Walt Disney World: June 2011

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It is officially summer at the Walt Disney World Resort! The weather is getting warmer, the kids are getting out of school, and there is a lot of fun stuff going on in the parks.

Gay Days
June 2nd through June 5th are Gay Days at Disney World. The gathering is always the first weekend in June, with a designated park that they attend each day. 50,000 attendees in red shirts fill the chosen park, and can make it much more crowded than it would normally be. Due to the special event, the Gay Days park is always listed as a park to avoid. Those attending Gay Days events, or in the Gay Days park, will want to make sure to use a Touring Plan and get there early.

Star Wars Weekends
Star Wars Weekends continue every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until June 12. Check out Todd Perlmutter’s post “A Primer For Star Wars Weekends” and the special Star Wars Weekends Touring Plans, to be fully prepared for the crowds. While attraction wait times should not be too long, the common areas are very crowded, and the Star Wars Weekends events will be busy.

Father’s Day
While Disney World does not do anything to celebrate Father’s Day on June 19th, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate with Dad. Take him for a round of golf at one of Disney’s golf courses, treat him a nice steak at Yachtsman Steakhouse, or head to Downtown Disney for live entertainment and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Summer Break Begins
It’s that time of year again! Beginning on June 25th it is officially summer season at the resort. The schools have let out and families will be flocking to Disney World from all across the country. This means the Crowd Calendar shows mostly 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s, with a few 10’s in there as well. Expect large crowds, extreme heat, and afternoon showers. However, remember that families can still have a fantastic vacation if they plan properly. Remember to drink plenty of water, take breaks, enjoy air conditioned attractions during peak heat, and be armed with a Touring Plan.

Are you ready for summer at Disney World? Will you be attending Gay Days or Star Wars Weekends? Let us know!

Photo credits: jericl cat, Brandon?