Your Guide to Disney’s Fall Festivities

Fall is a fabulous time to visit the Walt Disney World resort complex thanks to milder daily temperatures and pre-peak season prices. In fact, the week after Labor Day through the week of Thanksgiving and the week after Thanksgiving until mid-December are two recommended sweet spots for enjoying all that the parks have to offer without enduring the biggest crowds and the priciest lodging options. If you’ve got a trip to Disney on the books in the coming weeks, read on to learn about all the special seasonal happenings in store for you.

Starting with the Magic Kingdom, head to the Liberty Tavern restaurant to get into the spirit of the season and tuck into a traditional family-style Thanksgiving meal featuring all-you-can-eat roasted turkey, pot roast, and pork, an array of New England-inspired side dishes, and a decadent dessert of delicious toffee cake or all-American apple cake. And, as a special bonus, this fall you’ll also enjoy the ambiance and attractions associated with Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, which is being celebrated at the park from October 2021 through the end of March 2023. As part of the anniversary festivities, you’ll enjoy 150 unique dishes and drinks designed for the occasion, plus EARidescent character costumes, lavish castle decor, and limited-edition anniversary merchandise.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, check out special fall events such as Minnie’s Seasonal Dining for lunch and dinner at the Hollywood & Vine restaurant, where you can dine with Disney characters adorned in special attire for the fall season.

Over at Epcot, don’t miss the always-popular International Food and Wine Festival, which runs from July 14 through November 19. Here, you’re invited to sip and savor your way around the world by sampling global fare and a bevy of beverages. With a menu that includes Asian, African, American, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Norwegian cuisine, there’s sure to be a dish to please every member of your fall vacation party. And, another fun feature of this special fall celebration is the Eat to the Beat concert series which brings in a mix of local talent and iconic musical acts to provide the soundtrack to your fall Epcot experience.  

And don’t forget to enjoy the fall weather with a budget-friendly stroll through Disney Springs where you can “Fall into Magic” and enjoy complimentary parking and admission. Here, you’ll discover a variety of unique experiences that are sure to make your fall a festive one. You can pick up Halloween or Disney villain merchandise, sample special seasonal bites like a Jack Skellington Bubble Waffle Sundae or a witch’s flight, and take in live fall entertainment including skeleton stiltwalkers and a four-piece zombie percussion ensemble.  

Stay close to all the fantastic fall happenings at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista, or the Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld. Other nearby options include Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration, Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc, and Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport. Or, check out Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, or Best Western International Drive.