Disney World in July
July is a very busy month at the Walt Disney World Resort but don't let the crowds discourage you. With some advance planning, you can have a great time on your summer vacation to Disney World. Arrive at your park of choice at least 20 minutes before it opens in the morning, have a good theme park touring plan and you'll be able to have a great time. The parks are cooler and at their least crowded for the first hour-and-a-half after park opening (typically at 9AM) so it is much better to arrive early and take a mid-day break than to arrive late and get in line behind everyone else. Keep reading to find out about crowds, closures and special events during your July trip to Disney World.
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Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments in July 2018:
- Disney Springs - Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is closed until further notice.
- Disney World Resort Children's Activity Centers (paid childcare) are all closing permanently at the close of business on July 31, 2018. Kids Night Out will remain available for guests looking for child or babysitter services.
- Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Room refurbishments will begin in late February and continue through Winter 2018. Construction activities will be limited to 9:00AM - Dusk.
- Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
- Disney's Boardwalk Inn - Friendship boat to and from Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios unavailable until mid-summer. Bus transportation will be provided.
- Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters restaurant, Cabana Pool Bar & the Calypso Trading Post will be closed from May 1, 2017 to through Fall 2018. Dining options will be available for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Centertown will serve breakfast & dinner. Spyglass Grill (opening Spring 2018), located in Trinidad South, serves breakfast. lunch and dinner. Grab-and-Go meals like pastries, salads, fruit, and sandwiches will be sold in the Aruba, Jamaica and Aruba sections of the resort. In-room dining will still be available.
- Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
- Disney's Old Key West Resort is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
- Disney's Port Orleans Riverside - One of the Alligator Bayou leisure pools will be closed for refurbishment from July 2018 through Fall 2018. The mailn feature pool, Ol' Man Island, and the four other leisure pools will remain open.
- Disney's Pop Century Resort - Room refurbishments will continue through Summer 2018 but many buildings are already done.
- Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort - The Turf Club Bar & Grill - kitchen refurbishment from late July - early August.
- Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center is undergoing expansion work through Winter 2018 and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
- The Magical Extras Savings Card is included in every Walt Disney World Resort vacation package and provides discounts at several restaurants, shops, and activities. Click here for full details.
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- Toy Story Land opens on June 30, 2018 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Expect crowds and possible disruptions to park hours right around the opening due to media events. Click here for more information.
- Independence Day - 4th of July: This is one of the busiest days of the year at Disney World. The Magic Kingdom often closes to capacity on the 4th of July and will be super-busy so visit a different park and enjoy lower crowds. Disney's Hollywood Studios, while still crowded, always has 4th of July Fireworks and is a better choice. Don't fret about missing the Magic Kingdom fireworks - they're offered on July 3rd so just see them a day early.
- Avoid Extra Magic Hours - Extra Magic Hour(s) is when one of the Disney theme parks opens an hour early or stays open two extra hours after closing for guests staying at one of the official Disney hotels. Because Disney has 33,000 rooms and no one goes to Disney alone, too many people are being pointed in the same direction at the same time and the Extra Magic Hour theme park will always be the busiest park of the day - not a good thing during the busy summer season. You also need to be realistic about your exhaustion levels because getting to a theme park by 8:00AM means leaving your resort no later than 7:30AM. Do you really want to get up that early on vacation? Will your kids have the energy necessary to enjoy evening Extra Magic Hours that don't begin until 9:00PM or later? You need to be especially aware of Extra Magic Hours if you're not staying at a Disney hotel because you sure don't want to have to get in line behind all those Disney hotel guests. If not, a different park is a better choice. Some people really enjoy Extra Magic Hours and that is completely fine - we just want to be sure you think through the information above to make sure they're a good choice for you.
- Avoid Character Breakfasts in July - The theme parks are at their least crowded and coolest when the parks first open for the day so it is far better to book a character lunch or dinner that gets you out of the direct sun and out of the crowds later in the day. If you're really looking forward to a character breakfast, try a resort character breakfast before going to the water parks, on a day you are skipping the theme parks to relax or on your departure day. Another option is to book a late character breakfast seating and treat it like brunch - this will still let you enjoy the short lines at park opening before sitting down to eat.
- Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic is being offered (To Be Announced). When Disney has two Fantasmic! performances, the second performance will always be less crowded than the first. If you're going to the earlier performance, arrive 60 - 90 minutes early. Warning: This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes and the lake catches fire, which can be frightening to some small children.
- Minimize lines with a good theme park Touring Plan - You will see lines that are 1-3 hours long but you don't have to stand in them to see and do all the things that are important to you. A good touring plan puts the best research in your hands and will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines. Best of all, everyone's favorites will be included when you have a good plan that includes all of your priorities in a way that doesn't just follow the herd. We provide excellent theme park touring plans at no extra cost to everyone who books their Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip. Click here for more information.
- Save time and money by having snacks, bottled water and other food items delivered directly to your resort by Garden Grocer - Click HERE for more information.
July Special Events at Disney World
- Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios opened on June 30, 2018. In addition to Toy Story Mania! there are two new attractions: Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers as well as a Woody and Buzz Lightyear character meet-and-greet location and a new restaurant called Woody's Lunchbox.
- Independence Day - July 4th; Voices of Liberty, a cappella group, will perform great American songs and Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will appear in their "Spirit of '76" costumes in the America Gardens theatre in Epcot at 5:30, 6:455, and 8:oopm. Voices of Liberty will also perform patriotic songs in the rotunda of The American Adventure at 2pm and 3pm. At 9:00pm, IllumiNations, the Epcot evening spectacular, will have a special "The Heartbeat of Freedom" finale. Click here for more information.
- Magic Kingdom - Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky (fireworks accompanied by patriotic songs) will be presented on July 3 and 4 at 9:15PM,
- Epcot - Sounds Like Summer Concert series - included with park admission. Dates & Performers To Be Announced.
- Disney Springs - Lego Store Events - The Lego Store offers periodic activities like building events or Lego Club meetings, and special offers. Click here for the current month and next month's calendar.
Use the month buttons below for lists of Disney World ride closures, attraction refurbishments, special events and crowd warnings by month. We hope this information helps you have a wonderful and memorable vacation.