For pixie dust lovers like me, anytime of year is a good time of year to visit Walt Disney World. With so many seasonal and holiday influences throughout Disney Parks, each visit only further convicts me to somehow find a way to actually live in Cinderalla’s Castle and work on Main Street USA each and every day. However for most people with a smidge less Disney fever, if you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World, you want to find the perfect time of year for your family to have a memorable visit and Fall might be just the ticket depending on your seasonal interests and needs. Check out my five reasons you should consider a visit to Walt Disney World this Fall!
Not only is the weather often amazing thanks to cooler temperatures by October and November, you’ve also got minimal rain. If visiting the water parks and spending time at the pool are important to your people, consider mid September to get you closer to that first day of Fall but still in favor of having temps warm enough to merit swimsuits.
Early September is historically one of the least crowded times of year to visit the parks. While you may still have late summer temps, its a small price to pay for such an easy experience navigating the parks with fewer guests alongside of you. When it comes to planning your trip inside the parks, my favorite tool to help you track the crowds is TouringPlans.com. The site offers you customized plans down to the hour for mapping out your days based on projected park attendance and ride popularity. While I know it’s so important not to miss more days from school than necessary, be mindful of the fall holidays because native Floridians make the most of those school holidays too with a day trip to the park and busier than normal weekday attendance.
Walt Disney World Resort Discounts
There is no question that staying at a Walt Disney World property has perks and can make all the difference in your magical stay. To make that possible, Walt Disney World Resort often offers fall promotions with savings up t0 30 percent on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, including Deluxe Villa Resort rooms and Deluxe Resort rooms. This fall, the current offer is valid for stays most nights October 4 through November 25 and must be booked by October 3, 2014 while some restrictions apply. That right there makes a fall getaway tempting enough so check out or call 407/WDW-1896 to learn more.
If you follow Disney Sports you know that there is an ever growing list of opportunities to visit Walt Disney World to compete in a variety of fitness events. This fall the spotlight on fitness starts on Setpember 27-28 with the inaugural Disney Fit Challenge. This two-day competitive fitness event will be hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and involves athletes competing in different fitness challenges that test a participant’s speed, strength, skill, endurance, balance and power and are based on age and skill level.
Next up it’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, Oct. 3 – 4. The weekend features a haunting nighttime 10-mile race starting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, running through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and finishing, appropriately enough, near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Runners and guests are invited to the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash post-race party where they can enjoy live music, Disney characters and access to attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock “n” Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Toy Story Mania! until 4 a.m. Admission to the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash is included for runners, while friends and family can purchase tickets for the party. Families also can enjoy the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids’ Races at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, Oct. 4. A two-day runDisney Health and Fitness Expo featuring several vendors and a speaker series takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 – 4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
And the final fitness event of the fall is the 5th Annual Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort on Nov. 7-9. Participants in the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which is sold out, will run a 13.1-mile nighttime race on Nov. 9 through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The race weekend will also include Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids races on Nov. 8.
Visiting Disney Parks for Halloween week and trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom on Halloween night during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is quite possibly one of our favorite Disney Parks vacations ever! I can’t tell you how incredibly magical this was ~ truly no other way to say it ~ and how fun it was for kids and grown ups alike. Not only is this one of Disney’s most immersive park experiences, but guests also attend in costume making for a creative and enchanting night at every turn. Hosted on 26 nights from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, the after-hours special ticket event is full of Halloween spirit. “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular will illuminate the sky in bursts of orange and green fireworks and “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” hosts a gang of ghostly characters as they parade down Main Street, U.S.A. for a haunted, but happy, Halloween season. New this year! The “Villains Mix & Mingle — Live on Stage” castle show and Club Villain, an all-new nightly character dance party experience takes over the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. Villains will be available for guests to meet all night long in locations throughout the park and begins at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight.
And finally, to know me is to know that thanks to my Walt Disney World College Program days at the Universe of Energy, I have quite a soft spot for the wonder of Epcot Center. The landscaping throughout this park is so incredible it makes me want to trade my keyboard for my gardening tools full time and join the horticultural team whose job it is to create so much beauty through flowers and foilage. One event I’ve yet to attend is the Epcot Internationl Food & Wine Festival. In its 19th year and presented by Chase, it takes place Sept. 19 – Nov. 10, 2014. And new this year there will be a rockin’ after-hours street party and a premium food-and-beverage package offered exclusively to Walt Disney World Resort guests. The festival runs 53 days, featuring more than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country. Guests will be able to pair wines and beers with dishes from more than 25 ethnic and specialty marketplaces as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on their complimentary festival “passport” souvenirs. Champagne, cocktails and “mocktails” also will be on festival menus. Eat to the Beat! will provide live entertainment every night at the America Gardens Theatre and will include well known acts such as Hanson, Air Supply, Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, Jim Brickman and Los Lonely Boys.
So just in case you needed some kind of justification that visiting Walt Disney World this Fall is a good thing ~ there you go! I am so grateful that we’ve had the chance to visit as a family at this time of year and hope that we’ll have the chance to return again some day too. I can honestly say that every time I visit Walt Disney World I discover something new and therein lies the magic that truly never ends. Tell me…
When is your favorite time to visit Walt Disney World?
If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this year, check out our post about making those magical plans now. You’ll also want to stop by our Disney Tips Pinterest Board for pixie dusted planning ideas not only from GO MOM! but all over the web too. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ see you next time!
Disclosure: This is not sponsored post ~ just sharing my pixie dusted love for the happiest place on Earth and hopeful you’ll find these tips perfect for your family plans. Special thanks to WDW News for providing access to photos that make the magic truly come alive!