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Visiting Walt Disney World in October 2022


If you’re a fan of Disney villains and Halloween fun, Disney World in October could be exactly what you’re looking for! While it isn’t necessarily cold in October (the high is still 85 degrees), it is much cooler when compared to the summer months. You might even want a light jacket or long sleeves in the evening! In 2021, Disney introduced the Disney After Hours BOO BASH. This ticketed event took the place of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. Time will tell which Halloween event will take place in October 2022, but we can be certain that Disney will celebrate the holiday as only Disney can.

Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration began in October 2021 and will continue through March 2023. With this 18-month celebration comes new attractions, restaurants, entertainment, etc. We also know that crowds are likely to pick up at Disney World throughout 2022 as more people feel safe to venture out and vacation. All that being said, with a little planning, visiting Disney World in October could be truly magical. And if that wasn’t enough, October 1, 2022, marks the beginning of Epcot’s 40th Anniversary!


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October At-a-Glance

  • Be prepared for some rain. As October can still be warm and humid, rain happens. Ponchos are a great thing to keep handy for afternoon showers!
  • Mornings are a great time to visit the pools. Due to the warmer temperatures, the pools can get quite busy during the heat of the day as well as in the evenings when guests return from a day in the parks. Consider visiting in the mornings when they will be less busy.
  • Major refurbishments are not typically common in October. Disney tends to schedule their refurbishments during less busy months (such as January or February), but that doesn’t mean closures can’t or won’t happen in October.
  • October 2022 marks the beginning of Epcot’s 40th Year Anniversary. With all of the changes and new developments occurring in Epcot at the moment, be prepared for some celebration fun!
  • The Food and Wine Festival is quite popular with locals. Consider visiting Epcot on weekdays if you’re trying to avoid the crowds.


October Events

Halloween arrives early at the Disney World Resort with their Halloween events and decor arriving as early as August. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is returning for the 2022 season! The event will be hosted on select nights in Magic Kingdom beginning on August 12 and will run through October 31. Tickets go on sale on May 18, and guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, including Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green, can begin purchasing tickets as early as May 12. (*Important note: Tickets for this event will not require a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation. )

Ticket prices will range from $109 to $199. The event dates are:

  • August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

*Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members may purchase specially priced tickets (save $10 per ticket) for select dates.

It was just announced that Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival will be returning from July 14 to November 19 in 2022. Undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals, this event typically features over 30 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals). As we stated earlier, be prepared for local crowds as many come to “eat and drink their way around the world.” Evenings and weekends will be busier so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.

ESPN Wide World of Sports typically hosts several athletic events each month. These events don’t usually have a major impact on crowds in the parks, but they can affect resort availability and crowds at Disney’s value resorts. There are currently no events scheduled for the month of October, but this could change as some event dates have yet to be announced.

Other notable dates for October include Columbus Day weekend, which falls October 8-10 in 2022. Columbus Day will be the first major holiday since the end of summer vacation, so this weekend will undoubtedly be the busiest of the month. October 31 is another notable date as many try to attend Disney’s Halloween ticketed event.


October Refurbishments & Closures

As things return to normal at the theme parks, nighttime spectaculars and fireworks are returning as well! Two new shows premiered on October 1, 2021, for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. “Disney Enchantment” kicked off the 50th-anniversary festivities at Magic Kingdom Park, and “Harmonious” also debuted at Epcot. Fantasmic! will also be returning to Hollywood Studios at some point in 2022!

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for October 2022. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad is closed indefinitely due to construction on the new Tron roller coaster.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle is also temporarily closed with no reopening date yet announced.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is reopening August 25, 2022
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is still under construction (We are hopeful for a 2023 opening date!)
  • Splash Mountain will close at some point for retheming to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. No dates have been announced yet, however.
  • Character meet-and-greets at both Pete’s Silly Side Show (Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy, and Pluto) and The Thotful Spot (Pooh and Tigger) are returning soon!


  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is expected to open in 2022
  • Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
  • Fantasmic! is returning in 2022
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will close on August 22, 2022, for refurbishment and is scheduled to reopen on September 9, 2022.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily closed with no reopening date yet.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is also temporarily closed.

Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
  • Rivers of Light has permanently ended
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! debuted on June 13, 2022
  • Festival of the Lion King returned with a FULL version of the show on July 15, 2022


  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is closed for refurbishment. The opening date is TBA.


October Weather

The weather shifts greatly in the month of October. We finally get some relief from the summer heat! The average high is 85 degrees and the low is typically around 65 degrees. Rain is starting to let up as well as October marks the end of hurricane season.

While it is rare that Disney World needs to close due to hurricane-related weather, it HAS happened in the past. Since 1985, the Walt Disney World parks have had to close eight times due to hurricanes. We’ve seen two closures in August, five in September, and one in October. Closures are typically only a day or two, but it is certainly something to be aware of when planning your October vacation.


October Disney World Crowd Calendar

Crowded Castle in Magic Kingdom | Magic in the PlanningCrowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. But unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

The crowds in October 2022 will most likely be moderate and steady. While there are no major holidays weekends, Halloween festivities do bring many to the parks. One thing to consider, however, is the 40th Anniversary of Epcot as well as the continuation of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. New attractions are expected to open in 2022 as part of the celebration, and dates have not yet been confirmed. Should Disney decide to open a major attraction in the fall, this could certainly impact October crowds!


October 2022 Disney World Crowd Calendar |


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