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July Planning for Disney World, Universal & SeaWorld

by Leap on July 27, 2014 10 Orlando

Disney World in July

July marks the very busiest month of the entire year at the Orlando theme parks as most of the world it seems vacations in July. 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.

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 read our post on the SECRET to Avoiding Disney World CROWDS. Be sure to download our wait-time apps before you head to the parks. It now includes Fastpass return times, so you can plan even better!

Disney World in July - 4th of July

We highly recommend touring early, 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.

To make your planning easier, our Crowd Calendar is available a full year out! 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. Here’s the rundown of what’s happening this month. Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney WorldUniversal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando for full details.

  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot
  • Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando

No matter when you decide to visit Disney World, be sure to check out the blog for the latest Disney World news, tips and information. You'll find a ton more resources inside our Orlando Planning Guide.

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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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!


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