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9 Great Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort this Fall

Updated: May 19, 2019


Even though Spring is in full bloom, I can't help but dream about fall at Walt Disney World. To help you plan a magical vacation, here are 9 great experiences you can have later this year.

1. New Fireworks Show for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held on 36 select nights from Aug. 16-Nov. 1. The specially ticketed event will include a new Halloween-themed nighttime show this year featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks. The show will take you along for a trick-or-treating adventure, where Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house.


2. Record Number of Days Set for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

This Epcot celebration of cuisine, music and more takes place Aug. 29-Nov. 23 for a record 87 days.


3. “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” Takes Its Last Bow and “Epcot Forever” Debuts October 1

For almost 20 years, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” has entertained millions as the nighttime spectacular that closed each day at Epcot. The show’s final night will be Sept. 30, to make way for an all-new, limited-time spectacular, “Epcot Forever,” debuting Oct. 1.


4. Bounce into Fall at Disney Springs with NBA Experience and Special Seasonal Offerings

NBA Experience will have a grand opening Aug. 12 at Disney Springs. When you step into this re-creation of a modern NBA arena, you’ll feel what it’s like to be a basketball superstar through 13 unique interactive and hands-on experiences where Disney magic merges with the thrills of the NBA and WNBA.

5. Make the Jump to Lightspeed in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Opening on Aug. 29, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives you the chance this fall to live your own Star Wars stories. While visiting the land, you can stop for a drink at Oga’s Cantina or discover rare artifacts at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, among other immersive experiences. Don't miss the groundbreaking attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run that gives you control of the spacecraft as the ship travels through space on a smuggling mission.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.

6. Disney Skyliner Takes Flight

You will be able to float through the air around Walt Disney World this fall when Disney Skyliner, a state-of-the-art gondola system which will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort (planned to open in mid-December).

7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lights Up at Night

As the sun sets earlier this fall, “Rivers of Light: We Are One” will come to life on Discovery River in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This nighttime show includes dramatic new imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films.


8. Disney Resort Hotels Have Plenty New to Explore

To welcome fall travelers, there’s always something new at Disney resort hotels. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will greet you with its new 15-story Gran Destino tower (opening this summer), adding 500-plus guestrooms – including suites and concierge-level services – and crowned by a new rooftop restaurant. New waterfront dining and a retail shopping area have come to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, while a mid-December opening is planned for Disney’s Riviera Resort, a Disney Vacation Club property inspired by the European Riviera.


9. 2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Celebrates 10 Years

This fall’s runDisney race season celebrates the 10-year anniversary of 2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend takings place Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Filled with a delicious slate of events and Disney magic along every mile, this year’s event includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon and kids’ races.


News & Media Source: Disney Parks Blog

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