Why Fall at Walt Disney World is One of the Most Magical Times to Visit
Updated: Jul 11, 2019
Tastes, toys, treats and more are all on the menu this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. From culinary creations at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to special Holiday parties, there are many different ways to fall into magic during the start of the cool-down season, both in the theme parks and all across the Walt Disney World resort.
23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The aromas and flavors of more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, plus a full menu of new offerings such as “Sunday Brunch with the Chef,” welcome guests during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12. One of America’s top food festivals since 1996, the 75-day Epcot festival let's you try inspiring sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and several Future World venues. Highlights include:
The grandest event of the festival, Party for the Senses in World ShowPlace, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 10. They will showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment.
“Eat to the Beat” concerts – 225 in all at the America Gardens Theatre stage three times nightly with new musical acts including Vertical Horizon, 98 Degrees, Sheila E. and others.
“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops Wednesdays and Thursdays provide new opportunities for you to interact with visiting chefs, mixologists and other culinary masters.
Throughout the festival, guests will find something for everyone in the family:
A Ratatouille-inspired adventure is back as Chef Remy encourages families to play together during Remy’s Ratatouille Hid ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy an interactive Character Dance Party.
In the new Junior Chef Kitchen, children become the chefs and eat what they make in this complimentary experience each Sunday in the Festival Center.
The 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with theme park admission, but certain programs require a separate ticket and/or reservations
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
There are even more nights to celebrate the spooky season this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special ticketed event runs select nights Aug. 17-Oct. 31 at Magic Kingdom Park. This year, it's also the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hocus Pocus,” so what better way to celebrate the film than to partake in the spellbinding Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at Cinderella Castle with the Sanderson Sisters.
Keep your eyes open for dancing ghosts, the Headless Horseman, plus Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more of your favoirte Disney Characters in the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. Don't forget to dress up and trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom! And each night during the party, Cinderella Castle will come alive during Happy HalloWishes, a magical fireworks extravaganza that definitely goes bump in the night!
Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for ages 3-9 (plus tax). For a full list of event dates, visit MickeyHalloween.com. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space each night is limited. For more information, call (407) WDISNEY (934-7639).
New Toy Story Land: A Perfect Place for Fall Fun
Where better to spend a beautiful fall day than playing in Andy’s backyard and becoming an “honorary toys” surrounded by Andy’s favorites – Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and many more.
The new Toy Story Land opened June 30 and now you can hop on the all-new Slinky Dog Dash for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin and enjoy some interstellar beats on Alien Swirling Saucers and go for the high score playing games inside the 4D world of Toy Story Mania! When you get hungry, grab a bite at Woody’s Lunch Box, a quick-service window featuring nostalgic delights – from a grilled three-cheese sandwich to a Lunch Box Tart and much more.
New Hotel and Ticket Package Available Labor Day Week
The “Ultimate Disney Fall into Magic Package” is available this year for the week of Labor Day. The limited-time offer, available for booking through Aug. 19, includes a five-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort hotel for arrival Sept. 3 and departure Sept. 8, 2018. The package also features four-day Magic Your Way tickets and an itinerary full of special experiences in all four parks – including access to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and two hours of exclusive evening access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Packages start at $149 per person, per night for a family of four in a standard room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/ultimate-fall-magic-package.
Disney Junior Dance Party Premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Later in fall, the new Disney Junior Dance Party premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This live performance will feature high-energy music, a vibrant party atmosphere, special effects and characters from popular Disney Junior TV shows including the stars of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Doc McStuffins,” “The Lion Guard” and the newest hit series, “Vampirina.”
News & Media Source: Walt Disney World