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October in Walt Disney World

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

The spooky season is in full swing in October, with Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party being offered many nights of the month. The weather is a bit unpredictable, ranging from hot days to lovely days, and fall holidays bring increased crowds.




Once upon a time October was the ideal time to visit the parks, the weather was cooling off some, there were fall decorations, the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was available, and school was in session with no holidays in sight. All of that is still true except for the last part.


In recent years schools have started increasingly having a fall break set during October. This is great for the kids, not so great for Disney World crowd levels. However, even with the crowds we recommend going in October if you can. It is the tail end of hurricane season, so there is that to consider, but all the festivities make it a fun time to visit.


October 1st is Walt Disney World’s anniversary and there are often small fun and exclusive offerings available on that day only.


Further, there is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which is offered starting in August but has a ton of dates in October. This is a very popular special ticketed event (i.e., you pay extra for it) that takes place in the Magic Kingdom on select evenings and often sells out very quickly. It has a special Halloween parade, fireworks, unique character meet and greets, trick-or-treating, and, of course, many of the rides are open and can be ridden with little to no wait.


Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival also takes place through October. This is the most popular of Epcot’s festivals and can get extremely busy, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings when the locals descend. We recommend checking out this festival on weekdays to enjoy some great foods, drinks, and entertainment.


Pros:

  • There are a number of fun events offered during October, including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.

  • The weather is starting to cool off, though can still get hot, with lows in the upper 60s and highs in the lower 80s.

  • With the higher crowd levels, the park operating hours are longer.

  • Every Disney resort has multiple pools, one main one and additional smaller quiet pools, that are a great way to cool off during the heat of the day.

  • Tickets and hotel room pricing tend to be on the lower end even with the increase in crowds.

  • There are usually discounts on Walt Disney World Resort rooms.



Cons:

  • The introduction of fall breaks has led to higher crowd levels during October.

  • runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon crowds at the end of October.

  • It is common for one of the two water parks to close for refurbishment in October.

  • This is hurricane season, so stay up to date on the weather and be okay with the possibility of the parks closing for a day if a tropical storm or hurricane hits the area.

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