This is what we’re looking at for October. Click to enlarge or view as a prettier PDF. And if you don’t know what the numbers/letters mean, read the top of this post. The full operating schedule is available here.
October sees average to slightly above average crowds for the most part. It’s not July, but it’s not September either. And the heat is still present for the first two to three weeks, before things cool off both in terms of crowds and temperatures going into the third and fourth weeks. Visitors with flexibility in their travel dates will want to look toward the last week of the month.
The daily recommendations are a departure from past years due to significant changes in the Extra Magic Hours schedule. On the plus side, it improves things at Epcot on Mondays and Wednesdays, in addition to adding a 4th day at Magic Kingdom most weeks that will be “most recommended” with the 7pm close and lack of attractive forces. On the downside, seeing Wishes and the Electrical Parade is more difficult with evening Extra Magic Hours increasing crowds on Wednesdays and the naturally heavy crowds we see most Mondays and Saturdays. Wednesdays remain the best day to see the Electrical Parade and Wishes (with the exception of the last week when Friday is the best), but the Park will be busier than previous years with Extra Magic Hours attracting more resort guests.
Otherwise, the Food and Wine Festival pushes Epcot crowds up significantly every day, with the heaviest crowds on the weekends. Local Florida schools are out on the 23rd and 26th, which pushes up crowds those days and over the weekend.
Things should be fairly straightforward otherwise.