Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • On Jul 10, 2023
    Patrick from Michigan Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    HI everyone, first time going to disney as an adult, I haven't been since I was a kid. So we bought tickets for week of october. my question is since I believe crowds will be less is it worth it to buy lightning passes during this time of the year?

    Hi Patrick,

    I’m so glad you brought your question to planDisney! It sounds like you are planning a magical adult Walt Disney World Resort vacation. 

    October is one of my favorite months to visit, so you’ve picked a great time. Typically,  the attendance levels “not-so-scary,” and you will also have the chance to enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This Magic Kingdom Park special ticketed event is a great chance to enjoy the park with lighter crowds with extra Halloween touches like exclusive entertainment, a special parade and fireworks. Even as an adult, it will be a night full of spectacular fun. The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE® will also be in full swing during your visit! You won't want to miss this opportunity to explore Global Marketplaces with food and drink from around the world. 

    Now, I have good news for your planning, Patrick. One of the things I appreciate about Disney Genie+ Service and Individual Lightning Lane Entry is that you decide the on the day of your visit if you would like to purchase faster entrance into many of your favorite attractions. If you have a busy day planned, with Advanced Dining Reservations or you plan to take advantage of the Park Hopper option, then you may decide that Genie+ Service is the right choice for you. If you plan to take a more leisurely approach, waiting in attraction queues might work great for you. I make a day-of decision even during busier seasons, depending on how I plan to spend my day and how many days I will be visiting. For example, if I am visiting for an entire week, I usually purchase Disney Genie+ Service on half the days, or on days when I have plans that require me to move more quickly through my day.

    For attractions like TRON Lightcycle / Run Presented by Enterprise® or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, in addition to joining the Virtual Queues, I suggest purchasing Individual Lightning Lane Entry to ride these out-of-this-world attractions more than once.

    Patrick, I recommend that you download the My Disney Experience app now so you can get familiar with its features before your visit. You can also view your tickets and make dining reservations using the app. Once you arrive, you will find that the app is full of great features to help you make the most of your visit, including viewing attraction wait times and securing Disney Genie+ Service and the Individual Lightning Lane Entry if you so choose.

    I hope this information has been helpful to you, Patrick. I’m so happy you will be making this first visit as an adult – you won’t believe all the new and exciting things waiting for you! Please write back and let me know if you have any other questions or would like more tips!

    Wishing you many magical memories,

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