With all the talk this month about Disney’s Fall Free Dining promotion, the Back-to-School room offer, as well as on sale dates for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the focus has definitely shifted away from Awaken Summer to what’s happening at the parks the end of this year. So if you’re be hitting the theme parks between the months of September and December, here are some of the things you might have to look forward to.
Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival This annual dining and drinking knees-up will take place this year between September 14th and November 14th. Guests will be able to indulge in culinary creations from around the world at the Global Marketplace. Eat to the Beat will make a return with a concert series including artists like Starship, 38 Special and Christopher Cross. Those looking to brush up on their culinary knowledge can do so through numerous tasting events, food pairings, and mixology seminars all making this a 2 month festival not to be missed.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – When many of us have just gotten our heads around the end of summer and back-to-school, Disney will already be serving up Halloween festivities with Mickey’s first Not-So-Scary Halloween Party opening in early September. The event will run over 29 nights between September and October and will serve up seasonal favorites including Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, Happy Hallowishes evening fireworks display and the return of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. Tickets range from $72-105 per adult and $67-100 for children ages 3-9. Disney does offer a slight reduction in ticket prices for DVC and Annual Passholders. Tickets are now on-sale and can be booked online or by calling 407-939-5277.
Magic Kingdom Parks 45th Anniversary – Walt Disney World’s signature park settles into middle-age with a 45th Birthday bash on October 1st. Mum’s the word just now on what exactly Disney will do to commemorate this special occasion but it has been rumored they might have a trick or two up their sleeves. Those headed to the park in early October should watch this space for further details.
Disney Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon – Runners will enjoy this 13.1 mile run starting at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and finishing at Epcot. Held on Sunday November 6th at 5:30 am, participants will receive several perks including the chance to meet Disney characters and entertainment along the route. Runners will also be invited to an exclusive after hours Epcot party complete with DJ. For those not up to the 13.5 mile challenge, the Disney Wine and Dine 10k will be held at 5.30 am the day before (November 5th). So come along and cheer on the participants as registration for runners in both events are SOLD OUT.
Christmas decorations go up at Walt Disney World – The beginning of November is an exciting time to be at Walt Disney World. Halloween is just behind us and seemingly overnight Disney will take down any trimmings from the Fall season and replace them with Christmas decorations. Most of the decorations at Magic Kingdom will be in place for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starting November 7th with the other resorts and theme parks quick to follow suit. The decorations will remain up for the duration of the Yuletide season but come down as quickly as they went up in early January.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party- Back for 21 dates starting the 7th of November and running through December 22nd, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns with some tried and true holiday favorites as well as a new surprise. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will continue to spread its Christmas cheer as will Holiday Wishes. A Frozen Holiday Wish is also expected to return and will this year be joined by Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, a new Christmas-themed show featuring Woody, Jessie, Peter Pan, Snow White, and Alice just to name a few. Guests will also get to cozy up to some of their favorite Disney characters including Jack Skellington and the 7 Dwarfs during exclusive holiday meet and greets. Tickets for the event range from $86-99 per adult and $81-94 for children. There are discounts available for DVC and Annual Pass members. Tickets are currently on-sale and can be booked online or by calling 407-939-5277.
The Candlelight Processional– This much-loved Epcot Christmas performance features a 50 piece orchestra , choirs and a starring line-up of celebrity narrators in this retelling of a Christamas Story . Located in an the open air American Gardens Theater, this event is free to Epcot visitors with performances at 5;00, 6:45 and 8:15 pm each evening. Visitors should be warned however that due to heavier than usual crowds, a viewing spot is not easy to come by. To remedy this, Disney is expected to continue to offer the Candlelight Processional Dining Package where guests eating at participating restaurants can receive VIP seating for the event. During past years, Dining plan credits have been redeemable for this offer. Disney has not released news on dates, or the celebrity line-up but traditionally do so in starting in June. Fans of the processional are encouraged to watch this space for further details.
All of these fantastic Autumn and Winter events coupled with exciting new offerings unveiled in Disney’s Awaken Summer campaign mean visitors to the parks in the later half of 2016 will have a wide array of unique experiences, attractions and events to choose from. There’s never been a better time to visit Walt Disney World.
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