Disney World Weather in July: What to Expect
As Florida’s summer season continues, July at Disney World offers even warmer temperatures than June, perfect for those who enjoy the balminess of tropical climates. Here’s a brief overview:
- Temperature: July usually features average high temperatures around 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius), with lows typically at 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius). This makes July one of the warmest months at Disney World (just behind August).
- Florida’s Summer Heat: The heat intensifies in July, providing an authentic Floridian summer experience. The warmth also makes it an ideal time to enjoy Disney’s water parks and resort pools. However, it’s important to note that some visitors choose to bypass July due to the potentially uncomfortable heat, opting for a cooler month instead.
- Rainfall: July, alongside August, records the highest rainfall, with precipitation typically occurring on around 13 days of the month and totaling about 7.2 inches on average. However, these showers tend to be brief and often bring relief from the heat (for a few minutes, at least, before creating a sauna effect).
Preparing for Disney World Weather in July
July continues the summer season at Disney World, bringing intense heat and a higher chance of rain. Well-thought-out preparation is crucial for an enjoyable visit, regardless of the weather conditions.
- Handling the Summer Heat: High temperatures are prevalent in July, especially during mid-afternoon hours. Hydration is critical; take advantage of free ice water at Quick Service restaurants and numerous water refill stations throughout the parks. Prevent heat-related discomfort by including lightweight, breathable clothing and high-SPF sunscreen in your Disney packing list.
- Adjusting Your Touring Strategy: Given the heat, it’s wise to begin your park visits early. Utilize Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes passes to avoid long lines during the hottest hours. To stay cool, opt for attractions with indoor queues, such as Space Mountain and Toy Story Mania.
- Preparing for Rain: Showers in July are typically brief but can be heavy. Wear waterproof shoes and bring a poncho to stay dry during unexpected downpours. Despite variable weather forecasts, don’t let a rain prediction dampen your plans. Our ‘Disney Attractions to Escape the Rain‘ page offers a variety of fun indoor activities.
In conclusion, by closely monitoring Disney World’s weather and planning ahead for July’s conditions, you can ensure an enjoyable Disney World experience, rain or shine. After all, the magic of Disney exists in all weather!
Ride Maintenance and Refurbishments in July 2024
July at Disney World is bustling with activity. With it being summer, most water rides are operational, and lengthy ride refurbishments are uncommon. Here’s what we know for July 2024:
Theme Parks and Attractions
- Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom): Closed starting January 27, 2024. Expected to reopen sometime in Summer 2024 as the Country Bear Musical Jamboree, featuring Disney tunes reinterpreted in different styles of country music.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios): Closed starting January 8, 2024 for a “multi-month” refurbishment. Planned to reopen in summer 2024 (exact reopening date not yet announced).
- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom): Splash Mountain closed permanently in January 2023, and its replacement will open sometime in Summer 2024. It’s not yet clear if the new ride will be open in time for your July vacation, as the exact opening date has yet to be announced.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Hollywood Studios): This stage show never reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic closure, and is now being re-imagined into a new show. The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure is expected to debut in fall 2024.
Resort Hotels and Amenities
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (Cabins): The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness will be refurbished and become a separate DVC property. The first of the new cabins open on July 1, 2024, with additional work possible through the remainder of the year. (Note: this refurbishment applies to the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, not the Cabins at Wilderness Lodge/Copper Creek Villas)
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Construction continues on a new Disney Vacation Club tower on the site of the former Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Its grand opening is expected sometime in 2024.
Transportation, Water Parks, Golf Courses, and More
- Disney Water Parks: Only one of the two parks (Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon) typically operates at a time, with the other being closed. See Water Parks section below for further info.
Note that these schedules and maintenance plans can change. For the most accurate information on ride and hotel closures, it’s best to contact Disney World customer service or consult your travel planner (we recommend The Vacationeer).
