Here’s what we’re looking at for July 2014. Click to enlarge and if you don’t know what the numbers/letters mean, read the top of this post.
July is similar to June in a lot of ways. Every day is going to be hot and crowded wherever you decide to go. But a summer trip is more than doable with early morning/late evening touring and a solid plan of attack. Final operating hours are also longer than most other times of year. Expect 11pm and 12am closes at Magic Kingdom with two Electrical Parades nightly. Hollywood Studios should close at 10pm nightly with two Fantasmic shows. Animal Kingdom should remain open until 8pm. Epcot sees its usual 9am – 9pm day.
This year, daily crowds are expected to be a bit lower than June with fewer visitors from South America and Europe. Still, foreign attendance is expected to remain at record levels. Couple that with heavy domestic attendance and we are talking about some busy afternoons. Off-site crowds tend to dominate the Parks over the summer with fewer guests staying on-site than any other three-month stretch. That may seem counter-intuitive considering the high overall crowd levels, but Deluxe resorts in particular see occupancy rates under 60% in July. Fast forward to October and Deluxe resort occupancy rates soar to above 90%. Still, crowds are lower in October and other months because fewer people visit from off-site. MyMagic+ and FastPass+ should not affect on-site occupancy rates at this time.