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Planning for Disney World in July

by Leap on May 1, 2019 44 Orlando

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. But it's not all doom and gloom at Disney World in July! With the summer crowds come longer summer hours, and special events and shows that make it all worth the wait.

For the Fourth of July, Magic Kingdom gets into the patriotic spirit with a fireworks spectacular, “Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” on July 3 and 4. We also like to visit Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion, which usually has special celebrations going on.

Planning for Disney World in July

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 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 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 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. It’s a good idea to pack a few ponchos along with your sunscreen 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 July

There are a ton of events hoppening at Disney World in July. Most notable is the special Independence Day fireworks at Magic Kingdom! Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney World and Universal Orlando for the full 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.

Related: Planning for Disney World in June

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May 1, 2019 at 2:53 a.m. Dalia Says...

Hi,

I am looking started looking into surprising my 8 year old daughter. It's a stay of 4 days and on a budget. I am a single mom of 2. The last 2 years have been hard and doing everything solo. She ask me every time if we can go there. When she sees the commercials., lol. What hotels do you recommend? Do you think we can cover magic kingdom, studios and epcot in 4 days? Thank you for any info. Dalia

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Jun 12, 2019 at 5:33 p.m. Ricky Marchione Says...

single dad here so I knew the drill. All the value and moderate resorts are wonderful. If I had to choose between the moderate I would pick the port orleans both are good , french and riverside. Riverside has a great pool and the best food court. as for as the value. pop century might be your best bet if you cant get into the newer art of animation. But I will see price things out and look for the specials. I going with my son in july and was able to find some nice deals. Enjoy if you havent already traveled.. Ricky

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May 1, 2019 at 4:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dalia!

One park a day is toadally do-able! We are so excited that you're making the trip! As far as where to stay, this will largely depend on your budget and the amenities you're looking for. You can see more about the resort hotels here. There are also a lot of close hotels that offer similar benefits to staying at a Disney Resort hotel (minus the free transportation) that may be worth taking a look at.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 14, 2019 at 5:31 a.m. Cathy Says...

Do they rent mobility scooters at ML? If so, should I reserve one ahead of time? This grandma has to have one!

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Apr 15, 2019 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

They sure do, and Grandma Frog does not do Disney without them! You'll find them at the entrance of the park on the right hand side. Be sure to save your receipt, because your all day rental is good at any of the parks - you'll just need to return the scooter at MK, then show your receipt at your next destination (Disney Springs included) to grab another one :) They are first-come, first-served, so we recommend arriving early.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 4, 2018 at 7:01 p.m. Trenna Jones Says...

Hi,

I don't know if my last comment went through, so I'm writing a new one. My family and I are planning a 1 day trip to Disney and we don't know which park to go to. I have a 16 year old brother who isn't a big Disney fan so I want him to enjoy the trip too. Also, I have family from Norway coming in to, so I want to know the best for them. We are going August 2nd, 2018. We need help deciding either Animal Kingdom or the Magic Kingdom.

Any suggestions are helpful, thanks.

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Jul 2, 2018 at 12:56 a.m. Cathy Mannino Says...

HI Trenna,

I would vote for the Magic Kingdom out of the two parks. However, I would say EPCOT is better than both of them especially if your brother isn't a D fan. Epcot has some rides as well as shows. But if your choice is between Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom, don't waste your money on Animal Kingdom. Took 4 kids to Animal Kingdom, ages 9, 10, 11, and they thought it was boring. Wouldn't go back, it's like an over-rated zoo. They loved Epcot, and everyone loves the Magic Kingdom. Hope you have fun!

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Jun 4, 2018 at 4:44 p.m. Trenna Jones Says...

We are going this year from July 26th-August 3rd. We were planning on going to Disney World August 2nd, but we don't know what park and if that's the best day. What do you think?

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trenna!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for all of the details on what parks we recommend on each day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 5, 2018 at 12:32 a.m. charles Says...

We are looking at July 8th-12th...Some blogs say summer is slowing down. We also have the option of October 6th-10th. We are used to the heat, what are your thoughts on pros and cons?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charles!

We recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar - it looks like October will be less busy, but it just depends on your preference!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 12, 2018 at 1:18 a.m. Tori Says...

Hi,

I'm going this summer from June 27th-July 5th. We got a seven day ticket. Are we absolutely out of our minds or will it still be enjoyable? it's my first time at Disney World. What are something things we should do to make the trip one to remember?

