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  • On Aug 30, 2019
    Roberta from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We usually plan our Disney trips for the end of April but my daughter starts High School this year and we don't want to take her out of school. We are being told not to go early July because of rain and heat. Can you give any advise on this?

    Hi Roberta, 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us another question, my fellow Canadian. I’ll let you in on a little secret… I’ve visited Walt Disney World Resort every summer now for the past few years and I actually find that that it’s a great time to visit! 

    First, let’s get the weather question out of the way: yes, it’s hot in Central Florida in July. Yes, it’s probably going to rain in the afternoon every day when you visit. But, here’s how we beat the heat (and the rain) every day: we show up to the Theme Park that we’d like to visit before it opens in the morning, visit the attractions we’d like to do, including any FastPass+ selections we may have made. At 1:00 pm, we usually leave and head back to our Disney Resort Hotel for a swim or a nap and then we head back to the Parks for dinner and fireworks/nighttime touring. I firmly believe that kind of a touring schedule is the best way to visit Walt Disney World Resort and it makes summer visits MUCH easier. 

    Second, during the summer the Theme Parks have longer hours and lots of special events. During the first week of July, the Theme Parks will also be celebrating Independence Day, which was a ton of fun this year (though the Parks were quite busy that day). And, on Canada Day, you’ll be surprised by how many other Guests will be wearing Canadian-based outfits… and how many will wish you Happy Canada Day as you walk by in yours!

    Finally, some of the best places to beat the summer heat are the Walt Disney World Resort Water Parks. We spent several hours during our trip splashing the day away there and I highly recommend a visit to one of these hidden gems, especially in July.

    In short, I’m not sure who told you that you shouldn’t visit Walt Disney World Resort in July, but you can tell them that it’s absolutely possible to have a wonderful time. Just keep the heat in mind as you make your plans, try to find somewhere cooler during the more intense midday heat and you should still have tons of fun!

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions.

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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