Disney World June 2014 Crowd Calendar Preview

by josh on November 21, 2013

Here’s what we’re looking at for June 2014. Click to enlarge and if you don’t know what the numbers/letters mean, read the top of this post. The following is available in a PDF here.

June’s current operating schedule is available here. You can view June 2013′s final schedule to get an idea about what to expect from the final schedule here.

June is a hot and busy month at Walt Disney World. Crowds come from a number of sources. Domestically, most schools are out for a lengthy summer vacation and many families choose to visit Disney World for their annual summer vacation. Internationally, South America is expected to make up more than 25% of total attendance in June. European and Canadian attendance is also near its highest levels of the year.

Unfortunately, as crowds increase to levels never before seen, Disney continues to eliminate Extra Magic Hours and shorten regular operating hours. Last year, Disney canceled the Friday set of evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom, in addition to shortening every set of evening Extra Magic Hours from three hours to two. The year before that, they eliminated Magic Kingdom’s Tuesday morning Extra Magic Hour. That boils down to the same number of Extra Magic Hours over the busy summer as guests visiting in September or late January would experience. That contributes to even heavier afternoon crowds as more people are squeezed into a smaller window.

A summer trip is still more than doable, but touring efficiently in the morning and/or staying through Park close is all the more important.There is less variability in daily crowd levels during the summer than any other period, thanks to few driving forces and operating hours/evening entertainment that are nearly uniform across the entire three months. When the Parks are open the same number of hours every day and offer the same evening entertainment options every night, casual vacationers aren’t reliably steered to Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios on certain days. Add South America and their variable arrival days and there is not much variance in daily crowd levels. That’s the reality of the situation. Recommended days will still see lower crowds, but the fluctuations are not as great as the fall or winter, particularly during the Mickey’s Party season.

Questions remain about the FastPass+ roll out and what that will end up looking like for all guests. Disney continues to provide few answers. Hopefully clarity will come sooner rather than later, but we have several uncertain months ahead.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Annon November 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Josh,
Would the first week of June be more crowded than the last week of May?
Is the last week of May a better time to go, (meaning less crowded) even though it is the week including/following Memorial Day?
Thank you

Patty57 November 22, 2013 at 5:39 am

I’m getting sick of the changes, which began (for us) with taking Splash Mountain out of the evening EMHs. Less hours, more people, more restrictions with FP+. It won’t be possible to ride our favorites more than once without waiting in long standby lines. The “magic” only goes so far…we want to ride the headliners. WDW is making that more and more difficult.

Gregg November 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

June is really not that bad of a time. I know its busy and getting busier, but we always have a great time in June. So everyone who reads what Josh said about crowds, remember, if you follow the plan, take advantage of the times around park opening and closing and take mid day breaks, you will do well.

Gregg November 22, 2013 at 6:14 am

Also, why does Disney release a schedule for June with MK closing times all at 10pm. Makes no sense. They know they are going to move every night to 11 or 12.

Frank D November 22, 2013 at 6:20 am

We’ll see how it plays out. As you can see by Josh’s last 5 posts, the hours are fluctuating as the dates get closer. this is hardly a concrete schedule at 7 months out. i’m guessing the FP+ tiers will be in place at MK by then too, if they like what they see at HS and Epcot. We’ll see.

We will be staying June 7 – 21 in June. We are doing WDW for 5 days in parks plus both waterparks. This will get the planning started.

what a deal November 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

I have been hearing about these Disney easy planning kits for $8.95.
Lots of chatter about them on Josh’s twitter.

Anne G November 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Only $8.95?? Where? Sign me up – might help with my June plans

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