How to do Disney in July
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you all had a great 4th of July celebrating America, and doing all kinds of patriotic things! If you're headed to a Disney Park sometime this month there's some major tips you should keep in mind because Disney in July is a whole different beast. First off, July in Florida feels like the surface of the sun and like breathing through a wet sweater all at the same time. And you can bet it's going to rain some time during the day. So how do you make the best of this, and still have a magical vacation?
I would highly suggest staying on property during any part of the summer months, just for the convenience of getting to and from your room. Some of the hotels are within walking distance to the parks, so you can easily get from Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary in about 5-10 minutes versus taking the monorail which could take up to 30 minutes depending on the lines. Another reason I suggest staying on property is because you're probably going to want to take breaks in the middle of the day when it's the hottest. If you've never been to Florida in the summer, the heat index can feel like 115 degrees on some days and you do not want to be outside in that. The best idea is to go to the parks when they first open, do a priority ride (Flight of Passage, Peter Pan's Flight, Frozen Ever After, or Tower of Terror) then do a few non-priority rides that will have less of a wait, eat lunch at the parks, then head back to the room for a few hours for a nap or a swim in the pool. Many of the resorts have really detailed themed pools so it's fun for kids and adults! I would then head back to the parks after the sun starts to set. You've beaten the hottest part of the day, and you still get to enjoy the parks! Disney at night is completely different than Disney during the day, so I would suggest trying to get more of your fastpass selections for the evening time frame.
If you're wanting to watch any of the night time entertainment options, you're going to want to get your spot 30-45 minutes early! Because the parks are so busy, everyone wants that perfect spot in front of Cinderella Castle for Happily Ever After. If you walk up and aren't happy with it, there are other just as great options, and I talked about them in a previous post!
Just like the lines for rides are going to be a bit longer in July, the lines for food are going to be a bit longer. I would highly suggest bringing snacks with you into the parks in your backpack or stroller. I like goldfish, nuts, and other things I can eat while walking through the parks without making a huge mess. You can bring in a soft-sided cooler to the parks, as long as it doesn't have any glass in it. This also means you can bring your own drinks and water bottles, which you are going to want to do, because it is imperative in the Florida heat that you stay hydrated. Go ahead and throw a few throw-away $1 ponchos from the camping section at Wal-Mart into your backpack while you're at it. These are going to be better than walking around soaking wet from those random rain showers that happen every day, and you don't want to pay $15 for a Disney poncho.
Always remember, that a Disney trip is magical anytime of year that you go! With a little bit of planning and some ideas on how to beat the heat, you can conquer Disney in July! Let me know in the comments if you're planning on going to Disney this summer. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram!
Be Magical Today!