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Guide to Going to Disney World in July

Many people go on vacation in the summer months and because of this, July is one of the busiest months at Disney World.  If you are planning to visit Disney World in July, be prepared for crowds and hot weather!  

Disney Characters at Disney World in July

Guide to Going to Disney World in July

Going to Disney World in July is a busy time of year. These are the things you should know before you go.

Disney World Crowds in June

Crowds at Disney World in July

If you take a look at any of the Disney crowd calendars you will see that July is quite possibly the busiest month of the year.

What this means for you is that there are going to be long lines and some parks might even close due to too many people.

I suggest going to the park as soon as it opens. This will help you get the most out of your day.

Just make sure that you are using Genie+ & Lightning Lane because you are going to need them!

Disney World Events in July

Magic Kingdom Park

“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will offer booming fireworks orchestrated to patriotic melodies at Magic Kingdom Park on both July 3 and July 4 at 9:20 p.m.


  • The Voices of Liberty will perform great American tunes during a Fourth of July concert on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. on July 4. The group also will perform in the rotunda inside The American Adventure pavilion at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Disney characters wearing “Spirit of 76” patriotic attire at The American Adventure throughout the day on July 4th.

Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

This special event happens on select nights from May 25 to August 31, 2024.

Experience Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park while it is illuminated at night during this special ticketed event after the park officially closes.

Guests can ride all your favorite water rides, swim in Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, and voyage along Castaway Creek, while also being entertained by a DJ.

There will also be a dance party and delicious themed ice cream novelties, popcorn and select drinks.

Epcot 4th of July Treats
Courtesy Disney

Disney World 4th of July Treats

Special 4th of July-themed treats and drinks can be found at all the different Disney World parks, Resorts and even at Disney Springs in the month of July.

Here is a sampling of what you will find:

  • Berry ShortcakeAvailable July 4 at Sunshine Seasons: Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream topped with patriotic sprinkles and a chocolate Mickey coin
  • Fourth of July CupcakeAvailable through July 7 at Creature Comforts and Restaurantosaurus: Yellow cupcake with apple pie filling, buttercream, and chocolate fireworks
  • 4th of July White Berry SangriaAvailable July 4-7 at Tusker House Restaurant, Tiffins Restaurant, Dawa Bar, and Nomad Lounge: White sangria with blueberries and strawberries
Courtesy Disney

While many of the treats are limited to the 4th of July (and surrounding days) these treats can be found all month long:

  • It’s a Party! Sundae at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorRed velvet cake topped with birthday cake ice cream, vanilla sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • Sugar Cookie Sandwich at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Birthday cake ice cream sandwiched between two sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles
Weather in Orlando in July

Weather in Disney World in July

July is HOT and HUMID. 

The temps are going to be in the 90’s all month and it is going to feel even hotter because of the intense humidity.

If you aren’t familiar with Florida humidity, it is when you feel like you are sweating when you are standing still.  It’s sticky and at times, unbearable.

This is totally normal weather for Florida in the summer and you are going to have to do your best to stay hydrated and cool.

Thank goodness Disney is prepared with free cold water and misting fans that can be found throughout the Disney parks.

You can count on it raining at least once a day (usually in the afternoon), but don’t dismay.

The rain will pass and often rainy days make the crowds leave which means you can enjoy shorter lines.

Typhoon Lagoon Wave pool

Visit a Disney Waterpark to Your Vacation

When visiting Disney World in July, you really should add on a trip to one of the two Disney waterparks.

You can go for the entire day, or spend half of the day in the park and then hit the waterpark in the afternoon.

Take a look at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach so that you can make an educated choice in which one is best for your family!

How do people survive in Disney World in July?

One of the most important things to do when you visit Disney World in July is to pack things that will help you stay you hydrated and provide you relief from the sun.

Planning a trip to Disney World this summer? You might not think that packing for summer is any different than packing for Spring, but the truth is that the summer is more hot & humid than any other time of the year. This Disney World summer packing list will make sure you are prepared for the unpredictable weather in Florida!

