In this edition of the Weekly 5, I give my 5 reasons why you should plan a vacation or visit Walt Disney World in the fall month of October.

I’ve traveled to Walt Disney World during most times of year at least once. With that said, one of the best times to visit in my opinion is during the month of October. Keep reading to find out why:

1Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

France Epcot Food and Wine Marketplace Pavilion

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival has taken place every fall at Walt Disney World for the last 22 years! Special marketplace booths are set up around the World Showcase offering wine, beer, and small food plates from various countries across the globe. While your regular Epcot ticket provides you admission to the event, you can pay extra to attend various tasting and hands-on events! If you’ve never experienced this event, trust me, it’s not something you want to miss!

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival spans from late August through early November.

2Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 

Magic Kingdom Train Station Decorated for Halloween

On select nights starting in late August and running until early November, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party lights up the night with tricks, treats, and the occasional villain. This is a special limited ticketed event that sells out pretty quickly, so be sure to purchase yours as soon they go on sale. Your ticket provides admission to the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party kicking off at 7pm. The kids will enjoy trick or treating, short ride lines, and the night’s grand finale, the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show!

Like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party spans from late August, through September & October, ending in early November.

3Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is usually known for it’s beverages and culinary delights, but don’t forget the music! Throughout the festival, various artists perform as part of the Eat To The Beat Concert Series. The performances take place in 30 minute sets, 3 times daily, at the America Gardens Theater.

Some of the regular acts include: Air Supply, Christopher Cross, Sugar Ray, Hanson, Boyz II Men.


4Low Crowds

Tomorrowland Speedway with no wait time

Since school is already back in full swing by October, the crowds at Walt Disney World are generally fairly low, especially on week days. Along with low crowds, you can generally also get good room rates & cheaper flights. By visiting when crowds are low, you allow your family to really maximize your vacation.

5Nice Weather

Hollywood Studios on a sunny October day

In September, the heavy humidity is still lingering, but once October rolls around, things get a lot more comfortable. For the most part, all of our October trips have had close to ideal weather. The summer months into September can be miserably hot and humid, while the winter months can actually feel like winter. October sits right in between with warmer weather during the day & cooler temperatures at night.

Full disclosure, Florida weather can very unpredictable. I’ve been to Orlando in October when it’s been 85º with 95% humidity, as well as when its been 65º and rainy. In general the weather is usually pretty nice, but its still Florida, so check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.

Enjoy visiting Walt Disney World during the month of October? Let us know on social media or in the comments below!

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