5 Reasons to visit Walt Disney World in the Fall

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Visiting Walt Disney World in the fall is, in my opinion, one of the best times of the year to visit.  Here’s 5 reasons why we enjoy visiting Walt Disney World in the fall!

1) Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Depending on the time of the season you visit, you may be able to experience the Food & Wine Festival.  This yearly event is held each year in Epcot, and features incredible kiosks of different types of food and wine not normally found at Epcot.  In addition, it also features special presentations from all sorts of celebrity guests.  For 2016, the event runs from September 14 – November 14, almost a full 2 weeks longer than it has ever been, so if you can make it to Walt Disney World to visit, that’s a great time to go.

2) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Over at the Magic Kingdom, this year Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held on 29 nights, running from September 2, 2016, through October 31, 2016.  If you are interested in going and dressing up in costume, check out this post from the Disney Parks Blog, it goes into detail some of the changes this year for costumes. Prices vary depending on how close it is to Halloween, so plan accordingly; also, some dates may already be sold out due to the popularity of this event, but I’m certain that there are dates on the schedule that will not be sellouts, but look into it today to help in your planning.

3) Lower Crowds

School is back in session for most kids in September and October, so if you can go during this time, you’re going to find that the crowds are much less than during the summer months or other peak season times. Even October 1, 2016, also known as the 45th Anniversary of Walt Disney World (and Magic Kingdom) is only at a crowd level of 6 out of 10 for the whole resort, and 7 out of 10 for the Magic Kingdom, according to Touring Plans.

4) Great Weather (usually)

Although September and October is still in the heart of the Hurricane Season, generally speaking, the weather at Walt Disney World during these days is absolutely incredible.  This year, the first half of September is looking at temperatures in the high 80s, and mid 70s for the lows; of course, it isn’t Florida without the forecast being Scattered Thunderstorms, but that’s the same during the other months of the year as well, so just be prepared.

5) Fall Decor

The Mickey Pumpkin Lamp post!

The Mickey Pumpkin Lamp post!

I’ve heard of changes to some of the fall decor, but to me, regardless of what the decorations are, I think that they are going to be great!

So, in conclusion, I’d say that if you can make it to Walt Disney World during the fall season, I’d say do it!  You will enjoy it very much, and you might just find a new favorite time of the year to go to Disney!  What other reasons do you have that I don’t have for visiting Walt Disney World in the fall? Please let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Wordless Wednesday – Food, Wine, and Music!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic has really struck a great theme with me this week!  Her theme is Food, Wine, and Music, and I’ve got several images to share with you that all feature — to this date, anyway — my only experience at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, back in 2011.  One day my wife and I will get back there, maybe with Sophie, maybe not — she may be there already if the gets into the Disney College Program in a few years!

Since the theme is Food, Wine, and Music, I thought I would share my pictures in that order.  So, first up…

The Food…

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

The Wine…

For this section, I’ll admit that we don’t do much drinking, so I don’t really have any good photos…in fact, the only photo I have is this one:

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Music…

What I lacked for in The Wine… category, I have definitely made up for in The Music… category, at least I hope you think so!

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

I hope you have enjoyed my look at the Food, Wine, and Music of the Food & Wine Festival!  Special thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series, and thanks for stopping by to look at what I have to offer you!  Now, please click on the button below so that you can see the rest of the entries to see what they came up with!  Make it a Magical Day everyone!

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Happy Birthday Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Happy Birthday Epcot! Just like the Magic Kingdom, Epcot opened on October 1st!  Of course, there was 11 years between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so last year was the 30th Birthday of Epcot, and that makes this year birthday number 31!  Epcot has so many incredible details that it’s really like going to two theme parks rolled into one!  For starters there is Epcot Future World, which features Spaceship Earth, among other great pavilions.  Then there is Epcot World Showcase, which features 11 pavilions dedicated to different countries around the world.  If you haven’t seen my reviews of them, head over to my “Epcot’s World Showcase” page to read about each of them!

For this special birthday post, I thought I would let my pictures do the talking, and share with you some of the incredible things that await you at Epcot!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy your photographic journey through Epcot — the second park at Walt Disney World!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail from 2010!

Epcot is known for it's special events -- and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is near the top of the list!

