Disneyland in July

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    Disneyland in July

    ••• July is a good time to get wet on Grizzly River Run in California Adventure. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

    What to Expect at Disneyland in July

    In July expect long hours and a full entertainment lineup. And big crowds. You'll need all the strategies you can get to keep stay out of lines and having fun. Use this guide to our 7 favorites.

    For the July 4 Independence Day holiday, there will be a special fireworks show set to patriotic songs, with fiery bursts of red, white and blue.

    Check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland visiting Disneyland in summer.

    Disneyland's July Hours

    In general, Disneyland is open 14 to 16 hours per day, every day. California Adventure hours may be slightly shorter.

    Check July hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

    July Closures at Disneyland

    With the exception of really major renovations that take many months, one advantage of the busier times at Disneyland is that all the rides will be running, except for brief closures to do routine maintenance.

    Touringplans.com keeps a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment.



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    Disneyland Crowds and Events in July

    Crowds in Disney California Adventure
    ••• Crowds in Disney California Adventure. George Rose / Getty Images

     Website isitpacked.com says July is one of the busiest months at Disneyland, with big crowds any day of the week. Use their crowd forecast calendar to get a day-by-day prediction.

    July 4 is one of the few days a year when Disneyland can get so crowded that it reaches capacity. When that happens, they have to obey the fire codes and can't let any more people in, even if they have a ticket.

    Cost Considerations

    Disneyland July Events

    Disneyland puts on a patriotic-themed fireworks show on July 4.

    The big Disney fan expo called D23 is held annually at the nearby Anaheim Convention Center, usually in July or August. Check the current and upcoming schedule at their website.

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    What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in July

    Ride in Disney California Adventure
    ••• Ride in Disney California Adventure. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

    These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. It's only a guideline: California weather is just like it is where you live, different every year.

    It can sometimes be hot - even too hot - at Disneyland in July, but mornings can be overcast.

    At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C) and its record high was 108°F (42°C). Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.

    • Average High Temperature: 75°F (24°C)
    • Average Low Temperature: 63°F (17°C)
    • Rain & Clouds Index: little or no rain
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    What to Pack, What to Wear in July

    Summer on Main Street U.S.A.
    ••• Summer on Main Street U.S.A. ©2012 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    Midday, Disneyland feels a little hotter than you might expect. It cools off fast at dark and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket. Layers work best, clothing-wise. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecast high.

    Before you start packing your bags, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the Girls' Guide to Packing for Disneyland.

    More Disneyland by Month

    Disneyland's least crowded months are January and February but hours are short, rides may be closed for refurbishment and entertainment options are fewer.

    Spring is great weather-wise and part of MarchApril, and even early May are less crowded.

    Summer's busy season is June, July, and August. Hours will be long, most rides will be open and there's lots of entertainment. It's also the most crowded time of year. That's when you'll definitely need to know these...MORE proven ways to spend less time standing in line at Disneyland.

    September is less crowded and has great weather. The holiday season begins in October when the Halloween decorations go up and continues through November and December.