Disneyland in June kicks off the first official month of summer! This means longer hours, more entertainment options, fewer refurbishments, and warmer weather. June this year will be a bit different with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
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Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland in June including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!
June Events at Disneyland
These are all the new events and openings you can expect during your visit to Disneyland in June!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
When it comes to June events at Disneyland, easily the biggest date on our calendar is the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31st. This initial opening phase of the land will include a reservation only period that will run from May 31st-June 23rd. Within two hours of the free reservations going up for grabs, they completely ran out! As of now, you can still get your reservation for the land by staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Disney has made it clear that there will be no standby line for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during this reservation only period so if you don’t have a reservation, you won’t be visiting the land.
Starting June 24th, the reservation period ends and guests will be able to access the land without restrictions. Once the land hits capacity, Disney will use a virtual queue system (that they’re calling a ‘Boarding Pass’) that guests will book similar to the way FastPass works. The anticipation and excitement for this land is huge and it will definitely have a large impact on the park. Bookmark our guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as we will continue to update with information on how this virtual queue/boarding pass system will work.
Get Your Ears On- A Mickey and Minnie Celebration!
If you’re visiting in early June, you might catch the ending of the celebration is in honor of Mickey Mouse’s birthday! The Get Your Ears On- A Mickey and Minnie Celebration includes Mickey and Minnie inspired food, souvenirs, the return of the popular Mickey’s Soundsational Parade along with the nighttime dance party and light show- Mickey’s Mix Magic. This party comes to end on June 6th.
Disneyland Forever Fireworks
Starting June 7th, the fireworks spectacular “Disneyland Forever” which debuted at Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration will return. The soundtrack to the show featured an original song by beloved Disney composer Richard M. Sherman called “A Kiss Goodnight,” which included vocals from Broadway’s Mary Poppins (Ashley Brown). The show also includes another original song “Live the Magic” in addition to classic Disney songs. This show was extremely popular during the 60th anniversary celebration so I recommend planning ahead to get a spot for this spectacular.
Tale of the Lion King
Disney has announced a Lion King “traveling troupe of storytellers” called “Tale of the Lion King” in Disney California Adventure on the Palisades Stage starting June 7. This adaptation of the Lion King will feature new musical scores, dancers, singers, drummers, and an overall cast of 18 performers.
Every year in May and June, Disneyland hosts Grad Nites for the local graduating high school students. These events bring big crowds to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure park especially later in the evening. Certain areas of the park, usually in California Adventure, will also shut down specifically for these recent high school graduates. If you can, it’s best to avoid visiting on a day that Grad Nites is being offered. If you can’t avoid it, it’s not a big deal- just arrive early with a plan in place.
Here at the June dates for Grad Nites at Disneyland:
June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle will also be finished from its long refurbishment before the start of June revealing an updated and brighter color pattern and scheme. Make sure to take the time to get those freshly painted castle pictures as our beloved castle shines brightly this month of June.
Crowd Levels in June
This year the crowd levels for Disneyland in June will see a larger than average shift for guests coming in droves to see the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! Some are hopeful that the fact that this is a reservation only period during most of June will deter some crowds. If that’s the case, those crowds will definitely surge up again on June 24th as the land becomes accessible to everyone with no advance reservation required. This includes local Annual Passholders, despite blockout dates that begin in June for lower tier passes, it’s not unusual for locals to secure a ticket to come see new offerings. And this year’s newest offering, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will create a large demand for tourists and locals alike.
Regardless, it can be helpful to check the Annual Pass Blockout Date calendar on Disney’s website. This year Disney has completed blocked the lowest tier of AP holders from visiting Disneyland during the month of June. The second tier, the Deluxe Annual Passport, is only allowed inside Disneyland Monday-Thursday the first three weeks of June. Starting June 21st, they are completely blocked from Disneyland too. The top tier passes receive no block out dates but considering the expense of those passes, they are not nearly the majority of AP holders. It’s a common misconception that weekdays are less crowded but as you can see from the calendar, those are usually the days that AP holders may not have block out dates.
In addition to the crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, June is a normal busy time of year for the Disneyland Resort as the first month of summer. Local area schools are out for the summer along with most schools in the United States. It is a popular time to visit just for that reason so crowds should be expected daily- weekday vs. weekend won’t necessarily matter too much.
