We’ve got the scoop on the info you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Disney World in October! (Can you BELIEVE how fast time has gone by!?)
Between the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, spooky Halloween treats, and cooler temperatures, October is one of our favorite times of the year to visit Disney World! Here are the things you need to know if you’re planning a vacation this spooky season!
Crowds in Disney World in October
Ah yes, one of the ultimate burning questions, “What will the crowds be like?” In general, the Disney World crowds in October are fairly reasonable, since the summer attendance thins out in early September with the kiddos back in school, and the holiday rush doesn’t pour in until closer to Thanksgiving.
There are a few exceptions when October crowds see an uptick. Columbus Day weekend and Halloween draw in more people, and weekends at Epcot can get crazy since a lot of locals head in for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But, outside of those hot-spots, October is generally one of the “slower” months in Disney World!
How to Pack For Disney World In October
Even though October is thought of as quintessential “fall,” you’ll probably need different gear than sweaters and boots when you’re in central Florida! The high temperatures in October tend to hit the mid-80s, so be sure to pack enough shorts and t-shirts to keep you cool during the day! But, even though the afternoons can get pretty warm, be prepared for chilly temps in the early morning and evening!
Given the potential temperature swings, our suggestion is to layer-up. Having options like a light jacket, scarf, gloves, or other items you can easily take off and store in your park bag will be super helpful! And even though October is also less rainy than the summer months (with a lower chance of hurricanes than August and September!) we still suggest bringing a poncho, umbrella, and extra shoes and socks, just in case!
Epcot’s 2020 Food and Wine Festival
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is usually in full-swing throughout October! Even with all of the changes in place this year due to the global health crisis, this EPCOT festival is STILL a favorite of ours! You can jam out with the JAMMitors, dance along with Mariachi Cobre, and of course — EAT ALLLLL THE FOOD!
We absolutely recommend taking the time to explore the Food and Wine Festival during your fall trip! In fact, we suggest that you DON’T make Advance Dining Reservations on your Epcot day. Instead, “taste your way around the world” by grabbing small-bites from the MANY food booths!
AND, as an added bonus, many of the items at the Food and Wine booths are much more affordable than a regular full-service meal! So, grab a few different things off the menus to snack on, and have a delicious, progressive meal around Epcot!
Ready to start prepping for your Food and Wine Festival adventures this year?? You can purchase our DFB Guide to the 2020 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book here!
Halloween Festivities in Disney World This Year!
Ready to get (not so) spooky?? Check out all of the ‘SPOOK’tacular fall decorations around the parks and Disney Springs! From the fan-favorite Mickey Jack-O-Lanterns to the beautiful fall colors, there are a TON of spots to grab some Insta-worthy family photos!
And, since Mickey’s Not-S0-Scary Halloween Party was canceled this year (we’re still crying), there are some never-before-seen BOOS making their way through the Magic Kingdom! Guests can spot sporadic character cavalcades (on select days) featuring Pooh Bear and friends, Mickey and the gang, villainous Halloween fiends, and EVEN Jack and Sally!
October is DEFINITELY one of our favorite times of the year to visit Disney World! We love eating our way around the Food and Wine Festival, celebrating with the happy haunts around the parks, and enjoying the (relatively) lower temps and crowd levels. If you’re considering a trip this fall, be sure to keep these things in mind when you’re planning!
Are you planning a trip to Disney World this October? Let us know in the comments!