I know, I know, I know. We are in the middle of summer, and I’m already forcing you to think about fall! It’s like when the department stores bring out all the Back-to-School supplies before we even have the chance to properly say farewell to 90-degree weather, beaches and flip flops. But what can I say; there’s just something really special about Disney in the fall. There are so many experiences and unique theming that are only available during this season! Here are some of my favorites:
- Epcot Food & Wine Festival. For all the foodies out there, Epcot Food & Wine Festival is not to be missed. From September 25 to November 16, kiosks offering food and beverages from all over the world will be set up throughout Epcot. This year, there are nearly 30 booths representing traditional cuisine from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, South Korea, and many more! Each booth will have several small plate offerings and wine/drink pairings, and it will run you anywhere from $3 to $8 per selection. For 2015, the festivities will be even better because the Food & Wine Festival is celebrating their 20th anniversary! As part of the celebration, they are expanding the Festival outside of the World Showcase; there will be kiosks and special events to see in Future World as well. On the Disney Dining Plan? Cross your fingers that the trend continues for 2015, because historically, guests on DDP have been able to use their snack credits to pay for these small plates. If you are buying an $8 plate of filet mignon from Canada, that’s a great deal!
- Eat to the Beat Concert Series. What’s good food and wine without entertainment? Musical acts perform at the American Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion every night of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. Different musicians and bands perform throughout the Festival, so make sure you time your visit so you see your favorite entertainer! Performers this year include: David Cook, Tiffany, Everclear, Boyz II Men, Hanson, Chaka Khan, The Pointer Sisters, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and many more. And the best thing is that these concerts are absolutely free with your Epcot admission!
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. If I could have my way, I would go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party every year at Magic Kingdom. This is considered a hard ticket event so you will need topurchase a Halloween Party ticket separately – but the good news is attendance at Magic Kingdom will be limited only to event ticket holders. On Halloween Party nights, Magic Kingdom closes early for regular park guests at 7pm. After 7pm, only hard ticket holders will be allowed to stay in the park. Tickets start at $68 per adult and $63 per child age 3-9. What does your ticket get you?
- Unique character meet and greets: the usual characters dress up in their Halloween costumes, which is fun to see, but there are also rarely seen characters all throughout the park! For instance, the Seven Dwarfs all meet together as a group, and the princesses are usually found paired with their respective princes.
- There’s trick or treating for adults and children alike! What’s better than trick or treating right in the middle of Magic Kingdom? They will provide you with a bag but bring a backpack just in case. You can end up with a whole lot of candy by the end of the night.
- There are dance parties, special shows, parades, and fireworks. Don’t miss the parade led by the Headless Horseman and the HalloWishes Fireworks!
- It’s Disney’s very own version of Comic-Con as mostly everyone dresses up in costume! Some families even dress up as a group (think The Incredibles, Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, or Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and Smee). If you’re looking for an opportunity to dress up as your favorite princess or character, now’s your chance!
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I know it probably sounds odd to see this for a fall-related article, but Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts as early as November 8 this year. Similar to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this is a hard ticket event where only ticket holders are allowed inside Magic Kingdom after 7pm. There are also special shows and experiences, including A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show, the Celebrate the Season Show, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes Fireworks. And while you get candy at the Halloween Party, you get warm cocoa and yummy cookies at the Christmas Party! Ticket prices start at $74 per adult and $69 per child age 3-9.
- Fall & Holiday Decorations. If you time your vacation just right, you can actually see the parks and resorts change from their fall decorations into their Christmas decorations. One day, you will see the big pumpkins and the next, you’ll see Christmas trees! You’d probably marvel at how many people it must take to make a change like that happen overnight, but I like to think that it’s just Disney magic.
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