You’re heading to the most magical place on earth in July. It’s one of the busiest and most popular times of the year. Almost all attractions are open, the U.S. Fourth of July holiday brings in a fantastic fireworks show, and you can enjoy all your favorite water-based attractions in the Disney Parks without feeling chilly.
But do you know what to pack for Disney World? If not, don’t worry. In today’s article, we’ll take a look at some good packing tips and strategies to keep you cool on your vacation to the Disney Parks and Resorts.
The Weather in July
Without a doubt, Florida in July is hot and humid. Average temperatures soar to the mid-90’s degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with lows only dipping down to the high-70’s in the mornings and nights.
Because the weather is so hot, you’ll find that it rains a lot during July. Daily thunderstorms that last for about an hour or two are pretty common, so be prepared for a bit of rain. Thunderstorms in the summer are intense, but really do only last for a short period of time. Still, there’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a bad rain shower in the park.
With this in mind, bringing ponchos or buying ponchos in the parks can help. Staying as cool as possible is the most important factor when it comes to packing clothes for you and your family when you’re visiting in July.
Many people choose to visit in July because they can get free dining on the Disney Dining Plan or other promotions that help families visit Disney World on a budget. But, July is such a hot month that when it comes to packing clothes for your trip, be sure to bring lots of clothes to keep you and your family cool.
This means plenty of shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, capris, summer dresses, and other clothes that won’t be too bulky or hot. But, just because Florida is hot in July doesn’t mean you don’t want to pack a few clothing items you can wear in layers. Air conditioning in Florida can be shockingly cold in the summertime.
And that’s because it’s so warm outside. So, if you’re planning on dining at any of Disney’s table service or signature restaurants, consider bringing a cardigan, sweater, or shirt you can layer over your park touring clothes — just in case you’re prone to getting cold. This is especially true for kiddos who may not be used to such extreme temperatures.
If you plan on spending a lot of time in the Disney Parks, you’re going to want to pack comfortable shoes. Sandals are the most popular shoes for summertime. But do make sure you pack some that are good for walking and are supportive. There’s a good chance you’ll be walking a lot and Disney World wait times for attractions can be really long in the summer.
So, having a good pair of sandals to keep your feet comfortable all day will help. Some people really like shoes, such as Crocs, a brand of shoes and sandals made from foam that are comfortable and breathable. Whatever brand of sandals or shoes you choose, make sure you’ve broken them in before your trip, so you don’t end up with blisters or really sore feet.
Your best bet? Bring at least a couple of pairs of tennis shoes or sneakers that are built for walking. You can even find hiking shoes that work well for trails and getting wet. Believe it or not, these are the perfect type of shoe for summertime at Disney — especially if you’re going on any water-based attractions. Don’t forget to pack socks that are lighter and have moisture-wicking too to keep your feet even more comfortable.
Swimming in Florida in July is a must-do. The weather is ideal for a lot of pool time. Be sure to bring several swimsuits for everyone in the family. This way you have plenty of dry suits to put on at all times, in case you decide on a spur of the moment dip in the pool.
For kiddos, be sure to pack swim diapers and other swim gear, like water shoes too. We also recommend packing swim shirts for kids, especially if you think they might want to explore the various water features in the parks, like splash fountains.
Outerwear and More
July is such a hot month. So, chances are you won’t be bringing any jackets or other kinds of outerwear like coats and sweaters. If you think you might get cool at any point on your trip, pack along a light sweater, but probably skip the jackets. There are a lot of other accessories and essentials you might want to pack for the trip. Here are some non-clothing accessories to consider bringing with you in July.
Ponchos and Umbrellas: If you have space, consider bringing ponchos or a small umbrella with you if the weather is predicting a lot of rain on your trip. Of course, even if you don’t have space for these, you can easily pick up ponchos in the parks themselves, at your resort, or a local store too. July has almost daily thunderstorms that start and stop quickly. So, if you do need a poncho, you may want to buy them in the park instead of taking of packing space in your bag.
Hats: With sunny and warm weather, you’ll want to make sure you have hats on hand to keep your head from getting sunburned and to avoid direct sun. If you’re prone to sunburns, look for SPF hats that add coverage and additional sun protection in one. Overall, hats are great for both adults and children, so pack a few for everyone in the family.
