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July 2020 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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WHAT IS JULY LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?

Because pretty much every US schoolkid is on break in July, while shorter periods the rest of the year are more crowded, July overall has traditionally been the most crowded month at Disney World.

The last four summers have been unusually good at Disney World in terms of crowds. However, the new rides that have opened in 2019 and will open in 2020 make me doubt this trend will continue, and I’m expecting a rough-ish summer in 2020 at Disney World.

JULY 2020 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

July crowds peak over the 4th of July weekend, and are moderately high the rest of the month as well.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the first week of the month -beginning 6/27/2020–has a crowd ranking of 9/high. I mark the rest of the month as 7/moderate-plus, but ti may be worse than that.

Summer crowds have been down the past few years.  I expect them to be higher in 2020, with three new rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and perhaps the first new ride opening as part of Epcot’s re-imagining all open by or during the summer.

See this for more on 2020 crowds at Disney World.

JULY 2020 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Disney World hotel prices begin July at a mix of levels and, except for a bump over the 4th of July holiday weekend, stay at that level all month long at the value and moderate resorts. At the values, prices are 30-45% higher than the lowest of the year, and at the moderate resorts are 15-20% higher than the lowest of the year.

At the deluxe resorts, prices begin the month at 10-15% higher than the lowest of the year, bump up as at the values and moderates over the holiday weekend, then on July 5 drop to 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year.

See this for more on 2020 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

JULY 2020 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Note that I expect a ticket price increase in early 2020, so what follows–based on current prices–may shift.

July 2020 Disney World ticket prices begin the month at a mix of high and average levels, but soon go down a bit, then return to average levels by July 10.

See the image–where green is good, and lots of green particularly good, and red is bad, and lots of red is particularly bad.

For more, see my Disney World 2020 ticket price calendar.

JULY 2020 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Deals for the general public are available for July 2020. Find them here.

JULY 2020 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

July weather is hot and humid, with afternoon storms common.

The hurricane season officially begins June 1, but hurricanes are a rarely a threat until mid-August…

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more.

DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN JULY 2019

Special fireworks will happen on July 3 and July 4 for the Fourth of July.  I’ll have more details as they are released.

JULY 2020 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.

The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available about six months in advance. Major hours updates–often with later closes–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking this link.

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR JULY 2020 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from my 2020 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

6/27/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values. High crowds. Crowd ranking=9. Week ranking=41. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary but as noted here swap First Sunday with Second Saturday

7/4/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values. Moderate-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=19. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

7/11/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values. Moderate-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=20. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

7/18/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values. Moderate-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=21. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

7/25/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values. Moderate-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=22. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary for planning, but check back here after February 4 to be sure (or maybe after January 25–Disney seems to be releasing its hours earlier)

 

 

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