Disney World Water Parks in July (2024): What to Expect
Visiting Disney World’s water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach – is a fantastic way to beat the heat in July. Each park offers unique water-based attractions, but their operational schedules can be tricky to predict. Here’s our forecast for July 2024:
- Water Park Operations: In recent years, Disney World has trended towards operating one water park at a time. Here’s a recent operating schedule history:
- November 13, 2022: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
- March 19, 2023: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
- November 6, 2023: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
- March 17, 2024: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
- Annual Themes: In 2022, Blizzard Beach received a holiday treatment, a trend we expect to continue.
- Predicted Schedule: Based on these patterns, we expect the water parks to alternate being open in multi-month stretches, with Typhoon Lagoon open from spring to fall and Blizzard Beach open from fall to spring.
- July 2024 Expectation: Following these patterns, we anticipate that Typhoon Lagoon will be the only water park open in July 2024. However, these predictions are based on past trends, and actual schedules may change.
For accurate information and to plan your perfect summer getaway, we recommend consulting with The Vacationeer before booking. A trip to a Disney water park would be a great way to add some splash to your Florida summer vacation – especially on a hot July day!
Preparing for the 4th of July at Disney World
Celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World requires strategic preparation. You can expect the following:
- Expect Crowds: July 4th brings a mix of locals and tourists, resulting in higher-than-usual visitor numbers. To avoid the busiest times, plan to visit early in the day or late in the afternoon. The midday period usually sees an overlap of guests, leading to the most congestion and heat.
- Heat Precautions: Florida’s summer climate can be challenging. Pack essentials like cooling pads, a collapsible water bottle, and ponchos. Taking breaks from the heat in indoor attractions and returning to your hotel during the hottest hours of the day can also help.
- Special Events: Disney’s Celebrate America! is a key highlight at Magic Kingdom; expect a spectacular fireworks display on July 3 and July 4. EPCOT’s Heartbeat of Freedom tag also offers an impressive finale over the American Adventure pavilion after the regular fireworks show on July 4th.
- EPCOT’s Limited-time Lighting Design: Spaceship Earth adorns a patriotic ambient lighting design, giving it the look of an American flag. This adds to the Independence Day spirit and will be showcased nightly until July 4th.
- Added Activities: Disney characters wear patriotic attire, and special PhotoPass options are available on July 3rd and 4th. At EPCOT, don’t miss special performances by the Voices of Liberty on July 4th, including their famed “echo sets” in the two-story rotunda of the American Adventure.
- Hotel Celebrations: Although no official events are scheduled around the hotels, Magic Kingdom area resorts often have informal ‘parties’ to view the fireworks. Those staying at the Polynesian Village Resort get the added bonus of a patriotic display from the Electrical Water Pageant during the show!
Despite the heat and crowds, July 4th at Disney World is an experience you won’t forget, and there are tons of fun things to do to celebrate Independence Day.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off in Late July
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers a unique global culinary journey for visitors to Disney World. This remarkable event traditionally starts in late July, meaning if you plan to visit Disney World in late July, you’ll catch the exciting kickoff. Although only the last five days of July 2023 fell within the festival, those initial days were buzzing with the vibrant anticipation and fresh energy of the event’s beginning. We generally expect 2024’s event to follow a similar schedule.
The festival offers a fun-filled gastronomic voyage across six continents, perfect for both casual diners and food connoisseurs. From the delightful “Eat to the Beat” concert series to the exquisite “Eat to the Beat Dining Package,” the festival offers an immersive sensory experience. Moreover, a range of limited-edition merchandise allows visitors to carry a piece of this culinary adventure back home.
Is July the Best Month to Visit Disney World?
Whether July is optimal for a Disney World visit depends on your schedule and preferences. Here are some factors to consider:
- Weather: July in Florida is quite warm, with an average high temperature of 90 degrees and 13 rainy days on average. This could be ideal if you enjoy hot weather and like to cool off at the pools and water parks. However, if you prefer cooler, drier weather, July may not be the best month for you.
- Crowds: July sees a surge in visitors due to summer vacation, especially around the 4th of July. However, crowd levels moderate after the 4th of July week, and they are about average for the month as a whole.
