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October 2015 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: OCTOBER 2015 AT DISNEY WORLD

October 2015 at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netThis page reviews October 2015 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

Later 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 first half 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 2015 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 kids on fall breaks, especially the week of Columbus Day.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 9/26 has a crowd rating of 4/low-plus, the week beginning 10/3 5/moderate-minus, the week beginning 10/10 6/moderate, the week beginning 10/17 3/low and the week beginning 10/24 3/low.

However, because of the Halloween Party and the Food and Wine Festival, you can face higher much waits if you go to the parks on the wrong days.  See this for how to avoid these crowds.

See this for more on 2015 crowds at Disney World.

OCTOBER 2015 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

October 2015 prices begin 10% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 8% higher at the moderates, and 12% higher at the deluxes.

Other than a bump over Columbus Day weekend, value and moderate prices stay this level all month. Deluxe prices see the same Columbus Day weekend bump, then drop a bit on 10/18 to 10% higher than the lowest of the year.

See this for more on 2015 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

OCTOBER 2015 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

As I write this, no deals are available for October 2015. Any that get released will be available here.

OCTOBER 2015 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Early October sees the end of the peak of the hurricane season. The second half of the month sees weather  about as good as Orlando gets.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.

OCTOBER 2015 SPECIAL EVENTS

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues on selected dates throughout October.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues through the month.

OCTOBER 2015 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 2015 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from 2015 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

Disney World 2015 Week Rankings from yourfirstvisit.net (960x1280)

Click the image for a calendar view of 2015 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)

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6 comments

1 Michele { 04.12.15 at 9:54 am }

Hi Dave!

Your website has been beyond invaluable for planning – and I cannot thank you enough!! My siblings and I are planning a surprise trip for a parent’s milestone birthday, and since we have varying levels of WDW experience (including a first-and-likely-only-timer) it’s super easy to direct them here for the answers they need. We’re scheduled for Thursday 10/15/15 through Monday the 19th, and already have MNSSHP tickets for the day we arrive. Because it’s a short trip, I’m having an awful time trying to wedge everything in for our first-timer. I know we should avoid Epcot and the Studios on the weekends, how should I arrange the parks on the other days?

Thanks again!

2 Dave { 04.12.15 at 10:50 am }

Hi Michele and thanks!!

10/16 avoid AK and Epcot
10/17 avoid all but AK
10/18 avoid HS and Epcot
10/19 avoid MK

So for a day in each park (+ MNSSHP), the math kinda forces AK the 17th (as the only good park) and Epcot the 19th (as the only good day).
So do HS the 16th and MK the 18th.

Note also that you can get into MNSSHP beginning at 4p (despite the fact that your tix will say 7p) so you can also do some lower-wait rides at MK between 4 and 7 before the party starts.

3 Michele { 04.13.15 at 5:47 pm }

You’re awesome. You. Are. Awesome. I was thinking of scheduling the days that way, but thankyouthankyouthankyou for confirmation.

Thank you!!

4 Dave { 04.14.15 at 7:46 am }

Oh Michele you made my day!!

5 Victoria { 04.16.15 at 3:41 pm }

I am planning a trip for my husband’s 40th birthday October 2-6. We have a 2-year old and are planning to attend MNSSHP on Sunday October 4 (with no park before 4PM) I am having trouble figuring out Saturday and Monday. I want to do 1 day MK and 1 day AK…..which day should I do each park? Thank you so much for your help!

6 Dave { 04.17.15 at 8:37 am }

Victoria, Monday and Saturday are both lousy at MK, and fine at AK. I’d do AK Sat and MK Monday.

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