Disney World in October

 Disney World in October - Crowd Information, Ride Closure & Refurbishments and Special Events Information in one easy list. Also includes information about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

October is such a wonderful month to visit Disney World! When you're lucky, the weather starts to cool and there is so much to see and do. A lot of schools are now offering a fall break so October crowds are bigger than they used to be but we've put together the information below to help you have a great trip.  Keep reading to find out about crowds, closures and special events during your October trip to Disney World.

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Disney World Ride Closures & Refurbishments in October 2018:

  • Magic Kingdom - Happily Ever After Fireworks are not currently scheduled for October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 2018. due to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event. The park will close at 6:00PM on these nights for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties (separately ticketed event).

  • November 5, 2018 - Magic Kingdom closes at 4:30PM.

  • Magic Kingdom - Tom Sawyer Island closed October 14 - December 21, 2018.

  • Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square Riverboat closed through December 21, 2018.

  • Magic Kingdom - Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial has been permanently discontinued.

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park - Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Conservation Station is closing permanently on October 21, 2018.

  • Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park will be closed for its annual refurbishment from October 28, 2018 to January 5, 2019. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be open, weather permitting, when Blizzard Beach is closed.

  • Disney World Resort Children's Activity Centers (paid childcare) are all closing permanently at the close of business on July 31, 2018. Kids Night Out will remain available for guests looking for child or babysitter services.

  • Disney Skyliner construction ongoing until further notice. Construction may be seen or heard at Disney’s Art of Animation, Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Caribbean Beach, and Pop Century Resorts but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am

  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Room refurbishments will begin in late February and continue through Winter 2018. Construction activities will be limited to 9:00AM - Dusk.

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House - Uzima Feature Pool and Uzima Springs Pool bar will be closed for refurbishment September 2018 - early December 2018. Shuttles will provide guest transportation to the Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas.

  • Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.

  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters restaurant, Cabana Pool Bar & the Calypso Trading Post will be closed from May 1, 2017 until further notice. Dining options will be available for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Centertown will serve breakfast & dinner. Spyglass Grill, located in Trinidad South, serves breakfast. lunch and dinner. Grab-and-Go meals like pastries, salads, fruit, and sandwiches will be sold in the Aruba, Jamaica and Aruba sections of the resort. In-room dining will still be available. General construction of the Disney Skyliner and other projects are ongoing until further notice.

  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - The Dig Site, Lost City of Cibola Feature Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina will be closed September 4 - mid-December, 2018. The resort is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with the 3 smaller "leisure pools", La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa, dining, and merchandise areas all open.

  • Disney's Old Key West Resort is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.

  • Disney's Port Orleans Riverside - One of the Alligator Bayou leisure pools will be closed for refurbishment from July 2018 through Fall 2018. The mailn feature pool, Ol' Man Island, and the four other leisure pools will remain open.

  • Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center is undergoing expansion work through Winter 2018 and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.

  • The Magical Extras Savings Card is included in every Walt Disney World Resort vacation package and provides discounts at several restaurants, shops, and activities. Click here for full details.

  • Click here for Universal Orlando closures and refurbishments.

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Special Events at Disney World in October:

  • The Magical Extras Savings Card is included in every Walt Disney World Resort vacation package and provides discounts at several restaurants, shops, and activities. Click here for full details.

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Select night at Magic Kingdom / 7PM - Midnight - 2018 Party dates: August 17, 24, 28, 31/ September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 / October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 2018. This is another specially ticketed event - you cannot use your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper Ticket - and is a lot of fun for families. Ticket prices start at $75 + tax depending on the date and age of participant. These parties include special activities, a parade, fireworks, rides and trick-or-treating and many guests wear costumes. Remember that this time of year can still be hot so choose costumes that will be comfortable. Warning: The Magic Kingdom will close to the public at 7pm on party nights and won't have the 'Happily Ever After' fireworks on these nights. Restaurant reservations in the resorts closest to the Magic Kingdom fill early on these nights. Click here for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party tips and information.

  • Return to Sleepy Hallow Experience at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort will be offered at 8PM and 10PM on September 28 - 30, October 3-7, October 10 - 14, October 17 - 21 and October 24 - 31, 2018. You'll watch The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables and see galloping ghosts and have a photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman. Advance reservations required and may be made 180 days in advance - call 407-WDW-TOUR. General seating is $22 per person. Premium seating is $38 per person and includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag. There is an optional 9PM dessert party that costs $60 per person in addition to the $22 general seating ticket.

  • Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival - August 30 - November 12, 2018. This very popular event is included with your regular Epcot admission although there are special events related to this festival that do have a separate fee. Enjoy food and wine themed demonstrations. Chefs and winemakers from around the globe have booths were you can savor the amazing flavors available for sale- both in full meals and in snack sized portions. Disney Dining Plan credits can typically be used for non-alcoholic items - in fact, a lot of people "hoard" their snack credits just to use at the festival. Tip: This is a very popular event so the weekends will be more crowded than usual at Epcot as locals and annual passholders come to take in the festivities. Weekdays, especially Mondays, will be much less crowded.

  • Disney Springs - Lego Store Events - The Lego Store offers periodic activities like building events or Lego Club meetings, and special offers. Click here for the current month and next month's calendar.

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Crowd Warnings for Disney World in October:

  • Columbus Day Weekend - We always see a spike on a week with a federal holiday. Arrive at the park at least 15 minutes before opening and use a good touring plan and you'll be just fine.

  • Some thoughts on Extra Magic Hours: Extra Magic Hour(s) is when one of the Disney theme parks opens an hour early or stays open two extra hours after closing for guests staying at one of the official Disney hotels. Because Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms, the Extra Magic Hour Park will always be the most crowded park of the day so it may make sense to enjoy more attractions in less time by going to a less crowded park. Remember too that you'll have to get up early or stay up late to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours so think about your family's energy level before deciding to go. On the other hand, the Magic Kingdom closes early on so many nights in October that Evening Extra Magic Hours can help you get the time you need in the wonderful park. Guests staying at a non-Disney hotel still need to know which park has Extra Magic Hours so you don't end up in line behind people who got in an hour before you. Check here to see the schedule for Extra Magic Hours during your Disney vacation.

  • Be smart about Character Breakfast reservations - Something you should consider when thinking about Character Breakfast reservations is that the theme parks are at their least crowded and coolest when the parks first open for the day. In my opinion, there is no good reason to sit in a restaurant when lines are short and then head out to the attractions when the day is heating up and the lines have already started to form. A character lunch or dinner can give you a much-needed break in an air conditioned setting after you've had a chance to enjoy the parks when the crowds were low. If you love character breakfasts, consider booking a late character breakfast seating and treat it like brunch - this will still let you enjoy the short lines just after park opening before sitting down to eat. Water park days and departure day are also great possibilities for people who love character breakfasts.

  • Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic! will have at least one performance every night in October except (Dates to be announced). If Disney adds a second performance, the second performance will always be less crowded than the first. Warning: This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes and the lake catches fire, which can be frightening to some small children.

  • Save time and money by having snacks, bottled water and other food items delivered directly to your resort by Garden Grocer - Click HERE for more information.

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