It can be tough narrowing down when to plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. After all, there are many factors to consider such as crowd levels, weather, special events and more. While you can't go wrong with whatever time of year you choose, we have a few reasons why fall is our favorite time of year to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth. You know it's spooky season when the pumpkin wreaths and fall foliage adorn Main Street, U.S.A.!
Expect this fall to be an especially frogtastic time to visit as Walt Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary celebration! Enjoy new openings, fun events and seasonal food and merchandise. Hop along with us as we explore all of the fall fun waiting for you at Walt Disney World!
Our Favorite Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World This Fall
Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration
It's time to celebrate the big 5-0! The "World's Most Magical Celebration" will kick off across all four Walt Disney World theme parks Oct. 1, 2021, and will run for 18 months. The celebration includes new attractions and entertainment, decor, EARidescent character outfits, special merchandise, nightly projections on each of the park's icons and more. We can't wait to celebrate!
It's an especially great time to visit to experience brand-new rides and shows, all debuting Oct. 1! At Magic Kingdom, witness Disney Enchantment, the new nighttime spectacular with dazzling projections and fireworks. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, enjoy the all-new daytime show, Disney KiteTails. At EPCOT, race through Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and end the night with Harmonious, billed as the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney Park!
Expect busier crowds starting in October due to the new offerings. September may see lower crowd levels as tadpoles hop back to school and with most frogs holding off on visiting until the Oct. 1 festivities. Don't worry though — the celebration lasts 18 months so there's plenty of time to party! Check out our 50th anniversary guide for all of the EARidescent details.
Toadally Fun Special Events
Some of our favorite events hoppen during the fall! Over at EPCOT, the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is taking place now through Nov. 20. This frog-favorite event allows guests to wine and dine around World Showcase and Future World, sampling special food and beverage items from a hodgepodge of cultures. I’m not joking when I say that Leap trains for this event each year — who knew eating around the world can be taken as seriously as a sport? And the best part is, you can experience the festival with regular park admission!
While Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party won't be taking place this year, Disney World debuted the separately ticketed Disney After Hours Boo Bash as a special way to celebrate all things spooky! Occurring on select nights at Magic Kingdom now through Oct. 31, guests can enjoy special character cavalcades, trick-or-treat candy stops, character sightings and lower wait times for favorite attractions.
Later, Disney Very Merriest After Hours will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 8. In addition to complimentary treats, character sightings and ride overlays, guests can catch Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade!
Enjoyable Weather (Particularly October and November)
There’s no escaping the hot and humid weather during the summer. So, when the fall season rolls around, we always welcome the cooler temperatures with open arms. (Hellooo, spirit jerseys!) September remains fairly hot with an average high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit. While the daily afternoon thunderstorms start to decline this month, it’s still important to pack a poncho or umbrella and have a Plan B for inclement weather.
October brings warm days and cooler nights with much less rainfall than the months before. You can still wear T-shirts and shorts during the day, but we recommend packing a light sweatshirt or jacket for the evenings. November continues this trend, but keep a close eye on the weather forecast leading up to your trip. The first cold front of the season (OK, cool front, this is Florida after all) usually hoppens this month. Layering is key to staying comfortable in the fall.
Hoppin’ Good Hotel Rates
Because fall is typically a slower season, you can often score a ribbeting deal at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. And if you book through us, you’ll gain even more savings! On property, you have many hotels to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly value hotels to luxurious deluxes (or, get a mix of both at the moderates). Plus, coming Oct. 1, hotel guests can take advantage of the new Early Theme Park Entry benefit. Expect immersive theming no matter which hotel you choose. (Might we suggest the new "Moana"-themed rooms at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort?) Hop on it if you’re already thinking of booking a reservation!
Spectacular Seasonal Decor
Even if you’re not attending any of the holiday-themed After Hours events at Magic Kingdom, you can still revel at the decor spread throughout the theme parks and resorts. Fall leaf Mickey wreaths and jack-o-lanterns pop up everywhere along Main Street, U.S.A.
As soon as Jack Skellington bids farewell, Magic Kingdom transforms into a winter wonderland overnight. The rest of the theme parks and the resorts join in with towering Christmas trees and gorgeous garlands. Star-shaped wreaths along Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are usually the first decorations to pop up (as early as mid-October!). Most Christmas decor is in place by the week of Thanksgiving, and this year, guests can expect special holiday-themed projections on Cinderella Castle.
Tasty Fall Flavors
Is that the smell of pumpkin or peppermint in the air? Walt Disney World serves up seasonal, sweet and savory flavors across all of its properties. (Like the delish treats pictured above ... drool!) Themed offerings are available at all of the Disney theme parks, as well as Disney Springs. And keep an eye out! As we get closer to winter, Disney usually gifts us a festive foodie guide to the holiday goodies heading to the parks. We're making a list, and checking it twice ...
And in even more hoppy news, Minnie's Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine is back at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Minnie's Halloween Dine is serving up a monster feast this fall with happy witch Minnie Mouse, spooky cowboy Goofy, vampire Mickey and his pal Pluto.
Toadally Cute Merchandise
And speaking of lists, boy do we have a shopping list ready for our next trip to Walt Disney World! Whether it's masks, backpacks, Mickey ears, spirit jerseys, T-shirts or pins, super cute seasonal merchandise can be found all across Walt Disney World Resort. It's only around for a limited time and generally goes scary-fast, so grab it while you can! If you're more of a holly-jolly froggy, Christmas offers an equally tempting array of themed merchandise to stuff your stocking. And don't even get us started on all of the new 50th-anniversary merchandise — adorbs!
Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the fall? Let us know what you are looking most forward to in the comments below!