If you’re planning to visit Disney World in June you might be wondering, “will anything be different when I go?” And the answer to that is “YES!” A Disney World hotel will be reopening, a popular ride will be going down for refurbishment, and a few other things will be changing. Today we’re breaking down our list of the 5 things that will be different in June to help you prepare for your upcoming trips!
Here are the 5 big things that will be different in Disney World in June:
1. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Will Reopen
On June 6th, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be reopening. The Disney Vacation Club villas at this resort (specifically, the Boulder Ridge Villas and the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins) have been open for a while, but the resort’s standard rooms have not been available for guests to stay in. But in June that’ll all change!
And when these standard rooms reopen, some will look a bit different!! Some of the rooms at the Lodge have actually been refurbished and now feature updated headboards, new furniture, and more. Some rooms even feature details with the Country Bears!!
So, if you’re hoping for a taste of the wilderness (but didn’t want to stay in the DVC villas at the Lodge), soon you’ll be able to stay in these standard guest rooms!
2. Big Thunder Mountain Will Be Closing for Refurbishment
Love screaming your way through the wildest ride in the wilderness? Well, if you’re visiting Disney World in June you won’t be able to hop on a popular Magic Kingdom coaster for a few days. Starting June 7th, the Disney World calendar shows that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed for refurbishment.
The refurbishment is only set to last a few days, however. Currently, the calendar does not list Thunder Mountain as under refurbishment starting on June 13th, so we expect it will reopen that day. But, of course, refurbishment schedules are always subject to change, so we’ll keep an eye out for any updates and let you know what we find.
3. Tickets for Disney’s After Hours BOO BASH Event Will Go on Sale
This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled, but Disney’s After Hours BOO BASH Halloween event is set to essentially take its place. BOO BASH will allow guests to enter Magic Kingdom at a certain time during the nights it is offered to enjoy some candy, decor, and more.
The BOO BASH events will begin in August of this year and run through October. If you’re hoping to go to this event, you’ll be excited to know that tickets for BOO BASH will actually become available in June.
Specifically, tickets will become available to all guests on June 15th. But, guests of select Disney World Resort hotels will be able to purchase tickets a little early, beginning on June 8th.
Disney also recently released information about the prices for these tickets (warning: they ain’t cheap!!). You can click here to see how the prices for these tickets compare to the tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
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4. The College Program Returns to Disney World
When Disney World closed due to COVID-19, a number of programs were temporarily suspended including Disney’s College Program. When Disney World reopened, more sessions of the College Program continued to be canceled and for a while its fate was uncertain. Earlier this year, however, Disney announced that the College Program will be returning to Walt Disney World!
Specifically, the College Program is set to resume in Disney World this June. College Program Cast Members will be housed at the new Flamingo Crossings housing area and there will be gender-neutral housing options available.
Applications are open for the College Program, so if you’ve been hoping to join this program you can get applying! And if you’ll be visiting Disney World in June, keep an eye out for the return of College Program Cast Members all-around property.
5. Park Hours Updates
Finally, while this might not necessarily be different or new, we couldn’t talk about June and the summer without at least mentioning park hours. Park Hours at Disney World can change a LOT, and June has been no exception.
Previously, EPCOT’s operating hours for June (and more of the summer) were extended, and other park hours for the summer were also extended. Recently we’ve seen hours extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for June as well.
We say that this is not necessarily new or different because these extended hours are very similar to the extended park hours we’ve seen for much of May, but still, it’s worth noting that some of the park hours have already been extended for June and it’s possible that more changes will be on the way.
Because hours can change a decent amount, it’s important to check those park hours periodically before your trip and even during your trip to see if any other changes have been made! We’ll also be on the lookout for any changes and we’ll be sure to share those updates with you.
But wait, there’s more! There are a few other things that will be different in or around Disney World or other Disney parks in June that we’ve got to share with you. Check out more details below:
- Portillo’s Hot Dogs will be opening in Orlando near Disney World in June
- A special Disney World golf offer will be ending in June (be sure to take advantage of it before it’s gone!)
- Disneyland Paris will be reopening in June
- And over at the Disneyland Resort in California, quite a few things will be different in June. Avengers Campus will be opening in June. Temperature checks for the parks will also be ending; out-of-state residents will be able to visit the Disneyland theme parks starting in mid-June; Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will be reopening; Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is expected to reopen in June, and California (as a state) is scheduled to fully reopen in June and updated plans for this full reopening have been shared, including some policies that will impact theme parks, like Disneyland.
WHEW! And that’s a look at some of the big things that will be different in Disney World (and other Disney parks) in June. We’ll be on the lookout for any further updates and changes for June and let you know what we find.
In the meantime, if you’re planning to visit Disney World and want to enjoy some SECRET FOOD be sure to check out our video below all about Disney World’s secret menus!
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