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Friday, October 5, 2018

why october is the best time to visit walt disney world resort

Happy October!

First of all: my apologies for going M.I.A. last week.  Last weekend, I went home with a bad cold and found myself unable to get any classwork done.  I didn't even get to go to Broadway Flea Market-- which is my absolute favorite event of the year!  I was going to write a lifestyle post about college stress to make up for the lack of last week's article... but writing it was seriously stressful.  💁

Thankfully, today's post carries absolutely no stress.  In fact, I'm going to talk about what is probably the least stressful time of the year!  October is without a doubt the best month to visit Walt Disney World, so if you're on the fence about planning a list-minute trip to the World before your Annual Passes expire next month, you might want to read on.

Ever since my 2016 Disney College Program, I've had a special place in my heart for October at Walt Disney World Resort.  It was the best month of my college program in general, and quite honestly-- one of the best months of my life.  I always look back fondly about how at-peace I felt strolling along an empty World Showcase, or how much fun I had jamming to the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  It just seemed like the World was perfect.

Let's deconstruct what made it perfect.

We can start with the obvious: Special Events.  October is the month where Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival both fully coexist.  If you've never been to either of these special events, put them on your bucket list.  Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special, hard-ticket event at Magic Kingdom that runs from 7 PM-Midnight on select evenings in September and October.  At MNSSHP, you can trick-or-treat, meet special characters, purchase special merchandise, and enjoy exclusive entertainment (including an exclusive fireworks show!)

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which takes place from mid-September to early-November every year, is included in the price of your Epcot admission.  The large scale event encompasses nearly all of Epcot, and plays host to special culinary demonstrations, dining experiences, and of course-- booths all around the World Showcase where you can sample small dishes from all around the world.  Also included in the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the Eat to the Beat concert series, where you can watch live performances from artists like the Plain White Ts and Sugar Ray.

Both of these events are a huge part of the culture of Walt Disney World.  If you haven't been to either of them, an October trip is in order so that you can fully enjoy the both of them in one short trip.

I'd argue that the ambiance in general is just better in October.  By October 1, the halloween/"fall" overlay is in full swing.  There are flickering pumpkin lanterns all along Main Street USA, and the statues of classic Disney friends that live in the Emporium are all decked out in their little Halloween costumes.  "Pumpkin" is the name of the game in October, where you can find pumpkin-flavored treats all around Magic Kingdom throughout the month.

Even if you don't celebrate Halloween, Magic Kingdom just takes on the most beautiful fall tone in October.  Magic Kingdom does a great job of capturing that warm, welcoming, "let's-spend-time-with-our-family-and-feel-grateful-for-each-other" feeling that so many people associate with fall.  The leaves and pumpkins really do make Main St. USA beautiful.

The weather alone is another reason October is an amazing time to visit the World.  The average high is 88 degrees whereas the average low is 66 degrees, and the daily mean temperature a comfortable 75 degrees.  It's not sweltering hot like it is in July and August (and even the larger part of September), but you don't need a sweatshirt like you might in December or January.  While rain is always a possibility in Orlando, the summer season of flooding every half hour has, for the most part, run its course.

Finally, here's what I consider to be the largest draw of an October visit: the crowds.  The second week of October was by and large the least crowded I've ever seen Walt Disney World.  It was 1:00 in the afternoon one Sunday in the middle of the month and Peter Pan's Flight was a walk-on to the delight of my coworkers and I.  If you visit in October for no other reason, visit to take advantage of the low crowds.  You'll be able to get so much more done than you would at any other time of the year.

October is my all-time favorite time to visit Walt Disney World, but now I want to hear from you guys.  What's your favorite time to visit the World?  Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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