October is a fun time to visit Walt Disney World and the other Orlando parks. It’s finally starting to cool off a little, so the weather matches the fall decor. Tad and Lily like to stroll along Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom and take in the window displays that are all dressed up for Halloween! There are also many special events and activities to take part in.
The Frog Family loves to visit the parks this time of year, but as you can imagine, so do lots of other folks (especially on weekends) and so it is more crowded. Not holidays and summer crowded, but the parks will see medium crowds for most of the month (with a handful of heavy traffic and light traffic days). For that reason, we recommend you take advantage of the Frog Family’s suggested touring guide and make sure you check the crowd calendar so you can plan what park to visit on what day during your visit.
As far as park hours, Epcot stays open until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October because of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and it will see higher crowds on those days because of it. If you can, avoid Epcot on those days (Sundays will be less crowded). Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios each have days with extended hours. You can check the parks’ opening and closing hours here.
While it is cooling off a little, the average high for October is still 85 and 66 is the low, with daily rain chances low. For many, including the Frog Family, this is perfect swimming weather! For those who might be thinking it’s just a tad too cool to swim, the ever-present humidity and heated pools might sway you.
Upcoming in October
- October 1 marks the 30th anniversary of Epcot. For those looking to celebrate, here are the planned activities. There is also special merchandise to commemorate the occasion.
- If you or your little ones want to get into the Halloween spirit, there are plenty of opportunities. The Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on a number of nights, and the park and storefronts are decorated to match the festivities. Because this is a specially ticketed event, with character meet-and-greets and most of the rides and restaurants open, it can be a very good time to visit the parks, although it will be busier on Friday nights and as it gets closer to Halloween. See Tad’s video from the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show, the Villain’s Dance Mix and Mingle and Mickey’s ”Boo-to-You” parade, and Lily’s blog highlights from the first night for more details. This is a kid-friendly event, and costumes are encouraged.
- SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, held on the weekends, is also another great opportunity for the kids to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. Since it’s a daytime event, it won’t keep them up past bedtime. Start the morning off with the Count Von Count Spooktacular Breakfast, which includes Count Von Count (of course), Elmo and friends.
- If you are looking to be scared out of your mind, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream are the way to go. We’re offering a great deal on the Halloween Horror Nights plus 2 Day Park-to-Park ticket ($68 off gate prices). Leave the kids with a sitter, because both of these events are too intense for them.
- Mommy Frog’s favorite event of the month by far is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which runs daily through November 12, with special events and seminars (some requiring reservations and an extra cost) scattered throughout. One of the new events included with admission this year is a “chocolate experience,” purporting to take guests from bean to bar. Expect to hear more from Mommy Frog about this, because she is planning on attending.