Disney World July Packing List

When visiting Disney World in July, be sure to use this Disney summer packing list:

1. Rain Poncho

Florida in the summer means that it will rain just about every day.

Typically, the rain hits in the afternoon and doesn’t last long, but nevertheless you will want to be prepared.

Bring an inexpensive Rain Poncho so you won’t have to buy one at the park!

Clear Rain Poncho
These rain coats are made of eco-friendly non-toxic PE material. 40% thicker than common disposable rain poncho. Durable and 100% waterproof. Seams are sealed to guarantee no rain will leak from them and keep you dry and dirt free.

2. Sunscreen

In order to make sure you don’t get sunburned on your vacation you will need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. 

I bring a sunscreen stick in my Disney day bag because it is easy to apply when you are on the go.

Banana Boat Sport Ultra, Reef Friendly, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50, 1.5oz.
This lightweight formula is designed especially for sport enthusiasts and other active individuals who need Sport-strength sun protection that doesn’t play around!

3. Misting Fans

These misting fans can be a real lifesaver on a hot day in the parks.

Elite Battery Powered Handheld Water Misting Fan
Beat the heat with a personal cooling system. This portable misting fan from O2COOL offers a fine mist of cold water and a powerful fan

It is the perfect way to cool you off when you are in line for a ride or waiting for the parade to begin.

4. Small Travel Blanket

If you have to sit on the pavement to watch the parade, you will be glad to have a picnic-style blanket to place on the ground.

Rainleaf Microfiber Travel Towel
Super soft towel that can dry in under 2 hours in the sun.

The black asphalt retains heat and you can easily burn your skin if you touch it.

Choose one that is also waterproof in case you have to lay it on wet pavement.

5. Sunglasses & Sunglass Strap

You won’t want to be without your sunglasses.

You will find yourself taking your glasses on & off quite a bit, so it might serve you to have a sunglass strap to keep them from being misplaced.

Croakies Eyeglass Straps
The Croakies bundle features two eyeglass retainers, and a cleaning kit that includes a multi lens cleaner and a micro fibre lens cleaning cloth

6. Insulated Water Bottle

Did you know that ice water is free at Disney counter service restaurants?

We like to bring our own lightweight, insulated bottles with us to the parks and refill them with ice water throughout the day.

CamelBak Podium Chill Insulated Bike Water Bottle
Lightweight BPA free double-walled construction water bottle keeps water cold twice as long

7. Freezable insulated lunch bag

We often bring drinks & snacks to the park.

One of the best purchases you can make is for a Packit bag because they keep everything cold!

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag
PackIt is a freezable lunch cooler designed to keep contents cooler, longer: up to 10 hours (depending on external temperatures),Fits a sandwich, snack and a 12 oz (340ml) drink.

You just pop it in the freezer and it stays cold for hours!

8. Hair Ties & Brush

Girls with long hair are going to notice the hair sticking to the nape of their neck after the first hour in the park.

Folding Hair Brush With Mirror
Space-saving full size hair brush folds down to mini size, great for travel.

I always pack extra hair ties and a small travel hair brush to pull up our hair if we misjudge the Florida heat!

9. Cleansing Wipes

The heat can really take a toll on your skin.

You will find yourself sweating throughout the day and one thing that really helps you cool off are cleansing wipes.

Refresh Line Body Wipes
Our Body Wipes feature a unique blend of ingredients designed to remove dirt, sweat, and odor, leaving you feeling fresh and clean all day long.

These body wipes are great for the sweaty parts that need a little extra attention!

11. Chafing Stick

When it gets hot & sticky outside, your skin pays the price.

This means more skin irritation.

Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Anti Chafing Stick – Apply Before You Get Dressed, On Thighs, Neck, Arms, And Anywhere Skin Is Rubbed

You can use this Body Glide stick for your feet & for your thighs. It keeps all skin contact irritation-free!

While it is hot and crowded during summer months, there is still plenty of fun to be had!

If you are still trying to decide on the best time to visit Disney World and haven’t settled on July, be sure to check out all our Disney World crowd calendars.

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