Disneyland in July 2023: 4th of July Fun, Summer Weather, Everything You Should Know

Visiting Disneyland in July is the peak of the summer months with warm weather and the popular 4th of July fireworks display. We have you covered for everything you need to know for a trip to Disneyland in July.

Everyone has personal preferences to consider when planning the date of their Disneyland trip- each season will have its pros and cons and guests’ choices will vary based on those. Make sure to read our Disneyland crowd calendar to get an idea of what to expect when picking a date to visit Disneyland.

Disneyland Events in July

These are all the things to look forward to this year at Disneyland in July!

4th of July

4th of July is a popular day to visit the Disneyland Resort especially as folks turn out for the fireworks. This is a popular place to be for the 4th of July due to the large fireworks show Disney will put on.

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Disney100 Celebration

The Disney100 is taking place all year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. The celebration includes a brand new World of Color and fireworks show in honor of the anniversary plus the Magic Happens parade.

Fantasmic! Paused

Fantasmic! is currently paused due to repairs and updates needed after a fire broke out during the show this Spring. Fantasmic! will return sometime after Labor Day.

Disneyland July Crowd CalendarCars on Radiator Springs Racer ride racing down the highway

July is considered peak summer at Disneyland and is one of the busiest times of the year. Although Halloween and the Christmas season tend to draw bigger crowds, you should be prepared for busy days when visiting Disneyland in July.

Since Disneyland has a large population of Magic Key holders, it can be helpful to check the blockout date calendar on Disney’s website. In July, the two lowest-tier passes (Imagine & Enchant Key) are completely blocked out for the entire month. This means that the month of July Magic Key holders will have a significantly small impact on the parks aside from the higher tier passes which typically have zero to minimal block-out dates although the Believe Key does have Saturdays blocked out for July. You can expect more tourists to travel to the parks at this time though so this doesn’t mean that the parks will be empty but having two large groups of passholders blocked out from visiting will definitely help ease up the crowd levels in the parks.

Make sure to grab dining reservations, read up on Genie+, and arrive early to the parks every single day. Even in the most crowded times of the year, being there 30 minutes before the park officially opens allows you to experience the park with smaller crowds. Those two or three hours before 11AM are precious- make sure you’re there to experience them.

Disneyland prepares well for crowds every peak time of the year. There will be more cast members on staff, longer hours, and repeat schedules for popular parades and nighttime shows. I always recommend guests take a midday nap so they can handle staying past the fireworks and enjoy the parks at night when many families decide to clear out for the day. Even on the busiest days of the year, you can enjoy small waits for attractions at the end of the day.

Read our full Disneyland crowd calendar guide for tips on handling crowds to prepare yourself for visiting Disneyland in July in case you experience crowded days on your visit.

Disneyland Weather in JulyJungle Cruise tour full of guests

The weather for Disneyland is hot in July with an average high temperature of 84 degrees and an average low temperature of 66 degrees. With the amount of concrete at Disneyland reflecting the sun back at you, it can even feel hotter than the thermostat says!

The added bonus of visiting in the summer on these hot days is that the longest days in July average around 14 and a half hours. That’s a lot of time in the sun to enjoy yourself. Even if Disneyland is operating on limited operating hours, that’s plenty of daylight to enjoy yourself at your hotel pool or go to the beach.

Tips for Visiting Disneyland in JulyLamppost at Disneyland at dusk with American flags hanging from it

When it comes to visiting Disneyland in July, we have some tried and true hacks for having a magical time on your summer vacation.

What to Wear to Disneyland in July

One of the most frequently asked guest questions is: what should I wear to Disneyland? Always check the weather leading up to your trip. Even when visiting on the hottest days of the year, I still bring a lightweight hoodie or flannel because the parks will cool down in the mornings and evenings. Plus I always like to have an extra layer if I know I’ll be inside with cold air conditioning!

You will be at the parks during one of the hottest months of the year so it’s wise to pack for the heat. Bring clothes that you will feel comfortable in when it’s hot outside. Make sure your kids are wearing cool clothes too because you want to keep them happy on those hot days.

What to Pack for Disneyland in July

Considering the high average temperature for the month of July, plan on packing summer attire for the parks.

But don’t forget the hot weather necessities like sunscreen, portable fans, cooling towels, and other items all aimed at keeping you cool on hot days. If you find yourself wanting one of these while you’re on vacation, you’ll end up paying a high price in the parks or at your hotel. If you’re planning on hitting the best beaches near Disneyland, don’t bother bringing towels and just use the ones from your hotel. You’re visiting in one of the most beautiful months of the year- don’t forget to see the beach!

You can read our giant Disneyland packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you’re visiting Disneyland.

What to Expect at Disneyland in July

There are a few things you should expect when choosing July as your month to visit Disneyland:

  • Be prepared for hot weather- hot weather can be dealt with easily at Disneyland with some advance planning. If you’re a person that doesn’t handle heat well, it’s crucial that you wake up early and get to the parks at opening. It won’t really begin heating up until 11-12pm so if you work hard to get those morning rides done you can take a break at your hotel and swim before coming back in the evening to avoid the hottest point of the day. Bring cooling towels, misting fans, and any other gear you like to have when it’s hot. With some advance planning, you can handle the heat!
  • Reservations Required- Reservations are required along with a park ticket to visit Disneyland for each day of your visit and park hopping is available starting at 1PM. You can read more about how to make a reservation in our Disneyland reservation guide.
  • Genie+ Replaced FastPass- the new Genie+ system is what permanently replaced FastPass at Disneyland. This paid access allows you to virtually reserve your spot in line for many popular attractions and skip the longer standby line.

But most of all, remember to enjoy your time at the happiest place on earth!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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2 comments add your comment

  1. Hello! I got the two-day 1 park per day pass. I was wondering if for everyone else in the July section on reservations it says “Looking for Future Dates: Available theme park reservation dates for each admission type continue to be added to the calendar and may change at any time. Please check back often.” Does anyone know when the July dates will become available??

    • Hi Mikayla,

      Disney has said that reservations dates will open up 60 days in advance “or more”. The reservations are already open for 60 days out from opening day. We anticipate that the calendar will start to move forward once we hit the April 30th date. The other variable is when out of state residents will be allowed to visit and how Disney wants to open up the options.

      Long story short – you don’t have to worry about July reservations until April 30th at the earliest and we will update you on our Mickey Visit newsletter when reservations open up.

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