Walt Disney World Resort in June 2009 – Crowd warnings, ride closures, attraction refurbishments, and special events

June 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World Resort & Theme Parks  in June that you need to know about:

Crowd Warnings:

  1. Orlando receives more rain in June than any other month.  The rain storms often occur during the afternoon and may be accompanied by lightning.   The storms typically pass quickly but some attractions (Test Track; Lights, Motors, Action!, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, water parks, etc.) may shut down due to lightning.   Check the forecast and try to do these things at times where lightning doesn’t seem likely.  A heavy rain storm will scare away a lot of park guests – bring a poncho (get them cheaply at your local dollar store) and use this to your advantage to enjoy shorter lines.
  2. 2009 Star Wars Weekends – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (information below).  (Friday – Sundays) May 22-24, May 29-31, June 5-8, June 12-14.  Saturday is the best day of the weekend to visit this event.  TIP: Avoid Sundays – the combination of the Star Wars Weekend and Fantasmic! show will make Disney’s Hollywood Studios disproportionately crowded.  Non-Star Wars fans may prefer to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a weekday. 
  3. 4th of July / Independence Day travel period  (June 27 – July 11th) – Because the 4th of July falls on a weekend, this holiday is going to impact two weeks.  Many people receive a day off for this holiday, which means using one less vacation day.  The final week of June is moderately heavy – July will be more crowded.  This is still a good time to visit – just use a good touring plan, arrive when the parks open, and you’ll be fine. TIP: Avoid Extra Magic Hours!  We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hours during the busy summer season.   Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you.  TIP: Make dining reservations right away.
  4. Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.   It’s generally offered on Sunday and Thursday with a few other days here and there. It will be offered June 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it.  Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  This will be especially true on Sundays because of the Star Wars Weekends.   Fantasmic! Dinner Package reservations will be harder to get.   Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Warning:  This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.
  5. SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This classic nighttime parade is also being offered numerous times throughout the month.   You can see it on the evenings of June 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30.  Warning: Any day with a SpectroMagic Parade AND Extra Magic Hours will mean horrible, horrible crowds at the Magic Kingdom.  Avoid these days and go somewhere less crowded – you’ll be glad you did.

Special Events:

  1. Epcot’s “Sounds Like Summer” Concert Series ~ June 15 – August 9, 2009.  These fun mini-concerts take place in Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre.   Shows are at 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45PM.    Performances are subject to change but here’s the current schedule:
  • June 15-21:  Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • June 22-28:  Satisfaction: Rolling Stones Tribute Band
  • June 29-July 8:  Slippery When Wet – A Tribute to Bon Jovi
  • July 8 – July 19:  Bjorn Again – A Tribute to ABBA
  • July 20 – July 26:  The Sounds of the Supremes – A Tribute to the Supremes
  • July 27 – August 8:  2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show
  • August 3-9:  Petty Theft – A Tribute to Tom Petty

Temporary Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Restaurant – Magic Kingdom) the restaurant will be open but – beginning January 5th – Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer offer character dining.
  • The Hall of Presidents (Animatronic Show – Magic Kingdom) will be closed through July 1, 2009.
  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will close April 19th and is not schedule to reopen until late 2009.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom) is closed April 19th – August 19th.
  • San Angel Inn Restaurant (Epcot – Mexico Pavilion) will close for renovations beginning May 10th, 2009.
  • Boatwrights (Restaurant – Port Orleans Riverside) is no longer serving breakfast.   Breakfast is still available at the Riverside Mill Foodcourt.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Custom Touring Plans

If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for custom theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning.

  •  Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Custom touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

There are two ways that I can provide the touring plans and any other planning help you need at no charge to you:

  •  Free Option #1: If you book a new reservation through us, we’ll provide custom touring as our thank you to you.  We will also help you put together an itinerary that puts you in the least busy park for each day of your vacation and we’ll make dining reservations on your behalf.
  •  Free Option #2:  If you made your existing Walt Disney World vacation package reservation yourself, it is possible to have Build A Better Mouse Trip added to the reservation as the “Agent of Record”. Your price, benefits, and confirmation numbers stay the same – we just become your travel agent.  

 With either option, Disney will pay us a commission they would’ve kept for themselves and we accept that commission as payment-in-full for all planning services. 

  •  You can also just purchase custom touring plans from us – the first day’s plan is $45 plus $25  for each additional day’s plan.

If you have questions or are interested in our Walt Disney World Vacation Planning services:

Thank you,


Build A Better Mouse Trip
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515

Build A Better Mouse Trip is a full service travel agency specializing in Florida vacations & Cruises. Build A Better Mouse Trip is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

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