But never fear, this can all easily be managed with some prior planning. Make sure to grab dining reservations, consider booking a dining package for anticipated nighttime shows, read up on MaxPass along with FastPass, and arrive early to the parks every single day. Even in the most crowded times of the year, being there 30 minutes before the park officially opens allows you to experience the park with smaller crowds. Those two or three hours before 11AM are precious- make sure you’re there to experience them.
Disneyland prepares well for crowds every peak time of the year. And this year they have been working hard for months on Project Stardust- a plan to prepare for the next phase of growth at Disneyland with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge all aimed at maximizing guest comfort and experience. This project has included the refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle along with widening walkways, clearing barriers, and rule changes to limit overlarge strollers/wagons. All of this with the goal in mind of easing congestion during typical bottleneck areas and walkways in the resort. There will also be more cast members on staff, longer hours, repeat schedules for popular parades and nighttime shows.
Read our full guide on handling crowds to prepare yourself for visiting Disneyland in June. Crowds or not, I always tell myself that any day at Disneyland is a good day!
Weather in June
The weather for Disneyland starts to warm up with an average high temperature of 81 degrees and an average low temperature of 61 degrees.
The humidity levels increase to around 70% this time of year creating an effect known by the locals as June Gloom. In the mornings it is possible to see more clouds and fog creating that gloom effect which typically burns out by the afternoon.
Despite the possible impact of gloomy mornings, the days will be longer with the longest days in June averaging around 14 and a half hours.
Tips for Visiting Disneyland in June
When it comes to visiting Disneyland in June, we have some tried and true hacks for having a magical time regardless of all the special events happening this year!
What to Wear
One of the most frequently asked guest questions is: what should I wear to Disneyland? First, you should take a look at the weather the closer it gets to your trip date. Considering the possible effects of gloomy morning and fog, dressing in layers would be advisable. I always like to bring a small lightweight hoodie that’s easy to take off in the afternoon and stuff in my park bag.
You will see some hot days as the average high is 81 degrees in June. Plus all of that cement in Disneyland is known for making it feel even hotter once inside the theme parks. So it’s wise to plan for hot weather by bringing shorts, tanks, and cooler clothes that you find comfortable for hot weather. Don’t forget those layers- you can always rent a locker to store any hoodies in when the sun comes out in the afternoons and heats up the park.
What to Pack
Considering the high average temperature for the month of June, I would plan to pack summer attire along with some light layers for those foggy mornings.
Don’t forget warm weather necessities like sunscreen, portable fans, cooling towels, and other items all aimed at keeping you cool on hot days. If you find yourself wanting one of these while you’re on vacation, you’ll end up paying a high price in the parks or at your hotel. Best to come prepared. If you’re planning on hitting the beach, don’t bother bringing towels and just use the ones from your hotel. Plan your beach day for the afternoon so you avoid any morning fog and clouds.
You can read our giant packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you’re visiting Disneyland.
What to Expect
There are a few things you should expect when choosing June as your month to visit Disneyland:
- Visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?– if you don’t have a reservation already, the only way to secure one is by staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels. This guarantees that everyone in your party will receive a single four hour reservation to access this new land. Beginning June 24th, the reservation period ends allowing guests to visit the land without an advance reservation. Disney has said that guests will need a ‘boarding pass’ once the land hits capacity- likely using a FastPass system upon entry- so if this is your goal, plan on arriving as early as possible to either get into the land before it hits capacity OR getting there early enough to at least get your group a spot in the virtual queue.
- Avoiding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?– If you have the flexibility, visit before the reservation period ends so you can enjoy the park before the larger crowds come at the end of the month. Once that reservation period ends on June 24th this will bring larger crowds that may not have secured a reservation and decided to wait until that reservation period ended. If you have to come after that period, then the best thing to do is to plan accordingly. Consider staying on-site at a Disneyland Resort Hotel to get Extra Magic Hour benefits or purchase a 3-Day or more Park Hopper to get one Magic Morning benefit. Disney has already said Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge won’t be included in those hours which will help keep those early hour privileges less crowded.
- Plan for Crowds- it’s better to go into this prepared and with a good attitude. There’s no getting around it, June this year at Disneyland will be crowded. Have patience and prepare accordingly. Arrive early, have dining reservations for the afternoons to rest, and enjoy shows when the rides are long.
But most of all, make sure you plan in advance so your trip goes as smoothly as possible at the Happiest Place on Earth!
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