Top 10 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World RIGHT NOW, Fall 2015 Edition

Fall is a great time of year to visit Walt Disney World. The summer crowds are gone, making lines shorter. There are plenty of reasons why you should make a spur of the moment trip to Florida. Here are ten of them.

10. Schools Are Back in Session

The most crowded times of year at Walt Disney World are when schools are out. Now that they’re back in session in most parts of the country, the parks are less crowded. While plenty of families will take their kids out of school for a Walt Disney World vacation, most do not do it at the beginning of the school year. That makes fall a great time to visit for parents with very young children and also for those traveling without kids.

9. DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest is going to close early in 2016. No final date has been announced, but lately Disney hasn’t been giving a lot of notice before closures. If you want one last chance to build your own roller coaster and then ride it, head to Walt Disney World immediately so you won’t miss it.

8. Visit Both Water Parks

If you love both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, you’d better take your next vacation right away. The chance to visit both in one trip will soon be gone for several months. Disney’s Blizzard Beach will close for its annual refurbishment on October 5. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will follow on January 3. If you want to hit both parks, you don’t have much time.

7. Decorations

The Halloween decorations are another great reason to visit Walt Disney World in the fall. There may be special touches in the resort hotels, but the best decorations are found at the Magic Kingdom. Unlike other area Halloween decorations, at Walt Disney World you won’t find any gore or fright. Instead, you’ll see pumpkins with Mickey’s smiling face on them. There is nothing fearful about that.

6. Fall Rates

Since the busy summer season has passed, there are a lot of empty rooms at Walt Disney World hotels. Empty rooms do not make money, so the prices are cut to fill some of those rooms. You can find deals both on and off Disney property. There might also be some extra incentives like free upgrades thrown in to sweeten the deal.

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5. Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

Downtown Disney is looking a little more like Disney Springs each day. With new stores and restaurants opening regularly, this is a great time to check out the shopping and entertainment district. New offerings include everything from small kiosks to elegant restaurants like The BOATHOUSE. It’s exciting to see the changes, and to get one last peek of what Downtown Disney used to look like.

4. ESPN Wide World of Sports

There is always something going on at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and it’s a place that most Walt Disney World guests don’t visit on their vacations. If you’ve never stopped by, you might want to rethink that. A few of the events this fall are Disney Turn Back the Clock Weekend, USSSA Slow Pitch World Series, and International Martial Arts Festival. The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is also coming up in November; if you can wait that long for your Walt Disney World vacation.

3. Night of Joy

On September 11 and 12, the Magic Kingdom will close early for a special event. Night of Joy brings the hottest acts in contemporary Christian music to Central Florida. The annual event started in 1983. This year’s lineup features such artists as TobyMac, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, for King & COUNTRY, and Skillet. The most popular rides will run during the celebration. Night of Joy requires a separate ticket, you can buy it for Friday, Saturday, or both nights.

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

Starting on September 15 and running through November 1, the Magic Kingdom will close early on select nights for a separate ticketed event. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is fun for all ages. Most rides are open with shorter waits, there’s a great parade, special entertainment, and a Halloween themed fireworks show. Kids of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume, and there is safe trick or treating. While some theme parks across the country use the Halloween season to scare guests, there is nothing frightening at this event. It’s just a whole lot of fun. Halloween night is already sold out, so pick another date and head to Walt Disney World for a not-so-scary time!

1. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 20th year, and you will want to be part of the celebration. This year will be bigger and better than ever. The festival features over 30 booths, allowing you to sample food and drinks that are not normally part of World Showcase. You can sign up for dining events or enjoy a seminar. Eat to the Beat Concert Series is back featuring concerts from popular acts such as Wilson Phillips, Rick Springfield, Smash Mouth, and Boyz II Men. New for 2015 will be an appearance by the cast of ABC’s The Chew on select dates in October. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run September 25-November 16. Theme park admission is required, and some special events cost extra.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.