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Fall is a fantastic time to visit Walt Disney World. The summer crowds are gone, the lines are more manageable, and the heat and humidity of summer might subside; at least somewhat. In the fall two exciting special events take place. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival allows you a chance to snack and sip your way around the world. It runs daily September 25-November 16. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a fun way to celebrate the season without any big frights. It takes place on select nights September 15-November 1. Here are six new things that you can do this fall at Walt Disney World.
6. Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is one of the most fun places to eat at all of Walt Disney World. The tables are cars, and there is a large screen at the front of the eatery that shows trailers from old science fiction films. Although everything is indoors, diners feel like they’re eating outside at twilight. Lunch and dinner reservations can sometimes be hard to obtain. Beginning on November 1 (which is still fall), breakfast will also be served at Sci-Fi Dine-In. The meal will include an appetizer, and entree, and a beverage for $23.99 for adults, or $12.99 for ages 3-9. Breakfast entrees include Puff Pastry, Grilled Beef Tenderloin, and Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast. It looks like this breakfast is a trial run, and the opportunity will end on January 23, 2016. For more information, call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).
5. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Downtown Disney/Disney Springs
Walt Disney World has not yet given an opening date for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. All that is promised is “fall 2015”. The lack of an opening date might be helping to build up the anticipation for this Indiana Jones themed bar. Jock Lindsey was Indy’s pilot in the franchise, and the backstory is that he once owned this watering hole. For food there will be small plate options such as Rolling Boulder Sliders and Snack of Ra. There will be a wide assortment of specialty beverages, including The Fountain of Youth and Reggie’s Revenge. Keep checking Disney Dining for the latest information on Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar as it becomes available.
4. Watto’s Grotto
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
It is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. The Force Awakens will open on December 18, new merchandise has been released, and a Star Wars themed land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At D23 it was also announced that there will be two new Star Wars related experiences coming soon to the park; Star Wars Launch Bay and Season of the Force. One major problem at the park has always been the size of Tatooine Traders, the store is just too small. A new option is Watto’s Grotto. The name and location will be familiar to Star Wars Weekends fans. The new store is located in the back of the park, in the building that formerly housed the American Film Institute Showcase. There is plenty of The Force Awakens merchandise for sale, as well as offerings from the previous six movies. The best part of all is the size, it makes Tatooine Traders seem even smaller. There’s no word on whether or not Watto’s Grotto is permanent, or if it is only a temporary store like Wondering Oakens Outpost was when it was in the same location.
3. The Chew
Fans of ABC’s The Chew will want to visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall. The cast will be making an appearance at the annual event on select days this October. Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon will be taping the show at the Festival on October 7, 8, and 9, and the episodes will air the following week. The cast of The Chew will be present at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party on October 8. Carla Hall will also participate in the What’s Cookin’ With… brunch on October 11. If you love The Chew but can’t make it while the cast will be there, you still won’t miss out. There will be two booths at the Festival based on the show; Sustainable Chew Marketplace and Chew Lab.
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2. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party features safe trick or treating, a special parade, and Halloween themed fireworks. In 2015 there is a new show that the whole family will love. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular features the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. They decide to run amuck, with the help of some of their villainous friends. The show takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle, and features other favorite Disney baddies such as Maleficent, Dr. Facilier, and Oogie Boogie. Expect special effects and other surprises, as the villains try to cast a spell over the audience.
1. Morimoto Asia
Downtown Disney/Disney Springs
When the transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs is complete, there will be twice as many dining options as there were before. One of the most anticipated new restaurants is Morimoto Asia. Located in The Landing, the pan-Asian restaurant will feature the creations of celebrity Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The new restaurant is set to open on September 30, and it is expected to be an instant success. You’ll find sushi, duck, chicken, and other classic dishes on the menu. The two-story restaurant will feature a grand hall and a cocktail lounge. There will be outdoor dining as well. There will be signature cocktails, international wines, and other beverages featured. Morimoto Asia is sure to become a must-try dining experience, and could set the standard for Disney Springs.