Helpful Information For Your June 2020 Disney World Vacation

So you are planning a vacation to Disney World in June?
June is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World!

Weather

The weather in Disney World during June is hot and rainy. The average high is about 91 degrees, the average low is about 71 degrees, and the average rainfall is about 8.32 inches. You can expect some rain every afternoon or evening, so be sure to bring your poncho!

Crowds

You can anticipate the crowd levels throughout the month of June to be moderate as many families enjoy a summer vacation to the most magical place on earth. Unlike Spring Break or Christmas, summer travelers are spread out over a three month time frame making this a much more manageable time of year to visit.

Magic Kingdom Welcome ShowJune 1 – June 6
Average Crowd Level 5.8 out of 10
June 7June 13
Average Crowd Level 6.1 out of 10
June 14June 20
Average Crowd Level 6.4 out of 10
June 21 – June 27
Average Crowd Level 6.3 out of 10
June 28 – June 30
Average Crowd Level 5.3 out of 10

Magic Kingdom ClockPark Hours

Magic Kingdom
Open most days from 9am – 10pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Epcot
Open most days from 9am – 9pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Hollywood Studios
Open most days from 9am – 9pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
Animal Kingdom
Open most days from 9am – 8:30pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)

For specific hours on each day during June, please click this link. Remember that park hours are subject to change and are often adjusted two weeks prior.

Events

A wonderful part about visiting Disney World in spring is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. In 2020, the event runs from March 4 through June 1 and features over 100 topiaries, interesting gardening demonstrations, beautiful flowers, weekend music concerts and several outdoor kitchens serving delicious foods and beverages.

On select nights in June, Disney Villains After Hours is held at Magic Kingdom. This special ticket is a fun-filled family friendly event. There are fantastically frightening shows, exciting dance parties, stunning fireworks, and tons of popcorn, ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages which are included in the price of admission for everyone! Adults and children alike really get into the villainous spirit of the event by dressing in costume. For more information, please click here.

Refurbishments

Periodically throughout the year, Disney closes attractions for refurbishments and enhancements. Here are the currently scheduled closures during June (subject to change without notice):

Magic Kingdom
Tron Themed Attraction: Opening in 2021
Walt Disney World Railroad: TBD

Cinderella CastleEpcot
Guardians of the Galaxy Themed Attraction: Opening in 2021
Journey of Water: Opening in 2021
La Creperie de Paris: Opening in 2020
Mary Poppins Attraction: TBD
PLAY! Pavilion: Opening in 2021
Ratatouille Attraction: Opening in 2021
Space Themed Table Service Restaurant: Opening in 2020
Wondrous China: Opening in 2021

Hollywood Studios
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: Opening in 2020
Roundup Rodeo BBQ: Opening in 2020

Animal Kingdom
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Water Parks
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Disney Springs
No Scheduled Refurbishments At This Time

Planning Tips

If you are traveling to Disney World in June 2020, your planning is probably well under way at this point. Here’s a checklist to make sure you are on track:

  • Make sure you have created your My Disney Experience account. If you haven’t, click here to sign up now.
  • If you haven’t already made your dining reservations, be sure to make them now by clicking here.
  • If you are staying on site, be sure to customize your MagicBand on your My Disney Experience account by picking the color and adding your name. And if you really want to make your MagicBand special, personalize it with your own custom designed MagicBand Skin from Magic YOUR Band. Click here to get started!
  • Now is a great time to research what attractions you and your family would like to see at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Because Walt Disney World is so large, it is very difficult to see everything during one trip, so be sure to get everyone’s top priorities. This is also a great time to begin looking at menus for counter service restaurants so that you have an idea of which locations serve foods that your entire family will enjoy.
  • Whether you are staying on site or off-property, be sure to purchase your admission tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.
  • 501 WaysOnce your tickets are linked and at exactly 60 days in advance of your check in date (7:00am EST time) if you are staying on site or 30 days in advance for all other guests, login to your My Disney Experience account and book your Fastpass+ reservations.
  • If you are staying on site, be sure to check in online at 60 days out from your arrival date.
  • Double check your flight times and if you will be using Disney’s Magical Express for your airport transportation make your reservation at least 60 days in advance by clicking here.
  • It’s never too early to start creating a packing list so that you don’t forget anything.
  • Need more help planning? Please check out my UPDATED book 501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation, for hundreds of insider tips and secrets for having the most magical Disney World vacation possible!

