Disney World in July: A Complete Planning Guide

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Ready to dive into the summer magic at Disney World? July brings the sizzle with the Florida sun and the extra sparkle to our favorite theme park. In this guide, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting down to the nitty-gritty of what makes Disney World in July a total blast.

Imagine this: laughs echoing, scents of treats in the air, and classic Disney tunes playing in the background. July isn’t just about the weather heating up; it’s about turning up the fun factor too. So, get set for a journey filled with practical tips, event highlights, and all the must-knows for your Disney World adventure in the peak of summer.



Why Visit Disney World in July

Disney World in July is a magical time!

July at Disney World holds a special allure for those seeking a summer escape. Despite the heat, there’s never a bad time to experience the magic of the parks.

In July, you can enjoy unique events like the 4th of July celebrations and not one but two EPCOT Festivals. And because the parks have extended hours during summer months, you’ll have ample time to soak in the magic.

If you’re considering a summer getaway, July at Walt Disney World adds an extra touch of magic to your vacation plans.

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Disney World Events in July

The Family Madrigal is front and center at the Flower and Garden Festival.

Let’s dive into the heart of summer magic at Disney World this July! There are several special events that turn July into an extraordinary time to make Disney memories.

4th of July

Celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World is a special treat! Not only is there special red, white, and blue bunting in the parks, but you can also take in unique fireworks displays at both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

But it’s not just about the visual spectacle; Disney goes all out with festive treats and snacks. Indulge in special 4th of July-themed delights throughout the resort, adding a delicious touch to your patriotic celebration.

And if you want a break from the parks on the holiday, you can find activities to celebrate the holiday at the Disney World Resorts as well. You can find special carnival-style games and 4th of July-themed pool activities at select resorts. Even the Electrical Water Pageant gets in on the celebration by adding some patriotic music to the parade!

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

While typically associated with spring, the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival extends into the early days of July. This means if you plan a trip for early in the month you can still experience the vibrant colors, intricate topiaries, and the lively atmosphere of the festival during your visit.

I am a huge fan of all of the EPCOT festivals, but the Flower and Garden Festival is probably my favorite! The entire park comes alive with flowers including some amazing topiaries in the shape of your favorite Disney characters.

While enjoying the sights of the park, you can also sample authentic food and drink from more than 25 outdoor kitchens throughout the park. And while you are enjoying the delicious variety of spring cuisine, you can take in the sounds of the Garden Rocks concert series. A variety of local musicians and big-name bands perform nightly at the American Gardens theater in the American Pavilion.

And Disney hasn’t forgotten about the kids! Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is a fun scavenger hunt through the festival and a great way for kids of all ages to feel like a part of the fun! As you explore the park keep your eyes peeled for Spike the Bee and mark where you find him on your scavenger hunt map.

Your EPCOT park admission includes access to the Flower and Garden Festival!

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

While EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival can be enjoyed during the beginning of July, EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival kicks off towards the end of July.

The International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT is by far the most popular event at Walt Disney World in the fall. The entire park comes alive with different sights, sounds, and smells!

Sample authentic food and drink from more than 25 global marketplaces throughout the park. And while you are enjoying the delicious variety of cuisine, you can take in the sounds of Eat to the Beat concert series. A variety of local musicians and big-name bands perform nightly at the American Gardens theater in the American Pavilion.

And while the International Food and Wine Festival may be very popular with adult guests, Disney hasn’t forgotten about the kids! Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak is a savory scavenger hunt through the festival and a great way for kids of all ages to feel like a part of the fun! Simply find Remy hidden among the Global Marketplaces and mark his locations on your scavenger hunt map. Make sure to turn your completed map in for a special prize!

Your EPCOT park admission includes access to the International Food and Wine Festival!

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H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is hot in Florida in July. There is no better way to cool off than enjoying Disney World water parks. And for an extra special treat consider taking part in H2O Glow Nights.

This special event takes place at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and is the perfect way to cool off and have some fun after a hot day in the parks. The park is transformed into a neon-lit, nighttime playground, complete with special entertainment, character meet and greets, and of course, the water park’s famous attractions.

One of the highlights of H2O Glow Nights is the chance to meet some of your favorite Disney characters. They’ll be all dressed up in their beach party attire and ready to pose for photos with you.

You’ll also have the chance to dance the night away at the beach party, with music provided by a live DJ. And if you need a break from all the excitement, you can kick back and relax in one of the park’s many lounge areas.

H2O Glow Nights is only available on select nights during the summer, so be sure to check the schedule and book your tickets early. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Disney World Crowds in July

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July marks the heart of summer break for many schools. Many families flock to Disney World to enjoy the magic with their family. Generally, crowd levels are moderate in July because of the school holiday.

However, it’s essential to note that around the 4th of July, Disney World experiences a surge in visitors, typical of any major holiday weekend. The parks can be busier during this time as families come together to celebrate, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly.

To make sure you have the best experience possible make sure you contact a Disney Vacation Planner when booking your trip! I would love to help you find the best time for your family to visit in July. Click the button below to get planning started!

