- Disney After Hours: On select nights in July, lucky guests with a limited-availability ticket can visit the Magic Kingdom between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. for VIP access to more than 25 rides and attractions, and character meet and greets. Food carts stationed throughout the park serve ice cream, popcorn, and select beverages for no additional charge.
July Travel Tips
- Arrive at the theme parks early in the morning, then return to your hotel for a late leisurely lunch and nap before heading back to the parks feeling refreshed in the evening. This way you avoid the busiest, hottest times of the day, and still have plenty of time for fun in the theme parks.
- Enjoy outdoor rides and attractions in the early morning or after dark to avoid the hottest part of the day. Enjoy cool watery attractions such as Kali River Rapids, Splash Mountain and Shark Reef to cool off in the afternoon.
- Make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) before your trip for most table-service restaurants. You can make an ADR within 180 days of your visit. You don't need reservations for the quick-service restaurants, but it may take a long time to get a meal.
- Stay hydrated with Disney World's best beverage offerings to beat the July heat, or just pack a bottle of water to carry along each day.
- Use the My Disney Experience mobile app to keep track of wait times and delays in various parks, and you'll never have to trek to a tip-board again.
- Stay safe. If you are traveling with kids, pay special attention to safety rules and keep track of everyone's whereabouts while you are on vacation. It is easy to get lost in the crowds, particularly during events or while entering or exiting the park.
- Look in the spring for special Disney promotions for July travel. Even if you booked your trip a year in advance, it pays to double check the cost every time a new promotion or package comes online, as you may qualify for a rebate or be able to upgrade your resort.
To learn more about the pros and cons of visiting Disney World during July, check out our guide on the best time to visit.
Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since June, 2000