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May 13, 2018 at 10:08 p.m. Pattie Wineburner Says...

HI TORI...I LIVE IN FLORIDA...IT'S A GREAT DAY AT DISNEY WORLD ANY TIME..BUT HOLIDAYS ARE SPECIAL...JULY MIGHT RAIN A LITTLE..BRING SMALL BAGS WITH SNACKS LINE'S MIGHT BE LONG BUT MOVE STEADY...AND CHECK OUT WAIT LINE APP...HAVE FUN TAKE A CAMERA..AND BE A KID AGAIN...

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tori,

You're not absolutely out of your mind! Just be prepared for it to be busy since it's summer vacation. Have a plan, make priorities and definitely remember to just enjoy yourself. You can take a look at our Disney World park plans to get an idea of what sort of plan to follow so that you can maximize your time in the parks. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 21, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. Sam Says...

Hi there! Is then end of June any better than July as far as crowds and heat are concerned? Thanks!

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Nov 21, 2017 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam,

You might find it a tad bit better, but at that point, you should go when it's the best for you. The end of June will still be crowded and pretty hot.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 17, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. Erin Says...

I've looked at the crowd calendars and all looks pretty similar but wondering if you had a recommendation in July for the best week to visit with the lowest crowds if that month is our only option to visit? Thank you!

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Oct 18, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

If July is your only option, we recommend any week except 4th of July week.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 5, 2017 at 9:24 a.m. Laura Says...

Where can I get touring plans to best maximize time and avoid long lines for Magic Kingdom ? Coming on July 17. Thanks!

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Jul 5, 2017 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Here's a link to our page with Magic Kingdom information and Park Plan. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 21, 2017 at 8:20 p.m. Sandra Says...

Hi, we will be in Orlando from June 27 to July 11th. 4th is Tues, we will just be doing Universal resort, should we go before July 4th or wait until after. I know it will be busy everyday but which days are normally even busier. Thanks

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Jun 22, 2017 at 7 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

Summer is always busy. On our Crowd Calendar, we indicate which parks you should visit/avoid. Check out the days you're in town to see what we recommend.

Keep hopping,

Leap

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Jun 11, 2017 at 2:53 p.m. Israt Says...

We will be traveling disney from 10th to 15 July, will buy 4 parks ticket . My kids are 8 & 10 yrs. which fast pass I should book for these parks? Thanks

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Jun 11, 2017 at 6:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Israt,

Check out our Disney World park planning tools, which detail every park as well as the best FastPass+ reservations to book!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jun 1, 2017 at 9:48 a.m. Nana Says...

Hi me and my family are planning to visit Disney for 7 days the last week of July I have been hearing the stories that it will be entirely to hot for my family to even enjoy it is this true my kids are 10 and 3 with this being our first time I want to enjoy and my kids to have a great time and not be miserable can you please help

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Jun 1, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nana,

It will be hot, but you can beat the heat! We have a post chock full of ideas on Staying Cool at Disney World.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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May 25, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. Avi Das Says...

Hi,

We are visiting Disney for 3 days. What parks do you suggest a must go during those 3 days? We want to go to a water parks as well.

Many thanks in advance

Avi

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May 25, 2017 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Avi,

"Must Go" really depends on what your family is interested in seeing. We have a post that can help you decide the best theme park for your particular family's visit.

Choose two parks and then explore the differences between Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach for your water park fun!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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

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

SATURDAY - July 15th: FLIGHT BACK HOME

*1 Plus Ticket left*

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

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

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Jun 30, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. Veronica Hawkins Says...

I'm a Disney fanatic. I take my 1yr, 3yr, and 4yr alone. Best place that's calm is Fort Wilderness Campsites. Take the boat from Magic Kingdom to the Fort. Kids can play on the beach while you have an amazing view of the fireworks with no crowd. Beach has fence at water so you don't have to chaze them to keep them away. You can just relax.

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Jun 18, 2018 at 6:28 p.m. DJ Says...

Second the recommendation of Fort Wilderness. We got an RV spot close to the water and just walked over to the boat to Magic Kingdom!

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

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!

Leap

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

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?

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

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!

Leap

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

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!!

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

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!

Leap

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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!

Best,

-- Leap

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Jun 18, 2018 at 6:26 p.m. DJ Says...

Didn't know this was also on July 5th- thanks!

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

Hi Dear,

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

Thanks and regards,

Anita

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

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!

--Leap

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