Fall is my favorite season! Disney is my favorite anything. So combine the two and I’m pretty much in heaven. I think that the Parks really come to life when the seasons change. It’s so special that Disney parks are never the same; there is always something new to explore and discover. And I think Walt himself would be very happy with that fact.
7. Character Costumes
I love that even the characters seem to get in the fall mood. There’s really not much to this one except that some characters get a new wardrobe during the fall season. I seem to recall a lot of scarecrow-esque costumes plus a lot of silly-scary ones. This ties into Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party because a lot of the special costumes take place there. But it’s fun to switch things up and see the characters in special outfits!
Any excuse to eat more food in Disney is a good one. Clearly, we’ve got Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to work with, but I’m talking about every day/every park food. The candy stores sell caramel and candy apples year round, but they just seem to taste better in the fall! The fall is a great time to grab a hot cider or hot chocolate in Starbucks, Sleepy Hollow or any other coffee cart!
5. Christmas is Coming
No, it’s not quite time to start singing carols, but I did see a Christmas commercial the other day. I’m pretty such there’s a year-round Christmas countdown in Magic Kingdom by the gates… The only thing I love more than Disney during the fall is Disney in Christmas. Once again the decorations and routine are fresh and new and bring another layer to the Parks.
As amazing as fall is, it’s actually the off-season of Disney. Holidays and summer in Disney can be great, but it’s always absolutely packed or extremely hot. Fall trips give everybody the best of both worlds (not an intentional Hannah Montana reference, but now that I noticed…You get the limo out front…). Florida is cooler in autumn, while still being warm. And because school is in session, the crowds go down significantly. This all makes walking around the parks much less stressful and way more fun.
3. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
It may be not-so-scary, but it is definitely so fun! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary requires an extra admission ticket as guests will be staying in the Magic Kingdom well into the night. Guests of all ages come to the park dressed in their best Halloween costumes ready to party. Magic Kingdom is transformed into a fall wonderland. Main Street is almost spooky, all the Cast Members are dressed up and fully invested, and there’s candy everywhere! Not only do kids (and adults, don’t worry!) get to go trick-or-treating with their favorite Disney characters, but everyone can also ride a ton of rides with little to no line late at night! There’s also a special fireworks show and parade just for the party!
2. Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
This festival is probably my favorite event that Disney does. Every year Epcot hosts the Food and Wine Festival, which is a wonderful excuse to eat all day long. Each pavilion has a booth with a sampling of the type of food that would come from that country. There’s so much to learn by tasting bites of each country. The different booths are super fun and the artisans that Disney bring in are amazing! This is a great opportunity to experience new things and have a really exciting time in Epcot.
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I am such a fan of the little detail Disney puts into all of their work, and the seasonal decorations are no exception. When I think Disney decorations my mind immediately goes to Main Street. I adore the giant scarecrows and pumpkins and the hanging basket gardens on the lampposts. But the exquisite detail goes beyond the Magic Kingdom. Each of the parks and even the resorts go out of their way to bring fall flair. I love the autumn colors that creep their way into the decorations and warm the parks without adding heat. Next time you’re in Disney in the fall, make sure to stop and notice all the special little details that truly give the parks a feeling of fall.