October 2014 Disney World Operating Schedule Available

by josh on March 17, 2014

Disney released the October 2014 operating schedule today at the updated link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_october.pdf. As always, this is the official calendar that will show up at DisneyWorld.com closer to the end of the month. Also as always, the initial operating schedule release has conservative hours and nighttime entertainment. To get an idea about what the final operating schedule will look like, check out last year’s: http://www.easywdw.com/reports10/oct13.pdf.

The operating schedule is otherwise about what we would expect. Disney continues with no Extra Magic Hours scheduled on most Sundays in an effort to sell more Halloween Party tickets.

Otherwise, there are a couple things about October. It’s peak Halloween Party season, which means Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm on three or four dates each week. These days are overwhelmingly less busy than days with longer hours and nighttime entertainment. Of course, most people want to see the nighttime entertainment and experience Magic Kingdom at night. The weekday with long hours is the best day of the week to visit Magic Kingdom and see Wishes/Electrical Parade. With two days at Magic Kingdom, the website usually recommends a Mickey’s Party date to hit the attractions hard and then a second day at Magic Kingdom to see the nighttime entertainment. Ideally, you’d visit a more-recommended Park in the morning, take a break, and then hit Magic Kingdom around 5pm for dinner, some FP+ attractions, the nighttime entertainment, and some late night rides when waits are shorter.

The International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot also has a major impact on weekends, particularly at Epcot on Fridays and Saturdays when crowds are extremely heavy. Weekdays in World Showcase will be significantly busier than they would be otherwise as the booths pull a ton of people away from Future World.

October remains busier than it would have been a few years ago with schools moving to year-long schedules with additional weeks off throughout the year. Fall breaks in the south drive crowds higher over the first two weeks, culminating in the heaviest crowds of the month over Columbus Day. Later in the month sees lower crowds and temperatures that finally start to cool. Otherwise, October is more than doable.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg March 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Crowd calendar coming soon???


Louise Simpson March 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Are both waterparks closed the last week of October? Thought it was usually just 1.


Anonymous March 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Thanks Josh! Waiting patiently for crowd calendar :)


RebeccaMcK March 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Can’t wait to plan our October trip. Waiting on crowd calendar and Halloween Party schedule.


Greg March 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

The Halloween parties will be held on the day that MK closes at 7. Until it’s official, those are likely the dates.


RebeccaMcK March 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Also waiting for party tickets to go on sale, unless that was announced somewhere already and I missed it.


Rob Huddleston March 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Party tickets usually go on sale mid-summer.


Janelliz March 18, 2014 at 6:38 am

PM extra magic hours at two parks on the same night? Really?


RebeccaMcK March 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

Thanks @Rob and @Greg.


Greg March 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

The last couple of years, tickets for the halloween and xmas parties were released on May 1st. Not sure if that will hold true for this year.


RebeccaMcK March 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

Cool, I will check on May 1st. Thanks.


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