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Fall at Disney World is full of colorful decorations and exciting festivals. With events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, an autumn visit to Disney World is a great idea for your family!

In the fall months, the temperatures in Florida are finally starting to cool off a bit, and being outside all day is almost feels bearable. In years past the crowds during the fall months were considerably less than during the summer.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom in the fall, Courtesy of Disney Parks

Fall Decorations at Disney World

Halloween comes early to Disney with plenty of spooky fall decorations on display in September and October. The orange, red, and yellow leaves, hay bales, and Mickey wreaths make great photo opportunities and give the parks a warm welcoming vibe that makes fall a beautiful time to plan a trip!

There is so much fun to be had at Walt Disney World in the fall. So read up on why Disney World in the fall is a wonderful time to visit Orlando.

disney world in the fall

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is celebrating its 25th year in 2020. The festival features special foods from around the world, and of course wines from across the globe!

This year there will be 30 global market places to taste your way through. Designed so that guests can sample as much as they would like. The servings are tasting portion size so you can try a bit of everything! Food and beverages range in price from $3 to $10.

When is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

The Food and Wine Festival usually begins in late August and runs through the middle of November. Entry to the Food and Wine Festival is included with your Epcot park admission.

The Eat to the Beat concert series is also held nightly during the festival. These fun and free concerts are a great way to slow down and enjoy the Disney atmosphere while enjoying the talent of the musicians. Concert times are Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM & Fridays and Saturdays 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM, & 9:00 PM

Food & Wine Festival Highlights

In addition to the food and wine tastings and free concerts, special events are also held during the Food and Wine Festival. These do cost an additional fee, and reservations are required usually needed.

Beverage Seminars– For just $19 a person, guests can learn about beer, wine, and spirits from industry professionals. 

Food and Beverage Pairings with a Master Chef– This is a 45-minute experience with a Master Chef. The chef shares how best to pair delicious food and drinks together. This experience costs $29 per guest, and reservations are highly recommended.

Cheese Seminars– Sample some amazing cheeses from around the world paired with beer or wine. The cost is $95 per guest.

Kids Can Make Candy Sushi– For just $10 per guest, your kids can learn how to make sushi with candy from a Disney chef!

Culinary Demonstrations– Learn how to cook from a professional chef! These demonstrations are just $19 per guest.

Sunday Brunch with a Chef– Who doesn’t want to enjoy Sunday brunch with a celebrity chef? What an amazing opportunity! Brunch with a Chef costs $139 per guest, and reservations are highly recommended. 

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops– Mix it, make it, celebrate it workshops allow you to work with professionals in their industry making cocktails, cheese, appetizers, and desserts. These workshops are $45 per guest, and reservations are recommended. 

Party for the Senses– A Masterful Medley- This event is a one of kind spectacular, and it is priced as such, running at a hefty $229 to $359 per guest. However, it truly is an event to remember.

You will taste creations from more than 20 different renowned chefs, and there are of course wines, beers, and spirits to pair with those dishes. There is also live music, beautiful decorations, and a wine glass commemorating the event to take home.

disney world in the fall

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts in the middle of August and runs on select nights through Halloween. Guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween finest. There are lots of fun activities for guests, including trick or treating.

If you are attending the Halloween party make sure that you don’t miss the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, and the Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks!

Rides are still open throughout the party and wait times are usually pretty short. A smart plan is to ride during one of the two separate parade times. Trick or treating is available throughout the park. All locations are highlighted on the Halloween party map.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, or MNSSHP, and it’s also known, typically runs from the end of August until a day or two after Halloween.

2020 Halloween Party Dates-

On June 18th, Disney announced that all Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties have been canceled in 2020.

August 13, 18, 21, 25, 28

September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

November 1

You do need additional tickets to attend the party. Magic Kingdom guests who are not attending the party should be aware that the park closes early on party nights. Party attendees are given special wristbands so that cast members and know who is participating in the party.

This spooky special event it something that you will want to keep in mind when planning your trip to Disney World in the fall, especially if you don’t have tickets to the party.

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs is your opportunity to try fall-inspired cocktails, appetizers, main dishes, and desserts from the restaurants and vendors there. Dates, menus, and participation for this year’s WonderFall Flavors have not been announced yet.

However, in previous years, the event starts in the middle of September and runs through the beginning of November. Last year there were more than 30 participating restaurants and vendors sharing Fall-inspired flavors.

As you can see, Walt Disney World in the fall is a wonderful place to spend your family vacation. There are lots of fun decorations to enjoy, plus all of the fall-inspired foods and drinks to enjoy at Disney Springs.

If that isn’t enough of a reason to visit, then check out Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party and Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival.

There are so many exciting events that you won’t want to miss during the fall season at Disney. Planning a visit in the winter months? Read all about Winter and the holidays at Walt Disney World.

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