Trip Preparation

October 2021 in Disney World

Every time of year is special to visit Walt Disney World. There are always amazing attractions to enjoy, delicious food to eat and spectacular entertainment to take in. Every month though, there are special events happening in and around the parks. Being aware of these events can make you sure you don’t miss out on anything or helps you avoid crowds at events you don’t want to participate in. The hours at the parks also differ from each other and throughout the month, so simply click the dates below that your trip falls into to explore what’s being offered.

October 1st-10th

October 11th-20th

October 21st-31st

October 1st-10th

Park Hours

Magic Kingdom 1st-7th 9am-9pm. 8th 9am-8:30pm. 9th 9am-9pm. 10th 9am-8:30pm.

Epcot 10am-10pm

Hollywood Studios 9am-9pm

Animal Kingdom 8am-7pm

Disney Springs 10am-11pm *11:30pm Fridays and Saturdays*

Blizzard Beach 11am-6pm

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival

Global Marketplace

Each pavilion will have its own marketplace, featuring special food and wine to compliment the flavours of that culture. Each market typically has a couple food choices, one being a dessert. There are a couple drinks options as well, so you’re not limited to just wine. There’s something for every preference.

Live Entertainment

There are currently three different sets of musicians expected to be playing throughout the festival. I expect more will be added as restrictions continue to lift. But here are the details thus far:

JAMMin’ Chefs

These musicians will be using your favourite kitchen utensils and cooking ware to produce incredible music. This band will be found on the Canadian Mill Stage, which is located just outside the pavilion as you are heading toward Future World.

Mariachi Cobre

This group plays Mexican folk music and will be performing in the American Gardens Theatre. This is the large theatre that is located outdoors in the American pavilion, it’s a large stage with all kinds of seating.

Voices of Liberty

This group of singers, who typically sing inside The American Pavilions beautiful building, will be performing on the American Gardens Theatre stage. Throughout the festival you can expect to watch them perform a 15 minute of Americana classics.

American Gardens Bandstand

Come watch a live performance by local Floridian bands, playing your favourite tunes. The bands play Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings. Be sure to check your times guide when you arrive at the park.

Family Friendly Activities

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Guests can search for Remy from Ratatouille as they tour around World Showcase. This can be done on your own or you can purchase a booklet and stickers from these festival locations: Port of Entry, Mouse Gear or World Traveller. Port of Entry is located on the Northern end of World Showcase and is a store that sells apparel and toys. Mouse Gear is a store currently located in Epcot’s Future World East, by MISSION: Space. World Traveller is the store located at the World Showcase entrance to Epcot, this is where guests travelling by the Skyliner arrive, and guests walking or taking the boat from one of the Crescent Lakes enter. Each of the stickers has an ingredient that a Remy statue is holding. Once you’ve located each ingredient, bring your completed sheet to Disney Traders for a prize. Disney Traders is the store opposite Port of Entry at the Northern end of World Showcase.

Emile’s Fromage Montage

Enjoy 5 of the participating cheese dishes found around World Showcase and collect a prize. Get a stamp for each participating cheese dish and bring them to Shimmering Sips, directly across from Port of Entry at the Northern End of World Showcase.

October 5th, 8th and 10th

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

A new take on the Halloween party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is Disney After Hours Boo Bash. At this special ticketed event, guests will get to trick or treat around the Magic Kingdom, purchase uniquely created food, and enjoy shorter wait times. There will be a Halloween theme cavalcade, which is similar to a parade with less floats and characters. There will also be characters stationed around the park. To get into this event guests need to purchase a ticket. Guests with tickets to this event will be able to gain admission at 7pm.

October 11th-20th

Park Hours

Magic Kingdom 11th 9am-9pm. 12th 9am-8:30pm. 13th-14th 9am-9pm. 15th 9am-8:30pm. 16th 9am-9pm. 17th 9am-8:30pm. 20th 9am-9pm.

Epcot 10am-10pm

Hollywood Studios 9am-9pm

Animal Kingdom 8am-7pm

Disney Springs 10am-11pm *11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays*

Blizzard Beach 11am-6pm

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival

Global Marketplace

Each pavilion will have its own marketplace, featuring special food and wine to compliment the flavours of that culture. Each market typically has a couple food choices, one being a dessert. There are a couple drinks options as well, so you’re not limited to just wine. There’s something for every preference.

Live Entertainment

There are currently three different sets of musicians expected to be playing throughout the festival. I expect more will be added as restrictions continue to lift. But here are the details thus far:

JAMMin’ Chefs

These musicians will be using your favourite kitchen utensils and cooking ware to produce incredible music. This band will be found on the Canadian Mill Stage, which is located just outside the pavilion as you are heading toward Future World.

Mariachi Cobre

This group plays Mexican folk music and will be performing in the American Gardens Theatre. This is the large theatre that is located outdoors in the American pavilion, it’s a large stage with all kinds of seating.

Voices of Liberty

This group of singers, who typically sing inside The American Pavilions beautiful building, will be performing on the American Gardens Theatre stage. Throughout the festival you can expect to watch them perform a 15 minute of Americana classics.

