On our free Disneyland crowd calendars, July 2019 one of the busiest months of the year thanks to Star Wars Land and summer vacation season in SoCal. In this post, we’ll cover what to expect if you’re visiting Disneyland during July 2019, in terms of crowds, weather, and everything else.
Many people are taking trips to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and the reservation system for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will have ended. This could be partially offset by Annual Passholder blockouts, and in a normal year, it would be. However, July 2019 is a different animal, and promises to be totally bonkers.
For starters, there’s the weather. If you’re used to visiting Walt Disney World, you’re in for a treat, because California does not have “sweat-through-your-shirt” humidity. While July is the hottest month of the year in Los Angeles with average high temperatures above 80 degrees every single day of the month, it’s typically still comfortable.
Average lows and highs range from the mid-60s to low 80s. As demonstrated by the “comfortable” band on this page for July in Anaheim, California, the weather is in “muggy” territory less than 9% of the time during the entire month of July. For the most part, you’re looking at days that are a bit on the hot side, followed by cool evenings. Even during the summer, it might make sense to pack a light sweat or at least a long sleeve shirt for evenings at Disneyland. Next, let’s take a look at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure crowds during the month of July.
You’re probably more concerned about crowds than weather, so let’s dig into those. As a prefatory note, we’ve held off on doing Disneyland crowd calendars for most of 2019 and into early 2020. At this point, it is simply impossible to predict how that Galaxy’s Edge will impact attendance and congestion long-term…
However, we are making an exception for the summer months, as it’s pretty easy to foresee how crowded Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be from June until August: insanely crowded. Disneyland will experience the worst crowds it has ever seen this summer. Capacity closures could be the daily norm.
If you have not yet chosen your Disneyland travel dates and are averse to crowds and congestion, we’d strongly advise you to consult our 2019-2020 Disneyland Crowd Calendar for Post-Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. That will give you suggestions for a scattering of dates that are likely to be less crowded than the summer. If you can, waiting until September–or better yet, January 2020–is ideal.
Additionally, you’ll want to read our Star Wars Land Info & Galaxy’s Edge Guide. This covers a range of topics from basics about the land and its location, to strategically choosing a hotel for your stay, recommended strategy for the land, and how early to arrive to Disneyland to beat the crowds. It’s a good primer for this huge addition!
Instructions: A few notes about our free Disneyland crowd calendar before we present it. First, this is a very simplistic Disneyland crowd calendar based upon historic wait time information, anecdotal observations, special events, school schedules, dynamic ticket prices, and more.
We’ll get to all of that in the notes below the Disneyland crowd calendar. Second, expect Disney California Adventure crowds to almost always track Disneyland crowds–with a few exceptions–albeit with a proportionately lower number of guests. That’ll be especially true this summer with Star Wars Land opening in Disneyland.
Finally, we do not recommend using this as a proxy for crowds at other Los Angeles attractions or theme parks, like Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, or Six Flags Magic Mountain. Disneyland Resort crowds are unique; they are artificially manipulated by Disney and also impacted by extraneous variables that do not impact the aforementioned theme parks to nearly the same degree.
Okay, now some notes about the above predictions. As with June, July 2019 is a sea of red. There’s not likely to be a ton of variance among any of these dates. If we used a 1-10 scale, we’d have most dates in the 9.5 to 10.0/10 range. If you’re already forced into visiting during July, we would anticipate later in the month on weekdays being better, but even then, it’s going to be really bad.
Of course, we could be entirely wrong. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is totally unprecedented, and nothing is certain. Perhaps locals will read horror stories about crowds and stay away. If June proves to be an unmitigated disaster that makes headlines in the local media, that’s definitely a possibility for July. We wouldn’t bank on that, though. Most people will see the marketing hype for Star Wars Land and not look much further.
Crowds levels are likely to further spike on July 17, 2019, and that’s because this is the anniversary of Disneyland. There’s usually a special moment acknowledging the date, plus special merchandise, buttons, and food. This date should also roughly coincide with a nature rise in crowds as the summer tourist season peaks.
In both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, July is a month when park hours are at their longest. Both parks regularly open at 8 a.m., with Extra Magic Hours and/or Magic Mornings as early as 7 a.m. for on-site resort guests.
Disneyland regularly closes at midnight, with Disney California Adventure regularly closing at 10 p.m. These are the “maximum” operating hours for each park–the longest either are open any day of the year, aside from New Year’s Eve and other outliers.
In terms of new attractions, there’s the obvious: Star Wars Land. There will also be the return of the Disneyland Forever fireworks and Hyperspace Mountain. It’s also likely that Paint the Night will be back at Disney California Adventure, and more additions to Pixar Pier could debut for the summer.
In terms of seasonal events, there’s obviously Independence Day at the beginning of the month. “Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” is the special Independence Day weekend fireworks show, which is expected to be shown July 1 to 4, 2019 (weather permitting).
This fireworks spectacular gets guests in the star-spangled spirit with brilliant fireworks in the night sky to the sounds of patriotic songs. Check out our Tips for Photographing Fireworks post to take your great photos of this show! There is also a special patriotic Flag Retreat ceremony on July 4.
Over at Disney California Adventure, a special patriotic pre-show runs before both World of Color showings on July 4 only. Because of this, we typically recommend doing the Independence Day fireworks at Disneyland on July 3, and visiting Disney California Adventure on July 4. This is also the best approach in terms of crowds.
Aside from Independence Day, there really is not much in the way of special events during July at Disneyland Resort. On the plus side, Grad Nites at Disney California Adventure conclude in mid-June, so those will not impact July visits to Disneyland Resort. Aside from Independence Day, there’s not much in the way of special entertainment during July at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure.
As with our crowd calendar above, single day tickets for the entire month of July are at Peak Season prices. This remains the case for the entirety of summer–until September 8, 2019. Read our Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets post for multi-day ticket recommendations to avoid having to deal with seasonal pricing. On the plus side, there are some multi-day ticket discounts currently available for all guests.
Normally, we consider July to be a fairly average month in terms of our Best and Worst Months to Visit Disneyland. However, all bets are off for July 2019 due to the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this summer. The added downsides are higher hotel prices, spikes in out-of-town tourists, and worse weather (although still fairly pleasant). If you can, avoid July.
If you’ve visited Disneyland during the month of July, what did you think of the experience? Did you find the crowd levels to be manageable? What about the weather? Do you feel you paid a fair price for your hotel? Are you visiting this July? If you’ve visited in July, do you have any tips to add? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!