Our guide to June 2021 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 21, 2021.)
Anyone planning a Summer 2021 trip to Walt Disney World needs to realize there are many changes and cutbacks. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s becoming increasingly clear that Walt Disney World is aiming to return to normal in several key ways ahead of the Summer 2021 travel season. This has resulted in the relaxation of a variety of health safety rules; face masks are now optional outdoors and temperature checks are gone, among other things.
Physical distancing has also been reduced, allowing Walt Disney World to significantly increase attendance limit to the point that the limiting factor on crowds will likely be organic demand rather than Park Pass availability. This is also occurring on attractions, which means those are operating more efficiently and lines are moving faster. However, if there’s as much pent-up demand as anticipated, this could be a “scorching summer” at Walt Disney World. In the crowd calendar section below, we’ll cover the near-term implications for that in June 2021…
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.
Expect the June 2021 park hours at Walt Disney World to be slightly reduced as compared to past years. Magic Kingdom will likely close at 9 or 10 pm on nights that it used to be open until midnight. Both Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom also close earlier than in the past, whereas EPCOT opens later than in normal years.
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.
However, June 2021 will be different. In an effort to draw locals will things are still temporarily abnormal and tourism remains down, Walt Disney World has already announced that the 2021 Taste of EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival will last longer than normal by over a month–through July 5, 2021.
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.
The project that will have the most noticeable impact on the guest experience is the massive reimagining at the front of Epcot, which will eliminate Future World and replace it with 3 new neighborhoods. This project has already kicked into high gear, and will continue through at least 2022.
This unprecedented overhaul has led us to address the question Should You Visit Epcot in 2021? in a dedicated post. For most people, the answer will be yes, but it’s still worth going in with a realistic view of just how bad construction will be. Unfortunately, nothing new will be opening in June 2021 at EPCOT. (Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure doesn’t open until October 1, 2021.)
On the plus side, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has two attractions that will still be fairly new come Summer 2021. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, both of which will be over a year old by that point, but are still very popular. The latter is literally the best Walt Disney World attraction in decades–better than Avatar Flight of Passage.
June 2021 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR
There’s no color-coded crowd calendar for June 2021 because we don’t 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. Suffice to say, it better serves readers to offer an explanation in terms of what to expect crowd-wise this summer at Walt Disney World.
Since Disney doesn’t release official attendance numbers, crowd calendars use things like school schedules, airport traffic statistics, hotel pricing & occupancy, etc., as proxies for crowds. For years, this approach worked and made crowd calendars reliable. Walt Disney World attendance followed an identifiable pattern that tracked with the aforementioned proxies.
Wait times no longer reflect actual crowds because Disney has become more sophisticated at manipulating attendance and crowd flow. This is like the difference between the actual temperature and the “feels like” temperature, but with crowds. We can still forecast actual crowd and attendance patterns, but not wait times. The latter are what most of you likely care about (the “feels like” crowds), but it’s more difficult to predict wait times via Walt Disney World crowd calendars. Hopefully that makes some degree of sense!
In the last several years, summer crowds had trended downward at Walt Disney World (see “Summer Isn’t Peak Season at Walt Disney World” for more on that). That’s written in past tense because we’re expecting Summer 2021 to be a different story due to “revenge travel” at Walt Disney World playing out in full force.
After many Americans skipped traveling last year, there’s a ton of pent-up demand and travel industry forecasts are calling for a scorching summer. Among the most popular destinations is Florida. This will undoubtedly impact Walt Disney World, as well.
However, due to health safety protocol and rules just starting to be relaxed, our expectation is that Walt Disney World will see disproportionately less of the summer travel boom than the rest of Florida. There are a number of reasons for this, but those are beyond the scope of this post. One major reason is that there’s a lag between the implementation of changes and guests planning trips, meaning many of those booking as a result of recent rule changes will be looking at July and beyond, at the earliest.
Second, because exactly this scenario played out at Walt Disney World during spring break. While the circumstances are different to a degree, the last few months have seen a huge surge in travel to Florida, but beach destinations have enjoyed greater gains in visitors than theme parks. Our expectation is this will continue to hold true, albeit to a lesser degree, in June 2021.
With all of that said, expect the entire month of June 2021 to be above average for crowds. As we noted at the top of the post, summer crowds have waned in recent years, a phenomenon for which we have a ton of interesting theories, none of which are fully corroborated but all of which are beyond the scope of this post.
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 2021 and mid-August 2021 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. This is unquestionably Walt Disney World’s busiest season of the year due to school being out of session, and 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 room-only discounts available for booking that cover travel dates in June 2021. Some of the savings are actually pretty good–better than a normal year, which is almost certainly because bookings are still down for 2021.
In addition to 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!
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