By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

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October 2019 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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On March 7, Disney announced that the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land would partially open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29.

Crowds in the new land will be a mess, and likely will spill over into the other thrill-style rides at that park. While I don’t see much impact on the other parks, no one knows for sure, and the dates folk have fall breaks will probably be worse than I had originally forecast.

I don’t see a huge impact outside the land itself, as the partial opening will make visiting specifically to see Star Wars less attractive, and many people will move their October trips to avoid the mess entirely.

While I don’t see much impact on the other parks, no one knows for sure, and the dates folk have fall breaks will probably be worse than I had originally forecast.  I have bumped up my crowd forecasts for October by a point for each week.  See this for more.

WHAT IS OCTOBER LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?

Late October has some of the best times of the year to visit Disney World, with nice weather, low-ish crowds, low-ish prices, and fun special events.

The earlier part of the month is not so good, as

  • The first week is still in the peak of the hurricane season
  • The first three weeks see extra crowds from fall breaks, and
  • The second week sees both higher crowds and some higher prices from Columbus Day.

Note also that picking the right park to visit each day is critical at this time of the year. See this, and use the comment form below to ask me about your specific dates!

OCTOBER 2019 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the first week of October (beginning 10/5) sees crowds levels of 6/moderate, the second week of Columbus Day 9/high, the third week 6/moderate, and the fourth week 4/low-plus.

Each of these is (as of mid-April 2019) bumped them up one point to reflect both the effect of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and my recently-completed analysis of 2019 fall breaks.

See this for more on 2019 crowds at Disney World.

OCTOBER 2019 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

October 2019 Disney World ticket prices are generally at levels average for the year.

See the image–where green is good, and lots of green particularly good, and red is bad, and lots of red is particularly bad.

For more, see my Disney World 2019 ticket price calendar.

OCTOBER 2019 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Prices begin the month  20-25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 5-25% higher at the moderates and and 10-20% higher than lowest of the year at the deluxes.

  • Prices then pop up over the Columbus Day weekend
  • On 10/14 they go back down, and are 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 15-25% higher at the moderates and and 5-15% higher than lowest of the year at the deluxes
  • Deluxe prices stay at the 10/14 level through the end of the month
  • At the values, prices drop to 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year on 10/27
  • At the moderates, prices drop to 10-18% higher than the lowest of the year on 10/27

See this for more on 2019 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

OCTOBER 2019 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

As I write this, no deals for the general public are available for October 2019. If any emerge, you will be able to find them here.

OCTOBER 2019 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.

DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN OCTOBER 2019

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off August 16, 2019 and continues many nights in October.  See this for more.

The 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues into November.

OCTOBER 2019 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Park operating hours can 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 about six months in advance. Major hours updates–often with later closes–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking this link.

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR OCTOBER 2019 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow are from my 2019 weeks to visit, ranked in order, updated in April 2019, 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 2019 weeks.

9/28/2019 Updated. Moderate resort prices. Moderate-minus crowds, worse on weekends, better mid-week. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=23. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary to manage the crowd risks of the  8/29 partial opening of Galaxy’s Edge

10/5/2019 Updated. Moderate resort prices. Moderate crowds, worse on weekends, better mid-week. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=25. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary to manage the crowd risks of the  8/29 partial opening of Galaxy’s Edge

10/12/2019 Updated.  Moderate+ resort prices at values and moderates, low+crowds. Crowd ranking=9. Week ranking=38. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

10/19/2019 Updated. Moderate+ resort prices at values and moderates, low+ in deluxes. Moderate crowds, worse on weekends, better mid-week. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=14. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary to manage the crowd risks of the  8/29 partial opening of Galaxy’s Edge for planning, but check back here on May 1 to be sure

 

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2 comments

1 Debbie { 04.23.19 at 9:36 am }

When will you be posting information for November 2019? We will be going then and I would love all info you can provide. Thanks!

2 Dave { 04.24.19 at 6:30 am }

Hi Debbie, I should have my planning guidance for November out by the end of the weekend!

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