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A guide to Disney World in July

Make plans to spend the afternoons in July at the pool of your Disney World resort
Make plans to spend the afternoons in July at the pool of your Disney World resort
Heather Leigh

If one needs to know which month is the busiest of them all at the Walt Disney World resorts and theme parks, July is the month. Because there are heavier crowds at the parks, this is the time when Disney is at its busiest planning interesting parades, events and shows for guests to enjoy. Plus the theme parks remain open very late for guests to continue enjoying the fun and excitement late into the night.

Since most of the ride closures for refurbishments are done during the slower months, July is the one time when you will see very little closures at the parks. So you should be able to see all of the attractions you want to enjoy, you just may have to wait in line. That is when the FastPass+ system will help immensely when planning your trip and trying to get the most out of each day.

If you plan on traveling over the Fourth of July holiday, many of the resorts will have special activities planned for guests to enjoy, including crafts, games and other family activities. The theme parks will also have special Fourth of July-themed shows, activities, parades and fireworks.

Make plans to arrive at the theme parks early during the month of July. Mostly because some parks, especially Magic Kingdom and Epcot, may close due to reaching maximum crowd capacity. Depending upon the day, park hopping might not be the best option for you, especially when visiting around the Fourth of July.

To help combat the crowds, make sure you complete your advance dining reservations 180 days before your arrival and do the same for your FastPass+ attractions. When at the parks, take full advantage of Extra Magic Hours, single rider lines and the rider switch program so you can see as many attractions on your list as possible.

Higher temperatures in July means that many of the outdoor attractions will be extremely hot. Make plans to ride outdoor attractions, such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Astro Orbiter at night when the sun has not made the seats extremely hot. This is a great time of year to enjoy Kali River Rapids and Splash Mountain to help cool you off from the summer heat.

Consider arriving at the theme parks early before it gets crowded and then heading back to your resort for lunch and to cool off in the pool. Then, when the weather starts to cool off a bit, head back to the theme parks to enjoy dinner and the remainder of the evening.

Cool off at your resort’s pool or one of the water parks - Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach - this summer.

July is going to be a hot time to visit the theme parks, so remember to stay hydrated while and do not forget to wear your sunscreen.

Happy vacationing!

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