Disneyland in July

What to Expect at Disneyland in July

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In July at Disneyland, you can expect long hours, but a full entertainment lineup and as many rides as possible will be open. Also, expect big crowds. You'll need all the strategies you can get to stay out of lines and having fun. Use this guide to find seven tested and proven ways to do that.

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Disneyland's July Hours

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

July Closures at Disneyland

Except for 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.

For a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment, check Touringplans.com.

Disneyland Crowds and Events in July

Crowds in Disney California Adventure
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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 also 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

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. 

The big Disney fan expo called D23 is held at the nearby Anaheim Convention Center, usually in July or August. It draws even more visitors to the parks than usual. Check the current and upcoming schedule at their website.

What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in July

Ride in Disney California Adventure
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If you're planning months ahead of time, these averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. To make plans for a trip that's coming up soon, check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead.

Disneyland in July can be described in one word, but it bears repeating: hot, hot, hot. It always seems to feel hotter than what the thermometer says. In fact, you may get so hot that you'll feel like putting that ice cream on your head instead of in your mouth.

However, it cools off fast at dark. That makes an afternoon break an especially good idea.

At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C), and its record high was 108°F (42°C). The average high in July is 75°F (24°C), and the average low is 63°F (17°C). It is not likely to rain.

What to Pack, What to Wear in July

Summer on Main Street U.S.A.
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Some summer mornings can be overcast. Don't let that fool you. Take your sunscreen and hat — and dress with a layer you can remove as the day warms up.

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 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 continue through November and December.

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