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12 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort In Fall 2016

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Delicious food. Never-before-seen entertainment. And the return of guest-favorite annual celebrations. All of this and much more is on tap for Walt Disney World Resort this fall, making it a great time to visit.

Take a peek below for a taste of what you can expect starting this September and get ready to vacation plan!

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

New Attractions & Entertainment – Fall is a great time to experience some of our recently opened attractions. Earlier this summer, Magic Kingdom Park welcomed “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” stage show; while Epcot debuted Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World, as well as the new character greeting location, Royal Sommerhus. The brand-new “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” is lighting up Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly.

Homecoming at Disney Springs

Disney Springs Openings – Brand-new eateries Frontera Cocina and Homecoming just opened their doors, as well as new retailers like Uniqlo, Vince Camuto, LACOSTE, Free People and Sugarboo & Co. Levi’s Store and others are set to open later this summer and Paddlefish will open late fall.

Spy Princess Elena of Avalor at Magic Kingdom Park – Starting this month, guests will be able to spot Princess Elena of Avalor at Magic Kingdom Park. She’s the first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and the new star of the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor.”

The Great Irish Hooley 2016 Takes Place at Disney Springs September 2-5 – Get ready for a long weekend full of live Irish music, terrific food and performances by the Raglan Road Dancers at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs. Dining reservations are highly recommended and can be made here.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns September 2 – This guest-favorite offering will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights, beginning September 2. This hard-ticket event celebrates Halloween with trick-or-treating, Disney characters in costume, the “Boo To You” parade, “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks and more. Get full details here.

Celebrate Halloween (or Disney Villains) at Club Villain Starting September 2 – On Friday and Saturday nights from September 2-October 29 (and also on October 31), Sunset Showcase will host “Club Villain,” a special ticketed event filled with fabulous performances, delicious food, bewitching cocktails and enchanting encounters with some legendary Disney villains. Two “Club Villain” experiences will be held each Friday and Saturday night, with starting times at 5:15 and 8:30 p.m. Guests can learn more or make reservations here or call 407-WDW-DINE/407-939-3463.

Disney’s Night of Joy 2016 Set For September 9-10 – Disney’s popular Night of Joy Christian music event will be held for the first time ever at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The lineup this year will feature MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin and more. Check out this blog post for full details.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns September 14 – This annual food and beverage celebration will run September 14-November 14, and will feature culinary events, celebrity chefs, seminars, musical acts and more. ABC’s “The Chew” will also return to the festival this year to tape a week’s worth of shows October 5-7. (The taped shows will air on ABC October 10-14 at 1 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. PT. Check your local listings).

Magic Kingdom Park’s 45th Anniversary Is October 1 – Magic Kingdom Park will mark its 45th anniversary this fall. Want a sneak peek at some of the merchandise that will be available? Check out this previous blog post.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 7Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will return to Magic Kingdom Park on November 7 and will be held on select nights throughout the holiday season. This hard-ticket offering features amazing seasonal decor, a holiday parade and fireworks – and a brand new stage show this year! Full details here.

Holidays Around the World & The Candlelight Processional Returns to Epcot November 25Holidays Around the World, the seasonal celebration at Epcot, will return to the park November 25-December 30. During this time, World Showcase comes alive with holiday cheer as each pavilion celebrates their culture and holiday customs. “The Candlelight Processional” show will also return to the America Gardens Theatre to offer up holiday music and choirs, as well as a reading of traditional scripture by a celebrity narrator. Details here.

PizzeRizzo Opens This Fall – Walt Disney World Resort’s first-ever Muppet-themed restaurant will open its doors this fall to serve up pizza in the Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be on the lookout for more details on this fun location soon.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks for more coverage of these fantastic events. In the meantime, what’s your favorite way to celebrate fall at Walt Disney World Resort? Tell us in the comments section below.


  • Sarah Clark
    I’m curious to what hidden mickey’s you are referring to?

  • Will be visiting from Australia and I can’t wait. Really excited as I planned it so that I could go both to the special Halloween and Christmas’ parties. Five years saving and waiting for this special holiday and I am getting more excited every say. Thanks for all your valuable information. I love visiting the Disney Blog.

  • It there anyplace that has a COMPLETE list of who appears at Club Villain?

  • Hi, i’m asking the same question of the other people:
    -Our trip is book for Oct7 up to october14, Can you confirm the Star Wars firework for that moment and the hour park and the jungle book show for Animal Kingdom as well?
    Thank you

  • I have been watching and waiting patiently. I don’t know why there is such a secrecy about the Hidden Mickeys. They are being released so late in the year (apparently) that I will miss them when we come on 9-3. Why don’t you at least post the pictures. It is ruining our whole trip!
    Rumors are already airing about release date. Why can’t you at least release the date and pics?
    I am DVC and D23 and live in OK. This whole thing is very frustrating.

  • Oops September 24th

  • How can you promote fall when your schedule isn’t finalized? The Star Wars fireworks stop at September 34th and Animal Kingdom hours only go until 6PM. How’s rivers of light doing?

  • Will the Nighttime events at Animal Kingdom continue into the Fall? The park hours for our visit have been changed from 5 to 7:30, but I am not able to see any nighttime events. Thank you!

  • When will you confirm the Star Wars fireworks for late September and into October? I have started booking FastPass, but can’t book everything until timings are confirmed. This is not the world class service Disney are renowned for.

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