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A Complete Guide to Walt Disney World in July

If you’re not sure when to book your Walt Disney World vacation or already have booked a trip to Disney World in July, use this monthly guide to plan your stay.

In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know about July at Disney World, including what to expect with the weather, special events, what the crowds are like, and what’s closed for updates.

All dates and information subject to change throughout the year. This post will be updated frequently, but for the most up to date information on what’s closed and what’s reopened, check out my post about Disney World closures and what’s new.

Weather in Orlando in July

Photo of the lobby at Disney World's Boardwalk Inn.
Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy of Disney Parks.

As you likely guessed, the weather in Orlando in July, as well as the surrounding Walt Disney World resort area, is hot, humid, and rainy.

In short, the weather’s not that great. Thank goodness for air conditioning in all the resorts, indoor rides, and shops!

Heat-wise, the average high temperature is 92° F and average low is 76° in July (source). 

More than likely, the temps will be between 80-95° F all day, so don’t let that average low temp fool you!

Add a layer of the notorious summertime Florida humidity and you’ve got some miserable weather.

Make sure to beat the heat at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon water park, whichever one happens to be open, to help you cool off.

Or hop on a water ride, like Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom, or make a bee line for an indoor ride or shop for an air conditioning break.

And of course, you can always take a dip in your resort pool!

In addition to the heat, July is within hurricane season for much of the Southern US, not just Florida. 

It’s pretty rare for hurricanes to hit the Orlando area directly, as it’s in the center of the state, but it can happen. 

Plus, even if a hurricane is forecast for the surrounding states, such as Georgia, the weather can still be impacted. Which in turn can mess up airplane schedules.

July is the 2nd wettest month with an average of 7.1 inches of rain (source).

Don’t be surprised if there’s a torrential downpour nearly every afternoon – even if the day starts off super sunny! 

Afternoon rain showers are very common in the area, especially during hurricane season, though much of the time, it’ll just be for 20 minutes or so.

Rare exceptions are made regarding refunds due to inclement weather when the parks need to close, like it did for Hurricane Irma in September 2019.

Disney World’s theme parks are still open on rainy days, so don’t expect a refund if it happens during your stay. Besides, there’s plenty of fun things to do at Disney World in the rain.

What to wear to Disney World in July

Photo of a couple sampling alcoholic cider from Cider House at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

I recommend wearing light-colored loose clothing and shoes that will keep your feet comfortable in hot weather with lots of walking. 

Only you will know what’s best for your feet – some people swear by sneakers, while others will prefer sandals in the Summer.

Personally I hate wearing sneakers in hot and humid weather – so I stick to sandals with good traction to ensure I don’t slip if the ground is wet due to rain.

Don’t forget to throw in a swimsuit or 2 so you can cool off in the Summer heat at one of Disney World’s water parks.

As for extras to take into the park with you, my top 3 recommendations are sunglasses, sunscreen, and a disposable rain poncho. 

No one wants a sunburn to ruin their Disney vacation, nor do you want to get drenched in the rain, forcing you to waste time running back to your hotel room to change!

Aside from that, check out my post on what to pack for Disney World for more recommendations, plus get a free printable packing list to help you stay organized.

Holidays & events at Disney World in July

Custom graphic with a color-coded calendar for the month of July. Text at the top reads: free download. Below it reads: Disney World in July 2024.
Custom graphic by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

July is one of the busiest months at Disney World. Overall, expect high crowds throughout the entire month due to 4th of July and Summer vacation.

Let’s get into holidays and events to look out for.

If you’re visiting for the Fourth of July, you’ll be treated to special fireworks displays at Epcot and Magic Kingdom to celebrate US Independence Day.

At the Magic Kingdom park, the fireworks are formally called Disney’s Celebrate America, which started in 2008. Although this show has been running for over 15 years now, it has had many updates since then.

Epcot’s show is called Heartbeat of Freedom and it typically runs after its usual nighttime show.

Plus, you can catch the a cappella group singing patriotic songs in the rotunda at the America Adventure pavilion.

In past years, they’ve also performed a concert at the America Gardens theatre in the evening, too.

Lastly, you bet there will be all kinds of American treats to celebrate at all four theme parks, like strawberry shortcake, apple pie cupcakes and other red, white, and blue themed snacks and drinks.

If you’re planning to visit later in the month, you might be able to catch the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, which sometimes starts up in the last few days of July.

Dates for 2024 are not available yet, so this is speculation based on the past few years’ dates.

Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3 is set to release on July 26, having been moved from its previous May 3 release date.

This film likely won’t have any promo in the parks due to contractual agreements in place with Universal, but you might see photo ops and props from the film set at Disney Springs AMC theater!

Attraction and ride closures

There are a number of rides and attractions that are closed for updates or maintenance.

Animal Kingdom

Photo of the iconic tree of life at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Photo courtesy of Disney.
  • Colors of Mo’Ara face painting station in Pandora is temporarily closed with no reopen date set.


Photo of Spaceship Earth with the new World flags flying in front of it.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Over in the Morocco pavilion, The Brass Bazaar, Casablanca Carpets, Marketplace in the Medina, and Restaurant Marrakesh remain closed.

El Ranchito del Norte in Mexico, the Trading Post between Canada and the United Kingdom pavilions, Village Traders between China and Germany, Der Teddybar in Germany, Sportsman’s Shoppe in United Kingdom, and the Mitsukoshi Kiosk in Japan also remain closed.

Hollywood Studios

Closeup of R2-D2 from Star Wars.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in Summer 2024, so it could be closed for part or all of July 2024.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay Theater is likely to be closed in July, although the meet-and-greets, prop displays, and shops should be available.

In addition, the following shops and food stands are closed:

  1. Disney Studio Store
  2. Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  3. It’s a Wonderful Shop
  4. Stage 1 Company Store
  5. In Character

Magic Kingdom

Photo of fireworks exploding behind Cinderella's Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom with the silhouette of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the foreground.
Photo courtesy of Disney.
  • Country Bear Jamboree closed in January 2024 and will reopen with a new show in Summer 2024. It could be closed some or all of July 2024.
  • Splash Mountain is closed permanently. In its place, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open in Summer 2024, so it could be open for some or all of July!

Other locations

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs and Grand Floridian Resort is still closed as of January 10, 2024, with no opening date announced yet.

Lastly, it’s likely that Blizzard Beach will be closed, while Typhoon Lagoon will be open in July 2024. Disney has not made any announcements, so this is based on past years’ patterns and information about scheduled events.

Are you ready to visit Disney World in July?

Personally, I’m not a fan of the weather and crowds in July at Disney World. But I would love to experience the 4th of July holiday at Disney at some point!

I hope this guide helped you sort out your plans. If you have further questions, drop me a comment below.

Lastly, for more monthly planning guides, check out these posts:

  1. WDW in January
  2. WDW in February
  3. WDW in March
  4. WDW in April
  5. WDW in May
  6. WDW in June
  7. WDW in July – you are here!
  8. WDW in August
  9. WDW in September
  10. WDW in October
  11. WDW in November
  12. WDW in December

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This blog post was originally published on June 16, 2021. It was last updated March 8, 2024.

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