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In this guide to June 2021 at Walt Disney World, we will show you everything you need to know if you are planning to a trip and if June is even a good time to visit the most magical place on Earth.
Figuring out when to visit is one of the most crucial steps in planning a trip to Walt Disney World. There are many factors including crowd levels, weather events, prices, and attraction refurbishments.
Overall, June is not one of our favorite months to visit Disney World, in fact, it’s one of the worst months. That doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t go in June. In some cases you don’t have a choice. However, when we ranked all 12 months from best to worst, let’s just say June isn’t near the top.
Usually, people pick June because it marks the beginning of the Summer season in the United States and that means many children are off from school. It’s also known for high temperatures, rain, and it doesn’t have very many special events of note.
These are some of the reasons why it ranks low on our list of the Best Times to Go to Disney World this year.
Whether you are visiting Disney World in June 2021 or June 2022, you will find the info you need in this guide to make an informed decision for your family.
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Overview of June 2021 in Disney World
June is one of the more popular months at Disney World because Summer is finally here. If May is the calm before the storm, June is when it is running at full force. Of course that means high crowds and long lines.
At least you don’t have to worry about many refurbishments in June and it’s also a great month to go swimming. You see, there are some positives after all.
Of course, 2021 is a particular year for Orlando tourism and especially at Walt Disney World. There are a lot of changes to be aware of before you commit to going in June, however, things are slowly getting back to normal and we are more positive about the month than we were at the beginning of 2021.
Already we’ve gotten some of the entertainment and shows back from a long closure which is encouraging to see. Still things won’t be normal in June 2021 and you’ll need some patience to get used to the new rules when visiting.
In this post we’ll give a brief overview of some of these changes, but for a more detailed look at what is different, read our Disney World Reopening Guide.
Thankfully, Disney World Park Hopping is back so you can visit multiple parks per day. SO far we haven’t run into big problems for availability unless you are looking to go to Hollywood Studios. You can however get over to EPCOT for dinner once again after visiting another park in the morning.
You may be wondering if Disney World is still safe to visit right now. Honestly, Disney has done an incredible job with the new safety guidelines and it seems the worst is now behind us. Here is what to expect:
Safety Guidelines – Some of the new guidelines include face masks, keeping a 3-foot distance between guests, and distanced ride queues. These are set up all over Disney World, including in the theme parks, hotels, and restaurants. At least there are no more temperature screenings and the face covering policy has loosened a bit.
Experiences – Some of the attractions and experiences are not running at this time. Normal Disney perks like the Disney Dining Plan, Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+ are still not available. There are some character meets and meals but both are heavily modified versions of the normal ones.
We are still waiting to find our when fireworks are coming back to Disney World, but it doesn’t look like they will be back in June.
Limited Park Capacity – To allow for proper distancing, capacity in all 4 Disney World theme parks is currently limited. Disney has increased the capacity in recent months however and we are slowly getting back to full capacity. It will still be reduced in June, but more increases are on the way.
Disney Park Reservations – With park capacity is limited, Disney has also created a Park Pass reservation system. Reservations are required for park admission, so make sure your entrance is booked well in advance.
If you are hoping to visit when these new restrictions are a thing of the past, you might not want to go in June 2021 because most will still be in place. While we don’t know when things will go back to normal, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has said to expect the current safety guidelines through 2021, though some will be gone before the end of the year. If it’s a big issue for your family, I’d hold off visiting until then.
June is usually a quiet month for events in Walt Disney World with not much going on. Once the summer comes, crowds naturally flock to Disney World so there isn’t much need to come up with something special to get them there.
Normally, there are a few sports competitions over at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, but nothing too big that will disrupt your trip or cause you to change plans. With the weather being so hot in Orlando in June, there are no runDisney marathon events either.
There are however a couple of events in June to be aware of:
Taste of EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival
There are usually no EPCOT festivals in June, however, this year the Flower and Garden Festival is running through July 5, 2021. This is the longest Flower and Garden Festival Disney has ever done and it will be a record 125 days long when finished.