Epcot is known for it’s special events — and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is at the top of the list!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  Lightning McQueen wouldn't be complete without Mater!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! Lightning McQueen wouldn’t be complete without Mater!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

Street Performers -- like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion -- are a lot of fun to watch!

Street Performers — like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion — are a lot of fun to watch!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of the things that you can expect to enjoy at Epcot when you visit!  Happy Birthday Epcot!  Are you going to be there to celebrate? If so, tell us what your favorite part of Epcot is, and thanks for stopping by!

Fall at Walt Disney World – a Magical Season

Snow White with Stephanie and Sophie

Snow White with Stephanie and Sophie

With the calendar turning over to September, the fall season opens up at Walt Disney World.  Having been to Disney in September and October just once, my experiences are a little lacking, but in today’s post, I thought I would share with you what I think of when I think of visiting Walt Disney World during this time of year.  Picture this in your mind, if you will:

The weather is absolutely perfect, full of incredibly blue skies, perfect temperatures in the 70s and 80s, and nary a cloud in the sky.  Over at the Magic Kingdom, seemingly overnight it seems, the fall decorations have been put up, bringing a sense of excitement for everyone that is able to witness their appearance.  Here are a couple of photos that I have from that time:

Magic Kingdom Entrance Big Pumpkin

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — whoops, wrong series…

Main Street, U.S.A. Street Lamp

Main Street, U.S.A. Street Lamp

In addition to the fall decorations, everything just seems more crisp, more clean, perhaps; almost like, with the humidity receding into the recent past, it has taken with it anything that may have made your visit less magical.  When we visited for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, the thing I was struck by was how it felt like Disney really did have a dome over the sky to prevent any bad weather.  I don’t think I remember a better time to visit than that weekend in 2011, as these photos show.  Just look at how perfect the sky looks that day!

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

Over at Epcot the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is going on during the fall.  Since we were visiting, it wouldn’t be right to not stand in a kiosk line and try some of the great snacks from around the world!  Also, you never know when you are going to see some of the great sites around the World Showcase, such as the appearance by the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps!

Waiting in line for a snack at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Waiting in line for a snack at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps marches into position to play for us!

The Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps marches into position to play for us!

Of course, a lot of people come to Walt Disney World during this time to see Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party over at the Magic Kingdom.  I haven’t seen that yet, but with the help of a friend of mine, Andre from WDW Shutterbug, I am able to share with you a picture that gives you an idea of what it will feel like if you were to attend during this time.  What I find amazing is how incredibly peaceful it is at the Magic Kingdom late night, with all of Main Street, U.S.A. lit up, and Cinderella Castle beaming at you at the end of the street.  It’s an amazing time, and I’m certain you will agree with me that Andre’s shot truly captures the majestic beauty of the Magic Kingdom during this time of the year.

Special thanks to Andre from WDW Shutterbug for sharing his art with us!

Special thanks to Andre from WDW Shutterbug for sharing his art with us!

Until next time, my friends, remember to make it a Disney Day!

Magical Blogorail Red – Favorite Uses for Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits

MBRed Logo 2013 Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

The Disney Dining Plan is, in my opinion, one of the best things you can do when it comes to planning your Disney Vacation! While the option of adding the Dining Plan to your vacation is not cheap (except in those times when Disney offers it for free!) — the benefits far outweigh the cost in my opinion.  For this month’s Magical Blogorail post, we are going to share with you some of our favorite uses for those snack credits you have for your trip!  I hope that you enjoy these tips, and that they give you some great ideas for your next Disney vacation!

During our last trip to Walt Disney World in June, 2012, we had some extra snack credits that we wanted to use on our last day.  Cindy and the rest of the crew decided the best thing to do with them was to use them before they left so that they could use the snacks for the trip home, and that’s just what they did!

However, to me, my favorite use of snack credits would be to use them during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Many of the delicious offerings that you can get at the kiosks are priced such that they qualify as a snack credit purchase on the DDP!  With this option available, it truly makes for a fun time.  Take a look at some of these that we tried when we went in 2011.

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Shrimp Taco from Mexico Kiosk

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Cannoli from Italy Kiosk

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Seared Mahi-Mahi from Brazil

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

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Creme Brulee from France

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What’s left of Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries from the Scandinavia Kiosk

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Red this month. We will be back Friday, May 17th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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