Fireworks at Magic Kingdom; brother and sister; mom
  • On Dec 13, 2023
    Zack from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello there, So, be honest, how is Disney World in July, preferably the first week of July? I am planning a trip next summer and Disney is definitely on the list. I’ve heard both good and bad things about going in July. Can you please help?

    Hi Zack and welcome back to planDisney!

    Thank you so much for coming back to the panel for some vacation planning advice.  You've come to the right place for an honest answer!  I have been visiting Walt Disney World during July 4th week for the past 6 years, so I will give you the good, the bad and the ugly about visiting the first week of July.

    You asked for honest, so here we go!  I came home from my first time visiting during the July 4th week saying I won't ever do it again.  It was hot, it was crowded and we were all tired.  After that year, we started doing more of a Disney Resort hotel stay vacation, so we wouldn't have to deal with the park crowds.  We always stay at a monorail Resort hotel so we can watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park from our room or from the hotel grounds, which has been fantastic!  What I have noticed the past few years of visiting is that more people are staying away from the parks and they haven't been as crowded.  The last 2 years we have gone to EPCOT and Magic Kingdom on July 3rd and July 4th and it's been really lovely!  Attraction wait times have been very manageable and if you use Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Entry, you can experience more attractions at the parks during this week.  It has become one my favorite times of year to visit!

    Here are some times for visiting Walt Disney World during the summer:
    * Stay hydrated!  It's very hot and very humid, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water.  Complimentary ice water can be found at any quick service location that sells fountain beverages.
    * Take breaks inside!  Each theme park has indoor attractions in the air conditioning, so when you need a break to cool down, pop in for a show or an indoor ride.
    * Pack a poncho.  Florida weather is very unpredictable in the summer and there are often rain showers.  I always have compact ponchos with us in case for a sudden rain shower.
    * Utilize Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering at select Quick Service restaurants.  This will save you lots of time by ordering ahead of time and just walking up when your order is ready instead of waiting in the line to order.  You can mobile order meals or just drinks and snacks throughout the day at many locations at the theme parks.
    * Head to a Disney Water Park!  My kids are water babies, so we visit the Disney Water Parks often, especially in the summer.  It's a great way to stay cool while still enjoying the Disney magic.

    Please stop back by and visit if you have any additional vacation planning questions.  We're here to help!

    Have a magical day!
    Leslie
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Meet the Panelist: Leslie, Florida

I am a stay-at-home mom and wife from Florida who loves to take advantage of every bit of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  From our wedding to birthdays, my family loves to celebrate any occasion at Disney World.  Learn More About Leslie

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