American Gardens Bandstand

Come watch a live performance by local Floridian bands, playing your favourite tunes. The bands play Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings. Be sure to check your times guide when you arrive at the park.

Family Friendly Activities

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Guests can search for Remy from Ratatouille as they tour around World Showcase. This can be done on your own or you can purchase a booklet and stickers from these festival locations: Port of Entry, Mouse Gear or World Traveller. Port of Entry is located on the Northern end of World Showcase and is a store that sells apparel and toys. Mouse Gear is a store currently located in Epcot’s Future World East, by MISSION: Space. World Traveller is the store located at the World Showcase entrance to Epcot, this is where guests travelling by the Skyliner arrive, and guests walking or taking the boat from one of the Crescent Lakes enter. Each of the stickers has an ingredient that a Remy statue is holding. Once you’ve located each ingredient, bring your completed sheet to Disney Traders for a prize. Disney Traders is the store opposite Port of Entry at the Northern end of World Showcase.

Emile’s Fromage Montage

Enjoy 5 of the participating cheese dishes found around World Showcase and collect a prize. Get a stamp for each participating cheese dish and bring them to Shimmering Sips, directly across from Port of Entry at the Northern End of World Showcase.

October 12th, 15th, 17th and 19th

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

A new take on the Halloween party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is Disney After Hours Boo Bash. At this special ticketed event, guests will get to trick or treat around the Magic Kingdom, purchase uniquely created food, and enjoy shorter wait times. There will be a Halloween theme cavalcade, which is similar to a parade with less floats and characters. There will also be characters stationed around the park. To get into this event guests need to purchase a ticket. Guests with tickets to this event will be able to gain admission at 7pm.

October 21st-31st

Park Hours

Magic Kingdom 21st 9am-9pm. 22nd 9am-8:30pm. 23rd 9am-9pm. 24th 9am-8:30pm. 25th 9am-9pm. 26th 9am-8:30pm. 27th-28th 9am-9pm. 29th 9am-8:30pm. 30th 9am-9pm. 31st. 9am-8:30pm.

Epcot 10am-10pm

Hollywood Studios 9am-9pm

Animal Kingdom 8am-7pm

Disney Springs 10am-11pm *11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays*

Blizzard Beach 11am-6pm

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival

Global Marketplace

Each pavilion will have its own marketplace, featuring special food and wine to compliment the flavours of that culture. Each market typically has a couple food choices, one being a dessert. There are a couple drinks options as well, so you’re not limited to just wine. There’s something for every preference.

Live Entertainment

There are currently three different sets of musicians expected to be playing throughout the festival. I expect more will be added as restrictions continue to lift. But here are the details thus far:

JAMMin’ Chefs

These musicians will be using your favourite kitchen utensils and cooking ware to produce incredible music. This band will be found on the Canadian Mill Stage, which is located just outside the pavilion as you are heading toward Future World.

Mariachi Cobre

This group plays Mexican folk music and will be performing in the American Gardens Theatre. This is the large theatre that is located outdoors in the American pavilion, it’s a large stage with all kinds of seating.

Voices of Liberty

This group of singers, who typically sing inside The American Pavilions beautiful building, will be performing on the American Gardens Theatre stage. Throughout the festival you can expect to watch them perform a 15 minute of Americana classics.

American Gardens Bandstand

Come watch a live performance by local Floridian bands, playing your favourite tunes. The bands play Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings. Be sure to check your times guide when you arrive at the park.

Family Friendly Activities

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Guests can search for Remy from Ratatouille as they tour around World Showcase. This can be done on your own or you can purchase a booklet and stickers from these festival locations: Port of Entry, Mouse Gear or World Traveller. Port of Entry is located on the Northern end of World Showcase and is a store that sells apparel and toys. Mouse Gear is a store currently located in Epcot’s Future World East, by MISSION: Space. World Traveller is the store located at the World Showcase entrance to Epcot, this is where guests travelling by the Skyliner arrive, and guests walking or taking the boat from one of the Crescent Lakes enter. Each of the stickers has an ingredient that a Remy statue is holding. Once you’ve located each ingredient, bring your completed sheet to Disney Traders for a prize. Disney Traders is the store opposite Port of Entry at the Northern end of World Showcase.

Emile’s Fromage Montage

Enjoy 5 of the participating cheese dishes found around World Showcase and collect a prize. Get a stamp for each participating cheese dish and bring them to Shimmering Sips, directly across from Port of Entry at the Northern End of World Showcase.

October 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th and 31st

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

A new take on the Halloween party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is Disney After Hours Boo Bash. At this special ticketed event, guests will get to trick or treat around the Magic Kingdom, purchase uniquely created food, and enjoy shorter wait times. There will be a Halloween theme cavalcade, which is similar to a parade with less floats and characters. There will also be characters stationed around the park. To get into this event guests need to purchase a ticket. Guests with tickets to this event will be able to gain admission at 7pm.

Those are the events taking place during the month of October at Walt Disney World. For more tips and information for your Disney World vacation check out these previous posts:

Disney Vacation Planning Lingo

The Best Restaurants at Disney World 2021

A Detailed Look at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

My 5 Favourite Restaurants at Disney World

How to Choose your Disney World Resort