Our June 2019 Disneyland preview offers a free crowd calendar for choosing the best days to visit Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. Along with our crowd predictions, we’ll offer info about special events and thoughts on what to expect during June at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Spoiler alert: thanks to the start of summer tourist season, early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and lack of Annual Passholder blockouts, June 2019 is likely to be the busiest month in Disneyland’s history. “Chaotic” is probably an understatement–but we’ll cover that in the actual crowd analysis.
With that bombshell out of the way, June is a good time of year to visit California…in terms of weather. You can expect humidity to be low as daily high temperatures average 81°F, seldom falling below 69°F or going above 89°F. Daily low temperatures are 63°F on average, rarely falling below 55°F or exceeding 67°F.
As you can see by the second graph on this page, June in Anaheim is comfortable for most hours of the between noon and 8 p.m. Temperatures are cooler in the morning and drop once the sun goes down, so we recommend packing a long-sleeve shirt for the evening hours if you’re going to be staying in Disneyland until midnight or seeing World of Color.
Of course, what you’re probably here to read about is the impact the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will have on Disneyland crowd calendars…
For most of 2019 and into early 2020, we’ve held off on doing crowd calendars. At this point, it is simply impossible to predict how that Galaxy’s Edge will impact attendance and congestion long-term.
However, we are making an exception for the summer months, as it’s pretty easy to foresee how crowded Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be from June until August: insanely crowded. The worst Disneyland has ever seen. Capacity closures could be the daily norm.
Additionally, you’ll want to read our Star Wars Land Info & Galaxy’s Edge Guide. This covers a range of topics from basics about the land and its location, to strategically choosing a hotel for your stay, recommended strategy for the land, and how early to arrive to Disneyland to beat the crowds. It’s a good primer for this huge addition!
Disneyland Crowd Calendar Instructions: A few notes about our free Disneyland crowd calendar before we present it. First, this is a very simplistic Disneyland crowd calendar with a “stop light” system (green is low, yellow is moderate, and red is heavy crowds).
This crowd calendar is based upon a mix of historic wait time information, anecdotal observations, special events, school schedules, dynamic ticket prices, and more (in this case “Star Wars Land grand opening period”). Second, expect Disney California Adventure crowds to almost always track Disneyland crowds–with a few exceptions–albeit with a proportionately lower number of guests.
Finally, we do not recommend using this as a proxy for crowds at other Los Angeles attractions or theme parks, like Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, or Six Flags Magic Mountain. Disneyland Resort crowds are unique; they are artificially manipulated by Disney and impacted by unique extraneous variables. Plus, none of those other parks are opening a Star Wars Land this summer…at least to my knowledge.
Okay, now some notes about the above predictions. Anyone with eyes will immediately notice that the entire thing is red. That may not seem particularly helpful since every day is identical in our scale…but that’s the reality of June 2019 at Disneyland.
If this were a more complex Disneyland crowd calendar, every single day through at least June 23, 2019 would be a 10.0/10.0. After June 23, which is when the reservation system for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ends and Annual Passholder blockouts take effect, we’d maybe drop it to a 9.9 on some weekdays. Maybe.
Of course, we could be entirely wrong. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is totally unprecedented, so it’s tough to say what to expect. Perhaps locals will read horror stories about crowds and stay away. We highly doubt that, though. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations were released for June, they all ‘sold out’ in under 2 hours.
While that reservation system might seem like a good way to limit crowds, people will still show up, even without reservations. Either they will be oblivious to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation system, think they can talk their way in, or simply have no intentions of visiting Star Wars Land.
Disneyland has already indicated it will allow an overnight line to enter Star Wars Land on opening day, which is totally pointless given the reservation system. (Point being, never underestimate the dedication of Disneyland fans…even when it doesn’t make sense.)
As with our crowd calendar above, single day tickets for the entire month of June are at Peak Season prices. This remains the case for the entirety of summer–until September 8, 2019. Read our Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets post for multi-day ticket recommendations to avoid having to deal with seasonal pricing.
Hopefully this post is enough to discourage you from visiting Disneyland in June 2019 if you’re a local in Southern California. If you already have Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations or your travel dates are solidified…well, pack your patience and be sure to arrive at Disneyland well over an hour before park opening. Just getting through bag check and into the park is going to be a slow process this summer.
If you’ve visited Disneyland during June, what did you think of the experience? Did you find the crowd levels to be manageable? What about the weather? If you’ve visited California in June, do you have any tips to add? Are you heading to Disneyland Resort during the month of June? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!