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Planning for Disney World in July

by Leap on January 27, 2017 13 Orlando

July marks the very busiest month of the entire year at the Orlando theme parks as most of the world it seems vacations then. But it's not all doom and gloom at Disney World in July because with the summer crowds come longer summer hours, and special events and shows that make it all worth the wait.

Disney World in July - Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Crowds at Disney World in July

There will be no avoiding the summer crowds in the month of July, with the very highest crowds the week of 4th of July. If you're visiting the parks this month, don't despair! We visited in July last year and had a blast—just be sure to download our free wait-time app for iPhone before you head to the parks.

Disney World in July - 4th of July

We highly recommend taking a break in the afternoon and then coming back to the parks in the evenings for as long as your little ones can handle it. If your family members aren't early birds, an alternative option is to take advantage of the later extended park hours when crowd levels really drop off.

We recommend you check the Crowd Calendar when you begin planning your trip to find the best travel dates and then revisiting it again as you get closer to your actual trip to pick the recommended park by day.

Weather at Disney World in July

Temperatures are on the rise in July, with an average high of 92, a low of 74 and high rainfall chances. It’s a good idea to pack a few ponchos because storms can move in very quickly, but the good news is that it generally rains for only an hour or two (usually in the afternoons) and then clears up. Here is the packing list for this time of year.

Events at Disney World July

Disney World in July - Sounds Like Summer concert series

There are a ton of events happening at the Orlando theme parks and Disney World in July. Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney WorldUniversal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Tampa for full details.

  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot

Are you planning to visit Disney World in July? Share any questions you have in comments below! You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping!

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Anita Jun 30, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.

Hi Dear,

Can you tell me how much for the parking fee per day in Disney theme parks?

Thanks and regards,


FrogBlog Jul 1, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.

Hi Anita,

Parking is $15 per day. If you visit more than one theme park, show your receipt and you won't have to pay twice!


Laura Jul 3, 2013 at 2:55 a.m.

Hi, would you recommend fantasmic or magic kingdom fireworks this week? Thanks.

FrogBlog Jul 3, 2013 at 2:57 p.m.

Hi Laura,

We'd recommend Magic Kingdom since there is a special fireworks show all week for the 4th of July. You can catch it at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4, and 10 p.m. on July 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.

Let us know what you think of it!


-- Leap

Melissa Kuehnle Jul 17, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.

Just as a quick tip, if you don't want to spend $20 for the fan/mister. They sell spray bottles at the dollar store that have the spray at the top but the bottle can be rolled up. That is a great thing to pack for your theme park outing and it doesn't take up much space when it is not filled up. Stay cool and don't inconvenience yourself!

robert gwiazdzinski Jul 24, 2013 at 3:43 p.m.

tip for the magic kingdom is use the train to take you to the area of the park you want to visit rather than walking

Candace Jun 27, 2015 at 3:13 p.m.

Thinking about trying a water park for the first time in July...Don't know how I can be that close to Disney (Cocoa beach) and not go to a park!! We are worried about the heat and crowds at regular parks, so we thought water park would be better. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!!

FrogBlog Jun 29, 2015 at 7:05 a.m.

Hi Candace,

While the water parks are nice, if you have never been to Disney before, I would recommend visiting the theme parks. Yes, it will be hot, but there are plenty of indoor, air-conditioned rides that you can visit in the afternoons (Pirates of the Caribbean is our favorite place to cool off in the parks). You don't mention how long you will be there, but if have only a day, I would plan a visit to Magic Kingdom.

Keep hopping!


Cynthia Feb 20, 2017 at 2:09 p.m.

Hi, we are planning 10 days this July. Do you think it's too long? I have a 6 and 3.5 year old. One park per day with the water park option. I know it will be hot, that is why I'm wondering whether I should only do 4-5 days?

FrogBlog Feb 20, 2017 at 8:40 a.m.

Hi Cynthia,

It really depends on your family. If they can handle ten full days of theme and water parks, then it's perfect. Consider giving them a slow day every few days where you're not in a park and they can grab some sleep. Otherwise, if you know they'll get tired, then scale back on the trip.

Hoppy Planning!


kim Apr 3, 2017 at 12:12 a.m.

Hi I have A question about the park hours me and my husband and our kids 2 4 7 are going to magic kingdom on the 3rd and the 4th animal kingdom if we get there early when should we leave and come back and we have a breakfast on the 4th at tusker house at 830 park opens at 8 will we be able to get in early

FrogBlog Apr 3, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.

Hi Kim,

With Animal Kingdom opening at 8:00, you'll have plenty to time to make it to Tusker House for your 8:30. It's only a short walk.

As for leave/come back when visiting, that's really up to you. There is no ideal time.

Keep Hopping!


Nicole Rodriguez Apr 29, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Hello. I am looking to plan a trip to Disney from July 4-July 15 this summer with my 7 year old niece. This will be her first time, and basically my first time as I only went once at the age of 9. The flight is already booked and I will be staying off of the resort to save money, but we will have early shuttles to Epcot where we can transfer to the other parks. I am considering the 7 day park hopper plus option because it includes the Disney water parks and mini golfs (these attractions can be used 7 times on any days, and do not use the park hopper days, if I understand correctly). We plan to start the adventure on July 5th to avoid the crazy crowds on July 4th since I believe we can see fire works on other nights at Epcot and/or Magic Kingdom. Below is my tentative plan and I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on any changes I should make, if anything is too much for a day, or if more time should be spent in one park as opposed to another. I would also like advice on how hot it gets in the parks at this time of year because, to be honest, I hate heat and sweating :(

Here is the plan (any advice would be so helpful):

TUESDAY - July 4th: ARRIVAL - at hotel by 2/3 PM

WEDNESDAY - July 5th: DAY 1 AT PARKS - Magic Kingdom only - Bippity Boppity Botique (reserved for 2:25PM)

THURSDAY - July 6th: Blizzard Beach Water Park AND Winter Summerland Miniature Golf (2 plus tickets used)

FRIDAY - July 7th: DAY 2 AT PARKS - Epcot only

SATURDAY - July 8th: DAY 3 AT PARKS - Animal Kingdom only

SUNDAY - July 9th: DAY 4 AT PARKS - Hollywood studios AND Fantasia Garden's Miniature Golf (1 plus ticket used)

MONDAY - July 10th: Typhoon Lagoon Water Park only (1 plus ticket used)

TUESDAY - July 11th: DAY 5 AT PARKS - Magic Kingdom only (repeat day)

WEDNESDAY - July 12th: DAY 6 AT PARKS - Epcot only (repeat day)

THURSDAY - July 13th: Typhoon Lagoon Water Park AND Blizzard Beach Water Park (2 plus tickets used)

FRIDAY - July 14th: DAY 7 AT PARKS - go to whichever we want to repeat or finish


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