Any vacation to Walt Disney World is sure to be an amazing experience for guests filled with memory making moments from the very first moments on Main Street to enjoying their last attraction. While any time of year is a great time to enjoy all that Walt Disney World has to offer, there are several times of the year tend to be more special than others thanks to unique experiences and other factors. The fall is one such time and with each year the season continues to become more popular for guests who spend more time in the parks and across property. The fall is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World thanks to special events and experiences, dining options, and much more. With so much to enjoy, it is no wonder why this time of year is becoming increasingly more popular. Here are eight reasons why guests should absolutely plan on enjoying a Walt Disney World vacation during the fall months!
1. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
On select nights during the fall, the Magic Kingdom is host to a special ticketed event that brings the Halloween season to life. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party features special meet and greet opportunities, trick or treating, character dance parties, special snacks and merchandise, and so much more. Guests can also enjoy the exclusive Boo To You Parade twice each night and the amazing Happy HalloWishes fireworks show which features favorite villains and perimeter bursts that literally surround guests with fireworks. In addition, guests are sure to love the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular where the Sanderson sisters bring magic and spooks to life.
2. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Another very popular event during the fall months is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Epcot’s World Showcase. This event features over thirty different booths that typically focus on a country or cuisine from around the world. Guests can order up several small bites, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages from each booth and feel as though they have experienced a culinary trip around the world. The festival also features unique experiences such as classes, meet and greets with chefs, exclusive merchandise, and more making it a wonderful reason to enjoy time in Epcot in the fall.
3. Special Decorations
The Magic Kingdom features a complete overhaul mainly focused on Main Street during the fall months. Guests who visit the park at any time during the fall can check out beautiful decorations that literally transform the area. Each balcony and building features orange, yellow, and white bunting and the pillars of the Emporium are wrapped in garlands made of rich fall leaves. Guests will also love checking out all of the carved pumpkins that line the buildings on Main Street, many of which are cleverly carved to coincide with their specific location!
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4. Eat to the Beat Concert Series
A special event in the fall that guests can enjoy for no additional cost is a concert series connected to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series takes place nightly for the length of the festival in the American Gardens Theater in the America Pavilion. Guests can take a seat inside the open air theater or watch from the back as performers such as Postmodern Jukebox, Plain White T’s. Sugar Ray, Everclear, Kenny G, Hanson, Boyz II Men, and more take the stage.
5. Special Seminars
While eating around the world at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an amazing experience in itself, those who are looking to go more in depth with their learning about food and beverages have the perfect chance in specially offered seminars in the Festival Center. These ticketed events allow guests the chance to relax and enjoy delicious options while learning about the flavor notes and backgrounds of each option. Wine, beer, and spirit seminars occur daily and wine and cheese pairing seminars occur on select dates throughout the festival.
6. Limited Treats
Part of what makes fall so wonderful is the availability of amazing flavors that pair perfectly with foods that are in season. Guests who visit Walt Disney World in the fall can indulge in limited snack options such as the Pumpkin Cheesecake at the Main Street Bakery, Zero’s Pumpkin Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom, and more savory options such as the Harvest Fresh Bowl at YeSake in Disney Springs and the Cantonese Style Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly at Morimoto Asia also in Disney Springs.
7. Cooler Temperatures
A great reason to enjoy vacationing in Walt Disney World in the fall months are the more comfortable weather patterns that follow the typically brutal summer months. The fall features cooler temperatures, less humidity, and gentle breezes which make walking around the parks all day much more comfortable for guests. While the temperatures might be cooler, the weather is still warm enough for guests to enjoy swimming in the pools at Disney Resorts and visiting the Disney water parks, making fall the perfect weather option for any Disney vacation.
8. Limited Merchandise
Lastly, many guests love to spend time in Walt Disney World in the fall months thanks to unique and limited merchandise that celebrates the season. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party features exclusive merchandise that is only available during the parties, and many guests love to collect items such as pins and shirts. In addition, guests can browse Halloween merchandise throughout the property as well as buy items that help to celebrate the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. With so many options to choose from, guests are sure to find the perfect fall souvenir!