If you’ve never been before, this is your chance. It’s one of our favorite events of the year and the talented gardeners and landscapers turn EPCOT into one huge garden, full of gorgeous flowers and the popular Disney character topiaries.
The Flower and Garden Festival is very similar to the other seasonal festivals at EPCOT and works the same way. Unique food marketplaces are set up around World Showcase where guests can try delicious and beautiful things to eat and drink.
On top of that, there is plenty of entertainment for both kids and adults. We love the Flower and Garden Festival, so make sure to dedicate one of your days to exploring everything it has to offer.
You need to know what to eat so make sure to check our list of the best snacks at Flower and Garden Festival, and all of the Disney topiaries too. Keep in mind the Garden Rocks Concert Series won’t be running, but other performers will be playing music at the theater.
For more info read our EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Guide where we share more tips and info.
After Hours Events
Disney After Hours events make you feel like you have a theme park to yourself for the night and are a wonderful way to tour. On select nights, Disney closes off a theme park for a hard-ticketed event that let you experience the park with way fewer guests.
After Hours events include special character meets, parades, snacks, and you can ride your favorite attractions over and over again with minimal waits.
Usually these events are running in June, but unfortunately they are not happening in 2021. Read our Disney After Hours Events Guide or the Disney Villains After Hours events for more details, including tips and tricks.
Disney World is crowded in June, but not as crowded as other months. It has medium to medium-high level crowds depending on when during the month you visit. Since the majority of kids are out of school by June, the further into the month you go, the busier it gets.
If you’ve read our Disney World Crowd Calendar, you know that park attendance levels depend highly on the school schedules. When kids are in school, Disney World is a lot quieter with lower wait times. Once schools get out for the summer or there is a holiday, the parks fill up.
If you are thinking of going to Disney World in June then this should be on your mind. While it’s true that crowd levels have changed over the years and June may not be quite as busy as it once was, it’s still very busy.
There are very few days on the calendar in June that aren’t at least a 7/10 or 8/10 on the crowd level scale. Again, your best chance is to go in the first couple of weeks in June because some schools in North America will still be in session then. By the end of the month everyone is out of school and parents are taking them on vacation.
Of course, if you don’t have a flexible schedule and have to go in June then you can make the best of it. It doesn’t get to the levels we see during the holiday season or at Easter so no need to cancel your trip or anything.
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest times at Disney World and some families come out during the last week in June and stay through the holiday. Again, that’s why we skip the end of June.
As always, if you go to the parks during the week they will be less crowded. Locals come out on the weekends, especially to EPCOT for its food festivals so we would avoid that. You might make one of the days during the weekend a “pool day” and stay around the resort instead.
Keep in mind, June 2021 is a bit different than a normal year, and the “feels-like” crowds are different than the actual crowd levels due to the limited park capacity. With physical distancing still in place (though reduced) and the parks at limited capacity, some days feel like Christmas-level crowds.
As Disney continues increasing the park capacity, this feeling should be reduced and things will feel more like normal again.
There is really no more “off-season” anymore at Disney World and they do a good job of manipulating the calendar to fill up the resorts and parks for all days of the year. July and early August are even busier than June so keep that in mind when deciding.
Crowds are a factor, but they aren’t the biggest reason not to come in June. That would be the next subheading…
Disney World Weather in June
If you like the heat, there is no better place to be in June than Walt Disney World. Did I mention it’s also the start of hurricane season in Florida?
How hot is Disney World in June? Let’s just say that it’s somewhere in-between stepping inside a blast furnace and walking on the surface of the sun. Ok, we’re exaggerating ever so slightly, but you need to know Orlando in June is extremely hot and humid.
Temperature – According to USClimateData.com June in Disney World has an average high of 91°F (32.7°C) and an avg. low of 73°F (22.7°C).
