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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

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

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  Refurbishment Details

January 31, 2017 - June 30, 2019 - Coronado Springs - construction, Major construction and a reconfiguration of the resort currently under way. (Resort)

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

May 1, 2017 - December 1, 2018 - 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)

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)

September 1, 2017 - December 1, 2018 - Shutters closed during Caribbean Beach refurbishment, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - July 31, 2019 - NBA Experience (opening summer 2019), (Attraction)

December 31, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Dinner service ending December 30th, 2017, (Dining)

January 27, 2018 - December 31, 2018 - Narcoossee's Brunch ending January 27th, 2018, (Dining)

February 22, 2018 - November 30, 2018 - Caribbean Beach - construction refurbishment, Resort and Disney Skyliner Construction: Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post dining options will be impacted during the extensive construction happening at Caribbean Beach. As an alternative, there will be a variety of dining options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centertown, a dining location, will serve an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast and dinner. A selection of grab-and-go meals will be conveniently available for purchase in three island markets located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the Resort. No construction noise should be heard between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

We will update this soon.


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