Our guide to June 2022 at Walt Disney World includes a free crowd calendar, when to visit & avoid, weather, new attraction openings & closures, and summer events. Plus info & tips for vacation season at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. (Updated May 30, 2022.)
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.
Park hours for June 2022 have been released, and they’re still reduced as compared to normal years. Magic Kingdom typically is open from 9 am until 10 pm or 11 pm on nights. Every park except Animal Kingdom is closing earlier than it would in a normal year, which can be rough for night owls. However, there is one silver lining…
Every park except Magic Kingdom is opening about an hour earlier than normal. The opening times at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom make it easier to beat crowds at those parks than it has been in a long time. There’s a huge advantage to early risers, and savvy strategy or advanced-level know-how with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes can be a gamechanger.
To that end, we (once again) recommend checking out Genie+ v. Savvy Strategy at Walt Disney World, which is the result of extensive ‘testing’ to determine the best and worst ways to beat the crowds. You can also do pretty well in the evenings at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Frankly, that strategy is far more useful than our June 2022 crowd calendar for Walt Disney World.
June Weather at Disney World
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. 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. That’s 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…
June Special Events at WDW
As for special events, there’s normally not much for the summer season. There are no runDisney events due to the heat, little happens at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the same reason, and there are no major holidays in June that are celebrated in the parks. All in all, it’s a pretty slow month on the seasonal front.
Throughout June 2022, you can enjoy the 2022 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival; this annual event will run for the entire month, ending in early July 2022. Flower & Garden Festival features marketplace food booths, gardening entertainment, and beautiful ambiance to Epcot. While it’s not for everyone, it’s one of my favorite events of the year at Walt Disney World…and I don’t even enjoy gardening.
Normally, things kick into high gear for summer during early June. This year, there isn’t a big celebration or anything special for the start of summer. Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary is the main event; the World’s Most Magical Celebration runs until April 1, 2023.
With that said, new offerings debuting in Summer 2022 to help give Walt Disney World a mild summer boost. Here’s what to expect on that front…
June REFURBISHMENTS & NEW ATTRACTIONS
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. There’s going to be a lot of ongoing construction throughout Walt Disney World that is not reflected there.
Epcot is starting to look fairly good as of Summer 2022. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Space 220 Restaurant, Creations Shop, Club Cool, and Harmonious all already debuted last year. In addition to those, it’s likely significant progress will be made on World Celebration, with more walkways opening back up and Connections Cafe & Eatery also now open.
Another alternative is buying line-skipping access via the Individual Lightning Lanes. Those posts explain each option, their pros & cons, and everything else you need to know. Suffice to say, do not just show up to EPCOT expecting to join the standby line–as there isn’t one.
Beyond that, there are several attractions that have not yet opened and likely won’t until Fall 2022 or later. These include the Play Pavilion and Moana’s Journey of Water at Epcot, and TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster at Magic Kingdom. All three may not open until 2023.
June 2022 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR
There’s no color-coded crowd calendar for June 2022 because you cannot put much stock in them anymore. Crowd calendars are less and less reliable due to how Walt Disney World manipulates attendance patterns, staffing, closures, and ride capacity. This has been increasingly true for the last several years.
Additionally, the Disney Park Pass reservation calendar now in use normalizes attendance trends throughout the course of a week. In reviewing wait time data from the past several months, we can find no discernible trends for individual dates. To be sure, some weeks are busier than others–the weeks of Easter and Orange County’s spring break were busier than random weeks in May–but there’s no way to explain discrepancies in crowds within each sets of those weeks. Suffice to say, it better serves readers to offer an explanation of what to expect in terms of crowd trends in Summer 2022 at Walt Disney World.
In the last several normal years, summer crowds had trended downward at Walt Disney World (see “Summer Isn’t Peak Season at Walt Disney World” for more on that). It’s possible that Summer 2022 will be different, as Americans (once again) undertake “revenge travel” at Walt Disney World to make up for vacation time missed during the last two years. It’s also possible that Summer 2022 is when international travel once again picks back up in a meaningful way.
Our expectation is that June 2022 is busier than the last several normal years. Here’s the main reason why:
Disney Park Pass availability is incredibly limited for parts of June 2022, and this has happened much earlier than anticipated. The first half of the month started filling up weeks ago, and now the back half of June 2022 is following suit. Granted, it’s mostly just Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are out of Park Passes at this point, but that’s still suggestive of more travel.
With that said, Disney Park Pass availability was relatively comparable in May, and crowd levels were decidedly average most of the month. The majority of days were 6/10 or 7/10, with only select days above or below those levels. Crowds did pick up for Memorial Day weekend, but that’s to be expected from a holiday weekend.
Accordingly, it’s our expectation at this point that the Disney Park Pass reservation calendar is suggestive–but not conclusive of crowds unless it goes gray. May 2022 attendance was lower as it’s the shoulder season between spring break and summer seasons, so that would explain the 6/10 average.
With that said, June is a more popular month for travel. Even if both months see roughly the same amount of yellow on the Disney Park Pass calendar, attendance will almost certainly be higher across the board in June 2022.
What to know for crowd calendar purposes is that attendance builds over the course of the summer as vacation season kicks into high gear, peaking around mid-July, and slowly subsiding from there. This means that early June 2022 and mid-August 2022 are the best times to go from a crowd calendar perspective during what’s traditionally considered summer vacation season.
However, almost all dates in summer are going to be above average on the crowd calendar, with spikes around Independence Day, weekends, and other events that draw crowds to Orlando. In other words, pretty much all dates are close to the same on the crowd calendar. Weekdays in early June will be the best option, whereas weekends in late June will be your worst picks, but not by a huge amount–the former might be a 7/10 on a numerical crowd calendar whereas the latter might be an 8/10.
June Pricing & Discounts
Discount offers for Walt Disney World vacation packages are typically meager throughout the entire summer. Due to school being out of session, Walt Disney World has something of a captive audience during the summer months as many families can only visit then.
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 some discounts available for June 2022. Check out the options: Current Walt Disney World Discounts (Summer to Fall 2022).
Another thing to keep in mind is that June is peak 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. 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 heat & humidity, have a positive attitude, and with a good strategy that enables you to roll with the punches, you’ll still have a great trip.
We visit Walt Disney World every single month of the year, and I cannot say we’ve ever had a bad experience. 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. The weather isn’t as bad and crowds are more manageable than they used to be during the summer. 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 2022 at Walt Disney World? If you’ve visited in June, do you have any tips to add? Anything to pack or way to prepare to help the trip go smoother? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!