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Disney World Weather in July

Float Down the Lazy River of Castaway Creek at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

July in Florida brings the full force of summer. If you are visiting Florida from a more mild climate, the Florida heat can be a bit overwhelming. It took me quite a few trips to get acclimated to this tropical climate. Temperatures typically reach the mid-90s during the day. While the heat and humidity are a part of the experience, especially in a tropical climate, it’s important to be prepared. Packing sunscreen, hats, and staying hydrated will ensure you can comfortably enjoy your time in the parks.

Additionally, be ready for the occasional afternoon shower. Florida’s weather can be unpredictable, and short-lived rain showers often pop up. However, they usually pass quickly, and with a bit of flexibility in your plans, you can navigate through them without any dampened spirits. The evenings offer a bit of relief with temperatures dipping into the mid-70s, providing a more comfortable atmosphere for evening activities.

Disney World Prices in July

Doc McStuffins at Hollywood Studios is a smart Disney character.

Planning a trip to Disney World in July offers more than just summer heat; it often comes with enticing promotions. Disney frequently rolls out summer specials, commonly featuring room discounts for guests booking a package that includes both accommodation and park tickets. Taking advantage of these promotions can be a smart way to maximize your budget while enjoying the magic.

As for ticket prices, the cost for a one-day ticket in July 2024 ranges between $139 and $154. It’s worth noting that prices may trend slightly higher around the 4th of July holiday, reflecting the increased demand during this celebratory period.

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Attraction Closures and Refurbishments in July

Fantasmic has a dining package available to turn the experience into dinner and a show.

Before you dive into the excitement of planning your Disney World adventure in July, it’s crucial to check the refurbishment schedule. While it’s disappointing to find out that a favorite attraction might be temporarily closed, these closures serve a purpose. Whether it’s routine maintenance or an exciting reimagination, these closures ensure that each experience is in top-notch condition for your enjoyment.

While Disney usually keeps these refurbishments on more of an off-season schedule, there are some long-term projects that may still be closed during your July 2024 visit.

Magic Kingdom:
– Splash Mountain – Currently Closed (being reimagined as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure)

EPCOT:
– Moana’s Journey of Water – Now Open!
– World Celebration – Expected Opening December 2023

Hollywood Studios:
– Voyage of the Little Mermaid – Currently Closed (no information has been given about if it will reopen)

Animal Kingdom:
– It’s Tough to Be a Bug – Closure Date TBD (will be replaced by a Zootopia-themed show)
– Primeval Whirl – Permanently Closed

Walt Disney World Resort:
– Cake Bake Shop Restaurant at the Boardwalk Inn – Expected to open in 2024
– Ft. Wilderness Cabins – New DVC Cabins are being constructed in late 2024
– Polynesian Village Resort – New DVC Tower construction through 2024
– Grand Floridian Resort – Construction on the lobby will be hapening in phases into 2024

Tips for Visiting Disney World in July

Enjoying a meal with Goofy! He's a master of Disney jokes!

While the magic of Disney World in July is undeniable, a little planning can go a long way. This ensures that your visit is as seamless and magical as possible. Let’s take a look at some valuable tips that I have developed based on my own Disney travels. Consider implementing these for a truly unforgettable experience.

Book Ahead

Because July falls right in the middle of summer holidays from school, it can be a popular time to visit Disney World. Summer can draw a significant number of visitors. To avoid potential disappointments, it’s wise to book your tickets and accommodations ahead of time. This will not only save you time but also grant you peace of mind, knowing that your magical adventure is secured.

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Plan for the Weather

When planning your visit to Disney World in July, it’s essential to be prepared for the unique challenges posed by summer in Florida. The heat and occasional rain showers are part of the experience, but with a bit of strategic preparation, you can make the most of your trip.

My family uses cooling towels and misting fans as park staples when we visit during the summer months and they are a lifesaver! It is also a good idea to carry a few ponchos in your park bag so that an afternoon rain shower doesn’t derail your park plans.

Get to the Parks Early

Arriving at the park early can make a world of difference in your overall experience. The mornings tend to be less crowded. This allows you to enjoy popular attractions with shorter wait times. And when you visit in the summer months, you can get so much done in the parks during the morning hours before the full heat of the day sets in. Additionally, having a less crowded park can create some fantastic photo opportunities for your family!

Take a Midday Break

One of the ways that my family beats the Florida heat during a summer Disney World trip is by taking a midday break. Our strategy is to arrive at the parks first thing in the morning. We enjoy some park time when it isn’t so hot and before the crowds start to build. After several hours in the park and lunch at one of our favorite spots, we head back to our resort for a midday nap and swim. We then head back to the parks in the late afternoon/early evening when the sun is going down and the crowd is thinning.

Taking this midday break allows us to not only enjoy the resort amenities and pools but also gets us out of the parks when it is the hottest, most crowded part of the day.

TIP: If you book a stay at a Deluxe Resort, you get even more park time once the sun goes down with Extended Evening Hours. This is a great strategy for a summer Walt Disney World trip! Contact me today if you would like help booking and planning your trip! I would love to help!

