Visiting Disney World in October

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Disney World in October

Mickey's Boo To You Halloween Parade at Magic Kingdom
••• Enjoy Mickey's Boo To You Halloween Parade during October at Disney's Magic Kingdom. © The Walt Disney Company

With mild weather, fewer tourists and fun events, October is a great time to visit Disney World. Crowds levels are lower and you will be able to enjoy many attractions with minimal wait times. October features several special events, including Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Disney's "Wine and Dine" half marathon and Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, featuring the "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Expect mild to moderate heat during the day, but cooler nights when you visit Disney World during this month.

Crowd Levels

Crowds will be moderate. The Disney theme parks will still have plenty of guests, but you will be able to experience more rides and attractions during your visit with less waiting. You can still benefit from Disney's FastPass+ system, though, so be sure to use it when you need it for attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Expedition Everest.

Dining Alert

Though the parks won't be as busy, table service restaurants are likely to be crowded, thanks to the "Free Dining" promotions typically offered in the fall, so be sure you make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) before your trip. ADRs can be made within 180 days prior to your visit.

Promotions

Since most of October is "value season" at Disney World, look for special promotions designed to tempt you to make a fall visit.

Even if you have already booked your trip, watch for special fall deals before you travel.

Perks and Tips

If you attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which continues on select nights throughout the month, you will not only have a blast dressing up the kids, but you'll get inspiration from the amazing fall and Halloween decorations in the Magic Kingdom when you visit.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Nighttime temperatures can drop into the 60s, so pack a jacket or sweater.
  • Even though the days are cooler, you can still enjoy a trip to the water park or hang out by your resort pool. Disney pools are heated, so you can swim in comfort, even in October.
  • Get into a Halloween mood with a trip to the Pirates League, or get a magical makeover at Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
  • Save "wet" rides like Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids for the warmest part of the afternoon.
  • Some theme park rides or attractions may be closed for refurbishment in October.
  • Some special events like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party require a ticket to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the park will be closed for the duration of the special event, so be prepared to adjust your schedule as needed.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn