This free Disneyland and Disney California Adventure crowd calendar for July 2024 covers attendance and wait times predictions, plus info about special events, pricing, weather, and more. Basically, we’ll cover what to expect if you’re visiting Disneyland during the heart of summer season.
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 during the month of July 2024…
What’s New at Disneyland in July 2024
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, shown on July 4, 2024. (This used to be shown multiple days to start the month, but that’s not expected.)
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.
In terms of July attraction closures, we have what’s possibly a partial list on the Disneyland Refurbishment Calendar. Usually, Disneyland announces refurbishments a couple of months in advance, so that’s not the final list for July 2024 quite yet.
July 2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendar
Unfortunately, Disneyland crowd calendars for specific dates are no longer highly reliable due to changes in attendance trends, Magic Key passes, and other factors. Months in advance, it’s difficult to say a particular day will have low, moderate, or heavy crowds—which is why we’ve eliminated our color-coded Disneyland crowd calendars.
This is a trend that began prior to the opening summer of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and has continued the last couple of years as post-reopening crowds have been less predictable. Literally none of the crowd calendar sites can boast a strong track record for the last two years that Disneyland has been open–and that includes us. We are hopeful that things start to normalize and crowds will be more predictable by July 2024, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
As such, our crowd calendar exists of some best & worst date ranges that should be used as an approximation for patterns—not something you rely heavily upon when booking a trip to Disneyland. While other sites offer numerical crowd calendars for specific dates months (or a year!) in advance, we’d be weary of putting too much weight on those. There are simply too many inconsistent variables for Disneyland crowd calendars to be reliable so far in advance.
With that said, our methodology is based upon historic wait time information, anecdotal observations, special events, school schedules, dynamic ticket prices, Magic Key blockout dates, and more. Second, expect Disney California Adventure crowds to almost always track Disneyland crowds—with a few exceptions—albeit with a proportionately lower number of guests.
With that said, July 2024 will be very similar to last summer.
Accordingly, the entire month of July 2024 should have moderate to heavy crowds, essentially hitting the 6/10 to 8/10 range most dates. Between local school breaks and summer travel driven largely by tourists, there should not be a significant day of week difference. However, that’ll really come down to whether Magic Key AP sales resume again in early 2024 (we expect that to happen). With more and more locals opting for the cheaper passes, the scales have started to tip towards days that are blocked out being quieter.
For further insight that’s regularly-updated, see Best & Worst Days of the Week to Do Disneyland in 2024to choose the best individual days within any week. We’d recommend consulting that closer to your travel dates–so no earlier than early June 2024 if you’re visiting in July 2024.
Generally speaking, there are three big things that impact July crowds at Disneyland. The first is summer blockouts for Magic Key Passholders, or the lack thereof. The top tier has no blockouts whatsoever in July 2024, and the next tier is blocked out July 4-6, 2024 plus July 13, 20, 27 (all Saturdays in July 2024).
The two lowest tiers of Magic Key are blocked out the entirety of July 2024. Typically, the influx of vacationers more or less offsets the locals who are blocked out. Accordingly, you can expect pretty even crowd levels throughout July 2024. If anything, the weekend of July 4-6 plus July 13, 20, and 27 might be the slowest dates of the month. That’s exactly what happened last year–the parks were less busy when the Believe Key was blocked out.
That’s probably not particularly helpful when it comes to choosing your dates, but it is what it is. July is a surprisingly consistent month in terms of crowd levels–it doesn’t have the same highs and lows of other months.
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 2024 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 early September.
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.
Ultimately, July 2024 ranks poorly on our Best and Worst Months to Visit Disneyland due to its inescapable crowds, hotter weather, and little in the way of worthwhile seasonal offerings. On top of that, other downsides include higher hotel prices and spikes in out-of-town tourists, which means heavier rope drop crowds.
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!