Should I go to Walt Disney World in June or October?
by Nicole (Salt Lake City, Utah)
“I’m planning a first and maybe last ever time trip and have two options; for June of six to seven days or mid October for four or five days. I’d much rather go in October, hate heat and crowds, however, we’d see more in June. Please advise.”
October brings Halloween to the Magic Kingdom – Photo by Matthew Cooper
Well Nicole, congratulations you’re going to Disney World! That’s going to be so cool. First time trip just sounds like a great, great idea. Let’s talk about June versus October. Which is better? June or October? Let’s start with June.
Well, let’s start with crowds. Crowds in June, it kind of depends on the time of month that you’re going in June, early to mid-June, light to moderate crowds. It starts getting a little busier towards the end of month. October crowd’s surprisingly enough are heavy. If you’ve been watching anything about Walt Disney World the last couple of days, the last week or two.
The crowds are really, really big. In fact, we had a live stream on WDW Magazine, it was Wednesday. We had a live stream from the Magic Kingdom and the line for Space Mountain was 150 minutes long. Two and half hours long for Space Mountain and it was very busy around the park. There were people everywhere, it was just a very busy day.
That’s been true of October for several years. It used to be October was a nice slow time but probably about five years ago that changed and the crowd levels went boom and now October is busier. So you talk about it being slower in October, well that’s not the case.
October is busier than June. If you look at our crowd calendars, you’ll see that June is not as busy as October. In fact the crowds in the summertime have been going down the last few years. That has even made that October crowds worse. October is now one of the busiest months of the year at Walt Disney World.
Okay, so let’s look at weather, let’s look at the difference between June and October in weather. The average high in June is 91 degrees, the average low is 72, so you look at October. The average high in October is 85 degrees and the average low is 66. It’s a little cooler in October, it’s not drastically cooler in October.
I can tell you I’ve been there a couple of times in October and it was hot. I’m talking 95 degrees, you can get that just about any time. I was there in December last year and it was 90 degrees on December 13th. It was like mid-80s at 9:30 when we were in EPCOT. It was hot. Any time of year you can have those hot temperatures.
You can get cool front in June where it could be really, really nice. I know this year, I believe it was in June, they had a lot of rain in June so it wasn’t nearly as bad in June. It’s a little cooler in October, on average, but you’re not having a 20 degree temperature difference. It doesn’t go from 95 to 75, so it’s not going to be all that different, we’re talking 91 to 85, 5, 6 degrees, not all that different. You’re not going to gain a lot by going in October versus June, Weather-wise.
Now let’s talk about events. In June, used to you had Star Wars weekends in June, but not anymore. There’s a slim chance that Disney will extend the Flower and Garden Festival into June, but they haven’t released the dates for 2018 yet.