So you’re thinking of planning a trip to Walt Disney World in July! This is one of the hottest and most crowded times of year to visit, especially if you will be there the week of Independence Day. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your July WDW vacation.
Beat The Crowds
Arrive at the parks when they open. Once you arrive, head to your favorite FastPass attraction for a FastPass to use later in the day. Many of the most popular attractions will have little to no wait early in the morning. So, it’s a great time to ride Disney’s thrill rides or Fantasyland attractions which can have rather long wait times in the afternoon.
To avoid the crowds and save time in restaurants, eat a snack and have lunch or dinner at an unusual time. You will spend less time waiting for your food and have more time to spend enjoying the WDW attractions. If you’re having trouble booking an ADR, you just might be able to get one if you request an off time to eat.
Parades are a great time to enjoy your favorite attractions. Most nights in July, the nighttime parade at the Magic Kingdom will run twice – once before park closing and once after park closing. During the first run of the parade is the perfect time to ride popular attractions. They will have a reduced wait times due to so many guests watching the parade. If you time it right, you just might catch a fabulous view of the parade from Splash Mountain.
Beat The Heat
The summer months in Orlando are hot. One of the best ways to stay cool while waiting in line for your favorite attractions is a mister fan. Before you leave your hotel in the morning, add some ice to your fan to help keep the water cool. Disney does sell these fans in the parks; however, you can usually find them for a much cheaper price at retail stores at home such as WalMart or Target.
Disney has also provided some ways for you to stay cool while in the parks. They have some big mister fans located throughout the parks. If you’re at Epcot, be sure to check out the jumping water at the Imagination Pavilion Kids love trying to catch the water, and if you stand in the right spot, you might even get hit by a refreshing stream of cool water. Also at Epcot, you will find Club Cool where you can sample soft drinks from around the world. Be sure to try Beverly. It’s delicious!
Shows are a great way to cool off on hot summer days in the parks. At Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Philharmagic, The Country Bear Jamboree, and The Carousel of Progress are just a few of your options for great indoor entertainment. At Hollywood Studios, be sure to check out The Voyage of The Little Mermaid and The Magic of Disney Animation. Kids can also meet some of the newest Disney characters at the end of the animation tour. The American Adventure is a great show to cool off in at Epcot. At Animal Kingdom, one of the best shows to cool off in is It’s Tough To Be A Bug located inside the Tree of Life.
Independence Day Activities
While park hours are usually longer in the summer months than the rest of the year, most of the parks will actually stay open an additional few hours on the 4th of July, giving you even more extra time to enjoy your favorite attractions. The normal fireworks shows, such as Wishes and Illuminations, generally have an extra segment added on to the show to celebrate America’s independence. Both of these Independence Day fireworks shows are fabulous.
While July can be a very crowded and hot time of year to visit Walt Disney World, with these tips you will be able to have a wonderful trip to the most magical place on Earth!
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