July and August are the only months of the year hotter than June, but the average difference is only 1 or 2 degrees. If you go early in the month you are more likely to have lower temperatures, but it will still be hot.
The heat and humidity in Orlando can be very uncomfortable in June so make sure to take it easy and get a lot of time in air-conditioned spaces. Be careful of heat exhaustion and dehydration and make sure to drink plenty of water all day long.
The good new is June is a perfect month for swimming at Disney World. Every day will be hot enough to go in the pool, and it is a great way to cool down from the heat. We usually spend the mornings at the parks and work our way to the pool by early to mid-afternoon.
Rain – June is one of the rainiest months at Disney World, which is never a good thing. In Orlando it rains approximately 22.8 days in June and it gets on average 4.92″ of rainfall during the month.
Of course, rain is always a possibility in Florida, but in June it is almost a guarantee at some point during the day. Thankfully even in June the storms usually don’t last the entire day. After a couple of hours the rain often goes away and the sun comes back out. Plan on it having some effect on your trip though and you might be stuck indoors for a bit while you wait it out.
Even though it is technically the start of Hurricane Season at Disney World, you don’t have to worry much about them. The peak occurs in August and September, both much more likely to have an impact on your trip.
Daylight – One big plus about going to Disney World in June is the long daylight hours. On average, Orlando, Florida has 13 hours and 54 minutes of sunlight in the month of June. In fact, this is the month with the most amount of sunlight for the entire year.
In our opinion, June is one of the worst months for weather in Orlando. Temperatures are extremely hot and there is a ton of rain. And the further into June, the worse both of them are.
What to Wear to Disney World in June
How should you dress for Disney World in June? That’s simple. As light as possible. In fact, one of the nice things about going in the summer is the reduced amount of clothes you need to pack.
Since the weather is always hot, you won’t have much need for long pants, long-sleeved shirts or jackets. If you are going to Disney World from May-October you have very little need for these things and can stay in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt 99% of the time.
Women still might want to bring a light sweater or jacket in the evenings for dinner. My wife is always cold since the air-conditioning is high just about everywhere you go, but this depends from person to person.
In every season, we highly recommend looking at the weather forecast for Orlando a few days before you leave for your vacation. That way you know exactly what to bring and you won’t get caught off-guard.
June is one of the best months for swimming so bring a few swimsuits as you’ll want to take advantage of the pool at your resort. In fact, since the afternoons are extremely hot, you will likely spend a lot of time there.
Since you will get rain on multiple days, bring some of those cheap ponchos from back home to throw over your clothes in a storm. They are easy to carry and a lot cheaper than buying them when you get to Disney World in the middle of a storm. A small umbrella is also a good idea.
Even though there is a lot of rain, June in Orlando is also very sunny. Don’t forget to bring a good sunscreen to protect your skin and a hat to keep your face from burning. Also, never leave home without a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
The absolute most important thing to bring on any trip to Walt Disney World is a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers. I can’t underestimate how important this is. You will easily be walking 2-3 times more each day than you do back home and that can take quite a toll on your feet. We average 8-10 miles per day so we never leave home without comfortable shoes.
Ever since the reopening, theme park hours in 2021 have been reduced compared to what they normally are. On average, park hours have been cut by 1-2 hours each day.
During the busier times of the year however, Disney has increased hours based on attendance. Right now Disney has slowly been increasing the park hours for the summer, adding more hours as demand increases. We expect them to update this once again the closer we get.
Here is an example of what you can expect the park hours to be in June:
- Magic Kingdom – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
- EPCOT – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Prices & Discounts
Another big question you might have “Is Disney World Cheaper in June?” Summer is an expensive season at Disney World, but not as bad as other times. No it’s not the Value Season, but it’s not as expensive as the Spring or the Holiday Season either.
June falls somewhere in the middle but it’s more expensive than going in August when kids start going back to school. The fact that there are not many special events on the calendar helps keep the prices down somewhat. The closer you get to the Fourth of July, the more expensive it gets.
