Family with balloons at Grand Floridian
  • On Jul 19, 2022
    Ashley from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! We are coming to WDW 10/1-10/8 and I was wondering if you guys were able to help me determine which days are possibly best to visit each park based on past/future crowd levels at each park since we have to have reservations? Thank you so much!

    Hey there Ashley and welcome to planDisney!

    Fall is the perfect time to grab your pumpkin spice latte (iced for the Florida heat) and hit the parks at The Most Magical Place on Earth. With so much to do and the need to make Theme Park Reservations via the Disney Park Pass System, it's no wonder you need a little help. I'm so glad you've told me your dates! With those and a bit of knowledge I've gathered over the years, here's an itinerary that I would come use for myself if I was in your shoes!

    October 1st is your arrival day and, in my opinion, I wouldn't even plan a park day. It's the perfect time to lounge poolside at your Disney Resorts Collection hotel. You could even make an Advanced Dining Reservation for that day once your 60-day window opens for a restaurant in Disney Springs to start the magic. Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' never lets my family down!

    Start with Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday. I usually don't choose that one for a weekend but there's a Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party happening that night that may draw crowds to other parks during the day. If it's a little busy, don't worry, I've got a trick up my sleeve!

    Monday is your day to hit EPCOT to tackle the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Eat and drink around the world in peace while avoiding the more local-heavy, busy weekend.

    Tuesday will be a movie at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You'll become one of Andy's toys as you head towards Slinky Dog Dash. But watch out for the First Order as you make your way around Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!

    Wednesday, the dreams that you wish will come true at Magic Kingdom Park again! There's no party this time so you'll get to stay from park open to park close to catch some things you might have missed on Sunday. Be sure to end your night with a bang by watching Disney Enchantment light up the night sky.

    Thursday, walk on the wild side at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Soar on the back of a banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage or explore the deep at Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond! But fuel up with some Mr. Kamal's fries first.

    By Friday you can essentially choose anything. As for me, I can never eat enough snacks so I'd be braving the crowds a bit and hitting up EPCOT for one last turn around the World Showcase. Try one last time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind before you go!

    Pro-tip: If you do plan to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party I'd purchase tickets for the one on Tuesday night. Weekdays tend to bring lower crowds in general.

    Ashley, I hope my mock itinerary helps you plan your vacation with ease. If you have any other questions, please feel free to come back for another chat. My Disney door is always open!

    Happy planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Taylor, Louisiana

Hey y'all! I'm a Louisiana Royal like Princess Tiana. I'm a musical theatre actress with a love for all things Disney. My multigenerational family can be found in the Disney Parks with a party of 10 or more, including my beloved goddaughter. Careful! She'll run you over on her way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! It's going to be a thrill making magic with you. Happy planning y'all! Learn More About Taylor

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