June is the first month of summer vacation and storm season at Walt Disney World. It’s not exactly our favorite month of the year for visiting, but for those who are limited to traveling during the times school is out of session, early June isn’t that bad. It’s certainly better than the entire month of July, and August until late in the month. Let’s cover both the good and the bad here.
Before we get to the bad of June, let’s start with some good news. While June used to be one of the most crowded months of the year, for the last two summers it has been significantly less busy. We cover the reasons for this in our “Summer Isn’t Peak Season at Walt Disney World” article. Now, crowd levels could change again for June 2019, but we do not expect it. We would expect June 2019 to have moderate crowds at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, with low crowds at Epcot.
Keep in mind that crowd levels are relative, and this isn’t to say everything at Walt Disney World will be totally dead. (Far from it.) You’ll still want sound plans of attack for experiencing attractions efficiently. You can also still expect long waits for Walt Disney World’s most popular attractions. Just because June is not as bad as July or August, doesn’t mean it won’t be busy at all. You should still be prepared for your visit…
The biggest downside to June from our perspective isn’t the crowds–it’s the rain and the heat. June receives the highest amount of average monthly rainfall (8+ inches) out of any month of the year. As such, you may want to consult our Visiting Walt Disney World During Storm Season article to navigate the afternoon showers (or worse) without them putting too much of a damper on your trip.
You’ll want to pack a cheap 10-pack of ponchos so you aren’t one of the guests who line up to purchase Disney’s overpriced ponchos when the rain hits. (While the cheap, disposable ponchos are good, given how much it’ll rain in June, this rainsuit is a better option, and one I recommend. I have it, and find myself less concerned about the rain because I stay dry regardless.)
The good news is that despite the rain, June does not fall within the heart of hurricane season at Walt Disney World. Sure, they’re possible, but it’s also possible that you’ll win a contest to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite. Possible, but highly improbable. (The greatest chances for hurricanes are in August and September.)
Summer heat is a bigger concern during June, with average temperatures ranging from 70 degrees to 90 degrees. In terms of the comfort level, on average, 35% is comfortable (65-75 degrees), 56% is warm (75-85 degrees), and 23% of the month is hot (85-100 degrees).
The most unpleasant times of the day are going to be around noon until 5 p.m., so booking a Walt Disney World hotel with a nice pool (it’s the perfect time for Yacht and Beach Club!) and planning daily midday breaks with park time primarily in the mornings and evenings can be a sound strategy. If you don’t want to spend your entire day hiding in the air conditioning, read our Strategies for Beating Summer Heat & Humidity at Walt Disney World.
Setting aside the weather, June at Walt Disney World has some upside. (Which is sort of like saying, “setting aside their man-eating tendencies, sharks make great pets.” Pretty big things to just set aside. But, let’s try to be somewhat optimistic.)
If you love the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, June is a solid month, as both parks are open daily. We recommend arriving early or late, as these parks tend to be busiest during the middle of the day and dead their first and last hours of operation each day.
Expect the June Walt Disney World park hours to be slightly reduced as compared to past years. Summer is no longer peak tourist season, so Magic Kingdom is frequently only open until 10 p.m. on nights that it used to be open until midnight. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has also had its hours cut.
As for special events, there’s not much for the summer season. There are typically Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Madness events, but those should have no impact whatsoever on crowds. Summer is quiet on the Epcot “festival season” front, so don’t expect any of that.
In terms of “new” (air quotes) things at Walt Disney World in June 2019, Toy Story Land and Pandora – World of Avatar are about it, and those are one year and two years old, respectively. Pandora is still pulling big crowds, though, so read our Ultimate Guide to Pandora – World of Avatar for tips and tricks on doing this without waiting hours in line.
In terms of other attractions, check the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule. Just a heads up: that might be a bit deceptive in terms of actual construction work. In 2019, there’s going to be a lot of ongoing construction throughout Walt Disney World, and will be for the next several years.
While Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the big project right now, and it finishes in Late 2019–not in time for summer. Other projects at Magic Kingdom and Epcot won’t be finished until early 2021. Some of this won’t be visually noticeable, but other projects (such as those at hotels) will have a much greater impact.
The big wildcard for Summer 2019 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. No official opening date has been announced, but there’s an outside chance it debuts in time for summer. Don’t hold your breath.
Discount offers for Walt Disney World vacation packages are typically meager throughout the entire summer. This is unquestionably Walt Disney World’s busiest season of the year due to school being out of session, and Disney only offers discounts in order to fill hotel rooms and entice more guests to visit. They don’t really need any extra incentive for the summer, as that’s when people are most inclined to travel to Florida, even in the face of the weather we mentioned above. With that said, there are currently some room-only discounts available for booking through June 10 that cover travel dates in June. The savings are typically small, and restrictions are great, so if you want to save money, you’re better off looking at Fall or Winter travel dates.
In addition to that, June is season for most pricing purposes. One-day park tickets are most expensive during this month, as the entire month is “peak” season (read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post for multi-day ticket recommendations to avoid having to deal with seasonal pricing). Hotels aren’t quite as bad, as it’s the “Summer” pricing season for them, which is about average, and not nearly as bad as peak holiday rates.
Overall, the month of June at Walt Disney World is certainly not a favorite for us. We’ve done it in the past and still had a great time, but don’t go out of our way to visit in the summer. If after reading this, you have an uneasy “what have I gotten myself into?!” feeling, don’t. If you go into the trip prepared for what you’re likely to encounter in terms of weather (and if you follow our tips above, you will be prepared), with a positive attitude, and with a good strategy that enables you to roll with the punches, you’ll still have a great trip. We have been to Walt Disney World every single month of the year, and I cannot say we’ve ever had a bad trip. Sure, we’d rather go in November than June, but if our choices were June or nothing (or July or August), we’d choose June. It’s all about mind over matter, adapting to the circumstances, and planning ahead. Part of what these month-by-month guides are about is not just assisting you choose a month, but also being (over)prepared for that month. To that end, hopefully we are being helpful rather than scary!
Do you agree or disagree with our take on June at Walt Disney World? If you’ve visited in June, do you have any tips to add? Anything to pack to help the trip go smoother? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!