What To Expect at Walt Disney World for Halloween Weekend

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We’re expecting this weekend to be one of the busiest, if not the busiest, weekend since Walt Disney World reopened in July. You’ve got a cauldron full of trouble when you mix Halloween on a Saturday, turning our clocks back an hour to gain an extra hour of rest Saturday night, and pent-up demand for celebrating a special occasion at Disney.

Here’s a look at the hours for this weekend. Magic Kingdom’s hours look nearly “normal”, back to the longer days before COVID-19. Disney’s Hollywood Studios hours have remained the same, which is curious since it has the longest wait times. However, with yesterday’s big news about being able to attempt to secure a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance without having to physically be in the park, starting on November 3, maybe Disney is anticipating some locals to cancel their park pass for this weekend and wait until the new system rolls out.

Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom 2020

The weather is forecasted to be very pleasant, for the first time in a while, so expect lots of Florida residents flocking to any park they can get into, in order to enjoy the weather. Disney Springs is bound to be extremely busy too.

 EPCOT Hollywood
Fri, 10/30 9 am – 8 pm 11 am – 9 pm 10 am – 7 pm 8 am – 6 pm
Sat, 10/31 9 am – 9 pm 11 am – 10 pm 10 am – 7 pm 7 am – 6 pm
Sun, 11/01 9 am – 8 pm 11 am – 9 pm 10 am – 7 pm 8 am – 6 pm

Earlier this week, Steve on our team shared some tips for this Halloween weekend at Walt Disney World. Now that our field team has seen some of the preparations in the parks, let’s add a few more tips to the list.

Touring Tips

  • Arrive early; take advantage of the parks opening their gates 30-60 minutes before official park opening time.
  • Take advantage of the longer park hours, and take a midday break.
  • Use a Touring Plan.
  • Avoid peak dining times.
  • Use Disney’s Mobile Ordering, while you’re waiting in line for a ride, and check in to pick up your order when you’re done with the ride.
  • If you’d like to see the character cavalcades, here are our tips for Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom.
  • Use the Relaxation Stations marked on the park map, in each park, to take a break.
  • Be prepared to be outside, no matter what park you’re in, due to physical distancing and extended queues.
  • Fuel yourself with sugary Halloween treats – this is your last chance before gingerbread and peppermint move in.

Touring Tips for Magic Kingdom

  • Magic Kingdom is going to be slammed on Halloween, perhaps the busiest day we’ve ever seen since reopening.
  • If you are attending in costume, which is only allowed at Magic Kingdom, bring a change of clothes just in case.
  • Read more of our tips for dressing in costume at Magic Kingdom.
  • If you’d like to see the characters, here are our tips for Magic Kingdom’s character cavalcades.
  • More dining locations have opened in recent weeks, but expect very long lines at all dining options.
  • Table service dining offers less crowds and a less hectic dining experience. Use our Reservation Finder for help with last-minute reservations.
Fantasyland Crowds October 2020

No matter where you go at Walt Disney World this weekend, please follow all safety precautions and Cast Member instructions. Bringing extra masks will make wearing one all day a little easier. Physical distancing goes well in the queues, but it may take extra effort when walking around in the parks. It’s going to be pretty tricky this weekend, but if you plan ahead and set expectations it can be a treat.

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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