(Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
Hi! I love your website! We normally go to Disney in November and the crowds are small and wonderful. This year, however, we’re going the week of Halloween (that Tues/Weds/Thurs). I’m wondering with the MNSSH events going on in the evening, are the parks still pretty mellow during the day as far as crowds? We are not planning on going to the evening festivities. Just wondering how crowds will be during the daytime. Thanks in advance!!
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Dad’s Spooktacular Answer
Crowds tend to pick at Walt Disney World around holiday time, particularly for Federal holidays when people get extra time off work. Luckily for you, Halloween is not a Federal holiday, and as an added bonus, since it falls mid-week this year, the crowd levels during that week will be not so scary!
According to Dad’s Crowd Calendars, each day of your trip will be the best color possible – green! That means that you’ll have little to no wait for most rides at the parks except …
One thing I will say about that week is the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on Halloween night and the nights surrounding it always sells out and somehow, even on a Wednesday, finds a way to have a big crowd. (The locals love trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom and come out of the woodwork when the big day gets close.)
Sometimes that spills over in to the late afternoons because guests start arriving as early as 4:00 for the party. Not that the lines get out of control, but they will get a little longer than the normal October day.
Dad’s November Crowds Page
Actually, of all the parks during Halloween week, the one most likely to see higher crowd levels is Epcot, due to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. These crowds will still be manageable mid-week since the biggest crowds arrive on weekends, but it never hurts to be prepared with a great PLAN to help you navigate crowds.
You may want to head over to Touringplans.com – they have really detailed crowd projections and touring plan recommendations that will help you make the most of your time in the parks. You can even download their Lines app to use in the parks to check and see which rides have the longest waits!
Since you’re visiting at Halloween, make sure you check out all the unique decorations the parks (especially the Magic Kingdom) will feature for the Holidays. Expect to see festive and spooky touches everywhere you turn. And even though you’re not planning to take part in Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you’ll still be able to view the Happy Hall-o-Wishes fireworks from the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Jessica, don’t worry for a second about the crowds at Walt Disney World this Halloween – they won’t be so scary and you’ll have a spooktacular time!