July 2023 Disneyland Crowd Calendar
Our Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for July 2023 offers a free Disneyland crowd calendar, plus info about special events, pricing, weather, and more. Basically, we’ll cover what to expect if you’re visiting Disneyland during July in terms of crowds, weather, and everything else.
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 2023…
July 2023 ADDITIONS & SUBTRACTIONS AT DISNEYLAND
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 (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.
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 probably not the final list for July 2023 quite yet.
July 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 continued last summer and early fall as post-reopening crowds were almost completely unpredictable. 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 2023, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
With that said, July 2023 will be very similar to last summer.
Accordingly, the entire month of July 2023 should have moderate to heavy crowds, essentially hitting the 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. Saturdays and Sundays are always busier than weekdays at Disneyland, and that’ll remain true in June 2023, albeit to a less pronounced degree than non-summer months.
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 June 2023, and the next tier is blocked out Independence Day itself plus all Saturdays in July 2023. It’s worth noting that these are the most popular Magic Keys in terms of sales (by a wide margin), per Disneyland.
The two lowest tiers of Magic Key are blocked out the entirety of July 2023. 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 2023. 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 2023 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.
Special offers for Disneyland Resort on-site hotels are usually weak for summer, with few (if any) discounts available. In the past two years, Disney has dropped ticket deals for California residents towards the tail end of July, but there’s no guarantee those will return for July 2023.
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.
In light of all the above, you’ll want a solid itinerary for touring the parks. Visiting during a more touristy season means that guests are more likely to arrive early in the day, and prioritize attractions. By contrast, locals tend to spend more time hanging out, and focus on attractions to a lesser degree. This means higher wait times.
Ultimately, July 2023 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.
Planning a Southern California vacation? For park admission deals, read Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets. Learn about on-site and off-site hotels in our Anaheim Hotel Reviews & Rankings. For where to eat, check out our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews. For unique ideas of things that’ll improve your trip, check out What to Pack for Disney. For comprehensive advice, consult our Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide. Finally, for guides beyond Disney, check out our Southern California Itineraries for day trips to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and tons of other places!
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!
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“Special offers for Disneyland Resort on-site hotels are usually weak for summer, with few (if any) discounts available. There are also no ticket promotions for Southern California Residents, which is good news for out-of-town tourists. The last of the resident ticket offers expired in May.”
That is actually not true.
Make summer your happiest time by visiting Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Enjoy favorite attractions, enchanting experiences and dazzling fireworks!
Get tickets soon to take advantage of this special limited-time offer. Then, visit 3 times from June 13 through September 15, 2022—select days may apply and subject to theme park reservation availability.
Special California Resident Tickets at a Glance
3-Day (Monday-Thursday), 1-Park Per Day Ticket – $249 ($83/Day)
Not Valid for Admission on Fridays to Sundays
3-Day (Monday-Sunday), 1-Park Per Day Ticket – $299 ($100/Day)
No Blockout Dates Apply
Park Hopper Ticket upgrade and Genie+ service can be added for additional fees.
Of course, good luck getting park reservations during this time.
I will be visiting Disneyland this July on the Fourth of July weekend. I know it will be crazy busy with the holiday and the new Ride of Restance ride. Is it still worth going? Will I believe to get on rides? I was wondering if it would make a difference going Friday thru Tues? I have a 4 day pass for my family.
My last visit to Disneyland was during the week following the “Independence Day week”, but it was several years ago so my personal experience may no longer really “apply”. The days I went to the park, it was unusually warm and somewhat windy (so it seemed more like the “typical” weather in early September), but the sun was shining bright and there were hardly any clouds in sight. As for crowds, yes, there were quite a few people all over the place, so of course, it definitely would not have felt “dead” to anybody with a pulse. But the longest time that I waited in a line for a ride was only about 25 minutes, but that was just for the “Alice in Wonderland” ride (and people almost ALWAYS wait in long lines for that one, anyways); most of the rides had less than a 15 minute wait and I was actually able to WALK onto a few of them. I would say overall that my visit in July was decent…it was not the best time I ever had there, but it was definitely nowhere close to the “worst” (and I use that term very lightly, since none of my visits to Disneyland have ever been “bad”…it’s just a few times, the park was either SUPER crowded or the weather was downright AWFUL). If people asked for my advice, I would say that going in July is OK, but just be prepared to see lots of people and if it is really warm outside, do not plan on using the monorail (I learned that the hard way).
Love your blog. I found it a couple years ago and we have been to Disneyland 3 times since then and I’ve used tips from you every time (we had never done pin trading until I read about it here and it is now my son’s favorite thing to do on our trips). We are going to Disneyland this summer from June 29 – July 4 and I’m trying to pick the best days to go to the parks (3 days). Do you think this calendar will be a good gauge for this year even though Pixar Pier will have just opened up? I’ve looked at 2 other crowd calendar websites and they both show low/moderate crowds during that time and I’m just not sure they’ve taken the Pier opening into account. I want to be mentally prepared if it’s going to be crazy busy, ha!
I would like to know as well! We will be there July 2nd – 5th and I was concerned about the same thing. This blog post has given me some hope that it won’t be as bad as I’m expecting even with the opening.
The weekend of D23 actually ended up being empty compared to the following weekend. I went both weekends and the day of D23, the 15th, DL was a ghost town. Howver, the next weekend was quite a bit more crowded.
So the calendar for those weekends ended up being off by quite a bit unfortunately.
Great Blog, Thank YOU:) Our family will be at Disneyland July 17-26 2017 with a 5 day Hopper..trying to find the 5 “best days” during our stay to visit the park…I notice you have the weekend of July 22-23 as green and yellow days…I have always been nervous about attending on the weekend, should I reconsider this time? Thanks again for your great Disney info and tips:)
I was curious about the same thing. Why is Friday the 21st red and Saturday the 22nd green? Great job on the site. Very helpful!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this!
I’ve read three other Disneyland crowd calendars, and ALL of them contradict one another. Yours is a bit on the basic side, but you’ve never steered me wrong and your explanations make the most sense. I know you live near Disneyland and the other websites I’ve looked at focus mostly on Disneyworld, so I expect that they use transfer Disneyworld crowds over.
I suspect some of the other Disneyland crowd calendars out there are based on older data or experiences; they might also fail to take into account the D23 Expo and Rivers of America.
Disneyland’s new (as of last year) pricing model has really been a gamechanger in terms of crowds. From Disney’s perspective, it has been effective at more evenly distributing crowds throughout the year, although I think the huge spike at the beginning of this year was unexpected and (at least partially) accidental.