Our guide to June 2023 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.
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.
Typically, Walt Disney World parks stay open later during the height of summer than May or August through September. However, that was not the case last year and may not be true in June 2023. On the plus side, every park except Magic Kingdom did open 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 2023 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, you can enjoy the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival; this annual event will run for the entire month, ending in early July. 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.
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 will be starting to look fairly good in Summer 2023. The massive reimagining at the front of Epcot that has resulted in half the park being a veritable dirt pit will be winding down, and hopefully more of those walkways will be open. Still, it definitely won’t all be finished, so expect a sea of construction walls even in May 2023.
On the plus side, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Space 220 Restaurant, Creations Shop, Club Cool, Connections Cafe, and more all have now debuted.
When looking forward to June 2023 at EPCOT, a couple of things that are uncertain. First is whether Cosmic Rewind will still be using a virtual queue. We highly doubt it, but if so, read this. Second, whether Harmonious will still exist. We also doubt this. Our expectation is that Harmonious will end before summer, and be temporarily replaced by EPCOT Forever while work is done in World Showcase Lagoon to prepare for the next nighttime spectacular, debuting in late 2023.
Then there’s the next big addition to Walt Disney World: TRON Lightcycle Run. Walt Disney World has already revealed that this will debut in Spring 2023, and it’ll almost certainly debut before June unless something goes terribly wrong (again). Our expectation at this point is that the ride will open in March 2023.
Beyond that, there are several attractions that have not yet opened and likely won’t until Summer 2023 or later. These include the Play Pavilion and Moana’s Journey of Water at Epcot, both of which are likely to open in the second half of the year. Other smaller scale additions are likely later in 2023.
June 2023 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR
There’s no color-coded crowd calendar for June 2023 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 are 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 2023 at Walt Disney World.
In the last several normal years (2016-2019), 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 2023 will mark a return to that, but it’s not something we’ve observed in the last couple of years (2021-2022).
At this point, that’s actually our expectation. Pent-up demand has been fizzling out and Americans are no longer “making up for lost time” when it comes to travel. International demand has also slowed down, so that won’t make June 2023 atypically busy. It’s unlikely it’ll be as slow as several years ago, but also unlikely to be as bad as 2021-2022. Somewhere in between is the most likely scenario.
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 2023 and mid-August 2023 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.
We’ll have more granular crowd calendar predictions once June 2023 draws nearer. For now, what we can say is that crowds peaked last year on June 13, 2022. That day was the high water mark, with each week before then getting progressively busier and each week after being less busy. However, this also was not a “normal” year, as surging oil prices depressed demand and resulted in the summer slowdown occurring earlier than normal.
In the absence of such a dynamic, the peak is typically around the Fourth of July. Usually, crowds increase until then and decrease after that. We shall see what June and July 2023 hold!
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, you can check out the available options in Current Walt Disney World Discounts.
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 2023 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!