Autumn at Disney World

IMG_1823...Or fall. Whatever your name may be for the season, it sure is a great time to visit Disney World. The orange and golden hues displayed around the parks are simply stunning. Not to mention the seasonal costume changes, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, exclusive snacks and the always hotly anticipated Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.


We visited the first two weeks of October 2016. Crowds were relatively low, and the weather was a hit. We did encounter Hurricane Matthew just a few days into our holiday, but thankfully it was relatively short lived and honestly, not half as intense as it was expected to be in the area.

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Magic Kingdom looks absolutely stunning at this time of year, and I would find myself spending ages snapping away at all of the intricate decorations that had been put out just for the fall/Halloween season. We even managed to catch the Trolley Show for the first time, and I completely fell in love with the costuming.

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We also paid two visits to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (or MNSSHP, as it's often referred to online). We certainly do not regret splashing out on two sets of tickets. I was initially worried that we'd miss out on a lot if we'd only booked one night, and I was right. Our second time at the party was spent at a much more relaxing pace, enjoying Hallowishes and the Boo To You parade from amazing viewing locations.

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If you're visiting Disney World throughout September and October, I'd highly recommend purchasing a ticket. You can also find exclusive merchandise, snacks that are otherwise unavailable, trick or treating stations around the park and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.
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Did I mention that the parties are the only time that adults are allowed to dress up in character in the parks? 

Another first for us was Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. We'd been to the Flower and Garden Festival in May before, but we were super excited for this. Various booths from around the world are dotted around World Showcase, in addition to the existing pavilions. At each booth you can find food and beverage options that have been inspired by that country. For example, you can find Canadian cheddar cheese soup at the Canada booth, Creme Brulee at France, chicken potstickers from China and butter chicken from Africa. I also had the most amazing carrot cake with cream cheese icing from the American booth. Absolute heaven.

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I'm no wine connoisseur, so my knowledge in that aspect is fairly limited, however many booths also had cocktails and non alcoholic beverages available. The greatest thing about Food and Wine Festival is that, if you're on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use your snack credits at the booths!

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These are just a few things you have to look forward to if visiting the parks in the Autumn months. Let me know what your fall favourites at Disney World are!

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