October 2014 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: OCTOBER 2014 AT DISNEY WORLD
Late October has some of the best times of the year to visit Disney World, with nice weather, low crowds, low prices, and fun special events.
The beginning of the month is OK, but not so good, as the first week is still in the peak of the hurricane season, and the second week sees extra crowds and higher prices from Columbus Day.
OCTOBER 2014 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
October is one of the least crowded months at Walt Disney World–though it gets more crowded every year with kid son fall breaks, especially the week of Columbus day.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 9/27 has a crowd rating of 3/low, the week beginning 10/4 3/low, the week beginning 10/11 5/moderate-minus, the week beginning 10/18 3/low and the week beginning 10/25 3/low.
OCTOBER 2014 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
October hotel prices begin at the values 15% higher than the lowest of the year, and at the moderates to 10% higher. Prices stay at these levels all month except for a bump over the Columbus Day weekend. Deluxe prices begin the month 15% higher than the lowest of the year, bump over the Columbus Day weekend, and drop on 10/19 to 10% higher than the lowest of the year.
OCTOBER 2014 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
As I write this, no deals are available for October 2014. If any come out, you’ll be able to find them here.
OCTOBER 2014 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
SPECIAL EVENTS IN OCTOBER 2014 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues on many dates through October.
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues throughout the month.
OCTOBER 2014 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.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR OCTOBER 2014 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2014 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
9/27/2014 Prices low at values and moderates, moderate at deluxes. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=26. Use the Fastpass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary but swap Sunday and Tuesday in both the itinerary and its To-Do List
10/4/2014 Low prices at values and moderates, moderate at deluxes. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=25. Use the Fastpass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary but swap Sunday and Tuesday in both the itinerary and its To-Do List
10/11/2014 Prices moderate-minus at values, low at moderates, moderate at deluxes. Moderate-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=15. Use the Fastpass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary, but swap Tuesday and Thursday in both the itinerary and its To-Do List