Leap's note: Hoppy news! Walt Disney World Resort's theme parks will reopen July 11! The following information is based on previous years' best advice for visiting Disney World in the month of July. Due to COVID-19, this year will be a little out of the ordinary in terms of crowds, policies and procedures ... and while that means no in-park Fourth of July festivities this year, don't fret! Disney Parks Blog often livestreams the fireworks for a virtual, at-home celebration to go with your BBQ. If you'd like to know more about the healthy and safety measures in place at the parks, hop here for all of the 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. 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, as well as the always-frogtastic EPCOT Forever nighttime spectacular.
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. 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 in 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. Other special events in July include:
- Fourth of July at Disney World
- H2O Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
- Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom
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