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8 Magical Reasons to Visit Disney World This Fall

Published on May 16, 2019 by SarahE

As the calendar turns the page into fall later this year, the curtain lifts on an array of exciting new features.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party unveils a new fireworks spectacular. And Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs for a record-breaking 87 days.

Here's Our Top 8 Reasons to Visit Disney World this Fall

New Fireworks for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

A new Halloween-themed fireworks show debuts this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks.

All come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take you on a trick-or-treating adventure. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house.

Held for a record 36 select nights from August 16th to November 1st, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party captures the spirit of the Halloween season.

  • The Magic Kingdon is blanketed in spooky décor, lighting and music parkwide.
  • Mickey’s Boo to You Parade is one of the highlights of the evening.
  • Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular takes place on the castle stage. Trick-or-treating goes on throughout the park.
  • Attractions like Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain get a spooky makeover.

Children are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy the spirit of Halloween with their families. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed, after-hours special event. Tickets start at $79. Book through or the Disney Reservations Center at (407) 827-7350.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sets New Record

The Epcot celebration of cuisine, music and more runs from August 29th to November 23rd. During this foodie festival, Epcot brims with marketplaces, culinary demos, beverage seminars, Eat to the Beat Concert Series and lots of specialty merchandise.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak sends guests on an adventure searching for Remy in a savory scavenger hunt around the festival. Fun for all the family.

Eat to the Beat concerts will bring a lineup of pop, rock, R&B, country, Christian, swing and Latin artists. Three shows every night of the festival through November 19th.

Families will find a play area for kids and an international flair – including kid-approved menu items – at many of the 30-plus Global Marketplaces.

Fun Fact: This year’s festival offers 249 Eat to the Beat concerts!

Epcot Forever Debuts

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth has brought each day at Epcot to a thrilling close for 20 years. Visitors have marveled as World Showcase lagoon came to life with fireworks, fountains and lasers. The show’s final night will be September 30th to make way for an all-new, limited-time spectacular.

Epcot Forever will debut on October 1st. This new show will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Epcot. The new show will feature fireworks, lasers and choreographed special-effect kites accompanied by a stirring collection of songs celebrating Epcot.

NBA Experience and Special Seasonal Offerings

Basketball is officially “in season” this fall. The brand new NBA Experience will be holding a championship-worthy grand opening August12th at Disney Springs.

When you step into this re-creation of a modern NBA arena, you’ll feel what it’s like to be a basketball superstar. The one-of-a-kind destination features 13 unique interactive and hands-on experiences. Disney magic merges with the thrills of the NBA and WNBA.

NBA Experience will span 44,000 square feet of basketball action and fun.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on August 29th at Hollywood Studios. Visitors get the chance to live their own Star Wars stories.

The action takes place on Batuu, a far-flung planet populated by scoundrels and adventurers. You'll be able to stop for a drink at Oga’s Cantina or discover rare artifacts at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.

The groundbreaking attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run gives you control of the iconic spacecraft as the ship hurtles through space on a smuggling mission.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will put you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. This will be opening later in 2019,

Fun Fact… Guests will play one of three unique and critical roles in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You'll have multiple ways to experience the attraction as a pilot, gunner or flight engineer.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences will be subject to capacity.

Disney Skyliner Takes Flight

A new mode of transportation will float through the air around Walt Disney World this fall. Disney Skyliner, a state-of-the-art gondola system, begins gliding guests across the sky in custom cabins.

Disney Skyliner will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels: Art of Animation, Pop Century Resort and Caribbean Beach Resort. Disney’s Riviera Resort (planned to open in mid-December) will also be connected once open.

Select gondolas will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior designs to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along. Disney Skyliner will offer a new way to experience Walt Disney World with amazing views only available from the sky.

Animal Kingdom Lights Up at Night

As the sun sets earlier and earlier this fall, nighttime experiences will come to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Rivers of Light: We Are One is the next chapter for this nighttime show on Discovery River. Updates include dramatic new imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films. Plus a colorful tapestry of unforgettable moments from Disney animated films.

2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Marks 10-Year Milestone

This fall’s runDisney race season is a delectable celebration 10 years in the making. The 2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend takes place October 31st to November 3rd.

Filled with a delicious slate of events and Disney magic along every mile, this year’s event includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon and kids’ races.

During this year’s Disney Fall Feast 5K, guests can run, jog or walk their way around Epcot.

At the November 3rd post-race party, guests enjoy after-hours access to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, including marketplaces and select Epcot attractions. For all race-season details, visit Guests can also register via the celebrated charity for this year’s event, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Fun Fact… runDisney is one of the most popular race organizers in the United States, with more than 188,000 runners participating in events throughout the year.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Fall vacation, there's so much to do. We hope to see you there!

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Our Florida journey began over 2 decades ago when we were searching for somewhere warm for winters. We discovered Florida was the perfect choice. We started spending every winter there and absolutely loved it. Orlando quickly became our permanent ‘winter home’. We were true Snowbirds! We decided to make our commitment a little more concrete in 2005 and bought our first vacation home – Serendipity at Indian Creek. We soon discovered we LOVED being in the hospitality world, so we decided to expand a little. We purchased Sleepy Hollow in 2010. Five years later we came across Serenity Lake House in 2015 and just had to have it to complete our portfolio. We now spend half the year on Disney’s doorstep in Orlando,. The rest of the time we're either in our second home in Scotland overlooking a beautiful Scottish Loch, or enjoying time with family in Cyprus. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? Ours is served with Pixie Dust on top :)
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