What better way to celebrate autumn than with a Walt Disney World vacation? The Magic Kingdom Park is decked out for the fall season with Halloween-themed treats and glowing jack o’ lanterns, while Epcot hosts its annual Food & Wine Festival. The following useful tips will guide you and your little one on what to see and do during the fall at Walt Disney World.
Time Your Visit
Autumn celebrations at Walt Disney World begin in late August and run through early November. Fall décor and family-friendly Halloween entertainment will be available during this time period at select locations.
Enjoy the Fall Foliage!
Most of the fall décor happens at Magic Kingdom. Guests at Magic Kingdom will be welcomed with the sight of autumn-leaf wreaths decked out with Mickey Mouse jack o’ lanterns (they glow after sunset!). The planter beds inside the entrance are also decorated with a whimsical community of pumpkin-headed scarecrows, and the buildings down Main Street U.S.A. are draped festively with orange, red, and yellow buntings! Be sure to get Baby out of the stroller for a few photo ops!
Don’t Miss the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
While the grownups may enjoy culinary demonstrations and tips from top chefs, little ones can also get into the spirit of this annual festival at Epcot. Unique dining options are available at global marketplace kiosks around the Park for adventurous eaters, including Canadian cheddar cheese soup, Scottish lamb stew, and Belgian waffles.
Guests can then “Eat to the Beat” in the concert series that invites young and old alike to sway to the music. While you’re at Epcot, check out this guide for Epcot with Baby on what else there is to see and do.
Plan Your Visit for Best Crowds
With the seasonal parties and extra festivities, fall crowds can still be on the heavy side. If you’re planning a visit into the Parks, take note of the dates on which there is a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Guests at Magic Kingdom who do not purchase the additional ticket for the Party will be required to leave by 7 pm.
Check the entertainment schedule online before planning your visit. I’d recommend visiting another one of the Walt Disney World Parks on any day that the Halloween Party takes place.
Dress Baby in Costume
Children under 12 years old are permitted to dress in costume when visiting Walt Disney World parks. Bring a costume for Baby from home or choose one from a shop – costumes are in stock for kids of all sizes! Keep comfort in mind and always have toddlers wear practical shoes. Check the Disney Parks website for more costume guidelines.
Remember, It’s Still Hot and Humid
September and October can often bring sudden showers and humidity to the Disney World area. Plan plenty of downtime in your Disney day for relaxation and cooling off. It’s always a great idea when traveling with Baby to take mid-day breaks for swimming at the hotel pool or a slow stroller ride in the shade. You may be rewarded afterwards with a much needed nap for Baby (or you!).
Don’t Miss Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
This event is can’t-miss if you happen to be visiting Disney World during the fall season. This separate ticketed event allows guests of all ages to dress in costume, partake of Halloween entertainment and trick-or-treat through the Park.
Special character greetings and certain rides and attractions will be open during the event. Lively dance parties and an exclusive fireworks show round out the night. Everyone from babies to grown ups can wear costumes to this event (check the Walt Disney World website for costume guidelines). Make sure to read these tips on taking Baby to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Attend One of the Seasonal Dessert Parties
Can’t get enough of the sweet stuff? Take in a treat and a show at one of Disney World’s dessert parties. These parties do incur a fee above the admission price. But note that only those aged 3 and up require a ticket, so babies two and under are admitted for free!
There are several dessert parties available at the Parks. Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Party takes place only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. This party offers guests a seated view of the fireworks spectacular and delightful fall treats.
Planning a Disneyland vacation in the fall? Be sure to check out this Disney Baby post about visiting Disneyland during fall.