8 Things to Experience this Fall at Walt Disney World

There is a LOT going on in Walt Disney World this fall. I’m so excited about all of the things happening. The cool part about all of these new things is that they really need to be experienced, not just ridden or tasted or seen. So here are 8 things to experience this fall at Walt Disney World!

1. Galaxy’s Edge

This is going to be huge. I mean, so big that Disney isn’t even releasing FastPasses. It’s just going to be a free for all. Opening August 29 in Hollywood Studios, Galaxy’s Edge is a brand new land to experience. It’s going to be like walking right onto a Star Wars set. Opening day will feature Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, a thrill ride where you get to actually fly on Han’s ship! Other attractions will open later on in the season, like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. There will be plenty of cool, themed merchandise and dining. If you can get in, you’re going to want to spend a whole day in this one part of the park, I’m sure. For fun, there’s a countdown to opening day on the Walt Disney World website!

2. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Fall means Food and Wine. From August 29 – November 23, guests can partake in some absolutely incredible food and wine experiences. That’s 87 days of delicious fun! The Festival is amazing for introducing unique flavors and offering cooking demonstrations to teach guests as well as feed them. Food and Wine also has the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, which brings in fun musical acts every single day!

3. Disney Skyliner

If you’ve been to Disney in the past year, chances are you noticed the construction of the Skyliner system – it’s kind of hard to miss. This high-flying network expands several Walt Disney World resorts, connecting them to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. This will tremendously help traffic getting in and out of the parks. These gondolas will officially start operation in the fall, but you can see them being tested over the summer. The resorts that will be able to use the Skyliner are: Disney’s Riviera, Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach, but the Yacht, Beach, and BoardWalk are in walking distance.

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4. Epcot Forever

It’s hard to imagine a Walt Disney World without IllumiNations – the nightly fireworks show in Epcot. Starting this fall, it’ll be but a memory. Definitely experience IllumiNations last ever performance on September 30th. But on Ocotber 1st, a new fireworks show will take the spotlight: Epcot Forever. This show will celebrate the incredible park and the journey it has taken in the past 30+ years. The show will feature pyrotechnics, kite movement, and beloved scores from years gone by. I’m so excited to experience this!

5. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

From August 16 – November 1 guests can enhance their Disney experience by attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! This ticketed event has become a fan favorite over the years. Get ready for a spook-tacular night with Mickey and the whole gang. Kids of all ages can dress up in their Halloween costumes and go trick or treating in Magic Kingdom after hours. This means fewer crowds, shorter lines, more rides, and obviously, more candy. And starting at the 2019 party is a brand new fireworks show!

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6. NBA Experience

It seems like there’s always something shiny and new at Disney Springs these days. It keeps things alive and interesting! Starting on August 12, guests can try out the NBA Experience in Disney Springs West Side. This is a ticketed event, but it’s not actually that expensive as far as Disney is concerned. Adult tickets are $34 for a whole day. Inside, guests can play on the court, learn stats, get souvenirs, watch games, and everything a basketball fan could possibly want. Right next door is opening a cool new restaurant too: City Works Eatery & Pour House! So much to check out!

7. Riviera Resort

Disney’s newest resort is projected to open in late Fall – December 16th. The timing of this resort is fitting, as it’s Disney’s attempt to accommodate the anticipated monstrous influx of guests. With so many new things to experience this fall, Disney has to put people somewhere. But Riviera Resort looks pretty amazing, I’ve got to admit. Designed with the grandeur of Europe in mind, this resort exudes elegance and adds fairytale touches along the way. And with the addition of the gondola system, it’ll be super easy to get around Walt Disney World. Staying here is going to be incredible.

8. Cooler Temps, Busier Crowds

Fall in Florida blissfully brings some cooler temperatures, which really helps. That hot, humid, sticky weather can be very hard for some people. But come September, the nights get a tad cooler and more enjoyable. The trouble with THIS fall is that cooler weather is not going to deter anyone. As this list proves, there is so much happening at Walt Disney World this fall. With Galaxy’s Edge and the new resort, the place is going to be crawling with visitors. This is amazing for Disney. But not great for a low-key holiday. No matter what, a fall Disney vacation is going to be fantastic!

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."