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6 Important Facts About Visiting Disney in the Fall

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Walt Disney World. Fall decorations and Halloween celebrations create the perfect atmosphere for feeling the festive spirit. Fall at Walt Disney World is the best time to visit, as many events occur during this time of year.

As you prepare for your fall trip to Walt Disney World, we have a few facts that you will want to keep in mind. Knowing these details before your trip will help you have a better time on your Disney vacation.

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It is Still Warm

As you start packing for your fall trip to Walt Disney World, remember that the early part of fall, September and October, is still hot in Florida. Even though you might have cool fall temperatures at home, Walt Disney World will still be in summer mode for the first part of the fall.

You will start to see cooler temperatures in late October and November, as temperatures will be closer to the 70s to 80s during the day. During these months, the evenings become cooler and more fall-like overall.

Weather is difficult to predict in Florida, so check the weather before you leave. Know that those early fall months aren’t as cool as you might anticipate. Plan accordingly by packing sunscreen, hats, water, and fans to keep everyone comfortable in the parks.

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Rain Will Happen

An important thing to remember as you head down for the fall is that rain and storms will happen. Fall is the rainy season in Florida and right in the middle of hurricane season. Be prepared for daily rainstorms. Have ponchos, umbrellas, and waterproof shoes ready to go. By bringing these items, you can still enjoy the magic even when it rains.

Rain storms often clear out the crowds in the parks. If you can stick it out by visiting shops, seeing a show, or having a meal, you will typically be rewarded with lower crowds afterward. Rain storms can also help cool down the parks slightly, which is a nice bonus.

Don’t be surprised by the rain storms during the fall months. You will want to be prepared to continue enjoying the parks.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

One of the biggest reasons to plan a fall trip to Walt Disney World is so you can experience Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. This special ticketed event takes place on select evenings at Magic Kingdom.

During this party, guests can experience the magic of Halloween. Dress in your favorite costume and enjoy trick-or-treating around the park. Visit unique characters such as Jack and Sally or the Seven Dwarfs.

The highlight of the party is Mickey’s  Boo To You Halloween Parade. Led by the Headless Horseman, this parade features amazing floats, including various Disney villains and the gravediggers from the Haunted Mansion. This parade is worth the trip to Walt Disney World in the fall.

Guests of the party also experience unique ride overlays and wrap up the evening with Disney’s Not So Spooky  Spectacular, an all-new firework show just for the Halloween party.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the best experiences at Walt Disney World during the fall months. If you are planning a visit, make sure you plan to attend this event while there.

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EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival

Another fantastic event in Walt Disney World during the fall is EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival. This festival started in mid-July and runs through mid-November, giving guests plenty of time to experience it during their fall vacations.

During the festival, guests can experience a variety of food and drinks from countries around the world. Festival booths are set up throughout EPCOT and provide excellent small plates perfect for sampling a variety of unique and delicious cuisines from around the world.

The festival includes park admission, which everyone can enjoy during their visit.

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Wine and Dine Half-Marathon

Runners head down to Walt Disney World in November to participate in the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon. Over this weekend in November, runners participate in a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon throughout the Disney parks.

This is a massive event for runners, bringing a large crowd to the parks as families and friends join in the celebration. Join the fun by cheering on the runners or signing up for a race yourself.

Halloween Merchandise, Walt Disney World
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Lower Crowds

There is no longer a slow season at Walt Disney World; however, you will find fall to have smaller crowds. Typically, September is one of the slower months at Walt Disney World following Labor Day Weekend. With school starting around the country, most families aren’t heading down on vacation during this time.

The end of October does see an increase as more schools take a late fall break. Halloween week sees more people in the park, so keep that in mind as you plan.

Although you won’t find the parks empty during the fall months at Walt Disney World, you can expect lower crowds compared to spring break and summer. When visiting in the fall, you might be able to skip out on Genie+ on some days as the crowds will be light enough that you won’t need it.

Remember these six facts as you prepare for your fall trip to Walt Disney World. Fall at Walt Disney World is a great time to visit. With lower crowds and cooler temperatures later on, fall has a lot to offer guests wanting to visit Walt Disney World.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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