It is no denying that Disney really enjoys events and holidays. From September through the beginning of January there are countless events that take place at Walt Disney World Resort, and decor changes galore. These events include Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Festival of Masters, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Candlelight Processional, Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights, and more. The events celebrate holidays, special interests, and beautiful arts & crafts. There truly is an event for everybody. In the next couple of posts I will feature different events to give you all a small taste of that the festivities entail. So, let’s get started!
September & October
Fall is one of my favorite times to visit the resort. First, the weather is just much more pleasant! But besides the weather, you also have to take into account the different events and choose accordingly! Crowd levels also tend to be a bit lower, and Disney often offers some amazing vacation package deals during this time. This year they featured a room only offer that saved up to 30% on your Disney Resort hotel, and a free-dining promotion. Considering the events during this time the free-dining promotion is pretty amazing.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Fall events kick off at the Magic Kingdom Park with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which runs on select nights through November 2nd. This is a separate ticket event, and many evenings will sell out, so be prepared to purchase tickets well in advance. There is a sister party at Disneyland, so if you are headed to the west coast you can still enjoy the party at Disneyland Park!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a fun, safe, and entertaining event for the whole family. Guests often arrive dressed in their Halloween costume (no scary costumes are permitted), and participate in trick-or-treating throughout the park, special photo opportunities, meet & greets with Disney characters dressed in their Halloween finest, and appearances by some of the less common Disney characters (Jack & Sally were there this year!), a special Boo-to-You parade, and a special presentation of HalloWishes. You can even witness the Headless Horseman come galloping down the street prior to the parade. The Party Map can be viewed here.
I attended the party a few years back with a friend while we were in town for a wedding, and it was so much fun! My favorite part was getting a photo with Snow White and all 7 Dwarfs together. Plus the decorations, fireworks and parade were incredible! I love all the attention to detail that Disney includes throughout the park to highlight the time of year. There are carved jack-o-lanterns throughout each land of Magic Kingdom that often feature carvings indicative of the location, Halloween garlands, special window displays, and more. Cinderella’s castle even features some unique lighting for the occasion.
The party isn’t just about candy and kids, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Since it is a special ticket there are much shorter lines at the rides!
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival
The end of September features Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. This event, which runs through November 12th this year, features 29 unique booths that showcase cuisine and beverage from around the globe. There are also special dining events, the Eat to the Beat concert series, special seminars, tastings, and demonstrations. The former Odyssey Pavilion in Future World serves as the Festival Center and houses the Festival Marketplace, many demonstrations and seminars, and book signings. There are also several merchandise locations that offer unique culinary and festival gifts. The Festival Guide can be viewed here.
I was able to attend the Food & Wine Festival a few years back, and loved sampling cuisine from around the world! Believe it or not, I had my first Crawfish Etouffe at the Louisiana Booth in the American Adventure Pavilion. What do I wish I could sample at this year’s Food & Wine Festival? The Lobster and Seafood Shepard’s Pie at the Ireland Marketplace sounds amazing, as does the Dark Chocolate Mouse w/ Chili & Salted Caramel at the Desserts Market. Click here to view the Marketplace Guide.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a really unique event, and it caters to the adult crowd, and the foodie especially. It makes for a great long weekend away from the kids!
A very special thank you to Laura Paisant and the folks over at Handimouse for their assistance in putting this post together! If not for them it would be pictureless!
Next post I’ll focus on a couple of the holiday events, but for a quick sneak peak, I will leave you with the following photo!