By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

October 2017 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

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This page reviews October 2017 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 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 has average crowds–higher earlier in the month, lower later.

Moreover, effects of the Halloween Party and Food and Wine can make certain days quite crowded at certain parks on certain days.  See this for how to avoid them.

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+

See this for more on 2017 crowds at 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.


No deals are currently available for  October 2017. If/when they come out, you’ll be able to find them here.


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 typical July weather.


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.


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:


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.

2017 Weeks to Visit Disney World Ranked in Order from

Click the image for a calendar view of 2017 weeks.

9/30/2017 Moderate prices. Moderate-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=27. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

10/7/2017 Moderate prices. Moderate+ crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=16. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

10/14/2017 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=7. Recommended week. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

10/21/2017 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=8. Recommended week. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.
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1 Kevin { 03.26.17 at 12:46 pm }

What was updated on this page? I’ve been following this page and this month closely, as that’s when we’ll be heading to WDW. Thank you!

2 Dave { 03.27.17 at 7:49 am }

Kevin, I posted this as a brand new post on March 25, and it has not changed in the two days since then…

3 Eric { 03.27.17 at 11:07 am }

Hi Dave,
I feel like Pandora & RoL are game changers, both with AK hours and possibly some changes to EMH (for AK or even all parks) which could totally change the suggested itinerary. Do you think any of that will change?

4 Dave { 03.28.17 at 9:06 am }

Eric, New Fantasyland was not a game changer, so I’m not convinced Pandora/ROL will be. You are right that they will make AK much more attractive, especially in the evenings, increasing AK attendance both absolutely and relative to the other three parks. It’ll be interesting to see if the daily evening EMH for Pandora is extended past July 4…

5 Eric { 03.28.17 at 10:59 am }

Great, thanks Dave! Almost crunch time. We’ve set our itinerary based on your 1st edition 2017 book, so we’re going to stick with that. Fingers crossed we get all of our reservation requests!

6 Carolyn { 04.02.17 at 1:22 pm }

I am trying to decide between the week of Oct 21st and Nov 11th. Either trip will involve parks on weekdays only, with two young kids and I would plan MK days on party days. Do you think there will be a noticeable difference between these weeks? We have been to both Halloween and Christmas parties previously and love them but will skip them either week this time.

7 Jen { 04.03.17 at 1:53 pm }

Hello! We will be arriving Disney on Saturday October 7 and leaving Friday October 13!! We will be staying at the wilderness lodge!! So that leaves 5 days of fun!!!!
HELP!!! 🙂 so much to do!!! We have two girls 7 and 10. So overwhelmed!!! Restaurants, shows , fireworks, Halloween parades, rides and fast passes. What would be a good itinerary for us??
Thank you!!!

8 Dave { 04.04.17 at 10:58 am }

Carolyn, they should be pretty close. However, October has gotten harder to predict over the past couple of years, so I have more confidence that your November week will be better.

9 Dave { 04.04.17 at 11:09 am }

Jen, I don’t have a 5 day itinerary on this site, but you can put one together from the dining recommendations in one of my longer itineraries (like this one) and the daily plans in Chapter 6 of my book.

10 Trish { 04.24.17 at 4:03 pm }

I have heard that if you arrive at wdw around oct 31 and stay for the week you get to glimpse Halloween and Christmas decor. Is there any truth to this? Trying to plan for a fall trip this year but trying to decide when…


11 Dave { 04.25.17 at 8:47 am }

Trish, in 2017 the last Halloween party date will be 11/1 and the first Christmas party date will be 11/8.

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