Unfortunately, the popular Disney Free Dining Plan promotion and other discounts are scarce in June. Since it’s a popular time to travel, Disney doesn’t have to do much extra to get people to come through the gates.
Current Disney World Hotel Discounts in June:
- Spring Into Magic Hotel Discount (up to 35% for Annual Passholders, 30% for General Public) – starting April 18, 2021 through July 10, 2021.
Let’s first take a look at resort hotel room pricing in June. These prices are before taking into consideration extra promotions. We’ll see a comparison in price between going in June and other times of the year at Walt Disney World.
Below are the prices for a standard room per night at 3 different Walt Disney World Resort hotels. We chose one from each hotel tier, Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. The prices show the base prices during the various seasons of the year compared with June:
You can see from the chart that June is about average for resort hotel prices and the Spring and the Holiday Season are both more expensive. As for individual days in June there isn’t any difference, the prices are the same throughout the month and Fridays and Saturdays are always more expensive than during the week.
Keep in mind, these are the base prices, and you might find a better deal if you can find a special promotion. Still, better discounts can be found available on hotel rooms and vacation packages in other months if you are trying to save money. Make sure to check the Disney World website for the latest offers.
Read our guide to the Cheapest Times to Go to Disney World, to compare June with all the other months of the year.
Theme park tickets are pretty much the same throughout the month of June, though the price increases slightly in the last week with a difference of $6 to $10 each for a one-day ticket. Weekends are more expensive than weekdays.
Prices for single-day Disney World theme park tickets range from $126 to $136 which is about in the middle of the price range.
The most expensive days in June for park tickets are at the end of the month before The Fourth of July. Avoid those dates if possible and go earlier in the month and on a weekday to save the most money.
Read our guide on “How Much Does it Cost to Go to Disney World?” for a more detailed break down and example trips in every budget.
If you want to take advantage of the best offers for June or any other month, we recommend using an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Contact Show You the World Travel for all your trip planning needs. They are super helpful and the best part about it is they are FREE to use!
June 2021 Refurbishments and Construction
One of the few positives about going to Disney World in June is there aren’t many long refurbishments going on. That means you don’t have to worry about the best attractions being down for a long period of time.
Ride closures usually happen in the Winter when crowd levels are lower and by June most have been completed.
Of course, at least a couple of attractions will likely have refurbishments going on while you are there. To find out more make sure to check our Walt Disney World Refurbishment List so you won’t be surprised when you get there.
At the Magic Kingdom there will still be a few closures in place in June. The Walt Disney World Railroad will still be closed, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also closing for about a week in the middle of June.
The Hall of Presidents will still be closed and won’t be done with its refurbishment until late 2021 or 2022. The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is closed through Christmas. The Jungle Cruise refurbishment is currently in progress, but guests can still ride.
Thankfully, there are no big scheduled refurbishments at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the month of June.
However, EPCOT is a different story. There are a ton of changes happening right now as they are in the middle of a huge expansion of the park. Future World is changing the most and is splitting up into 3 separate neighborhoods. Expect construction to be front and center when you go.
Unfortunately, most of the most exciting new attractions in EPCOT will not be ready by June 2021. That means Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the Space 220 restaurant, and the new fireworks show “Disney Harmonious” will all have to wait. If you are planning your trip around any of those, you should wait until at least October 2021 with the Disney World 50th anniversary celebration starts.
These are only a few of the Disney World construction projects currently in progress. There are plenty of other exciting new additions coming soon. We wrote a post comparing if Disney World is better in 2021 or 2022? It should help you make an informed decision.
Check out our post on New Disney World Attractions coming 2021-2023 to see these projects in more detail.
Here are our most important touring tips for the month of June:
1. Go Earlier in the Month
It’s not quite as important in June as some other months of the year, but still a good suggestion nonetheless. The temperature is a couple of degrees cooler and crowds aren’t at their peak level yet. Avoid going at the very end of the month.
