Fall has always meant Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. While the party is not taking place this year because of COVID-19, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider making a last minute trip. Remember to check with your state to see if there are any regulations that you will have to follow once you return home. Instead of giving reasons why you need to visit “right now” like we normally do each fall, we’ll go with “when you can do it safely”. Here are ten reasons why fall 2020 is still a great time to visit. There are many more.
It was a hot summer, even by Florida standards. While much of the rest of the country begins to cool off, Florida has not hit a cold streak. If you like to spend part of your vacation by the pool, the weather is perfect for that right now.
The crowd levels are still quite a bit lower than anything that you’ve seen in past falls. The posted Wait Times take cleaning into consideration, so often you will not have to wait as long as the time shown outside of the line. Remember as well that the lines are outside whenever possible, which makes lines look longer than they actually are. No matter what you’ve heard, capacity levels have not been released. The crowds that you experience now will be the lowest that you will ever see.
8) For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
One thing that has been missing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since it reopened is the live shows. On October 5, one of the shows will return. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will reopen on that date. Hopefully more shows will follow soon. Once there are some live shows open, the park will feel less crowded because there will be more things to do.
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7) The Christmas Season
It’s always been fun to try to plan a trip so that you could experience a little bit of Halloween and a little bit of Christmas. Even though things are scaled back right now, we’ve been promised that Walt Disney World will start to celebrate the Christmas Season on November 6! That means that you can still enjoy a little bit of fright and a little bit of delight, all during the same trip.
6) Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
It wasn’t possible to hold a full festival at Epcot this fall, but Disney did not want us to totally miss out. They created the Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. There are over 20 Global Marketplaces where you can enjoy treats from around the world. The merchandise is now Food & Wine, and there are some exciting things to purchase. The end date has not been announced, so you’d better visit soon, just to be on the safe side.
5) Halloween Decorations
There may not be a Halloween Party this year, but you will still feel the season the moment that you step onto Main Street, U.S.A. The Magic Kingdom is not decorated to the extent that we’ve seen in the past, but there are still plenty of decorations for you to enjoy. Since there are fewer people in the park, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to get a great Halloween photo. There were rumors that there wouldn’t be any decorations this year. We’re glad that those rumors weren’t true.
4) Dress in Costume
If you’re headed to the Magic Kingdom, don’t forget your costume! Guests of all ages are allowed to wear costumes to the park, through October 31. Make sure that you check out the costume guidelines first. Remember that costume masks are not allowed, but face masks are still required. Find (or create) a face covering that fits the guidelines and works with your costume, and you’ll be all set!
3) Fall Treats
What would fall at Walt Disney World be without a Not So Poison Apple Cupcake or Pumpkin Cheesecake Cannoli? If you head to Walt Disney World soon, you won’t have to find out! There are special seasonal treats in all four theme parks, at Disney Springs, and even at the resorts. If you’re a popcorn bucket collector, there are fun designs to choose from. You will also find quite a bit of seasonal merchandise. The weather may still be warm, but there is a taste of fall around every corner at Walt Disney World.
2) Halloween Cavalcades
Character Cavalcades have been a great way to see favorite characters while not getting too close. At the Magic Kingdom, some of those cavalcades have taken on a seasonal twist. You’ll see Mickey and friends in their costumes and Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood gang ready to Trick or Treat, but that isn’t all the Halloween fun. There are two brand new floats that will put a smile on your face! One features some of your favorite Disney Villains, and the other is based on “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. If you’re a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party fan you will want to see these two cavalcades! Not all cavalcades run all days, but you will still have a chance to enjoy some extra fun. The Cadaver Dans are performing as well, which is another aspect of the Halloween Party that you can enjoy without paying for an extra ticket.
Even though things are starting to open up in some places, COVID-19 has not gone away. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time. Walt Disney World has taken safety measures to the extreme, and it is probably one of the safest places in the country right now. Face masks are required for all guests two years old and older. Rides are being disinfected on a regular basis. There is hand sanitizer everywhere. There are extra stations to wash your hands. Ordering without using cash is easier than ever. Social distancing is taken seriously. The safety of the guests and Cast Members has always been a top priority at Walt Disney World. If you’re looking for a safe place to vacation, this could be it.