My last trip to WDW was back four years ago and ran from November 1 to November 8. We found it was a great time crowd-wise, with the exception of EPCOT which was pretty busy (likely due to Food & Wine). The nice thing is that there were almost no ride refurbs as everything was about ready to go for the Winter Holiday crowds. The odd thing was that you saw Christmas decorations in a partial state as Halloween was moved out and Christmas moved in--plus it just felt reallllly early for Christmas.
This year we are thinking of going in October....but now I'm starting to worry about the crowds. Can anyone tell me how they might compare?
I'm sure the Mickey parties bring in big crowds to MK on the specific dates of the parties, but are the parks as a whole extra-crowded in that month? Between these and Food and Wine, I worry it will not be the somewhat-light crowd we were hoping for. We're thinking of going perhaps the second week of October, but are flexible at this point.