Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 3, 2012
    Ashley from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Thinking of planning a Disney vacation the week after the 4th of July. Is the weather usually unbearable at this time? Are the mornings and evenings perfect weather for the park and relaxing by the pool mid-day? We've only ever been in Feb/March/April.

    Hi, Ashley!

    We've traveled to Walt Disney World just about every week throughout the summer, and I can tell you that, yes, it does get hot in July (and it's a humid kind of heat) but there are ways around this. (As a matter of fact, we're heading there mid-July, once again this summer!)

    According to, the average July high for WDW is 92 degrees (but it may feel hotter.) We like to head to the parks as early as possible, see as many attractions and shows as we can, then stop for a late lunch at a favorite Table-Service restaurant.  Head back to the resort by around 2 p.m., and it's pool time.  Activities poolside will surely keep you busy there, too, so you won't feel as if you're missing anything.

    After swimming, showering and changing, we either eat dinner at our resort, Downtown Disney or back into a park for another favorite (which, more often than not, is in Epcot.)  Keep in mind, too, that Extra Magic Hours in both the mornings and evenings make park hopping far more pleasant than in the highest heat of the day.

    Since utilizing the Dining Plan, which forces us off our feet and into the air-conditioned splendor of a wonderful restaurant, we all feel so much more refreshed, even if we didn't make it back to our resort for a swim that day.  The trick is to remember to sit down in the air-conditioned attractions and restaurants at regular intervals, too, rather than spending hours on end in the heat with no break.

    When you're ready to commit, send me another question with some specifics and I'll give you tips based on your resort, party members, dates of stay and park events on those days. I'd love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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