Top Ten Things to Love About Fall in Disney World
With summer quickly coming to a close, the fall season is upon us. What does that mean for Walt Disney World? Lots of wonderful and exciting things! In fact the month of September is regarded as one of the best months to come to Disney World for a vacation. We have gathered a small list of the top ten best reasons why you should visit Walt Disney World in the fall.
10. The “Cooler” Weather.
Yes, it is still rather hot here in Florida but do not let that fool you. It is not nearly as hot as it would be if you visited the resort in the summer time. Usually the high is in the mid 80’s with a low in the lower 70’s historically. Humidity is another issue people often concern themselves with while planning a trip. The average humidity in the daytime is still rather high, however come dusk it drastically changes.
9. Smaller crowds
Since school is back in session most families do not visit during the fall season. In fact if we were to rate how crowded the resort is on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being extremely low for crowds and 10 being extremely high, the fall months are often anywhere between 2-6! Though we will note that during the Food and Wine festival (especially weekends) EPCOT’s crowd level tends to be a tad higher.
8. Night of Joy
Night of Joy is a Christian Music Festival held one weekend every year in Disney World. This year’s event is September 9-10th and will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World. This is a hard ticket event so be sure to buy your ticket early! The festival features a wide array of music. This year some of the acts include MercyMe, Switchfoot, and Casting Crowns.
As mentioned in our last blog, fall brings EPCOT’s Food and Wine festival. The festival is not the only culinary delight during this time though. Disney World is often filled with many delicious wonders waiting to tempt your taste buds! In Magic Kingdom why not stop by Sleepy Hallow Refreshments near Liberty Square and indulge in a pumpkin spiced waffle sundae? Travel around the world on a culinary adventure in EPCOT with the Food and Wine festival or stop by L’Artisan des Glaces in the France pavilion for some unique and fall inspired flavors. Hollywood Studios is sure to serve up some fall theme sweets such as a carrot cake with a pumpkin mickey topper! Animal Kingdom doesn’t get left out of the delicious fun either. The park offers up a Bat cupcake! There are many more treats with no tricks to be found. So why not explore, you never know where you will find your next favorite treat.
6. Dapper Day
Many Disney fans know Dapper Day, but there are a few who do not. So what is Dapper Day? Well it is a semi-annual gathering in Disney theme parks (most often Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris), in which fans of fashion and Disney can combine their two passions and stroll around the park at this unofficial gathering. Participants dress up in fashions that range, but often add Disney flare to their attire. You don’t have to participate to enjoy Dapper Day either! Though should you chose to participate we encourage you to look closely at the dress guidelines so you have appropriate attire.
Due to the lower crowds during fall, Disney has started to offer discounts as incentives for more people to come vacation during the slower time. One of the most popular discounts Disney offers is “Free Dining”. This offer includes the purchase of a hotel and ticket package at select resorts and then includes the “free” dining. For those of you who are not familiar with the Disney Dining plan, there are currently three tiers.
Quick Service Dining Plan entitles each guest on the reservation 2 quick service meals and 1 snack per day of stay as well as the resort refillable mug.
Disney “Regular” Dining Plan entitles each guest on the reservation 1 quick service, 1 table service and 1 snack per day of stay as well as the resort refillable mug.
Deluxe Dining Plan entitles each guest on the reservation 3 credits per day (can be used in any combination of quick and/or table service) and 2 snacks per day plus the resort refillable mug.
If you book a Value Resort you can receive the Quick Service Dining plan for free. If you book a moderate or deluxe resort you will then receive the Regular Dining plan for free. Please note that if you would like you can upgrade your dinning but you will pay the difference per day.
4. Celebrate the Magic
Celebrate the Magic is a castle projection show that is shown nightly at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. It transforms the castle into living art which honors the art and storytelling of Disney. However during fall expect to see a few Disney villains bringing their own flare to the show leading up to Halloween. Be sure to grab a great spot around the Castle hub to see the show! It is one you won’t want to miss!
3. EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival
There’s so much to see, do and eat here you probably need more than one day to do it all! EPCOT is already known for the culinary delights of World Showcase, but come fall the park is turned into a culinary world’s fair. This year features 30 unique kiosks to wine and dine your way across the world. There’s also culinary demonstrations, seminars, and celebrity chefs. Don’t forget to end your night at the American Garden’s Theater for the Eat to the Beat concert which features many popular acts throughout the event.
Disney decorations are simply the best to put you into the spirit of fall. Even in Florida the orange, brown and red colors flood Disney theme parks as well as resorts! Disney is all about the details and they go above and beyond when it comes to decorations. I would really like to take a minute and shine some well deserve appreciation and gratitude to all the cast members who transform Walt Disney World throughout the entire year. While guests sleep in their comfortable resort beds, these cast members are hard at work in the parks and resorts bringing the magic of Disney to life. Here is a short video from Disney’s site with a sneak preview of last year’s fall decorations.
1. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
This event is truly not to be missed. On select nights throughout September and October the Magic Kingdom Park closes at 7 PM to all guests who do not have a ticket to the party. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween best (please see guidelines as per Disney for costumes) for this spooktackular night! The Magic Kingdom is transformed as guests are invited to trick or treat all over the park, watch Mickey’s Boo to You Parade, Hallowishes (replaces Wishes), and of course the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltackular! We will have a full party review this year as one of our own will be attending the party in September. So stay tuned for more on the party.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list and that it inspires you to visit Walt Disney World during the fall season. It truly is a magical time to visit with something for everyone!