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  • On Aug 19, 2013
    April from WI Asked

    Coming to WDW June 12-19, 2014. What can I expect for weather, crowd and park hours? Anything I need to know about the dates we are going to be there?

    Hi April,

    It's so fun to anticipate a Walt Disney World vacation, even if it is several months away. I'm happy to give you some general weather and crowd information so that you can get started on your plans.

    Our Central Florida summer weather is fairly predictable. From Memorial Day until fall, expect highs around 90, lows in the mid-70s and afternoon or evening thunderstorms. The good thing is that the rain seldom lasts long, but it does appear almost every day. As long as you know that and are prepared (I always have ponchos for the whole family at the ready), it shouldn't slow you down.

    Early June, too, begins the peak summer crowd season. Some folks are still in school until late June, but the crowds start to pick up significantly after Memorial Day.

    Because of higher crowds and longer hours of daylight, you generally will find extended park hours during this time. Schedules aren't out yet, but I would expect Magic Kingdom to be open until at least 11 p.m., Hollywood Studios until 10 or so and Animal Kingdom, which normally closes early, likely will remain open until 7 or 8. Epcot normally sticks to a 9 p.m. closing year-round.

    You have a nice, long vacation planned, so you should have plenty of time to enjoy many of the attractions Walt Disney World offers.

    I suggest looking through the Disney website and ordering the free vacation planning DVD to sketch out a list of your "must-do" items at each park. You can then add your plans to the My Disney Experience app on your tablet or smartphone.

    Try not to overplan each day, though. You want to have time to relax and not rush from place to place.

    Making advance dining reservations also is a good idea, especially if you want to do character meals or signature dining.

    My space is limited, but I hope that gives you a starting point. Please feel free to ask us any more questions you have as you prepare. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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