The holidays are over and guests across the country (and really around the world) are planning their 2016 vacations. It’s really the perfect time to talk about summer! This guide is specifically for guests traveling in June, July and August. There is a guide for early 2016 travelers and spring 2016 travelers which covers January – early June).
There is plenty of time to plan for ANY of these travel dates, whether it’s grabbing a dining reservation, and planning FastPasses. Guests planning mid to late summer vacations are still beyond the 180 day mark so you can still have the best of the best dining reservation!
The summer months are perfect for those that like the heat and don’t want to taken their kiddos out of school (and teachers as well who don’t have the option to take time off of their work schedules)! Generally temps are hot and crowds are moderate to high depending on your time of travel. As it gets later into August, you’ll see a dip in overall crowds!
During this time, Disney offers quite long park hours, so it’s a great time to maximize your experience (and skip the heat of the day). It’s a great time of year to enjoy Disney’s water parks as well (start a day in a theme park, jump to a water park, and then back for dinner and fireworks!!)
This time of year at least sees an afternoon shower which is typically a welcome cool off from the heat and humidity of the day. I would consider this somewhat a rainy season. Don’t let the rain chase you out of the park – pop on a poncho and enjoy your day!
Below are projections of crowds for summer. Click the images below to see the images larger! These are subject to change. Please don’t be concerned about a “red days”. You will have a magical experience no matter what time of year you travel. Typically it’s not “wall to wall” crowds!
Save up to 30% on your resort stay for travel dates in early June thanks to Disney’s current spring promotion!
February 28, 2016
Valid Travel Dates
February 22, 2016 through June 11, 2016
- Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
- The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
- Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
- Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
- Upgrade to a room and ticket package with minimum 4-day Magic Your Way theme park tickets, and receive one more complimentary ticket day.
Like all promotional rates, there are exclusions which include the usual suspects – Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, Bay Lake Tower, Villas at Grand Floridian, the campsites at Ft Wilderness, and all 3 Bedroom Villas. This promotional offer also excludes Port Orleans French Quarter.
A summer promotion should pop up in mid-spring (think March!)
This time of year is not often considered “peak” for refurbishment as Disney tries to provide the least amount of guest inconvenience. While you’ll still see some closures before the summer season, it’s typically reasonable! We’ve seen things closed like Test Track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and a few days of update on its a small world, but it’s not too bad!
- Soarin’ (Jan 4 – Summer 2016)
- Pizza Planet (Jan 11 – Late 2016)
- Planet Hollywood (Jan 6 – summer 2016)
- Beach Club Villas Soft Goods Rehab (Jan 22 – August 17)
- Wilderness Lodge & Villas (multiple refurbishment projects running through 2017)
- Flying Fish Cafe (Feb 1 – Sept 30)
Thankfully, only Soarin’ is the only attraction with a “major” impact on guest travel!
Limited Time Experiences!
So what makes this time of year unique? A few really exciting things this year.
New Frozen attraction in Epcot! The update to the Norway pavilion will be complete by this time of year (it’s expected to be complete as of May 1st) this means a new Meet and Greet with Anna & Elsa as well as a new Frozen attraction in Norway. Expect this area to be buzzing with all things “new”
Update to Soarin’! With a 6 month refurbishment, this attraction will reopen sometime in summer (date TBD) with Soarin’ around the world and a THIRD track which should lower the overall standby line (HOPEFULLY)! Expect lines to be a bit longer as the attraction opens up – try and grab a FastPass!!
Growing Star Wars presence in Hollywood Studios. On December 1st, Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay, updated Star Tours to include scenes from the new film, updated Jedi Training academy featuring a new villain and updated experience as well as a new themed stage, and new character meet and greets – you can visit the dark side and find Darth Vader or the light side and find Chewbacca! These experiences are available EVERY DAY instead of just limited time during Star Wars weekends!
Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Each season, Minnie will host a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine which can be coupled with the Fantasmic dining package. This experience will allow you to meet Minnie and her friends (the holiday version came with Goofy & Mickey). In summer, you can have a beach bash with Minnie and her friends!
Sounds like Summer Concert Series. In previous years, Epcot has hosted the Sounds of Summer concert series. This experience is free with theme park admission and offers fun live music around the theme parks!
Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!