Anytime is a great time to visit Orlando, but there are some really unique things about October that make it an especially great option. From some of the lowest prices on hotels near Disney World that you’ll find all year, to lower crowds and better weather, check out just ten reasons that October is a fantastic time to visit Orlando.
1. You’ll see serious savings on hotels near Disney and other areas in Orlando
October is considered an off-peak time to visit Orlando, which means that prices for many things are lower – including hotels. What you want to do with your serious hotel savings is up to you. Some like to take their savings and enjoy a fantastic night out to eat, others end up getting a nicer hotel for the same price they’d get a budget hotel in busier months.
2. Enjoy the parks with lower crowds
No matter how much you love Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, LegoLand, or any of the other Orlando theme parks, it’s likely that there’s at least one thing you would change: The crowds. The good news is that if you visit in Orlando, you’ll see much lower crowds compared to what you’d see in the summer months. This gives you more room to simply enjoy your trip without feeling cramped and claustrophobic.
3. You can skip the long lines
The lower crowds bring many other advantages, most notably: The shorter lines. You can get three or four times as much done in October than you could in July. Use these shorter lines to see and do more, or get it all done in the first half of the day and enjoy the pools in hotels near Disney World.
4. The weather is pleasant
October in Orlando is warmer than October in many parts of the United States, but it’s typically much cooler than the summer months. You can expect highs in the mid-80s and lows in the low 70s. More importantly, the humidity is typically much lower when you visit Orlando in October.
5. The parks are gussied up for Halloween
One of the coolest things about visiting the theme parks around any holiday is that they are decorated with interesting, immersive, unique décor. This is doubly true of Halloween. Whether you’re a fan of ghoulish tricks and treats, or you like a sweet Mickey dressed up as a farmer, there’s something for every Halloween fan.
6. You can attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
When you visit Orlando in October, you can buy tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This family-friendly event is held most nights in October and includes trick or treating, special shows, a unique parade, and a spectacular Halloween fireworks experience. Guests can wear costumes, but there are limits, such as no masks.
7. Adults and older teens can check out Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
Magic Kingdom’s Halloween party is a sweet, fun time, but for those who want to revel in the spookier aspects of the holiday, Universal has you covered. From creepy crawly shows to more than a dozen haunted houses to scare zones throughout the park, this is an event that horror fans won’t want to miss.
8. Shorter park hours mean sleeping in and getting to bed early
Due to the lower crowd numbers throughout October, many of the parks have shorter hours. This may seem like a negative at first, but we find that it’s wonderful. Many guests feel pressure to be in their favorite theme park every hour it’s open. When the park doesn’t open until 10 am, or closes at 7 pm, then it’s easy to either sleep in or get to bed plenty early.
9. The International Food and Wine Festival
Foodies and / or wine connoisseurs won’t want to miss Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. Throughout the World Showcase, there are dozens of booths set up, each representing a specific country. There you can try up to three different foods in sample sizes that generally cost around $5, and try a few adult drinks, whether mixed or wine.
10. Both of Disney’s water parks are still open
One of the disadvantages of staying at hotels near Disney during the off season is that only one of their water parks is typically open. That’s not the case in October. Both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are open through most of October, which means you can get double the beach fun!