We are planning a trip to Orlando for the parks for two weeks from 20th October 2014. I have suddenly realized that this is Halloween season and, unlike the UK, it is highly celebrated in the US. One reason for choosing October was to avoid crowds and, in particular, long wait times for attractions and rides. Have I chosen the wrong time?
This is as scary as it gets – Photo by WDW Shutterbug
Dad’s Have a Happy Halloween Answer
There’s no need to worry about your Perfect Vacation being haunted by Halloween – you’ll have no trouble with the crowds because if this holiday. Even though Halloween is celebrated more prominently in America than in the UK, it’s not a statutory holiday so people are not granted extra time off work, and crowds at this time of year are actually very light!
Yes, crowds are light in the fall – Photo by WDW Shutterbug
In fact, the 2 weeks that you are looking at visiting at the end of October are actually two of the lowest crowd-level weeks in the whole year! On the weekdays, the crowds will be practically not existent. On the weekends, crowds will be a little heavier, but still manageable.
EPCOT particularly will be busy on the weekends because of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, so plan to visit that park Monday-Thursday. In addition to the great food at the festival, your family can enjoy lots of free concerts each night – Boyz II Men, Survivor, 38 Special, Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, and Christopher Cross will all be performing during your trip.
The best piece of advice I have is to get yourself a subscription to Touringplans.com. The folks there have all sorts of insights on to crowd levels in each park, on every day, at different times throughout the day. That way you can pick and choose which parks to visit based on where the smallest crowds are!
Overall, I’d actually recommend that you use this opportunity to embrace the fun of Halloween! Living in the UK, you don’t get much of a chance to take in this holiday, and there’s no better place than Walt Disney World! Enjoy the beautiful fall decorations and jack-o-lanterns, and taste a few pumpkin-flavored treats!
You might even consider going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to get the full Halloween Experience. Mrs. Mom and I went last year and had a wonderful time – seeing all the kids in their costumes, trick-or-treating, and taking in all the special shows. The Happy Hallowishes fireworks show is incredible!
Check out the Hallowishes Fireworks – Photo by WDW Shutterbug
One last thing, if you do run into some crowds, just remember Dad’s top crowd tips. Get to the parks early, ride the big rides first, learn how to use FASTPASS and FastPass+. You can see them all from my crowds tip page.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Debra, there’s nothing too scary about Halloween at Walt Disney World – the crowds are low, the weather is perfect and there’s celebrating in the air! Happy Halloween!