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 optionsApril 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 groceriesOctober: 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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  Refurbishment Details

August 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019 - Art of Animation - Disney Skyliner construction, Construction of the new Disney gondola system known as the "Disney Skyliner" has begun at Art of Animation. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019 - Flights of Wonder closing permanently January 1, 2018 , (Attraction)

October 30, 2018 - November 30, 2019 - Riviera Resort (Opening Fall 2019), (Resort)

December 1, 2018 - October 31, 2019 - WDW Railroad Closure, WDW Railroad will not circle the park during this time in order to allow for construction of the TRON rollercoaster. The train will be stationary at the Main Street Station for guests to visit. (Attraction)

December 1, 2018 - October 31, 2019 - WDW Railroad Closure, WDW Railroad will not circle the park during this time in order to allow for construction of the TRON rollercoaster. The train will be stationary at the Main Street Station for guests to visit. (Attraction)

December 1, 2018 - October 31, 2019 - WDW Railroad Closure, WDW Railroad will not circle the park during this time in order to allow for construction of the TRON rollercoaster. The train will be stationary at the Main Street Station for guests to visit. (Attraction)

March 2, 2019 - October 31, 2019 - Plaza Restaurant Breakfast - Closed, Breakfast service discontinued 1/5/19 (Dining)

  Available Discounts

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See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

January 7, 2019 - Disney After Hours

January 9, 2019 - January 13, 2019 - WDW Marathon Weekend

January 17, 2019 - Disney After Hours

January 18, 2019 - February 25, 2019 - Epcot International Festival of the Arts

January 24, 2019 - Disney After Hours

January 28, 2019 - Disney After Hours

February 7, 2019 - Disney After Hours

February 14, 2019 - Disney After Hours

February 21, 2019 - February 24, 2019 - Princess Half Marathon

February 28, 2019 - Disney After Hours

March 6, 2019 - June 3, 2019 - Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

March 7, 2019 - Disney After Hours

April 4, 2019 - April 7, 2019 - Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

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