Disneyland in July: How to Celebrate the 4th of July and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation

Disneyland in July is right in the midst of summer at Disneyland. This means longer hours, more entertainment options, fewer refurbishments, and warmer weather. We also have new park additions to look forward to and the Disneyland 4th of July fireworks!

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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.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland in July including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!

Disneyland Events in JulyInside of Savi's Workshop with lightsabers lit

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

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now fully open for business and no advance reservations are required in July. Once the land hits capacity, Disney then implements a virtual queue system (Boarding Passes!) that guests can book through their Disneyland app or at kiosks inside the park. The virtual system works in the same way FastPass does. Once enough guests leave the land, you will get a notification that it’s time to enter and you will have two hours to claim your spot. Make sure to read our guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for land reviews, tips and tracks, and everything you need to know.

Disneyland 4th of July FireworksDisneyland 4th of July Fireworks

It is not uncommon for fireworks at Disneyland to be canceled throughout the year due to high winds in Southern California. Each time the fireworks are canceled, Disney sets them aside to save them for the big Disneyland 4th of July fireworks show! This fireworks celebration is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike- make sure to arrive early in the day so you’re set up for the evening.

Disneyland Forever Fireworks

On other nights throughout the month the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show will play. The soundtrack to the show features an original song by beloved Disney composer Richard M. Sherman called “A Kiss Goodnight,” which included vocals from Broadway’s Mary Poppins (Ashley Brown). The show also includes another original song “Live the Magic” in addition to classic Disney songs. This show was extremely popular during the 60th anniversary celebration so I recommend planning ahead to get a spot for this spectacular.

Disneyland’s Opening Anniversary

Disneyland opened on July 17th in 1955. This year’s 64th anniversary will feature a small celebration ceremony on Main Street with characters and a replay of the original Walt Disney opening day Disneyland dedication speech.

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

This year the crowd levels for Disneyland in July are a bit unpredictable as this summer so far has been one of the slowest ones we’ve ever seen! So many guests were scared off by the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that it resulted in record low attendance for the month of June. Since the land’s reservation only period ends June 24th, it would be reasonable to see the crowds increase in late June and July for those coming to see the new Star Wars themed land. But there’s a good chance the crowd levels will continue to be reasonable as we move into July at Disneyland!

Any time of the year it can be helpful to check the Annual Pass Blockout Date calendar on Disney’s website. This year Disney has completed blocked the lowest tier of AP holders from visiting Disneyland during the month of July. The top tier passes receive no block out dates but considering the expense of those passes, they are not nearly the majority of AP holders. July is a typical month for summer crowds at Disneyland anyways since local area schools are out for the summer along with most schools in the United States. It is a popular time to visit just for that reason so crowds should be expected daily- weekday vs. weekend won’t necessarily matter too much.

You can still have a great vacation even if Disneyland is crowded if you plan ahead. Plan to make dining reservations, consider booking a dining package for anticipated nighttime shows, learn how to use MaxPass along with FastPass, and arrive early to the parks every day. Even on an extremely crowded day, 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 the best- don’t miss out!

Disneyland prepares well for crowds every peak time of the year. And this year they have been working hard for months on Project Stardust- a plan to prepare for the next phase of growth at Disneyland with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening for the summer all aimed at maximizing guest comfort and experience. This project has included the refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle along with widening walkways, clearing barriers, and rule changes to limit overlarge strollers/wagons. All of this with the goal in mind of easing congestion during typical bottleneck areas and walkways in the resort. There will also be more cast members on staff, longer hours, repeat schedules for popular parades and nighttime shows. People have been reporting that they can feel the difference of any easier to access resort which means good things for the summer!

Read our full guide on handling crowds to prepare yourself for visiting Disneyland in July. Crowds or not, I always tell myself that any day at Disneyland is better than a day at work!

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. Disneyland will be on their summer hour operating schedule with the gates opening at 8AM everyday and staying open until at least 11PM with the exception of California Adventure closing earlier at 10PM.

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 beach, 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 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:

  • Planning on visiting for the 4th of July?– it is not uncommon for the parks to hit full capacity on the 4th of July as large crowds turn out to see the fireworks. If the 4th of July is one of your park days then I would advise getting there early when the park opens and commit to spending the day there without taking a break at your hotel. Make dining reservations for the day so you know you have a place to stop and eat without waiting in quick service lines for food. Plan on crowds but enjoy the festive fun!
  • 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!
  • Tips for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge- if you’re planning on visiting Batuu, then make sure to read our guide on the new Star Wars themed land! Once the land hits capacity, you will need to access a digital ‘boarding pass’ similar to a FastPass reservation. There are a few experiences that have been extremely popular inside the land itself that have caused Disney to move to a same day reservation system. Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop both require same day reservations with no cancellations and a credit card guarantee upon booking. The good news is that if you have a reservation to one of these experiences you can enter the land without needing a boarding pass if the land is filled to capacity. If you’re not too interested in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the good news is that it does ‘eat up crowds’ so to speak from the rest of the park. But still make the time to at least walk through, you won’t be disappointed.

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

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