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Visiting Walt Disney World in July 2024

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If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World in July, there are a few important things to consider. Firstly, the weather in Orlando, Florida during the summer can be extremely hot. However, there are various ways to manage the heat, such as taking midday breaks at your hotel or enjoying the pool and water parks. Additionally, it’s crucial to be aware of the summer crowds. While there are busier times to visit, such as spring break and Christmas, the Fourth of July can still be quite crowded. Hence, it’s important to keep this in mind when choosing your vacation dates.

Overall, however, visiting Disney World in July 2024 could be a great idea for your family… especially with a little bit of strategy and pre-planning!

 


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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the return of the Disney Dining Plan, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)


 

July At-a-Glance

  • Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and to drink lots of water! Temperatures in July are definitely heating up! The summer sun in Florida can also be a bit intense. And while Disney offers many ways to cool off, you will definitely want to be prepared with sunscreen and water.
  • Be prepared for rain. As July can be very hot and humid, rain happens. Ponchos are a great thing to keep handy for afternoon showers!
  • Mornings are a great time to visit the pools. Due to the hotter temperatures, the pools can get quite busy during the heat of the day as well as in the evenings when guests return from a day in the parks. Consider visiting in the mornings when they will be less busy.
  • Major refurbishments are not typically common in July. Disney tends to schedule their refurbishments during less busy months (such as January or February), but that doesn’t mean closures can’t or won’t happen in July.
  • The Fourth of July will be busy. So if you plan on celebrating in the parks, be prepared for crowds.

 

July Events

Perhaps the most notable event is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This popular event took place from March 1 through July 5 in 2023, and the dates for 2024 will likely be similar. It features beautifully designed interactive gardens as well as a variety of living sculptures shaped like your favorite Disney characters. You will also find plenty of unique food options and family-friendly exhibits. Epcot festivals tend to bring more local crowds on evenings and weekends, so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series will likely be back as well in 2024. Dates and artists will be announced at a later date!

Another festival to be aware of is Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival which takes place from July 27 – November 18 in 2023. Dates have yet to be announced for 2024, but it is likely they will be similar to previous years. Undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals at Epcot, this event typically features nearly 30 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals) as well as the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Evenings and weekends will be busier so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.

ESPN Wide World of Sports typically hosts several athletic events each month. These events don’t usually have a major impact on crowds in the parks, but they can affect resort availability and crowds at Disney’s value resorts. There are currently no events scheduled for the month of July, but this could change as some event dates have yet to be announced.

The Fourth of July is typically a very busy time for Walt Disney World. And as it actually falls on a Thursday this year, be prepared for some significant crowds throughout the first week of July. Other than that, however, the month is fairly steady in terms of crowds.

 

July Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for July 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is now open!
  • Splash Mountain closed permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open in 2024.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed from January 16-20, 2024.

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • EPCOT Forever returned on April 3, 2023 (replacing Harmonious which permanently ended on April 2, 2023)
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana opened on October 16, 2023!
  • Luminous: The Symphony of Us, a new nighttime spectacular will be debuting on December 5, 2023.

Hollywood Studios

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is permanently closed, and will be replaced with a fully reimagined production called “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure.” The new show is expected to debut in Fall 2024.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will close on January 8, 2024, for a refurbishment. It is currently scheduled to reopen in Summer 2024.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple has permanently ended.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids will close on January 8, 2024, for its usual winter refurbishment. An opening date has yet to be announced.
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug will be closing at some point to make way for a Zootopia Tree of Life Show. No dates have been announced.
  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
    • It is anticipated that Dino-Rama, as a whole, will likely close at some point to make way for a major expansion. Disney has shared plans for potential replacements, such as a Moana Mini-Land, which includes detailed concept art. Additionally, there is the possibility of a Zootopia Expansion beyond Dino-Rama. Although these proposals are promising, it should be noted that they have not yet been approved or funded by Disney. Therefore, the fate of Dino-Rama remains uncertain, but it is evident that its days are limited.

 Other

  • Blizzard Beach closed on March 19, 2023, for refurbishment, and it will reopen on November 6, 2023.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will close on November 6, 2023, for winter refurbishment. No opening date has been announced.
  • Disney Skyliner Gondolas will experience closures in mid-to-late January 2024. This will be a phased closure that will occur first with the Disney’s Hollywood Studios side of the routes, followed by the Epcot side.

 

July Weather

Overall, the weather in Orlando is quite hot in July. Seriously… it’s hot. The average high is 92 degrees and the low is typically around 75 degrees. It is technically Orlando’s rainy season as well. That being said, most rain in July will come in short “spurts” rather than be an all-day thing. Brief afternoon downpours are very typical! (In other words, prepare for rain. Ponchos may be a good thing to pack!)

 

July Disney World Crowd Calendar

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Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. It’s best not to completely rely on them when making your Disney World vacation plans.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in knowing what to expect, keep in mind, they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. But unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

On top of that, many are choosing to travel differently these days. Quiet months have become popular due to runDisney events as well as other Disney events and promotions, while busier seasons have seen a downward trend in the last couple of years.

July is usually less busy than June, but it does heat up a bit when it comes to temperatures. There are steady summer crowds for most of the month except for the Fourth of July weekend.

 

July 2024 Disney World Crowd Calendar | Magic in the Planning

 

Ready To Start Planning Your Visit To Walt Disney World In July?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

 

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Walt Disney World Attraction Guides:

 

There’s nothing better than knowing what to expect on your Disney World vacation. Our monthly guides can help you visit with a plan!

January   |   February

March   |   April

May   |   June

July (you are here)   |   August

September   |   October

November   |   December

 

Planning your first Walt Disney World vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide for help getting started!

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