October 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ Booking and Dining Windows and Best Times to Visit Disney World
October starts off as a warm month and begins to cool off as the month goes along. It’s still in the high season for hurricanes, so be sure to check into travel insurance for your trip. We tend to see moderate rainfalls, but showers can happen any afternoon and some Halloween Parties experience rainfall. The crowds in October tend to be in the low to moderate range. The Halloween Parties are quite popular and sell out often on weekends and around Halloween.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will bring in some crowds, but nothing like Summer season or the big Holidays. The Columbus Day weekend is typically really busy, but can be managed with good TOURING PLANS and Fastpass+ usage. Mid-week Halloween Parties are generally the best if you’re vacationing here. It’s my opinion that everyone should experience the Halloween Party at least once. The lower crowds can also lead to Attraction Refurbishments that are typically not announced until summer. Be sure to check back during the summer months to see if anything has changed.
October is a great month as far as crowds are concerned and is among the best times to visit. Regardless of the times you can still enjoy the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop.
I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break. Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.
What will the weather be like during your October trip?
October is in the median range in terms of temperature and rain. It’s still hurricane season, so be prepared. Late in the month may have some cooler nights, so bring a sweater.
Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe. Bring a small, handheld fan for each child. Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.
Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?
Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day. More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days. The BEST day to visit the Magic Kingdom in terms of lines is a Halloween Party day. Many attractions are walk-on.
The Magic Kingdom will only offer Wishes and Main Street Electrical Parade on select nights each week. Those park days tend to be more busy than others. If the evening spectaculars are important, chose the day with the lowest hours or park hop into the Magic Kingdom at night.
If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time. Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines. If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.
What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?
What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?
- Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
- Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays
What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your October trip?
Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your October trip?
Updated at the first of each month!
Special Events at Walt Disney World
- Free Dining Plan – October 1-3 & 26-31 (Be sue to book your Table Service meals in advance!)
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival featuring Eat the to Beat Concert Series- October 1-31
- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Magic Kingdom –
- October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31
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Typical Best Days to Go
||Tuesday and Friday
||Monday and Thursday
||Sunday, Tuesday and Friday
||Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
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|Insane Crowds / Worst Park
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