- Events: Special 4th of July festivities, including breathtaking fireworks, add to the month’s allure. Late July also typically marks the kickoff of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, turning Epcot into a global culinary destination.
- Pricing: Costs are generally average in July, with a slight increase in the early part of the month around the Independence Day holiday.
July offers the warmth of summer, the chance to enjoy two major Epcot festivals, and vibrant 4th of July celebrations. However, it requires thoughtful planning and comfort with heat and potential rain. If you would like personalized advice on whether or not July is the right month for your trip, reach out to The Vacationeer.
Comparing Disney World in July (2024) to Neighboring Months
Understanding how July compares to its neighboring months, June and August, can help determine if it’s the ideal time for your vacation.
- June or July?: Weather is a significant factor in this comparison. June typically has milder temperatures, which might be more comfortable for some visitors. However, though hotter and slightly rainier, July weather is still manageable, especially for those who enjoy pool visits and water park adventures. Crowd-wise, while June can be bustling, July generally sees a spike around the 4th but is less crowded than June for the rest of the month.
- July or August?: In terms of festivals, July traditionally hosts the start of the International Food & Wine Festival. In contrast, August offers an entire month of the Food & Wine Festival. July and August share similar weather patterns, with hot and wet conditions. Crowds are typically lower in August, especially at the end of the month.
July offers an exciting atmosphere around Independence Day but expect higher crowds and a slight price surge during this period.
Our Recommendation: June could be better if you prefer milder weather and don’t mind higher crowds. Consider August if you’d like to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival with fewer crowds. If fireworks are your thing, consider July!
Personal Experiences: Disney World in July
My wife Jaimie’s parents, Mike and Terry, recently retired Florida residents, made their annual Disney World trip last July. A testament to the joy of adults at Disney World, their journey was filled with relaxed exploration and delightful moments.
Unfazed by the heat, they came prepared. “As Floridians, we’re used to hot weather,” Terry said, adding that they packed lightweight clothes, sunscreen, and refillable water bottles. They chose a period post the July 4th rush but before Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. “We love a more relaxed pace,” Mike explained.
They booked their stay at Coronado Springs, a Disney Moderate Resort. “The pool was a refreshing retreat during the midday heat,” Mike mentioned. They enjoyed their afternoons, cooling off and planning their evening adventures at the park. “We also took advantage of a great Florida Resident deal,” Terry added.
The rides at Animal Kingdom were a highlight. Terry found Kilimanjaro Safaris captivating, saying, ” I love seeing the animals up close.” Mike was in awe of the Avatar Flight of Passage.
Food was a highlight of their trip. They savored a romantic dinner at Tiffins in Animal Kingdom and a delicious brunch at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs. “The southern comfort food was superb,” Terry shared.
Their mid-July visit presented fewer crowds, adding to their enjoyment. “The lines were shorter than we expected, and the overall experience was more intimate,” said Mike. Although they missed the July 4th festivities and the Epcot festivals, they felt content with their choice.
Terry summarized their experience: “As a couple at Disney World, we appreciate the slower pace and moderate crowds. July has become one of our favorite months to visit.”
Final Thoughts: Disney World in July
Summer is in full swing at Disney World in July, with temperatures reaching into the 90s on average. For those who enjoy warm temperatures, it’s the perfect time to enjoy water parks and pools and cool off at night with spectacular shows. It’s worth noting that this is also a month with occasional rainfall, so packing ponchos and having flexible plans can prove beneficial.
Regarding crowd levels and costs, the beginning of July experiences a crowd surge due to Independence Day festivities. This period also sees a slight increase in prices. However, once the holiday crowds recede, the remainder of July presents fewer crowds and prices that revert to their average range.
In terms of crowd size, July ranks around 5th or 6th for the year. If a quieter experience is your goal, planning your visit after the Independence Day rush would be wise.
Compared to its neighboring month, June offers milder weather but higher crowd levels, while August typically experiences similar weather but slightly fewer crowds.
Overall, for those who enjoy warm weather, water activities, and a less crowded park experience, July presents a well-balanced month to visit Disney World. We recommend consulting with Disney travel experts when planning your vacation.