Leap's note: Since reopening July 11, 2020, planning for a trip at Disney World has looked a little bit different with low capacity and limited offerings. As time has gone on, more options for guests have emerged as well as increased capacity. With ever-evolving health and safety measures in the parks, more dining and entertainment offerings may reopen in the future. As of now, there is no official announcement on Fourth of July festivities at Walt Disney World. Stay tuned for more details. Ribbit!
July marks the very busiest month of the entire year at the Orlando theme parks, as many frog families hop away from home and go on vacation while school’s out for the summer. If you are one of the many in the Frog Pond planning a trip this summer, don't worry — with the summer crowds often come longer summer hours and some special events. Here are some tips and tricks for beating the heat and the crowds this July!
Planning for Disney World in July
Crowds at Disney World in July
There will be no avoiding the summer crowds in the month of July, with peak crowds hoppening during the week of the Fourth of July. If you're visiting the parks this month, don't despair! We visited in July in past years and had a blast — just be sure to download our free wait-time app for iPhone before you head to the parks.
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 also suggest that you check the Crowd Calendar when you begin planning your trip to find the best travel dates. Then, revisit it again as you get closer to your actual trip to pick the recommended park each day of your trip to maximize your time (you'll also find park hours on the Crowd Calendar!).
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 humidity and rainfall chances. With the recent changes allowing masks to be optional outdoors, it should be easier to stay cool and hydrated in the Florida sun. Besides sunscreen, 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 the clouds clear up — and it cools down a bit!
Events at Disney World in July
Prior to COVID-19, Magic Kingdom generally gets into the patriotic spirit for the Fourth of July with a fireworks spectacular, “Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky." No fireworks have returned since reopening, but there is no official announcement yet for this year's festivities. EPCOT’s American Adventure pavilion usually has special celebrations going on, so don't froget to check back in for more details.
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.