5 Fantastic Reasons to Visit Disney in the Fall
Summer is coming to an end, children are heading back to school and fall is just around the corner. A vacation might be the last thing on your mind, but it really shouldn’t be. After all, visiting Disney in the fall is really one of the best times to go. Why? Well, we have five wonderful reasons that will have you booking your trip and packing your suitcase in no time:
5. Cooler Temps
Enjoying a vacation at Walt Disney World is a dream come true for many families, especially in the summer when the kids are off from school, but let’s be honest – it can be as hot as well, you know, while you’re there. Average summer temperatures in Orlando, Florida can range from the low 90s and up (and up and up), but from September through November the temperatures drop anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees. You might even have to break out a light sweater at night when it gets even a little, more enjoyably, cooler. For some travelers, this is one of the best reasons to visit Disney in the fall, but there are more.
4. Is Disney in the Fall Less Crowded?
Okay, is there really such a thing as a time when it’s ‘less crowded’ in Walt Disney World? The answer is kind of. The most crowded times at Disney World correlate to the times when kids are typically off from school – summer, weekends, holidays and spring break. So, if you can squeeze in a last-minute vacation in September, when kids have just returned back to school, you’ll get a little bit of a break on the crowds and the long lines. It definitely is a bit less crowded at Disney in the fall.
As soon as the weather gets cooler and the calendar switches over to September, the world focuses on the most important fall topic there is – pumpkin! I mean Halloween! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the hottest ticket in town and the bash has already started. There are a variety of dates to choose from in September and October, so get your ticket now ($85 per adult and $80 per child 3-9, plus tax).
You’ll enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, serenades from The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet and performances by the mischievous Sanderson Sisters and those who they bring along to the party — Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent – at their Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. All of the rides that are open have a Halloween twist, but this event is family-friendly and a memorable experience for all. Cap off your night with an awesome twelve-minute fireworks show.
2. Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
If you can’t get enough of cooking shows, you’ll want to be in Disney for one of the coolest food and wine festivals around. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival takes place from September through mid-November where you can enjoy book signings, food seminars, a food marketplace, family-friendly parties, new culinary masterpieces and the opportunity to meet some of the top chefs in the country.
This year, there will be appearances by Top Chef’s Richard Blais; Tiffani Thiessen; Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; Cake Boss Buddy Valastro; Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. It’s worth a trip to Disney in the fall just for this festival, but feel free to ride some rides and see some shows at the parks while you’re there.
1. Disney’s Marathon
Attention runners! Here is an opportunity run in a marathon and visit Disney all at the same time! The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which takes place from November 1st to the 4th at Walt Disney World Resorts, includes the Disney Fall Feast 5K, Disney Wine & Dine 10K, runDisney Kids Races and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon.
There is also the challenging Disney Two Course Challenge, combining the 10K and Half Marathon. If you finish it, you’ll earn the Challenge medal. For all you early birds, your event begins with an early morning 13.1-mile run through Walt Disney World Resort and later that night you’ll celebrate your achievements at the exclusive Post-Race Party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
We can come up with more reasons to see Disney in the fall if this isn’t enough! It’s such a magical time of yeat to visit!