Why I Love Fall At Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort is a year round vacation destination with fanciful activities just waiting for your whenever you choose to visit. That being said, Fall is without a doubt one of my favorite times of year for a Disney getaway. There are just so many wonderful reasons to visit in fall, I thought I would share a few and let you know why I love fall at Walt Disney World!


Why I Love Fall At Walt Disney WorldWhy I Love Fall At Walt Disney World


Weather

Summertime in Florida can be down right oppressive, and for some people it can make touring difficult. I love October and November when the days are still in the mid to high 80s during, and the nights cooling off into the mid 60s once the sun goes down. It's the tail-end of hurricane season so rain is still fairly regular, but more often than not it's just plain beautiful.

Crowds

Disney has done a lot recently to make the crowds more consistent throughout the year, so you're not going to see empty Parks the way that you used to in the fall. However, when you exclude the dates around holidays, the fall still has the lowest overall crowds all year long. Keep in mind though that holidays, as well as evenings and weekends at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, can be elbow to elbow with people.

Halloween

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of my favorite special events at Walt Disney World. Requiring a separate ticket to attend, Disney closes the Magic Kingdom early on select nights in September and October for a spooktacular party. While I wouldn't count this as "park time" for the purposes of touring, it is a really fun and festive way to spend a special night. Be sure to dress up, go trick or treating, and enjoy the villainous entertainment. Even if you don't hit the party, Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom is decked out in fall finery with colorful autumn bunting and foliage, carved pumpkins, and scarecrows.


Trick-or-Treat Your Way Through The ParkTrick-or-Treat Your Way Through The Park


Hearty Fall Flavors

You'll also be able to get your fill of seasonal fall treats at a variety of cafe's and bakeries across Walt Disney World Resort. It seems like all of the Parks offer some spooky sweets and bubbling brews. In 2018 Disney Springs even has a special "WonderFall Flavors" tour for folks that just can't get enough of the seasonal goodies. If you are all about apples, pumpkins, and spice Disney has more than enough to indulge your taste buds.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

This used to be an event not to miss for me, but I'm adding it to this list with a caveat. As Food & Wine has grown over the years it seems like the crowds have gotten more than a little out of control. While I still think it's a foodie mecca, and some of the dishes served are craveable all year long, you won't find me in Epcot after 4pm during Food & Wine.

Low DVC Member Point Costs

Disney Vacation Club Members tend to turn getting the most value out of their points into and art. September and October have some of the lowest point costs for rooms all year long so you can really stretch that annual allotment. This is why you'll notice more DVC Members visiting in the fall.


Disney Restaurants Offer Award Winning Wine Lists


September is Orlando Magical Dining Month

110-plus restaurants across the Orlando area participate in this annual event by serving up three-course prix-fixe meals for $35. From those sales one dollar from each meal will be given to associated nonprofit charities. It's a great way to give by while enjoying a great meal, and even if you don't feel like traveling off-property several Disney based eateries participate every year.

Winter comes early in Disney

For guests arriving after Halloween, November provides a start the Winter Holiday season as well. It takes a little bit of time for the full Christmas decor to be rolled out across the massive property, but it guests will start seeing it pop up just as soon as Halloween is over. In 2018 the first night for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place November 8th, and Epcot's Holidays Around The World begin on November 18th.

Overall September, October, and November are great times to take a Walt Disney World vacation. Leave a comment and let me know what you love most about Disney in the fall.

Lisa B. wrote on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:18:

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I love Fall in Disney as well. Some of your information really isn't accurate. I've been going to Disney every October since 1997. Last year we were there October 14-21. It was 97 and with humidity felt like 105. It was so hot the pools weren't even refreshing. We spent a lot of time sitting in air conditioned rides, shows and the AMC theater at Disney Springs. When I went to book my fast passes this year, I didn't get one thing in Pandora, Toy Story Land or Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster. It doesn't really cool off unless a hurricane blows through in October or you go closer to Halloween or November. It is very crowded due to Food & Wine and the MNSSHP. Just an FYI.....

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 20:34:

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Hi Lisa,

I'm sorry that you felt this article wasn't accurate. I travel to Disney quite often in October and feel like it's an accurate account of my experiences compared to other times of the year. I would agree with you that October isn't the ghostland that it was back in the early 2000s, but data still shows that fall crowds are some of the lowest all year long. As far as the weather goes, I've always found October less oppressive than June - September. That's the thing with weather though, it changes and so do people's tolerances of it.

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on Fall at Walt Disney World!

~Kristen

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