Disneyland in October

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    What to Expect in Disneyland in October

    Halloweentime with Minnie Mouse
    Halloweentime with Minnie Mouse. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    It's Halloween all month at Disneyland in October, with holiday decorations and celebrations. One of the best times to visit Disneyland in October is during Mickey's Halloween Party. Adults can wear a costume and everyone can go trick-or-treating. Attendance is limited, so waits are short, and the event package provides you with a fairly inexpensive way to get into Disneyland—and the only way to see the special Halloween fireworks.

    Weekdays in early October, when the weather is sunny and the temperatures warm, can be one of the best times to visit Disneyland. Crowds are smaller on weekdays.

    Disneyland is open every day. October hours are:

    Monday through Thursday: Open 11 to 13 hours per day. All of Disneyland closes early on days when Mickey's Halloween Party is held.

    Friday through Sunday: Open 14 to 16 hours per day. Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day (second Monday) will be like a weekend day.

    Some attractions may have shorter hours and sometimes the park is open for a special evening event, so check the Disneyland Calendar before going.  

    Late in the month, "it's a small world" closes so they can switch it over to its Christmas holiday theme. October may be the less-busy season as far as visitors (except on weekends), but it's the busy season for the Disneyland maintenance team, with significant closures happening during this time of year. TouringPlans.com maintains a list of the exact dates when rides will be closed for refurbishment. 

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    Disneyland Events and Cost Considerations in October

    Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland - September 30, 2005
    Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Haunted Mansion Holiday. WireImage / Getty Images

    You'll find it hard to get significant ticket discounts this time of year as its still a popular time to visit Disneyland. Mickey's Halloween Party is the cheapest opportunity to enjoy time at Disneyland, with a lower price than a regular ticket and lots of fun extras.

    As the parks start to get busy for Halloween, it will be harder to find a good hotel deal. Hotels fill up on Mickey's Halloween Party nights.

    Gay Days are an unofficial event, held in early October, as part of Anaheim's Gay Days. Anaheim goes all out to support gay pride with special events and parties. It's a time that some GLBT people plan a trip to Disneyland and, although it's an informal event, there are pool parties, mixers, live music, DJs, dancing, brunch, and other things going on in Downtown Disney and the hotels. You'll find It's traditional to wear a red shirt for Gay Days. Each year there are more and more people attending this fun event. 

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    Disneyland Weather in October

    A pumpkin portrait...
    Tinkerbell Carved Pumpkin, Disneyland at Halloween. ©2006 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like at Disneyland in October. It's only a guideline—California weather, just like everywhere else, is different every year.

    • Average High Temperature: 74 F (24 C)
    • Average Low Temperature: 63 F (17 C)
    • Rain & Clouds Index: Little or no rain

    Expect sunny days and slightly cooler evenings. When conditions are right, Santa Ana winds can bring hotter than average temperatures along with very dry conditions that give some people headaches and increase the potential for wildfires in the hills.

    Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.

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    What to Pack and What to Wear in October

    Halloweentime at Disneyland
    Halloweentime at Disneyland. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

    Midday, Disneyland sometimes feels a little hotter than you might expect from the thermometer reading. Park hours will be shorter than in the summer, but it still cools off fast at dark. If you're going to watch water show up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket.

    Layers always work best. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecast high.

    Also, bring sunscreen and a change of socks for the day.