October 2016 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: OCTOBER 2016 AT DISNEY WORLD
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 2016 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.
However, effects of the Halloween Party and Food and Wine can make certain days quite crowded at certain parks. See this for how to avoid them.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 10/1 has a crowd rating of 5/moderate-minus, the week beginning 10/8 7/moderate-plus, the week beginning 10/15 4/low plus, and the the week beginning 10/22 3/low.
OCTOBER 2016 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Prices begin the month at the values 25% higher than the lowest of the year, and at the moderates 20% higher. For these two resort classes, prices drop to 10% higher than the lowest of the year on 10/30.
At the deluxes, prices begin the month 12% higher than the lowest of the year, and drop to 6% higher on 10/16.
All hotel rooms see and additional price kick-up over the Columbus Day weekend.
See this for more on 2016 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
OCTOBER 2016 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for October 2016. Details are here.
OCTOBER 2016 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
OCTOBER 2016 SPECIAL EVENTS
The 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues on selected days throughout the month.
The 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues all month long.
OCTOBER 2016 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 2016 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2016 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
Click the image for a calendar view of 2016 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)