October at Disney World: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Mickey and Minnie in Halloween costumes

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With its warm climate, abundant promotions, and festive events, Disney World is a popular destination come October. Families line up to see zombies, headless horsemen, and Mickey and company dressed in Halloween costumes. Despite the holiday vibe in the park, this time of year is actually value season. Discounts and deals abound.

If you're not keen on crowds, try to visit mid-week as opposed to weekends. Even the busiest days, though, don't compare to the summer high season. Weekday ticket prices are wildly cheaper, too.

Autumn Considerations

After the summer crowd dwindles, some rides and attractions close for renovation and refurbishment. If you have specific things on your must-do list, then it would be wise to make sure they'll be up and running during your trip.

The Magic Kingdom closes at 7 p.m. on many nights in October for Mickey's Not-So-Spooky Halloween Spectacular, an event that requires a different ticket than the basic park pass.

Orlando Weather in October

The later in the month you go, the more chilly it will be. Despite its average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit, nighttime temperatures in late October can drop into the low 60s.

  • Average high: 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius)

The summer rains start to wane in October—the Orlando area averages 3.17 inches of rainfall during this month. October typically sees about 13 rainy days; however, most of it occurs in brief afternoon showers, so mornings and evenings bring sunshine even on wet days. The humidity eases a bit after the summer, too.

In early October, Orlando gets about 12 hours of daylight, but the days get shorter by about an hour by the end of the month. Still, there is plenty of time in the day to enjoy a trip to the water park or lounge by your resort pool, seeing as the water in Disney is usually heated.

What to Pack

Your suitcase should be packed with shorts and t-shirts for daytime and light jackets, sweaters, pants for after dark. Certainly don't forget a pair of sneakers (or two) because any Disney-goer knows you'll have a whole lot of walking to do. If you plan to participate in water rides at Disney World, bring a backpack with a change of clothes to prevent getting cold afterward.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
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October Events at Disney World

What with the Halloween festivities and all the culinary happenings going on in October, there should be plenty to entertain both kids and adults.

  • Mickey's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular: Come in costume and enjoy trick or treating, parades, fireworks, costume parties, and not-so-scary shows at the Magic Kingdom. You must purchase a separate ticket for this event, which takes place on multiple nights throughout the month, culminating on Halloween.
  • Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: Twice nightly, characters parade down the streets of Disney in Halloween costumes, joined by zombies and ghosts and other scary (but not too scary) things. The procession is led by a headless horseman.
  • Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival: This months-long event is in full-swing during October. In the Global Marketplaces, you can sample an array of cuisines with gourmet small plates and exotic drinks. The Eat to the Beat concert series brings in top-name musical performers, so you can dance off your indulgences, too. Expect cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances, and food seminars.

Travel Tips

  • You can make advanced dining reservations for most table-service restaurants within 180 days of your visit. There are first-come lounges and quick-service restaurants available, but it might take a long time to get your food.
  • Restaurants closest to the resort fill quickly on Mickey's Not-So-Spooky Halloween Spectacular nights, so be sure to book ahead.
  • You can still benefit from Disney's FastPass+ system in October, so use it to cut down on longer wait times for popular attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Expedition Everest, which almost always have lines.
  • Crowds during Columbus Day weekend in early October rival those of the summer high-season and peak holiday times.
  • Weekends during Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival get very busy as many local residents attend these festivities.
  • Even without promotional rates, you can always save money by purchasing your Disney World tickets online rather than at the park's ticket windows.

To learn more about the pros and cons of visiting Disney World during October, check out our guide on the best time to visit.

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