This Month at Disneyland Resort: June 2012

Welcome to the June 2012 edition of “This Month at Disneyland Resort,” your “CliffsNotes” guide to everything imminent at the Anaheim attractions. Better buckle up tight, because we are about to accelerate into the most momentous month at Disneyland since the turn of the millennium.

According to a count by the Orange County Register, 18 new “entertainment offerings” will be open within the next few weeks. So if you haven’t already booked your summer visit to Disneyland, you may want to consider holding off until autumn, since the resort is about to embark on what may be its busiest few months in memory.

All photos copyright Disney.

Crowd Calendar

Kiss that last relatively crowd-free month goodbye. As the June 15 relaunch of Disney California Adventure approaches, attendance is expected to intensify right up to the start of summer break, and stay stratospheric all season.

Quietest Day: Tuesday, June 12, will be the last “slow” day before the Cars Land crowds descend, with the resort at 5 out of 10 overall, and Disneyland Park predicted at only 3.1 (though it is a Grad Night).

Busiest Day: Because DCA will be closed on June 14, Disneyland will be at peak capacity on that day. After June 15, crowds will remain high at DCA and moderate at Disneyland, peaking on June 30.

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

  • The entire Disney California Adventure park will be closed to the public all day on June 14 for press events, and to prepare for the grand opening the next day.
  • A dedication ceremony will be held at the entrance to DCA on June 15 prior to its 9am opening. Thereafter, a daily “rope drop” ceremony will be held each morning.
  • Grad Nights continue at both parks on June 1, 6-8, 12-14 (Disneyland on on 14th), 19, 21, and 22.
  • Sneak Preview events at DCA will be held on June 9 and 10 for Passholders, Club 33 members, and D23 members purchasing special tickets.
  • Annual Passholders can register now online for two early entries (one for each park) on select days between June 18 and September 13.
  • Disneyland Resort introduces Extra Magic Hours on June 18, allowing Disneyland Resort hotel guests early entry into both parks on alternate days. The existing Magic Morning Hours program will continue to operate alongside Extra Magic Hours for purchasers of “bonus” parkhopper tickets.

Openings, Closings and Refurbishments

Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Downtown Disney

Be sure to visit us daily during the DCA grand relaunch week for on-the-scene reports from the Touring Plans team!

Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

8 thoughts on “This Month at Disneyland Resort: June 2012

  • May 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The park hours/schedule page on Disneyland website isn’t showing EMH yet, just early admission mornings at DL.

  • May 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    That’s a lot of big changes. I’ve got a trip planned in December. When does the new version of the Disneyland book come out? and will it tell me how to navigate all this awesomeness?

    • June 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

      The current 2012 edition of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland already has a lot of info about the expansion. The 2013 edition will be “put to bed” a week or two after Cars Land officially opens, and on store shelves later this year.

      • June 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        sweet! thanks

  • May 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I’m glad I visited in late May. I’ll see about going again during another slow period, like the first few weeks of December. Maybe it isn’t about being the first to experience something new but among the first to see it without huge crowds and queues for everything in the middle of summer.

  • June 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    As a local, I usually avoid the Disney resort during summer time due to crowds. This year I will be there enough if it is just to eat at Earl and Ghiradelli.

  • August 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Now that Carsland is open the wait is so long for this that the rest of the park on a weekday. So it is good for people who are local and want to enjoy the rest of the park since all the of the tourists are trying to get into Carsland. Thanks for the article.

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