What to Bring to Disney World in October

Discover what to bring to Disney World in October!

Are you planning a trip to Disney World in October?  If so, that’s great. But have you thought about what you need to pack for your trip?

Well, if you haven’t, don’t fret.  Because in this article, I’m going to inform you of what to bring to Disney World in October, so you can start packing your suitcase today!

What to Bring to Disney World in October

Let’s quickly look past the normal necessities such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, and the core items you need for any vacation.

Instead, let’s focus on ONE item you NEED for Disney World, not only in October but for any trip to the theme parks.

And that is…

A Smart Phone!

Bringing a cell phone to Disney World is very much a necessity these days.

Like it or not, Disney has migrated over the years to be smart phone centered. Everything from dining reservations, to the new rollout of the Genie & Genie + programs.

Like it or not, Disney is urging guests to spend more time than ever before on their phones. This is especially important if you are using the new Genie + features to beat the long lines.

Want to quickly order food from a restaurant? What about checking wait times for the next big attraction? Or even just finding out where exactly you are located on the park property?

It can all be done on your phone. And you absolutely must have it at all times.

It’s also a good idea to keep a portable charging brick in your bag, should your phone begin to run low on juice. The cellphone reception isn’t the best, so some phones will continually search for better reception. This can lead to your battery draining faster than you may be used to.

Now that you have your smartphone, what should you be looking for?

Go to your applications store on your phone and download the “My Disney Experience” application. 

After it installs on your phone, enter your Disney credentials to pull up your personal trip information.

On the dashboard, you will be greeted with several options. Most importantly you will have access to your entire trip itinerary including resorts, restaurant reservations, and other add-ons you may have purchased through Disney or with your travel agent.

Use your time leading up to the big trip to familiarize yourself with the app. Get a feel for the flow of things and how to quickly navigate the menus. 

This will save you a TON of time while in the parks. And when someone inevitably groans “I’m starving!” You will have quick access to order a quick bite to eat and know the exact direction to walk to receive your order.

Do NOT skip this step!

Now…

How is the Weather in October?

With an average temperature range from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during October in Orlando, you need to prepare to bring a wide variety of clothing. 

Don’t stress about overpacking, though.

Consider packing a single light jacket. You may or may not need it, depending on which direction the temperature decides to head during your visit.

On my most recent visit in October of 2021, I packed a light coat. 

Yet, it did not make it out of the hotel thanks to the higher humidity and warmer days.

Even though October is considered Fall weather, it’s still Southern Florida. So quick pop-up showers are still a possibility. 

Always have that raincoat or poncho readily available if needed.

If you want more information on what rain gear to consider for Disney, click HERE to learn more! [Insert link to last article detailing rain gear for June].

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party

If you’re planning on checking out Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party which is returning this year in 2022, you’re going to want to have some of the following items with you:

  • Halloween Shirts
  • Glow Sticks
  • Flashlights
  • Popcorn Buckets
  • Costume for the kiddos
  • Don’t forget the Halloween Mickey Ears!

An important tip for the parents:

  • If you’re planning on visiting during Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween, be prepared to have a snack and candy overload. Make sure you bring some tummy ache medicine to combat this. Keep it in your bag at all times!

If your plans don’t involve the after-hours event at Magic Kingdom, you’ll still want to plan on bringing at least a few of these items.

Quick List of Items to Bring During October

Let’s quickly go over some items to bring to Disney World, specifically for the month of October.

You’ll want to leave the sandals and crocs at home for this one. Opt for some socks and well broken-in tennis shoes that will be comfortable. 

A bonus tip is to wear waterproof shoes if you can find them. If not, you can purchase a can of weather repellant spray to apply to your favorite pair.

If you consider buying new shoes for the trip down South, make sure you spend at least a week walking in them to ensure you don’t rub any blisters on your feet.

Speaking of blisters, you’ll want to make sure you bring band-aids or moleskin to prevent blisters from forming. If you’re not used to walking long distances, consider taking a few laps around the neighborhood to avoid leg aches.

Even though the days may feel a little cooler in October, keep in mind that the sun doesn’t take any breaks down here.

You’ll want to keep the sunscreen and chapstick with you in your backpack and apply as needed. Speaking from experience, there’s nothing worse than getting a taste of sunburn at the beginning of your big trip.

So be sure and have these items to prevent this. 

Water bottles are a must-have item while visiting the parks. The cooler weather may play tricks on you, but having a sturdy, portable water bottle will not only save you money but also save you steps while you hunt around for the next snack shop to get a glass of water.

If you have children, you’ll also want to keep a slim pack of wet wipes at the ready. Every direction you turn will be an opportunity for sticky hands. 

Throw a bottle of germ-x in the bag as well to fight the germs going around during the fall. In pure Disney fashion, germ-x is available at the parks—But it comes with a price. 

Don’t Forget Your Bathing Suits!

Yes, it’s Fall. But it’s also Fall in Florida. The weather can be unpredictable, but it can also get very hot. 

If you are staying at a resort on-site, chances are you will have access to a pool. 

My favorite pools on Disney property are the Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club, and the Lava Pool at the Polynesian. 

Even if it’s not at one of these Deluxe resorts, you’ll still want to be prepared and have your bathing suits ready to cool off after a long day at the parks!

Wrapping it Up

So there you have it. 

I hope that this article has helped you answer the question as to what to bring to Disney World during October!

In just a few short months when autumn rolls around and the leaves begin to change, you’ll be ready to take on Disney World.

Add the items mentioned above to you luggage and you’ll be well prepared for rope drop without any worries, and you can focus on making the memories of a lifetime!

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