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. Crowd levels are lower than in the high summer season, and you will be able to enjoy many attractions with minimal wait times.

Crowd Levels

Since autumn is the shoulder season, crowds will be moderate, and you will be able to experience more rides and attractions during your visit. You can still benefit from Disney's FastPass+ system, though, so be sure to use it when you need it for popular attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Expedition Everest.

The only downside is some theme park rides and attractions may be closed for refurbishment in October.

Dining Options

Although the parks won't be as busy, table-service restaurants are likely to be packed, thanks to the "Free Dining" promotions typically offered in the fall. Be sure to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) before your trip. ADRs can be made within 180 days prior to your visit. There are lounges and quick-service restaurants available, but they don't take reservations and you run the risk of waiting a long time to get a meal.

Promotions

Since most of October is value season at Disney World, look for special autumn promotions. Even if you have already booked your trip, watch for discounts and deals before you travel. Another way to save some cash is to visit during the week when admission prices drop dramatically. Check the calendar to see the ticket rates and book ahead.

October Events

Several special events are hosted in October, including Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Disney's "Wine and Dine" half marathon, and Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, which has the "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

One of the month's main events is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which includes costume parties, parades, fireworks, and shows. The event continues on select nights throughout the month across many areas of the park; don't miss checking out the spooky decorations in the Magic Kingdom. 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.

Fall Weather and What to Pack

Because Walt Disney World is located in sunny Orlando, expect mild to moderate heat during the day, but cooler evenings throughout October. Nighttime temperatures can drop into the 60s, so pack a light jacket or sweater and jeans or long pants. Even though the days hover in the high 60s and low 70s, 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. However, it is smart to save wet rides like Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids for the warmest part of the afternoon, and bring a backpack with a change of clothes so you're not walking around in a wet suit for the rest of the day.