If you are considering a visit to Walt Disney World in July, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind. First of all, there’s the heat. The summer heat in Orlando, Florida can be a bit much. But there are numerous ways to work around this, however, from taking midday hotel breaks to spending some time at the pool or waterparks. Other considerations include the summer crowds. Now, there are definitely busier times to visit Disney World. (Spring break season and Christmas come to mind!) But the Fourth of July can be quite busy as well, so definitely keep that in mind when selecting your vacation dates!
Overall, however, visiting Disney World in July 2023 could be a great idea for your family… especially with a little bit of strategy and pre-planning!
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- 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.
Perhaps the most notable event is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This popular event will take place from March 1 through July 5, 2023. 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.
Another festival to be aware of is Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival which ran from July 14 to November 19 in 2022. (No dates have been announced yet for 2023.) Undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals, this event typically features over 30 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals). As we stated earlier, be prepared for local crowds as many come to “eat and drink their way around the world.” 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. Here are the events scheduled so far as well as events that are typically held in July:
- IdeaSport Summer Camps – TBA (held June thru July in 2022)
- Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships – TBA (held July 28-31 in 2022)
The Fourth of July is typically a very busy time for Walt Disney World. And as it actually falls on a Tuesday this year, be prepared for some significant crowds from July 1 – July 5. 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 2023. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)
- Walt Disney World Railroad is finally open after nearly 4 years of closure due to Tron construction!
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow reopened on January 15 in Storybook Circus.
- The Little Mermaid meet and greet with Ariel officially returns on January 22, 2023.
- Enchanted Tales with Belle is reopening on February 19, 2023.
- Happily Ever After (an updated version) is returning to Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023.
- Tron Lightcycle Power Run is opening on April 4, 2023.
- Splash Mountain is closing permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open in 2024.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
- Moana: Journey of Water, a brand new attraction, will be opening in 2023.
- Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)
- The American Adventure is closed from September 19 thru December 16, 2022
- A new nighttime show will be opening at some point in 2023 to replace Harmonious.
- Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will be closed January 9-27, 2023
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will begin a length refurbishment beginning February 20, 2023. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2023.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily closed with no reopening date yet.
- Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is also temporarily closed.
- Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
- Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 9
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed for refurbishment beginning November 13, 2022.
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
Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.
While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, 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.
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.
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