Here's what you need to know:
July CROWDS & PARK HOURS
Disney publishes its park hours about 78 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 78-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 that you'll definitely want to keep checking the park hours - including while on your trip.
For many Disney World visitors, 78 days isn't enough time for planning. That's why we use historical data and current park hour trends to show the "Anticipated Hours" for dates around 79-110 days out. After Disney releases official park hours, we update the calendar above.
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 the do during less busy times of the year.
Disney World Crowd Calendar
PRICES AND DISCOUNTS
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.
Guide to Disney World Discounts
International Flower and Garden Festival
Typically, the International Flower and Garden Festival winds up around Memorial Day but in 2021, the popular festival has been extended until July 5th.
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.
Overview of the International Flower and Garden Festival
Fourth of July
Note: Due to current health and safety measures, some entertainment offerings and nighttime shows have been suspended.
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.
Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disney World
International Food and Wine Festival
Probably the most famous of all of the Epcot festivals is the International Food and Wine Festival.
Held every year from the late summer to fall, for 2021 we will see the dates extend from July 15 all the way until November 20.
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.
Overview of the International Food and Wine Festival
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.
How to handle the weather at Disney World
Swimming in July
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.
FAQ's about the Pools at Walt Disney World
WHAT TO WEAR
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 AC to be too much, you might want to consider tossing in a light jacket, too.
Ultimate Packing List for Walt Disney World
REFURBISHMENTS AND CLOSURES
While routine refurbishments aren't typically scheduled in July, you'll likely still run into a few attractions that are closed.
We keep track of those on the calendar above
To see what will be closed on your trip, toggle the "attractions closings" tab.
At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in July.
TIPS FOR DISNEY WORLD IN July
- The sun can be quite intense, and it can be easy to burn. Make sure you pack (and use) sunscreen.
- Keep checking for discounts. Even if you've already booked discounts can still be applied.
- The pools can get quite busy. For the lowest crowds consider visiting in the morning.
- If you plan to be in the parks on the Fourth of July we recommend packing your patience and lots of water and definitely plan for some breaks out of the sun!