Stay at a Disney World Resort

I always, always, always advocate for staying at a Disney World Resort during your Disney vacation! Staying onsite comes with a host of benefits that give your trip that extra leg up. These benefits include proximity to the parks, extra park time, free transportation to and from the parks, and the joy of Disney-themed accommodations. These resorts are beautifully designed to extend the magic beyond the park, making your entire stay a part of the enchanting experience.

Utilize Park Hopping

A Park Hopper ticket allows you to explore more than one Disney World park on the same day. This flexibility gives you the opportunity to experience a wider range of attractions, shows, and entertainment options. Park hopping only maximizes your Disney World adventure! To help you hop from one park to the next, Disney World offers complimentary park-to-park transportation!

Visit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach

This may seem like an obvious tip when visiting Disney World in July, but here it is… visit the water parks. I have already warned you that Florida in July is hot! What better way to keep cool on a Disney vacation than at a Disney water park?

Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach will give your family a water park experience Disney-style! Imagine plunging down water coasters, floating down lazy rivers, and enjoying wave pools. You can easily add the water parks option to your regular park tickets so you can spend some time cooling off during your trip.

TIP: There are several water rides and attractions at Walt Disney World. Check out the Top 13 Disney World Water Rides when planning your Disney World in July trip!

What to Pack for Disney World in July

A day at Hollywood Studios deserves the perfect Instagram caption.

Now, let’s talk about packing – the unsung hero of any successful Disney World trip is thoughtful packing. Picture this: you’re strolling down Main Street, the sun shining, Mickey waving, and you, feeling as prepared as a Disney pro. Here’s what you’ll want to wear and have in your trusty park bag.

  1. Comfortable Clothing: Florida in July is synonymous with heat, so lightweight, breathable clothes are your best friends. T-shirts or tank tops, shorts, and, of course, comfy shoes and sandals for all that walking.
  2. Rain Gear: The weather can be a bit unpredictable, so toss in a small umbrella or better yet a disposable poncho. Trust me; your future self will thank you if a sudden downpour decides to join the party.
  3. Cooling Essentials: To combat the heat, consider packing cooling towels or a misting fan. These little wonders can make a world of difference, especially during the warmest parts of the day.
  4. Reusable Water Bottles: Stay refreshed with a reusable water bottle. My family likes to fill ours with ice before we leave for the parks in the morning. Then you can top it off with fresh water at various spots in the parks. This way you will always have cold water to stay hydrated.
  5. Sun Protection: The Florida sun can be intense! Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and maybe a stylish hat for that extra layer of protection. Trust me, your skin will thank you!
  6. Snacks: When my daughter was younger we would bring individually packaged snacks in the park with us. They were so helpful for a quick bite between rides or to hold over until the next meal. Now we tend to grab a snack right in the park. But there is definitely something to be said for bringing your own!
  7. Autograph Book and Pen: For those magical character meet-and-greets, be sure to pack your autograph book. Characters love leaving their mark, and it’s a fantastic keepsake.

Remember, packing for Disney World in July is like preparing for a grand adventure. With a bit of thoughtful planning, you’ll be ready for anything the parks throw your way! Check out my Travel Resources section for a more complete list of all my packing suggestions.

Disney World in July: Frequently Asked Questions

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Let’s dive into some common questions that might be popping up as you plan your July escapade to Disney World. Think of me as your Disney-savvy friend, here to spill the beans on everything you need to know.

Is Disney World Crowded in July?

Not going to lie, my friends, July tends to draw in a fair share of visitors, especially around the 4th. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great trip! Expect some hustle and bustle, but a whole lot of magic, too.

How Hot Does It Get in Disney World in July?

The Florida sun is no joke in July. Picture temperatures in the mid-90s – it’s like a very cozy hug from the sun. But hey, embrace the heat, stay hydrated, pack some sunscreen, and you’ll be golden.

How Do I Get Tickets to the Disney World Water Parks?

If you are taking my advice and spending a splashy day at the water parks, you can add the Water Park and Sports Option to your ticket. It’s a bit extra, but oh, the fun you’ll have at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon!

How to Book Your Disney World Vacation for This July

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So now that I have totally convinced you that July is an awesome time to visit Disney World, let’s talk about how to get that trip booked! Booking a Disney World trip is the getaway of a lifetime! I’m here to guide you every step of the way.

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Final Thoughts: Disney World in July

Well, my fellow Disney enthusiasts, we’ve covered the ins and outs of experiencing the magic of Disney World in the heart of summer – July. As your unofficial guide and cheerleader, here are my parting thoughts.

July at Disney World is like catching the enchanting summer vibes with a sprinkle of extra pixie dust. Sure, it’s warm, but that Floridian sun adds its own charm. Embrace the heat, enjoy the lively crowds, and savor unique events like the 4th of July spectacular.

So, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned Disney-goer, July promises an adventure like no other. Your trip is what you make it. With a touch of planning and a dash of spontaneity, it’s bound to be nothing short of magical.

Now, go forth, fellow Disney dreamer, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Until our next adventure – see you in the kingdom of dreams!

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