Our June 2023 Disneyland & Disney California Adventure preview offers a free crowd calendar for choosing the best days to visit. Along with our crowd predictions, we’ll offer info on weather, special events, and thoughts on what to expect during June at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
In terms of weather, June is a good time of year to visit California. 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.
Now, let’s take a look at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure crowds during the month of June…
June 2023 ADDITIONS & SUBTRACTIONS AT DISNEYLAND
Let’s start with seasonal events, the most notable of which is the return of Grad Nites at Disney California Adventure (and to a lesser degree, Disneyland). This will be held on select evenings, and will impact crowds on the dates listed below. As the name suggests, it’s for graduating seniors. (Sorry to anyone wanting to relive their high school glory days, but it’s not open admission.)
It’s also worth mentioning the debut of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and the 100 Years of Wonder Celebration at Disneyland Resort, both of which occur in late January 2023. (The reimagined Mickey’s Toontown is likely to debut in Spring 2023, too.) That celebration brings with it new nighttime spectaculars to each park, plus character costumes, new merchandise, food & beverages, and everything else locals love. Consequently, we’re expecting Spring 2023 to be a bit bonkers. However, hopefully by the time May 2023 rolls around, the new ride and entertainment won’t have much impact on crowds.
In terms of June 2023 attraction closures, it’s too early to say. Usually, Disneyland announces refurbishments a couple of months in advance, so that’s probably not the final list for June 2023 quite yet. Keep an eye on our Disneyland Refurbishment Calendar.
June 2023 Disneyland Crowd Calendar
We’ll preface this by noting that Disneyland crowd calendars for specific dates are no longer highly reliable due to changes in attendance trends, Magic Key passes, and other factors. Months in advance, it’s difficult to say a particular day will have low, moderate, or heavy crowds—which is why we’ve eliminated our color-coded Disneyland crowd calendars.
This is a trend that began prior to the opening summer of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and continued last summer and early fall as post-reopening crowds were almost completely unpredictable. Literally none of the crowd calendar sites can boast a strong track record for the last two years that Disneyland has been open and, in the interest of full disclosure, that includes us. We are hopeful that things start to normalize by Summer 2023, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
As such, our crowd calendar exists of some best & worst date ranges that should be used as an approximation for patterns—not something you rely heavily upon when booking a trip to Disneyland. While other sites offer numerical crowd calendars for specific dates months (or a year!) in advance, we’d be weary of putting too much weight on those. There are simply too many inconsistent variables for Disneyland crowd calendars to be reliable so far in advance.
With that said, our methodology is based upon historic wait time information, anecdotal observations, special events, school schedules, dynamic ticket prices, Magic Key blockout dates, and more. Second, expect Disney California Adventure crowds to almost always track Disneyland crowds—with a few exceptions—albeit with a proportionately lower number of guests.
Our expectation is that June 2023 will be very similar to last summer.
The entire month of June 2023 should have above average crowds. Between local school breaks and summer travel driven largely by tourists, there should not be a significant day of week difference. With that said, Saturdays and Sundays are always busier than weekdays at Disneyland; that’ll remain true in June 2023, albeit to a less pronounced degree than non-summer months.
Generally speaking, there are three big things that impact June crowds at Disneyland. The first is summer blockouts for Magic Key Passholders, or the lack thereof. The top two tiers have no blockouts whatsoever in June 2023, and these are also the most popular Magic Keys in terms of sales (by a wide margin), per Disneyland.
With that said, the lowest tier of Magic Key is blocked out the entire month, except for June 1, 2023. The next lowest tier is able to visit June 1 and June 5-8, 2023. Expect all of those dates to be slightly busier as a result, as these Magic Keyholders will visit disproportionately in the few weeks before their blockout, getting “one last visit” prior to the summer blockout months. This causes a spike in crowds prior to the blockout.
Second, after the blockout begins, California’s summer tourist season more or less begins. Typically, the influx of vacationers is more or less offsets the locals who are blocked out. The pattern is slightly different, with more guests arriving in the morning but fewer in the evening after work.
Finally, there’s Grad Nites. These are something of a rite of passage for high school seniors in Southern California, as they participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event where they get to experience one final night of high school memories with their friends before they embark on their new adventures.
In 2023, these will occur on June 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, and 16. Generally speaking, Grad Nites cause a spike in crowds on those dates, particularly at Disney California Adventure, and most notably later in the day. Read our Grad Nites at Disneyland post for more info and thoughts on how these evenings impact crowds and the guest experience.
As a general matter, beyond those specific dates of interest, crowds tend to get progressively busier throughout the summer, peaking in early to mid-July and decreasing in August. Expect that to hold true for June 2023. If we had to pick the best date range to visit in the month, it would be June 12-16, 2023.
That’s the sweet spot after blockouts take effect, only has two Grad Nites to contend with, and is before summer crowds arrive in full force. While it’s still early and a lot could change in terms of overall trends, that is likely to be the best week of June 2023.
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. Read our Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets post for multi-day ticket recommendations to avoid having to deal with seasonal pricing.
Overall, June is a mixed bag for visiting Disneyland. Early in the month there are more Annual Passholders than normal, which means elevated but inconsistent crowds since most show up after work. Later in the month, there are more tourists than normal, but most are present for the entire day. In terms of summer vacation months, late June is the best option, but it’s still not our favorite time to visit Disneyland.
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? Will you be doing Disneyland in June 2023? 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!