October 2017 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: OCTOBER 2017 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 not so good, as
- The first week is still in the peak of the hurricane season
- Both the first and second week see extra crowds from fall breaks, and
- The second week sees higher prices from Columbus Day.
OCTOBER 2017 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
October has average crowds–higher earlier in the month, lower later.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 9/30 has a crowd rating of 5/moderate-minus, the week beginning 10/7 7/moderate-plus, and the weeks beginning 10/14 and 10/21 4/low+
OCTOBER 2017 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Prices begin the month at the values 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year, and 15-20% higher at the moderates. At the values and moderates they stay at this level until late in the month, except for a bump up over the Columbus Day weekend. On 10/29 they drop to 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and to 10-15% higher at the moderates.
Prices at the deluxes begin the month at 5-20% higher than the lowest of the year, bump up over the Columbus Day weekend, and on 10/5 change to 5-15% higher than the lowest of the year.
See this for more on 2017 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
OCTOBER 2017 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
No deals are currently available for October 2017. If/when they come out, you’ll be able to find them here.
OCTOBER 2017 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on typical July weather.
OCTOBER 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins 8/31 and continues into November.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party shows on select nights throughout October.
OCTOBER 2017 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 first draft of hours for the month is here, but expect this to be updated and filled out more.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance. Look for a major update to hours a couple of weeks before the month starts.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR OCTOBER 2017 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2017 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 2017 weeks.