Fall is one of the best times to visit Disney World, with comfortable temperatures, low crowd levels and special events that are suitable for the entire family. You'll be able to visit more rides and attractions during a fall vacation, thanks to the lower crowd levels.
Even though fall is not terribly crowded, you still need to make dining reservations well in advance for popular restaurants like Le Cellier Steakhouse and Teppan Edo. Epcot's Food and Wine Festival takes place in the fall; this event will cause many dining locations in Epcot and World Showcase to book up early.
The following pieces have been assembled to help you plan your fall Disney World trip, and get the most out of your vacation once you arrive:
Fall Fun and Events
Many of Disney World's fall events are popular and heavily attended, with tickets often selling out early. It is important to purchase tickets for these special events and make related Disney hotel reservations well in advance.
- Night of Joy is a Christian music festival held two nights in September featuring concerts by world renowned Christian music artists.
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a safe and very fun way to celebrate Halloween. The kids get to dress up and trick-or-treat, and the whole family can enjoy the special Boo to You Parade. Look for insider tips with Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party Secrets.
- Stretching from mid-September through mid-November, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival showcases International cuisines and wines from across the globe.
Thanksgiving transitions Disney World from fall into the winter holidays with many Christmas decorations already in place. You can be thankful as you sit down to a traditional holiday dinner at one of the Disney World resorts or in the theme parks.
Enjoying the Parks
During some holidays and special Disney World events, visitors may experience heavier than usual crowds. Knowing how Disney World's Extra Magic Hours and Disney's FastPass+ work and using them will help you avoid spending too much of your time in line at some of your favorite rides and attractions.
Families visiting with kids may want to take advantage of Disney World's Rider Switch Program or Disney's Single Rider Program to further cut their time in line; but, if you find yourself standing in a seemingly endless line, try these Disney World line buster ideas to help pass the time in line.
Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since June, 2000.