October 2012 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: OCTOBER 2012 AT DISNEY WORLD
OCTOBER 2012 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
October is one of the least crowded months at Walt Disney World. Crowds peak over the Columbus Day weekend–Columbus Day is 10/8 in 2011–but are low the rest of the month.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 9/29 has a ranking of 2/lower, 10/6 5/moderate-minus, and the weeks beginning 10/13, 10/20, and 10/27 all have crowd rankings of 2/lower.
OCTOBER 2012 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
All resort prices bump up $25-40 per night over the Columbus Day weekend.
On 10/21, deluxe prices drop to 8% higher than the lowest of the year. Prices at the other resorts do not change.
OCTOBER 2012 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for October. For details, click here.
OCTOBER 2012 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
The second half of October has weather about as good as Orlando gets.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
The hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but the peak of the hurricane season begins in mid to late August, and continues until early October.
Click the chart to see more on the typical timing of hurricanes.
OCTOBER 2012 SPECIAL EVENTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off in September 2012 and continues in October.
2012 dates include
- September 2102: 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30
- October 2012: 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
- November 2012: 2
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a hit with many repeat visitors, and runs from September 28 to November 12.
OCTOBER 2012 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance, but changing during busy periods even the day before.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
The calendars can be tricky to use–see this for hints on how to work with Walt Disney World’s online calendars.
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR OCTOBER 2012 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2012 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
10/6/12 Prices are 6-16% higher than lowest of the year most of the week, but kick up over the Columbus Day Weekend. Moderate-minus crowds–crowd ranking is 5. Week ranking=28. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary, but see this for required changes
10/20/12 Prices are 6-8% higher than lowest of the year for most of the week, but have an uptick on Friday and Saturday. Lower crowds–crowd ranking is 2. Week ranking=5. Recommended Week. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary, but see this for required changes
10/27/12 Prices are 6-8% higher than lowest of the year for most of the week, but have an uptick on Friday and Saturday. Lower crowds–crowd ranking is 2. Week ranking=6. Recommended Week. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary but see this for required changes
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, see this
- For the next best dates, see this
- For the best and worst times to visit, see this
- For forecasting crowds at Walt Disney World, see this
- For seasonal pricing at Walt Disney World, see this
- For weather at Walt Disney World, see this