If you’re one of the many planning a Walt Disney World vacation in October, there are some great things up ahead for you. In order to help you plan your trip and get the most out of your stay, I have some very important tips to offer. From where to stay to when to visit the parks, here are my top October Walt Disney World tips.
One of the best values on resorts during the fall in Walt Disney World is to stay at the newly refurbished Caribbean Beach resort near Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Caribbean Beach is one of three moderate resorts that offer reasonable pricing and reasonable location. Although it is still not quite as convenient as a deluxe resort in terms of theme park access, the new Disney Skyliner tightens the gap and gives resort guests a new and efficient method to get to the resort area theme parks much more quickly and comfortably.
The Skyliner is a new gondola transportation system that will travel from select resorts to Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios. The gondolas are wheelchair accessible and will slow down while in stations for easy boarding.
Art of Animation
For an excellent choice in a value resort, book a stay at Art of Animation. This has always been the highest level of value resort accommodations and this resort, too, has access to the Disney Skyliner. Art of Animation has such desirable features as Disney and Pixar themed family suites for up to 6 guests, an enormous pool, the best value resort food court on property, and now a transportation incentive for guests traveling to Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
Pack a Range of Clothes
Florida Octobers can be hot, but it’s not unbearable. The humidity is just about gone and the average temperature during the day is 84 degrees. You’re also likely to find yourself getting wet in the rain. October is also on the back end of hurricane season. While hurricanes seldom make it to Walt Disney World, they sometimes do and recently have. In this unlikely event, Disney is one of the safest places you can be and they are prepared for such situations.
More than likely, you just need to make sure you pack appropriately for a range of weather conditions. Dress for heat, wear comfortable shoes, bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. I also recommend packing some cheap ponchos so you don’t have to fork out the cash during a surprise thunder shower. Check the weather updates frequently before and during your trip.
Stick to Weekdays
Beat crowds by only going to the parks on weekdays. Although it won’t make much difference among those Disney families who are cutting school, it will cut down on the number of local guests who like to visit on the weekend. During the week each resort has a special day or two with extended hours. Yes, they attract more guests, but it is still better to take advantage of the extra time, particularly in the morning hours. Many people have a harder time getting to the parks for early openings than they do staying later. Which brings me to my next tip.
Don’t Dilly Dally
There are times appropriate for taking a break and times when you should not take the leisurely approach. If you take a lot of time in the morning before you go to the park, you are setting yourself up to fail. Park tickets are expensive, and I’m sure you want to put that money to good use. The first couple of hours after a park opens are very important because you can get in a few attractions before the park fills in and becomes busier.
Instead of missing out on the prime time to be in the park, take a midday break when the park crowds are the least desirable. This is a good chance to do some resort hopping and maybe have lunch or a couple of drinks at a signature restaurant/lounge before you get your second wind. If you have kids and teens, you might be interested in Disney for teens.
Magic Kingdom at Night
October is prime time for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). That means a few things that you should be aware of. On certain dates throughout the month, Magic Kingdom will close down early for MNSSHP. Don’t go to Magic Kingdom on these days when your time will be cut short. Actually, don’t go during the day at all! Instead, get your tickets for MNSSHP and make that event your Magic Kingdom visit.
If you already planned to have two magic Kingdom days, then by all means go during regular park hours for one of the days. However, I highly recommend that you attend Mickey’s Not So Scary event and that you do not purchase an extra ticket to go both during park hours and after for the party. The party itself will be plenty of time, there will be shorter lines, more entertainment, and you are even allowed to arrive three hours early!
Instead of spending an exhausting day in the park and having to stay for an additional five hours, save your money and only buy the ticket that counts. Make use of the day in other ways by having a breakfast buffet, enjoying the pool or doing some resort hopping.
Extra Day at Epcot
Whether or not you have an extra day at Magic Kingdom, you should definitely plan one at Epcot. I actually recommend three days for Epcot, especially in October. That is plenty of time to explore all elements of Future World, World Showcase, and of course the International Food and Wine Festival. You will want ample time during your October Disney World visit to enjoy many of the different food stops in addition to the restaurants and special pairing events and demonstrations. There will be workshops and parties that you want to make the time for as well as the usual Epcot attractions.
See Illuminations for the Last Time
While at Epcot, you should make it a point this October to see Illuminations at least once. This is the last year for the show and it is ending in October. See it from anywhere around the lagoon, or watch from one of the waterfront restaurants like Hacienda San Angel, Spice Road Table, or Tokyo Dining which has a stunning view from higher up in the Japan pavilion. For extra money, you could purchase the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party and have reserved viewing, plus a Fastpass for Frozen Ever after before you leave.
October is a wonderful time to visit Disney World. The heat has pretty much dissipated, the crowds are smaller, and your family can enjoy many of the attractions without the never-ending lines like those of the summer months. October is also the month of Halloween and Disney puts on fantastic events the whole family can enjoy!
Speaking of Halloween, I have a surprise for you and your children. If your children know you’re visiting Disney World, I’m sure they’re as excited as a June bug in May. To help them contain their excitement (or get them even more excited), I have a craft for you and your kids. Why not bring your craft to Disney World to show Mickey? Who knows? He might even sign it!
Mickey Scarecrow Craft
Download and print out the Mickey Mouse scarecrow template. Also, don’t below print off the directions.
Pay close attention to the instruction and print on the color paper each page instructs. Cut the pieces out and glue them together.
Cut a strip of ribbon and glue onto the hat. Cut off any excess.
Coat two paper plates with black paint.
Allow the paint to dry completely. (one plate can be just partially painted) Once dry, cut two ears from one of the paper plates.
Glue the ears onto the back of the other paper plate.
Glue Mickey’s face to the front of the paper plate.
Glue the hat on top, between his ears. Leave some space at the bottom without glue so that you can glue some straw in place. (to make straw, simply cut very small uneven strips of yellow paper)
Once you are finished, secure the bottom of the hat with glue.
Use a hot glue gun to create a bow from the plaid ribbon.
Simply fold the ribbon to create a loop, gather in the middle and glue together while pinched.
Cut a smaller piece of ribbon and loop it around the center and glue in place.
Use hot glue to secure more straw and the bow at the bottom of the paper plate.
Your Mickey Mouse scarecrow is finished and looking fan for the Fall season!
Don’t Forget To Print Out The Directions For Later!
- Paper Plates
- Hot Glue
- Plaid Ribbon
- Black Paint
- Download and print out the Mickey Mouse scarecrow template. Also, don’t below print off the directions.
- Pay close attention to the instruction and print on the color paper each page instructs. Cut the pieces out and glue them together.
- Cut a strip of ribbon and glue onto the hat. Cut off any excess
- Coat two paper plates with black paint.
- Allow the paint to dry completely. (one plate can be just partially painted) Once dry, cut two ears from one of the paper plates.
- Glue the ears onto the back of the other paper plate.
- Glue Mickey’s face to the front of the paper plate.
- Glue the hat on top, between his ears. Leave some space at the bottom without glue so that you can glue some straw in place. (to make straw, simply cut very small uneven strips of yellow paper)
- Once you are finished, secure the bottom of the hat with glue.
- Use a hot glue gun to create a bow from the plaid ribbon.
- Simply fold the ribbon to create a loop, gather in the middle and glue together while pinched.
- Cut a smaller piece of ribbon and loop it around the center and glue in place.
- Use hot glue to secure more straw and the bow at the bottom of the paper plate.
- Your Mickey Mouse scarecrow is finished and looking fan for the Fall season!