2. Plan for the Heat
The heat is no joke in the Summer in Orlando. When the weather is cooler you can do marathon days where you wake up early, rope drop a theme park and stay all the way until the fireworks in the evening. That just isn’t a smart idea in June.
Our normal plan is to rope drop whatever theme park we are visiting for the day and then go back to the pool in the mid-afternoon. If we can be back at the pool by 2:00 pm we are happy. That gives you a little time to cool down and take a nap so you are recharged for the evening.
3. Get an Early Start
I know, you are on vacation and the idea of waking up early isn’t the best. In order to beat the heat, you will need to wake up early. In fact, this is always our advice no matter when you go because you will get a lot more attractions done each day.
Being at the parks for “Rope Drop” (at least 30 minutes before opening each morning) is the most effective strategy for touring the parks. This gives you a couple of hours to do the most popular rides before the real crowds arrive and will make a huge difference in your trip.
4. Prepare for Hollywood Studios
Right now Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the most popular park at Walt Disney World, and that means you need to have a good strategy for touring it. To ride the hit attraction Rise of the Resistance you will need a plan.
This is one of the absolute best rides in Disney World and there are special steps you need to take in order to get on it. You need to know how to use the Virtual Queue, which is limited each day and much different than a normal stand-by line.
We highly suggest reading our detailed post on How to Ride Star Wars Rise of the Resistance for more info. There we share all our tips and tricks which will give you the best chance of riding.
May vs. June in Disney World
May and June are both similar months at Disney World. If we had to choose though, we would go in May. The weather is nicer for one thing. It’s not as hot and there is a lot less rain. Hurricane Season technically starts in June which means way more rainy days.
Crowds are also worse in June since kids are out of school and parents start bringing their family to Disney World. If your schedule allows, go in May, it’s much better.
Read our guide to Disney World in May for a more thorough look at the month.
June vs. July in Disney World
July in Disney World is also very similar to June. The difference here is it’s even hotter in July and just as rainy. This is the hottest month of the year and we would advise you to avoid it at all costs.
Crowds are almost the same in both months, except around The Fourth of July, one of the busiest times at Disney World. There are even fewer special events in July which may be important to you.
Read our guide to Disney World in July for a more thorough look at the month.
Should You Visit Disney World in June?
While any month of the year is a good one to visit Walt Disney World, there is no doubt that June is one of the worst.
The combination of excruciatingly hot temperatures plus tons of rain mean this is one of the worst for the weather. The parks are also busy in June with kids out of school which means long lines, often spent in that same heat or rain.
There are few discounts so there is not an economical advantage to June. On top of that there are few special events to keep our attention. All of these factors combined make us recommend skipping going to Disney World in June if possible. The only valid reason we can think of is if your schedule doesn’t allow for any other time of the year.
Visit Disney World in June If…
- You have no other choice due to your schedule.
- You want to make sure few big attractions are closed for refurbishment.
DON’T Visit Disney World in June If…
- You don’t like extreme temperatures.
- Going to special events is important to you.
- You want to avoid crowds.
- You are on a strict budget.
June is one of the worst times to visit Walt Disney World. The combination of hot and rainy weather, large crowds and few special events means it’s best to skip this month. However, if you are forced to choose one of the Summer months to visit Disney World then June is better than July or August.
Walt Disney World in June has medium to medium-high level crowds. It’s one of the busier times to visit since kids are out of school. Weekends are busier than weekdays.
The weather at Disney World in June is extremely hot. The heat and humidity in Orlando is exhausting during this time of the year and on par with July and August. June is also one of the rainiest times of the year with many thunderstorms.
If you are thinking about going to Walt Disney World, make sure to read our Disney World Vacation Planning Guide. There you will find all the info and tips you need to plan your trip.
I want to know what you think about visiting Walt Disney World in June…
- Do you think June is a good month to visit?
- Which month do you think is the best?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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