July is a great, but busy time to visit Disneyland! In this post you’ll find tips and tricks to help you have an amazing trip to Disneyland in July what to expect the weather to be, will the parks be busy and what to pack.
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Are you heading to the Disneyland Resort in July? It is a very popular time to visit which usually means heat and larger crowds.
This year will be a little bit different because of park capacity and Disneyland’s reservation system, but you can most likely expect more people than have visited in May and June.
Disneyland in July
The tips and tricks provided in this post have helped my family navigate the crowds and still have a great time. Some of the items I will list will work currently, and others will only apply once park operations return to normal, whatever that looks like.
If you know what to plan for, you can have a great time despite the crowds! Using Disney MaxPass (currently not available) and using these Park Hopper tips will help you get the most bang for your buck! You might also want to check out how to go to Disneyland on a Budget!
Disneyland Crowd Sizes in July
Disneyland in July will be crowded, there is no way around it. With most schools out for summer vacation, there are a lot of people who want to spend time with their family and friends at the Disneyland Resort.
To battle the crowds, find out what rides have the Fastpass option (currently unavailable) and be ready to utilize it the traditional way or with Disney MaxPass (currently unavaiable). This will really come in handy on a busy day!
Avengers Campus Opening
Disneyland’s new Avengers Campus opened in June at Disney’s California Adventure Park. It has definitely drawn in larger crowds. The new ride, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, is currently using a virtual queue to manage wait times. You have the opportunity to join a boarding group through the Disneyland app at 7:00 am and again at 12:00 pm.
Because it is a new area at Disneyland, Avengers Campus will be busier than other areas of the park. I have noticed that if you wait to visit in the afternoon or evening, the crowds will be significantly lower.
How to Manage Crowds in July
Just because July is normally crowded at Disneyland, doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy all that the parks have to offer. The first thing I would suggest to beat the crowds is to arrive early enough for rope drop.
Generally, guests will be let into the park about 30 minutes early, but will only have access to Main Street. People gather near the castle until the park officially opens. This is called “rope drop”. Arriving at this time allows you ride many attractions before the parks get too busy.
Another way to beat the crowds is to have a plan. A couple of weeks before our trip, I like to check attraction wait times on the Disneyland app, just to get a feel for how long we can expect to wait. I have noticed that certain attractions like Radiator Springs have wait times that change dramatically throughout the day.
Checking the wait times ahead of time, allows me to find a pattern and maximize our times in the park.
What is the Weather Like at Disneyland in July
The average high temperatures at Disneyland in July are in the high 80s and low 90s and lows in the mid to high 60s.
Looking ahead, the weather forecast for Disneyland in July calls for mostly sunny days with a few partly cloudy days scattered in. It looks like perfect weather to me!
But, the weather is always unpredictable and can change at any time. Make sure to check the current weather forecast before you leave, so you will know what to expect.
What to Pack for Disneyland in July
Knowing what to pack for Disneyland in July is important. You don’t want to be unprepared and end up having to spend your vacation budget on things that could have easily been brought from home, with a little planning.
For my complete list, check out my post What to Pack for Your Disney Vacation and also read about what I recommend to bring in your park bag. You can also find out my Amazon Hack that can save you money at Disney!
Pack Rain Protection
Although the weather forecast for Disneyland in July doesn’t call for much rain in July, we all know that the weather will do what it wants to do. I like to be prepared with ponchos for my entire family and sometimes a small travel umbrella.
On one of our vacations, I thought that I had packed a disposable poncho for everyone, but forgot one. A big rainstorm hit and I ended up purchasing one from a gift shop at California Adventure, that was a lot more than what I would have liked to pay.
Ponchos also come in handy for rides like Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run where you are guaranteed to get wet!
If you are bringing a stroller, you’ll want to be prepared to protect it from the rain as well. You can do this easily with a shower curtain liner and clothes pins from the dollar store, or you can buy a universal stroller cover like these from Amazon.
Pack Sun Protection
Be sure to re-apply sun screen often throughout the day on yourself and your kids. Nothing ruins a magical vacation like a sunburn!
Pack Clothing For Warm Days and Cool Nights
Disneyland can be a little tricky to pack for in July because of the extreme difference in temperatures from daytime to evening. If you plan to arrive at the parks for rope drop, or stay until closing, you might want to bring a lightweight jack or sweatshirt that can be kept in a backpack or worn around your waist during the day.
Where to Get Affordable Disney Shirts
Before any Disney vacation, I like to check out Jane.com for adorable and affordable Disney vacation t-shirts! I have found so many cute shirts for only $13.99!
Read all about how Jane.com works and how to find deals on adorable shirts, ears, and Disney-themed dresses here.
I’ve also had really good luck taking advantage of sales from the Disney Store!
If you can catch a sale, you can save so much money over what you would pay for the same items at the parks.
Click the shopDisney button below to see what is on sale right now!
Disneyland Park Hours in July
Here are the typical hours for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in July.
As always, these hours are subject to change, so check Disneyland’s website for current information.
- Open from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm -10:00 pm
Disney California Adventure Park
- Open from 8:00 am – 9:00 am
- Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rides Closed for Refurbishment
I love that Disneyland takes pride in their parks and attractions. Because of this, there are usually a few rides at both parks that are closed for refurbishment at different times throughout the year.
Ride Closures July 2021
- Matterhorn Bobsleds (July 1 only)
- Jungle Cruise (Through July 15)
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (July 6-22)
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (Through July 10)
- Mickey’s Philharmagic (July 6-16)
Stay up to date with ride closures on Disneyland’s website here.
Disneyland seems to update their list of refurbishments one or two months ahead of time, so check back for July’s closures in May or June.
Disneyland Ticket Savings
There are not a lot of Disneyland ticket discounts out there, but they can be found if you know where to look.
Make sure that if you buy Disney tickets from a third party, that they are an authorized ticket seller.
I buy my park tickets from Get Away Today. Their ticket prices are always a few dollars less than Disneyland’s gate prices and are refundable if booked in a vacation package with their Peace of Mind plan.
Get Away Today. is almost always offering some kind of special on tickets and/or hotel vacation packages. Use the promo code: MommyMouse to get an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package. (Hotel and tickets to qualify for the discount)
Read my review of Southern California hotels here.
There are so many things to think about when you are planning a trip to Disneyland. Hopefully these tips will help you plan a magical vacation!