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What to Expect for Crowds at Walt Disney World in October

October is a great month to visit Disney.  The weather is still beautiful, the Magic Kingdom is decorated for Halloween and the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot is in full swing.   If you are traveling in the month of October this is what you can expect.

Crowds will be lower in the first part of the month due to kids being back in school.  The weekdays will have average crowd levels during the month with the highest crowds on the weekends as well as Columbus Day weekend.  The second half of the month gets busier because Walt Disney World Resorts host several conventions, some schools are on fall break, and Disney has discounts during this time enticing more people to the parks. 

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The grim grinning ghosts will come out to socialize on select nights for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.  Crowds for this special ticketed event will grow around the actual date of Halloween.  If you are going to be there in October this is a party you won’t want to miss. 

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival will be taking place.  This is your chance to “travel” the world and sample some of the world’s finest food and wine.  Crowd levels won’t increase during the week but on the weekends the locals come out to eat and drink their way around the world increasing those levels.  I would try to plan my time at this festival during the week.

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October 1st may see increased crowd levels at Epcot due to it being the first performance of Epcot Forever.  This new nighttime spectacular is replacing Illuminations and acting as a placeholder while the show, Harmonious is still in development and is not set to start until 2020.  The first performance of Epcot Forever will be at 9pm on October 1st and run nightly. 

Hollywood Studios will remain busy due to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening.  People are still excited to live their adventure in a galaxy far, far away.  Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is the only ride currently open in the land and is still experiencing longer wait times.  There are no FastPasses available yet for this attraction.  Don’t let long wait times scare you off from experiencing the new land because there is plenty of other things to experience there.   

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Even though the Wine and Dine Half Marathon isn’t until November, participants may start arriving during the last days of October.  A lot of runners arrive a few days early to get settled in and checked in before their big race.  This combined with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will raise crowd levels the last few days of October. 

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit during October.  With the right planning you can have a stress free and magical vacation.  Let us do the planning and you experience the magic.  Reach out to me today for your free, no obligation quote. 

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