Sunscreen: Of course, you can’t forget sunscreen. Having sunscreen on hand for your trip is a must-do. July is extremely hot and sunny, so pack plenty of sunscreen for the whole family. Look for waterproof and sweat resistant sunscreen too, which helps a lot in the hot weather. If you need to, you can buy sunscreen cheaply near Disney World, if you have a rental car. And, in a pinch, you can buy it at the Disney Parks and Resorts too.
Misting-Fan: Even if you’re used to warm weather, spending all day in a hot theme park can be exhausting. Stay cool while you’re waiting in ride queues or while touring the park with a misting-fan. These fans spray a cool water mist and are easy to find at most stores, like Walmart and Target. Of course, you can even buy them at Disney World with fun Disney inspired themes — though they can be a bit pricey. If you bring a misting-fan, don’t forget to bring extra batteries!
Battery Powered Fan: In addition to a misting-fan, bring along portable battery powered fans too. This way you have several options to help keep you cool.
Towels or Cloths: Let’s face it. When it’s hot at Disney, you’re probably going to be sweating a bit. Bring along a small towel, washcloths, or cooling cloths to help wipe away sweat. These are really good for families and children.
Get Your Kids Packed
If you’re visiting with children and young adults, you’ll want to think about a few other additional considerations when it comes to packing the essentials — especially with the summer heat. Here are some things you’ll want to think about packing for kiddos and teenagers that include a few particular considerations for July park touring.
Packing For Your Children
ID Tags or Card: While we don’t ever want to think about something scary like losing our children in a theme park, it can happen. Having an ID tag or card on hand is a way that you can help identify your children to Disney cast members and provide contact information on how to best reach you while you’re at the Disney theme parks.
Disney themed clothes: Kids love wearing their favorite Disney themed clothes when they’re at Disney. Let them pick out some of their favorites, so they have something fun to wear every single day you’re on vacation. July is definitely pretty hot, so be sure they have lots of Disney themed clothes that will keep them cool.
Costumes: Many children want to dress like their favorite Disney princess, prince, or pirate. With this in mind, be sure to pack a costume or two for the trip, if your kiddos like wearing costumes. If wearing a costume is too hot for your child in the summertime, bring some costume accessories like tiaras, pirate hats, or wands. These are a great way for your child to feel like they’re dressing up without getting overheated in a warm or bulky costume.
Dress up clothes: If you are planning on going to any signature dining locations, you may want to consider bringing a few fancier clothes for your kiddos, if you’re bringing them along for a family meal. They don’t have to be too fancy either. Just something that will look nice for the meal.
Favorite toys: There’s no doubt that children get used to their favorite toys. So, don’t forget to pack their favorite doll, stuffed animal, or toys for the trip.
Wet Naps: Park touring can get messy. Whether they get dirty playing or make a mess with a Mickey Bar or any other frozen treat, having some wet naps on hand is a good idea for all ages, but especially for kiddos.
Getting Young Adults Ready
ID Cards: Do make sure your teenagers have their IDs on them at all times. This is especially important if they are park touring without adults.
Deodorant, Face Wash, and Personal Care Items: You’ll want to make sure that your young adults bring the personal care items that they need. This includes deodorant, face wash (especially for those suffering from acne), and even feminine hygiene products. This way they’ll feel comfortable having all the things they need without having to run to a store during the trip. July is very warm, so be sure they pack all the extra toiletries they need, like deodorant.
Phones, Headphones, Phone Chargers: Most young adults like having their technology handy. So, do make sure that they’ve packed headphones, phone chargers, and any other technology they need for the trip. If your teens are going to be going on a lot of water-based attractions, be sure to pack waterproof cases too.
Bags: Chances are your teenagers may go on an attraction or park tour on their own. If this is the case, make sure they bring a back to pack all their essentials in when they arrive at the theme parks. Since the weather is so hot, chances are your teens will be going on water-based attractions. If this is the case, get them bags that are waterproof or water-resistant.
Young adults will likely have a lot of the same packing needs adults do, but these additional items are definitely ones that you’ll want to make sure they pack for the trip.
July can be a very hot and humid month to visit Disney World. So, packing clothes that keep you and your family cool throughout your visit is the best way to enjoy your vacation at Disney World comfortably during the summertime. With just a few of our simple packing tips and strategies, you’ll be on your way to one cool summer vacation.
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