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Why Disney in the Fall is a Great Option

Since we are halfway to Halloween and Walt Disney World has announced a lot of the Halloween magic coming to the Parks this fall, we thought we would look at why the fall is a fantastic time to head to Walt Disney World.

With the amazing decorations, delicious food, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party coming back, fall is being set up to be a fantastic time to visit Walt Disney World.

There are a few experiences that come each fall to Walt Disney World that we feel make this time of the year a festive and fun time to visit.

Food and Wine
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EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The beloved festival that started it all, EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival will be back in 2022 with fun booths, great entertainment, and of course delicious drinks.

The festival this year will run from July 14th all the way through November 19th giving Guests plenty of time to experience all the fun the festival has to offer.

With 25 Global Marketplaces throughout EPCOT, Guests will be able to experience returning favorites such as Appleseed Orchard and Earth Eats but also try new options that will open later during the festival to help keep it fresh.

The festival is a fantastic way to enjoy the many amazing food and drinks throughout the World Showcase.  Adults can enjoy the fine cuisine and drinks while kids can have fun finding Remy throughout the different pavilions.

Guests can also enjoy live entertainment throughout the festival at the American Gardens Theater, another outstanding experience.  Being able to attend this festival at EPCOT is a top reason to visit this fall.

Fall Decorations

Disney knows how to decorate and they don’t skimp during the fall.  Most people hear about how Disney decorates for Christmas, but the fall decorations aren’t to be missed.  From the huge pumpkins throughout Main Street, U.S.A. to the small fall touches throughout the other parks, the decorations truly get you ready for fall.

If you are a fan of the cozy fall touches or love the Halloween decor, fall is a prime time to head to Walt Disney World to enjoy all the additional fall touches they add to the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts.

Lower Crowds

As we are still trying to figure out crowds in 2022, this might not be 100% true this year, but typically early fall is a good time to visit the parks.  With school starting back up throughout the US, it leads to lower crowds and more openings when it comes to dining and resorts.

October can get busy at schools often having fall breaks and many Guests like to experience the Parks right around Halloween.  If you can avoid those three-day holiday weekends such as Labor Day, you have a better chance of lower crowds.

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New Fall Treats

Another fun reason to visit during the fall is all the fun fall-themed treats that are offered.  If you are a snack lover or an Instagram fanatic, these beautifully themed and delicious treats are just what you need.

With the halfway to Halloween release, Disney also provided up some Halloween Eats and Treats and even though a lot of these will only be available through the summer, we know that more treats will be coming in the fall.  From well-themed cupcakes to amazing and adorable popcorn buckets, were know that Disney will have a variety of amazing treats this fall.

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This fall the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will be from November 3rd to November 6th, 2022.  This runDisney event brings participants and supporters to the Theme Parks in a celebration filled with magical miles.

A post-race party will be held in EPCOT where participants will be able to enjoy flavors from around the world as they enjoy an evening in the Park.  This is a fun-filled, magical event that even if you aren’t a runner will inspire you.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

One of the biggest reasons that fall is a great time to visit Walt Disney World is the return of the beloved Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  This spooky, fun-filled event will be running on select nights in Magic Kingdom from August 12th to October 31st, 2022.

Tickets will be on sale on May 12th for those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and on May 18th to all other Guests wanting to participate in the event.

Back this year will be the beloved Boo to You Halloween Parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular featuring our favorite Sanderson Sisters, and of course a nighttime show that will light up the night with lasers, fireworks, and more.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will run on select evenings from 7:00 pm to Midnight giving Guests the chance to experience all the Halloween fun.  Tickets range from $109 to $199 for adults and $99 to $189 for kids.

For those that are a fan of Halloween, this is a fantastic way to enjoy the holiday in a magical way in Walt Disney World.

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New Experiences

Another reason that fall will be a great time to visit is because of all the new opportunities that Guests will have.  We know the newest coaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be welcoming Guests onboard this May.  As this new ride will bring a large crowd, fall will be a great time to experience it after the initial rush.

Also opened in EPCOT is the new Connections Cafe & Eatery.  Guests are raving about this new dining option that Guests can experience in EPCOT.  Fall will be a great time to try it out and see what it has to offer.

Even though we haven’t even gotten to summer yet, we are already thinking ahead to how great it will be to visit Walt Disney World this coming fall.  From the return of the beloved Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to the decorations and overall feel of the Parks.  We can’t wait to see the magic.





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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