Fall is an amazing time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort thanks to milder temperatures, a break from the intense summer crowds, and a plethora of special events and entertainment that only happen during select months. During the fall, the Walt Disney World Resort celebrates all things autumn, spooky, and delicious, with a combination of ticketed events, festivals, and special culinary offerings that cannot be enjoyed any other time of the year.
To make sure that you see it all, refer to this handy checklist of all the amazing fall happenings across the Walt Disney World Resort!
Main Street Decorations
The main area of the Walt Disney World Resort that gets an updated look for fall is Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. Festive bunting lines the buildings in Town Square, garlands with brightly colored leaves wrap around poles and balconies, and spooky pumpkins and scarecrows welcome Guests by the flagpole. In addition, Guests who take the time to wander down Main Street, U.S.A. during fall can check out dozens of pumpkins that have been carved to reflect the buildings they are placed on with unique and sometimes humorous designs.
Special Fall Snacks and Offerings
Throughout the Fall season, many dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort serve up some unique and seasonal menu items and treats that Guests can’t get enough of. From specialty baked items at locations like the Main Street Confectionary to savory snacks and more, be sure to check out our guides to all the special fall culinary options across property!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
A true highlight of Fall at the Walt Disney World Resort is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which is a ticketed event that runs on select nights in the Magic Kingdom. This special event celebrates the Halloween season with an array of unique experiences and entertainment that Guests absolutely love. Let’s check out the offerings during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that Guest can’t miss!
Everyone knows and loves the Dapper Dans, a traditional barbershop quartet that performs classic songs throughout each day on Main Street, U.S.A. The group gets an eerie transformation during each Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to become the Cadaver Dans, a quartet of undead singers who perform spooky and eerie hits in Frontierland throughout each party evening.
Special Music & Lighting
In addition to the fall décor that is up on Main Street, U.S.A. throughout the entire fall season, the area is treated to special lighting packages and eerie music throughout Mickey’s Not So-Scary-Halloween Party. Guests can enjoy Halloween classics like “Monster Mash” while checking out unique lighting and projections on the buildings throughout the area, as well as Cinderella Castle.
Character Meet & Greets
While the Magic Kingdom typically has plenty of wonderful character meet and greets offered throughout each day, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party boasts the opportunity for unique interactions with characters including Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jafar, Queen of Hearts, Gaston, Jack Sparrow, Alice, and Mickey and friends who can be found in costume.
Several attractions throughout the Magic Kingdom also receive special overlays throughout each party night that Guests will definitely want to check out. The Mad Tea Party gets fun lighting and music, Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor features some hilarious Halloween jokes, and Space Mountain gets a spooky upgrade with eerie music and lighting.
Trick or Treat Trails
Nothing is more traditional on Halloween than trick or treating, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party offers Guests the chance to enjoy the classic activity in the Magic Kingdom. Every Guest attending the party gets a special treat bag and can visit designated locations throughout the Disney Park to collect candy, including allergy-friendly options for those who have dietary restrictions.
Disney Junior Jam
Guests who are looking to let loose during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can head over to Storybook Circus to enjoy the Disney Junior Jam, a fun and upbeat dance party inside one of the large circus tents where favorite Disney Junior characters are waiting to dance the night away!
In addition to the fall culinary offerings found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, there are exclusive items that can only be enjoyed during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. From sweet snacks celebrating Coco to savory bites inspired by Winnie’s book in Hocus Pocus, check out the full list of delicious offerings and where to find them here!
Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade
One of the true highlights of any Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade, which runs twice each evening from Frontierland through Liberty Square and down Main Street. This fun and upbeat parade features favorite characters in costume, catchy music, beautiful floats, and lots of live dancers and performers who love to wow Guests. Be sure to not miss the gravediggers from the Haunted Mansion, who literally send sparks flying!
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular
No special event at the Walt Disney World Resort is complete without an impressive fireworks display, and Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is no exception. Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is hosted by Jack Skellington and lights up the skies over Cinderella Castle with huge bursts paired with special projections on the castle itself and eerie seasonal music. With views that can be enjoyed throughout the Magic Kingdom, Main Street, U.S.A. is still one of the best spots to enjoy Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular from.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
The final offering that Guests can’t miss out on at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spooktacular, which is performed several times throughout each evening on the stage directly in front of Cinderella Castle. This fun and spooky live show is hosted by the Sanderson Sisters and includes amazing dance numbers, eerie moments, and unforgettable humor as only the trio of witches can pull off.
EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Fall is an extremely popular time for many Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort, thanks to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This incredible event runs from July through November in 2022 and offers up a culinary experience that no Guest will forget!
The main attraction of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is the army of Global Marketplaces, or booths, that Guests can enjoy. Each Global Marketplace focuses on a specific international country or type of cuisine and serves up several food and beverage items in tasting portions. With several dozen Global Marketplaces to enjoy, Guests can easily spend several days eating their way around EPCOT and still not sample everything!
Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Each weekend during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is made even more enjoyable with the East to the Beat Concert Series, a fun lineup of musical performances in the America Gardens Theatre in The American Adventure Pavilion. Guests who visit EPCOT during a weekend can check out musical acts including Joey Fatone & Friends, Kris Allen & David Cook, Air Supply, Robert Randolph Band, Hanson, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, and Sugar Ray.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
In addition to eating their way through the Global Marketplaces, Guests of all ages can enjoy several fun activities that encourage them to explore EPCOT’s World Showcase. Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak is a fun scavenger hunt where Guests try to locate a number of hidden Remy’s throughout World Showcase and match stickers to a special map before handing in their completed form to receive a special keepsake.
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit
Guests who love Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak can also enjoy Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit during October at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This seasonal scavenger hunt features the same map and sticker setup, but Guests have to locate special pumpkins throughout EPCOT that have been designed to look like favorite Disney characters and can collect a festival keepsake at the end.
Emile’s Fromage Homage
Cheese lovers have a final scavenger hunt of sorts to enjoy during EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival which involves tasting a series of delicious cheese-based dishes from the Global Marketplaces. Emile’s Fromage Homage requires Guests to sample five dishes from a selection of a dozen options, and then report to the Shimmering Sips Global Marketplace to receive a complimentary dessert in a collectible festival cup.
And there we have all the amazing fall activities to enjoy across the Walt Disney World Resort! Which one is on your to-do list?