- I worked at Disney World for 2 years and fall is my favorite time of year to visit the parks.
- I love dressing up for Halloween events at Magic Kingdom and seeing the characters in costumes.
- There are great dining opportunities in the fall, like the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.
I had the pleasure of working at Walt Disney World for two years, and fall is my favorite time of year to be in the parks.
It usually isn’t that crowded as schools are back and the weather in Florida is getting colder from the sweltering summer heat.
After years of working and visiting the parks, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do, see and eat in Disney World in the fall.
Love walking the main street for the first time after the fall decorations go up
There’s nothing quite like strolling down Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA in the fall. It’s lined with pumpkins, seasonal curtains, scarecrows in fun outfits, and Mickey-shaped pumpkin wreaths.
I have a pumpkin or apple flavored coffee at Main Street Bakery and spend a lot of time steeping everything.
All the decorations make it so comfortable and make it possible to take some really cute photos. I always make sure to have a little photoshoot every year.
This is the only time of year when adults can get all their costumes out in the parks.
Fall is the only time of year when adults can really dress up as their favorite Disney characters in the parks.
Usually, only kids under the age of 14 can wear a full costume, but when special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Boo Bash are happening, adults can give it their all.
It’s such a fun way to celebrate Halloween, especially because you get to see all the unique costumes that everyone has to offer.
If you don’t like wearing a full costume in the parks, you can also “Disneybound” using your usual clothing to match the color scheme or aesthetic of your favorite character in a more subtle way.
I love Disneybounding different characters all year round, but it’s especially fun when the park is decorated for Halloween. Park staff and other guests will also enjoy your outfits, which allows for fun interactions with fellow fans.
Although they cost more, events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Boo Bash are definitely worth it.
I think Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the best special event that Disney World has all year round.
It usually runs from late August through October 31 and requires a special park ticket which is usually a bit more expensive. But in addition to donning fun costumes, guests have the option to take tricks or treats all over Magic Kingdom and feel like a kid again.
There are also special entertainment offers that are unique to the event, such as the Boo to You parade, the “Hocus Pocus” stage show and exclusive character encounters.
The Boo to You Parade is my favorite. It contains all the classic characters including Mickey and Friends, the Hundred Acre Woods gang, most of the Princesses and their Princes, Pixar stars, Haunted Mansion maids and butlers, and a wide range of villains.
For 2021, amid COVID-19 restrictions, Disney has changed the event to After Hours Boo Bash, which still offers Halloween-themed entertainment, but on a smaller, more socially distanced scale.
There is so much cute merchandise to browse in the fall
I love Disney merchandise, and when fall rolls around I want to buy just about anything in stores. There is something about Mickey Mouse shaped pumpkin lanterns that I just can’t get enough of.
If you’re a huge fan of Haunted Mansion, “Hocus Pocus” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” now is a great time to refuel.
I recommend going to World of Disney at Disney Springs or the Magic Kingdom Emporium as these are some of the larger stores on the property. But luckily, you can find fall products all over the place.
Be sure to check what type of costumes your favorite characters are wearing
Seeing characters is always a highlight of any Disney trip, but it’s extra special in the fall when you get to see their Halloween outfits.
It’s the cutest thing to see Mickey disguised as a vampire or Winnie the Pooh disguised as a bumblebee.
You never know how your favorite character will dress, and it’s exciting to see him in anything other than his typical outfit.
I also love seeing all of the Magic Kingdom park workers in their festive Halloween uniforms.
Hollywood and Vine gets a Halloween makeover
Hollywood and Vine is a restaurant located in Hollywood studios with a character buffet dinner.
But in the fall, it turns into a Halloween-themed dining experience.
All of the classic Disney characters – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald – are dressed in their Halloween costumes. They also have Halloween inspired desserts and festive decor throughout the restaurant.
Haunted Mansion always puts me in the Halloween spirit
Of all the rides in Disney World, Haunted Mansion truly epitomizes the Halloween season.
If you’re like me and love to be scared – but also a huge wimp when it comes to anything scary – this is the perfect ride for you. There is such a great mix of fear and fun.
Taking a walk always gets me in the Halloween spirit.
If Halloween isn’t your thing, head to Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival
Fall isn’t complete unless I go to Food and Wine at Epcot, which usually runs from August through November.
This is my favorite festival that Epcot has throughout the year, as it is packed with amazing food and drink inspired by cuisines from around the world.
One of my favorite booths is Appleseed Orchard in the Canada Pavilion. It offers an assortment of different beers and ciders as well as sweet treats like an apple ice drink and apple pies and crumble.
Candy Corn Milkshake at Tomorrowland is a must-try
The Sweet Corn Milkshake at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland is only available during the Halloween season.
It’s flavored with sweet corn and topped with a large Mickey-shaped marshmallow.
This is just one of the many seasonal goodies that can be found at Disney World at resorts, parks, and Disney Springs.
Garden Grill reminds me of a Thanksgiving feast
Garden Grill in Epcot’s The Land pavilion is another fine dining experience with an all-you-can-eat family meal.
I think one of my favorite things about the fall season is all the delicious food, and this buffet reminds me of a Thanksgiving meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a harvest salad and a berry shortcake.