October at Disney World is starting to cool down from summer temps (though it's often still hot), has busy crowds to start the month, lower crowds to end the month, and a couple of special events.

As you get closer to Halloween, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights at Magic Kingdom will get busier and busier. If you want to attend without super busy crowds, try to visit earlier in the month if you can.

Though it's cool fall temps in many places, October at Disney World is still very hot. Check the forecast before your trip so you can pack accordingly.

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Explanation of park recommendations and abbreviations below
In general, I recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours because they tend to be the busiest parks that day. Animal Kingdom is an exception because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.

Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.

MK = Magic Kingdom, EP = Epcot, HS = Hollywood Studios, AK = Animal Kingdom,
TL = Typhoon Lagoon, BB = Blizzard Beach, EMH = Extra Magic Hour
 

What the dates in each day of the calendar mean
(click the + sign beside each date to add it to your calendar):
When guests can start making Advanced Dining Reservations
When onsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
When offsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
Park colors:
Suggested park
Moderately suggested park
Park not suggested

Park hours for people visiting in October at Disney World usually come out in mid-March.

Trip planning checklist

March or earlier: book your hotel, make your daily plans and choose dining options

April or early May: 180 days before your trip begins, make dining reservations (website is available at 6 a.m. eastern, phone lines are open at 7 a.m. Eastern). Use the dates on the calendar to show you when to do that.

June - August: book flights (tips on finding best flights)

August or early September: if you're staying onsite, you can start making FastPass+ reservations 60 days before your trip begins. Use dates on the calendar to see when you can start making FP+ reservations online beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. You can also check in online for your resort room if you'd like.

September or earlier: set up Magical Express, purchase Memory Maker and order groceries

October: pack (packing list to help you) and go to Disney World!

November: finalize PhotoPass pics and order within 45 days after your trip

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  Recent Updates

08/18/2017 - 2, 4, 7 - Magic Kingdom park hours extended

06/20/2017 - Hollywood Studios - park hours extended from 8pm to 8:30pm October 1 - 14 & Animal Kingdom park hours extended from 7pm to 7:30pm 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28

05/23/2017 - Festival of Fantasy Parade time changed to 2p

03/26/2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment added

03/22/2017 - Park hours published

02/22/2017 - Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs expansion and construction notes added

  Refurbishment Details

October 26, 2015 - December 31, 2017 - Wilderness Lodge Construction, Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit, nature trail, boat and bike rentals, and spa treatments will be unavailable. The main feature pool will remain open. (Resort)

October 26, 2015 - December 31, 2017 - Wilderness Lodge Villa Construction, Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit, nature trail, boat and bike rentals, and spa treatments will be unavailable. The main feature pool will remain open. (Resort)

January 3, 2016 - December 31, 2017 - Cub\'s Den refurbishment, Re-opening date unknown at this time. Guests are invited to use Lilo’s Playhouse (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort), the Sandcastle Club (Disney’s Beach Club Resort), or Simba’s Cubhouse (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge) during the refurbishment. (Resort)

December 31, 2016 - December 31, 2017 - Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! (seasonal show), (Attraction)

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Santa Claus and Goofy Santa (seasonal), (Attraction)

January 9, 2017 - November 1, 2017 - Holiday Wishes fireworks - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 9, 2017 - November 1, 2017 - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 9, 2017 - November 2, 2017 - Frozen Holiday Wish - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 17, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Hall of Presidents refurb, (Attraction)

February 22, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Caribbean Beach - construction refurbishment, In addition to extensive construction throughout the resort, Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Banana Cabana Pool Bar, and Calypso Trading Post at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will all be closed starting May 1st, 2017 (Resort)

April 23, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Terralina Crafted Italian - Opening in late 2017, (Dining)

April 23, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Terralina Crafted Italian - Opening in late 2017, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Banana Cabana construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 27, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Ale & Compass Lounge refurbishment, (Dining)

May 27, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Ale & Compass Lounge refurbishment, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - July 31, 2018 - Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill - Opening in 2018, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - July 31, 2018 - Jaleo - Opening in 2018, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - The Edison - opening late 2017, (Dining)

July 19, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Ale & Compass opening October 2017, (Dining)

July 19, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Ale & Compass opening October 2017, (Dining)

July 26, 2017 - November 30, 2017 - BaseLine Tap House opening Fall 2017, (Dining)

August 19, 2017 - November 18, 2017 - Stitch closed (open seasonally), (Attraction)

August 28, 2017 - November 16, 2017 - Splash refurb, (Attraction)

October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Tarzan appearance ending on September 30th, 2017, (Attraction)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

August 31, 2017 - November 13, 2017 - Food and Wine Festival at Epcot

October 1, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 3, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 5, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 6, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 10, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 12, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 13, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 15, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 17, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 19, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 20, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 22, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 24, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 26, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 27, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 29, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

October 31, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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