You never need an excuse to visit Walt Disney World, but fall 2021 seems to have everything going for it! Many people have postponed vacations for the past 18 months, it’s time to travel again. There are so many reasons why Walt Disney World is the place to visit this fall that we know we’re going to leave some out! Here are the top ten reasons why you need to book a flight, pack the car, or at least start planning immediately.
10) Low Crowds
Have you looked at the Wait Times on the My Disney Experience App lately? If you haven’t, take a look right now. After you see how many rides have waits that are 20 minutes or less, throw some things into a bag and head to Florida. We might not see Wait Times this low again for a long time. Wait Times will go up at the end of September, and will most likely stay high into 2022.
Want to visit space, but you aren’t a billionaire? Space 220 Restaurant is set to finally open on September 20! EPCOT’s newest themed restaurant will allow you to feel like you are dining 220 miles above the Earth. We don’t yet know the menu or when reservations will open, but we do know that it will be an out-of-this-world experience.
8) Disney After Hours Boo Bash
Tickets for Disney After Hours Boo Bash have been sold out online for a few weeks. That said, some people have been able to buy them the day of the event by visiting City Hall at the Magic Kingdom. Disney After Hours Boo Bash is a lot of fun; with Halloween Cavalcades, trick or treating, low wait times, and lots more. If you stop by City Hall and there are no tickets, soak up the Halloween spirit by enjoying the decorations on Main Street, U.S.A.
7) Disney Very Merriest After Hours
This one you have a little bit of time for, but you’ll want to purchase your tickets right now. Instead of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, this year you can experience Disney Very Merriest After Hours. It will be held on select nights, starting on November 8. Unlike other Disney After Hours events, it will be four hours long! Also unlike the other events, there will be both a parade and fireworks. Some other holiday festivities around Walt Disney World will begin on November 12, and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will start on November 26. That gives you a little bit of time, but November will be here before we know it.
6) EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
In most autumns the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival would be number one or two on this list, which shows just how incredible the season is this year! The emphasis at this year’s festival is the food and beverages. There are several new Global Kitchens, plus plenty of past favorites have returned. Where else can you enjoy Lobster Tail and Vietnamese Pho just a short walk from each other? There is extra entertainment, but the Eat to the Beat Concert Series still has not returned. Here’s hoping that Garden Rocks will make this list next spring.
5) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Soft Openings?
Walt Disney World’s newest ride will open at EPCOT on October 1. Right now Disney is holding Passholder Previews, allowing people who reserved spots to not only ride but to check out the new dining options. There is a good chance that there will be soft openings at some point, which is as good a reason as any to head to Walt Disney World before Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure officially opens. Starting on October 1 it will use a virtual queue.
4) The End of Happily Ever After and EPCOT Forever
This is hard to talk about. Two nighttime spectaculars will end forever in just a few weeks. EPCOT Forever was the temporary replacement for IllumiNations, so we always knew that this day would come. The last show will be on September 28. It’s a different story for Happily Ever After. When the insanely popular Wishes ended in 2017, many people thought that nothing could replace that hole at the Magic Kingdom. Then Happily Ever After debuted, and it was love at first sight. Happily Ever After will end on September 29. If you’d like to see both shows one last time, stop procrastinating and leave right now.
The replacement for EPCOT Forever will be Harmonious. Disney has been talking about this new show for a couple of years now. You can get a preview of sorts if you watch The EPCOT Experience. That’s located in the strangely shaped building between Test Track and Mexico. Harmonious will take us across the planet. It will use music, water, Disney classics, and fireworks. There are many aspects of the new show that we don’t yet know about, but we can’t wait to find out!
2) Disney Enchantment
A new show needs to be special to replace Happily Ever After. It looks like Disney Enchantment might fit the bill. It will also debut on October 1. There will be fireworks and projections on Cinderella Castle. One difference will be that the projections will continue down Main Street, U.S.A. Newer animated films such as “Soul” and “Onward” will be included in the show, and classics will also be there. Don’t worry, Tinkerbell will still take flight, weather permitting. Just like Happily Ever After filled the hole left by Wishes, it looks like Disney Enchantment will fill the hole left by Happily Ever After.
1) The World’s Most Magical Celebration
It’s hard to believe that Walt Disney World will turn 50 on October 1! Of course, Disney plans to commemorate the occasion, and the party will be called the World’s Most Magical Celebration. Beacons of Magic will bring special touches to all four icons. Disney KiteTails will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Disney Fab 50 Character Collection will feature your favorites across all four theme parks. There will be special foods and merchandise. While the World’s Most Magical Celebration will last for 18 months, there will be something special about visiting on the actual Golden Anniversary. If you want to be part, start making your plans. Disney Park Pass reservations for October 1 are going fast!