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10 Reasons to Plan Walt Disney World Vacations This Fall

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of the year at our parks and this season is shaping up to be blast. In addition to our annual events, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we’ve welcomed several new offerings to the resort over the past few weeks – and who can forget that the debut of “Glow With The Show” ears is just days away!
'Wishes' at Magic Kingdom Park

In case you haven’t considered visiting Walt Disney World Resort this time of year, here are 10 reasons you should.

  1. “Glow With The Show” Will Debut October 15 – “Glow With the Show” ears are set to debut at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 15 at “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and October 19 at “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park. These will be amazing sights to see!
  2. The Reimagined California Grill is Open – Test out the new menu at the reimagined California Grill, which recently opened its doors. Check out Pam Brandon’s previous blog posts on the restaurant’s new menu and dessert selection.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opened its Doors on September 18

  1. Princess Fairytale Hall – This new Disney princess character greeting area in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park opened its doors on September 18, and is the permanent place to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel (as well as select visiting princesses).

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties Returned on September 10

  1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties – Our popular Halloween offering runs through November 1, and features special Happy HalloWishes fireworks, the Boo-to-You parade, trick-or-treating, and much more. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended and may actually save you money depending on the event date. Tickets are available here.
  2. 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – There’s a lot on the menu at this year’s festival, which offers more than 25 international marketplaces. Be sure to check out the dishes at the Scotland marketplace, which is new to the festival this year.
  3. Eat to the Beat Concerts Take The Stage – One of the highlights of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival are the Eat to the Beat concerts, which are included in park admission. This year’s schedule includes performances by Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain, Wilson Phillips, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boyz II Men and more. Check out the full schedule here.
  4. Food Trucks Arrive at Downtown Disney – As Disney Parks Blog author Darcy Clark previously announced, new food trucks are on their way to Downtown Disney to offer up even more menu options. Keep your eye on the blog for more.
  5. Festival of the Masters Returns November 8 – Downtown Disney will host the 38th Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels November 8-10. This world-renowned fine arts festival features more than 150 artists showcasing their unique works in painting, sculpture, photography and other categories.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns November 8

  1. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 8 – Celebrate the holidays early this year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with event nights beginning in early November. Don’t miss this holiday offering, which includes special entertainment, fireworks, a parade, holiday decor and much more.
  2. Frozen” Character Greetings – Beginning in November, guests will be able to meet Anna and Elsa from the upcoming film “Frozen” in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Read more details in Shawn Slater’s original post.

What’s your favorite fall activity at the Walt Disney World Resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


  • We are coming to the Florida parks in a few weeks, just in time for the Halloween fun. We had tickets booked for Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party for the 31st but my husband realised he’d booked the tickets for the CA park… doh…. so now we are ticket-less as that date is sold out. We are devastated. Have you got any advice? Places we may get the tickets for that date maybe?

  • What about all the delicious pumpkin and Halloween themed concoctions? They’re so yummy!

  • My grand daughter and her mom and dad will be there Nov. 2-5 for her 11th Birthday and the Christmas Party. Happy Birthday sweetheart.

  • My wife & I will be there October 24-28, primarily for the Food & Wine Festival, and December 29 – January 2 for New Year’s (and my birthday, which is 12/26). We’re bringing a couple of friends along for their first Food & Wine Festival experience on the first trip. And this will be out first time there for New Year’s Eve.

    • Sounds like you picked two great times to visit. Fireworks for New Years are amazing here.

  • Reason #11: October 15th Fantasmic’s 15th Anniversary! Never forget that, I know I won’t!

    • That’s a great one, Ryan. 🙂

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