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Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Nothing beats a fall visit to Walt Disney World Resort. In just a few weeks, the season will return early, giving guests more time than ever to experience favorite festivals, parties and more.

Here’s what’s on tap this fall at Walt Disney World Resort.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties Begin Aug. 25 – This guest-favorite fall event will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights, beginning Aug. 25. This hard-ticket event features Halloween decor, special entertainment, Disney characters in costumes, trick-or-treating (for all ages!), Disney attractions, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, and so much more. This year’s event dates are: Aug. 25 and 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; Oct.1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2017. Guests are also welcome to dress up for the event (be sure to double-check the park’s costume guidelines before you go). Grab tickets here.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns Aug. 31 – This year’s festival will offer 75 days of culinary fun that will include: 35 global marketplaces (including five new ones!), a selection of 39 new marketplace dishes, 65 new cocktail selections, 225 Eat to the Beat concerts and much more. ABC’s “The Chew,” will also return to broadcast five episodes from the festival this year. For a full look at what to expect at this year’s festival, click here.

The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Great Irish Hooley Returns Sept. 1-4 – The 6th Great Irish Hooley music festival will return to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs in just a few weeks. Celebrating Irish song, dance, food and drink, the Great Irish Hooley kicks off performances beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and continues each day and night through late Monday and into the wee hours. This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include: Elevation, Lisa Canny Band, Gary O’Meara Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Jake Richardson, Over the Bar, Rollickin’ Rua and Aaron O’Sullivan. The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, as well as champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, will also share their talents on stage.

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Disney Night of Joy Returns Sept. 8-9 – The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will again host Disney Night of Joy, two evenings filled with joyous gospel, hip-hop, pop, rock, praise and adult contemporary music. This year’s lineup includes performances by artists like TobyMac, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and many others. Browse the full lineup here and grab tickets now.

Which fall offering are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section below.


  • It says on many sites that you can enter the park at 4pm for the mickeys Halloween party? Is this true?

  • I noticed that there is a villain meet and greet scheduled for Photopass Day. Will there be any villain meet and greets scheduled for the Fall season?

  • hello! I’m trying to plan my 2 year old daughters bday surprise but since the frozen dessert party hasn’t been scheduled for November, is there any other suggestions for an Elsa fanatic to end her night.

  • Fall is always a WONDERFUL time to go to Walt Disney World. Living in NJ has made it tough getting to WDW in the fall. As the kids have grown older and are in high school, we just don’t have the time we used to have make the trip economically feasible. Attending Flower & Garden in the spring scratches that itch (somewhat) but I am looking forward to the day when we will be able to to make a return trip to Food & Wine.

  • Would love Club Villain to make a return!

  • Fall is not complete without Club Villians!

  • Hoping for Club Villain too.

  • Is club villian not coming back?

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