Special Offers

If you haven’t already made your June 2020 reservations, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save money:

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Have a magical vacation!

Full Menus For The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

This year the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will be held from November 29 through December 30, 2019. Once again this joyous event features live musical performances, costumed performers, holiday traditions from around the world, and of course, loads of delicious drinks and dishes throughout Epcot‘s World Showcase.

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays features Holiday Kitchens and a few other locations very much like what you see at the Food & Wine Festival in the fall. Be sure to pick up a free Festival Passport to help you plan your feeding frenzy. Passports are available at the entrance of Epcot, all Holiday Kitchens, plus select merchandise locations. So let’s check out the menus…better grab a snack, you’re about to get very hungry!

Holiday Kitchens

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion)
  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce (kid-approved)
  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce and Spaetzle
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes (kid-approved)
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
  • Linzer Cookie
  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine
  • Cider Flight also available
Prost! (Germany Pavilion)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA, Doral, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Candy Cane Coffee Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, San Francisco, CA
  • Barrel of Monks Brewing Figgy Terno Boca Raton, FL
  • Castle Church Brewing Here I Stand Stout, Orlando, FL
  • Beer Flights also available
American Holiday Table (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce (kid-approved)
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole (gluten-friendly and kid-approved)
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Whisky-caramel Sauce
  • Gingerbread Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic) (kid-approved)
  • 81Bay Brewing Company Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Porter, Titusville, FL
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps
  • Holiday Beer Flight also available
Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)
  • Seared Verlasso® Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds served with a Pretzel Roll
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble (kid-approved)
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Éphémère Cassis
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky
  • Icewine Flight also available
Feast of the Three Kings (Near Mexico Pavilion)
  • Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (gluten-friendly)
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (gluten-friendly)
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (gluten-friendly and kid-approved)
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (gluten-friendly)
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) (kid-approved)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater
Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments)
  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Peppermint Candy (gluten-friendly and kid-approved)
  • Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic) (kid-approved)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake Featuring Twinings® Peppermint Cheer Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake Featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka
L’Chaim! (Between Morocco and France Pavilions)
  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes
  • Potato Latkes with Sour Cream (kid-approved)
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts
  • Black and White Cookie
  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer (non-alcoholic)
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer, Clifton Park, NY
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Le Marche de Noel (France Pavilion)
  • Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made Bread
  • Bouchée à la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Christmas Log – Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache (kid-approved)
  • Sparkling Rose Veuve Dubarry Cuvée Prestige
  • Syrah, Grand Vallon, Charles Brotte
  • Kir Imperial: Sparkling Wine and Chambord Liqueur
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose Vanilla Vodka and Chocolate Milk
Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco Pavilion)
  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grapes with Euro Cucumber, Red Pepper, Pickled Pearl Onions and Harissa-Cilantro Dressing
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Glaze
  • Sfenj: Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon-Sugar and Chocolate Sauce
  • Casa Beer
  • Bonassia Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Orange Liqueur and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
  • Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liqueur and topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion)
  • Bianca Neve: Italian Flatbread, Mozzarella and Parmesan (kid-approved)
  • La Genovese: Rustic Flatbread, Vidalia Onions, White Wine Braised Beef Tenderloin Tips and Mozzarella
  • Collezione Barilla: Pennette Pasta, Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onions and Creamy Sauce (kid-approved)
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters and a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle with Confectioners Sugar
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Berry Sauce
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
  • Chianti, Gabbiano
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Moscato Fior D’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion)
  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (kid-approved)
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Chengdu Street Fries
  • Tsingtao Beer
  • Firework: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, Orange Juice and Soda Water
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk and Boba
  • The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Milk
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan Pavilion)
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Kakiage (Vegetable Tempura) and Chopped Green Onion
  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables decorated on a bed of Rice
  • Matcha Crème Brûlée: Creamy Green Tea Custard with a Caramelized Sugar Crust topped with Mochi, Red Bean Jam and Strawberry
  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Strawberry Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico and popping Strawberry Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Tsubaki Whiskey Sour: Plum Wine with Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, Sugar and Lemon
Las Posadas (Mexico Pavilion)
  • Pizza Toscana: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan Cheeses
  • Pomodori Verdi e Mozzarella: Fried Green Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, and Balsamic Reduction
  • Tri-colored Cheese Tortellini, Sage Butter, and Chicken Veloute
  • Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce, and Chocolate-Hazelnut Drizzle
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco
  • Montegrande Corbinello
  • Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparkling Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Other Dining Locations

Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie (France Pavilion)
  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Chocolate Christmas Log with Chocolate Orange Cream Mousse and Chocolate Crunch Biscuit (kid-approved)
Canada Popcorn Cart (Canada Pavilion)
  • Pecan Maple Bark with Maple Sugar
Fife & Drum Tavern (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Holiday Apple Pie Sundae with Soft-serve Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce and Crunchy Streusel Topping (kid-approved)
Funnel Cake (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company (Located throughout the park)
  • Future World East – Choco-Latte: Latte with Chocolate Sauce and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
  • Canada – Ginger Chai Madness: Chai Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Gingerbread Syrup
  • Showcase Plaza – Coconut Snowstorm: Latte with RumChata and Coconut Syrup
  • The American Adventure – Toffee Coffee: Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Sea Salt Caramel Toffee Sauce
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway Pavilion)
  • Traditional Holiday Rice Cream
L’Artisan des Glaces (France Pavilion)
  • Glace au Pain d’Epices: Gingerbread Ice Cream with Gingerbread Pieces (kid-approved)
Refreshment Outpost (African Outpost)
  • Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (kid-approved)
  • Coca-Cola Cinnamon Float (non-alcoholic) (kid-approved)
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
Refreshment Port (Near Canada Pavilion)
  • Turkey Poutine: French Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish and Crispy Onions
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Spiced Rum
The Tea Caddy (United Kingdom Pavilion)
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey (non-alcoholic) (kid-approved)
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey and Drambuie
UK Beer Cart (United Kingdom Pavilion)
  • Mulled Cider: Strongbow Hard Apple Cider, Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Herbal Tea, Pimms No. 1 and Apple Juice with Star Anise (served warm)

All Holiday Kitchens are open daily November 29 through December 30, 2019 from 11:00am to 9:00pm. Some of the offerings have limited quantities and are subject to change without notice.

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Epcot International Festival Of The Arts Returns In January 2020

Great news for fellow fans of Walt Disney World and the arts…The 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning to Epcot in 2020! If you are an artist or just wish you were, this is the ultimate celebration for you. The uplifting music, exquisite works, and deliciously crafted culinary delights, will truly inspire you. Here are the latest details about this captivating event courtesy of Disney!


Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will unveil its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts January 17 and continue for 39 days through February 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Returns with New Performers

The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:

  • January 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • January 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • January 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • January 26, 28, 29; February 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • January 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
  • Additional January and February performances still to be announced.

All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. Packages are available to book starting November 14, 2019, at participating Epcot restaurants; guests may click here or call 407-WDW-FEST to make a reservation.

Food Studios Serve Up the Culinary Arts

Twelve festival Food Studios plus additional food and beverage locations will take culinary arts to the next level with scrumptious, imaginative dishes – artistically sculpted and ready for camera closeups.

Festival guests will discover seven-days-a-week fun including a colorful new interactive mural, that everyone in the family can help paint, workshops, artful photo ops, art galleries and mesmerizing performance art like the daily Epcot Living Statues and Art Defying Gravity shows.

More to See, Do and Eat During the Festival

  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required.
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring.
  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.
  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.
  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.
  • Create festival-inspired t-shirts and candles.

Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are available to guests for a fee. To book a workshop, guests may call 407-WDW-TOUR or sign up for openings still available the day of their festival visit.


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