Last updated on 11/22/2023
Other than the 4th of July holiday, July crowds at Walt Disney World are typically moderate. And the weather? It’s hot. Very hot.
Here’s what you need to know:
Despite July being one of the hottest months to visit Disney World, there are a lot of reasons to plan a trip to Disney World during July, including a special holiday, two Epcot festivals, and the chance to dive into the hotel pool and water parks.
There are all kinds of reasons to love Disney World during July. Here are some of our favorites:
But while there is lots to enjoy about July at Disney World, there are a few other things you should know:
July sees peak crowds due to summer vacations and Fourth of July celebrations. But, even though the parks can get busy, overall, July typically has moderate to heavy summer crowds, with Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays being a bit busier than the other days of the week.
This is a popular time for guests to visit thanks to the warm temperatures, longer park days, and the chance to swim and enjoy the water parks.
Plus, with Epcot festivals pretty much being year-round now, visitors can continue to enjoy not one, but two Epcot festivals in July — the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
During busier times of the year, Disney does try to improve guest experiences by doing a few things to help keep the lines down. Although they never officially announce anything, these are the things that we’ve noticed that do help:
Although Disney can make adjustments to keep the lines manageable, they can’t control just how busy the parks look and feel. During busier times of the year like July, walkways and paths in the parks may be full, Quick Service locations remain busy for longer, and the crowds for nighttime shows will be heavier.
We don’t tell you that to scare you, but to prepare you. July is not the time of year to just wing it. Spending even just a few minutes on a plan for your Disney World trip will make all the difference.
Here are the dates we are predicting will be the busiest in July:
Disney publishes its park hours about 75 days in advance, but those hours can (and very often do) change.
Note: This used to be about 180 days in advance, but since the reopening, they have transitioned to a roughly 75-day window.
As the dates get closer, it isn’t unusual for Disney to tweak either the opening or closing times. And during especially busy times of the year, they may change both.
That means to avoid having your plans sidetracked, you’ll definitely want to keep checking the park hours – including while on your trip.
When it comes to park hours – in general – the heavier the crowds, the longer the parks will be open during the day. Of course, that also means that the parks will be open fewer hours of the day during less busy times of the years.
Since July is typically a busier time of the year, the parks often open earlier and stay open later than they do during less busy times of the year.
Even though July is a typically busier time of the year, there are still discounts to be had.
But remember: Disney doesn’t offer discounts to be nice, they do it to fill hotel rooms. For the best chances of snagging a good deal, keep your travel dates and preferred resort flexible.
Historically, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival used to wind up around Memorial Day. But in recent years, the popular festival has been extended all the way through June and into the first few days of July.
That means early July travelers are going to get to see this glorious park covered with dozens of larger-than-life topiaries as well as plenty of food and drink options inspired by all things botanical.
If you are heading to Disney World over the 4th of July holiday you’ll have the chance to see some of the most spectacular fireworks of the year.
In addition to the nighttime shows, the Fourth also brings themed treats and PhotoPass opportunities.
Probably the most famous of all of the Epcot festivals is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Held every year from the late summer to fall, if you are a fan of good food and fun drinks, you’ll definitely want to plan to spend some time at Epcot during your trip.
July at Disney World is one of the hottest and steamiest months of the year.
During July, the temperatures will range from lows in the mid 70s to highs in the 90s.
And with all that heat and humidity comes lots and lots of chances for rain.
In fact, July sees an average of over 7 inches of rain each year with most of that rain falling during storms that pop up in the afternoon.
We recommend that you come prepared with ponchos, multiple pairs of shoes (in case one pair gets wet), and umbrellas just in case.
With all the heat and humidity in July, the pools are definitely a welcomed break. And, that means that they are a popular place to be.
In addition to the pools at the resorts, Disney’s 2 water parks will also see their attendance numbers increase.
If swimming is a must-do and you are worried about the crowds, consider starting your day at the pool and head to the parks later in the day. Most people reverse that plan which means the pools can get quite busy by the end of the day.
You’ll definitely want to prepare for the hot weather and pack accordingly.
Shorts, capri pants, and moisture wicking socks are all good options.
One place where you might get cold, however, is inside some restaurants and attractions.
And in fact, even during the hottest months we keep a light jacket in our park bag because coming out of the sun into an air-conditioned space is sometimes too cold for our liking.
If you’re the kind of person that finds sitting under the A/C to be too much, you might want to consider tossing in a light jacket, too.
While routine refurbishments aren’t typically scheduled in July, you’ll likely still run into a few attractions that are closed.
At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in July.
Depending on the length of your trip, here’s how many days we recommend for each park:
When it comes time to decide which days are best for each park, here are some general things to keep in mind:
1. For each day of the month, we tell you on a scale of 1-10 how busy the entire Walt Disney World Resort is when compared to other days of the year.
2. Then, for each park you’ll see the park hours and any special events that are planned.
3. We also track refurbishments and closings (which you can toggle on and off).
4. We have a handy feature that allows you to automatically add your Advanced Dining Reservation date to your calendar.
5. And, one of the most useful features is the ability to be able to print the calendar so that you can have a paper copy for planning (or just use as a backup).
Official park hours are usually released around 75 days in advance.
The "crowd level" compares each day to the rest of the year; it indicates how crowded the entire WDW Resort area is on a scale of 1-10.