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!

Magical Blogorail Red: Celebrating #Disneyland60

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.


On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world.  On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world. On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red post!  This month, we are gearing up for all the excitement, grandeur, and spectacle of the #Disneyland60 anniversary!  My family is fortunate in that we will be able to enjoy Disneyland on July 17, 2015 — the 60th Birthday of this incredible vision of Walt Disney!  In this post, I plan on sharing with you all my hopes and dreams for that day, all the things that we hope to enjoy, and what that day means to me personally.  So hop on and join me and my wonderful Blogorail teammates as we share what it means to us!

On July 17, 1955, the following attractions were open for the general public that are still open to this day:

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Main Street Cinema
  3. Disneyland Railroad
  4. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  5. Casey Jr. Circus Train
  6. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  7. King Arthur Carrousel
  8. Mad Tea Party
  9. Fantasyland Theater
  10. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  11. Peter Pan Flight
  12. Snow White Scary Adventures
  13. Autopia
  14. Mark Twain Riverboat
  15. Jungle Cruise

All of these attractions are ones that I want to enjoy when we are there.  To me, there is something extremely cool about enjoying the attractions today that were there in the days of yesteryear.  I imagine what it might have been like to ride on them on that day, whether they had any issues, or was everything running to Walt’s standards.  Just imagining it takes me there right now!

When we were fortunate enough to go to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th birthday of that park on October 1, 2011, the weather was absolutely spectacular — hardly a cloud in the sky, with perfect temperatures, it was like Disney controlled the weather that day!  For this celebration, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the same thing happen.  It just feels like it will be that way, and regardless of whether it is or not, it will still be incredible.

Cindy, Sophie and I will not be there by ourselves, of course; we will have our niece Stephanie and her husband Shane with us, and we will have our great friend Sheila and her daughter Jagan with us, so the celebration will be even greater because of their being there.  Sheila grew up at Disneyland, it is her home away from home, and she has a fountain of information about the park that I love to hear about.  That will make the day even more special.

Most of all, though, this day is about Walt Disney.  On July 17, 2015, we will celebrate Walt, his vision, his determination, his compassion, and his desire to see families having fun together, and we will look upon his park and give thanks for his life.  On that day, I will look at Sleeping Beauty Castle like it is below, and imagine myself to be there, with Walt welcoming me to the park that day.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Thank you for joining us today — please check out my friend Julie’s post about the 60th Anniversary Dazzling Decor!


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Loop:

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Under the Sea

Under The Sea

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Series, we turn our attention to the Fantasyland attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.  This is another attraction that was developed as part of the Fantasyland Expansion.  The attraction is identical to the attraction of the same name over at Disney’s California Adventure, except for the huge difference in the queue, and that gives the Magic Kingdom version the nod over the California Adventure version in my opinion.  Here are the details for this fun attraction:

Attraction Name: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Attraction TypeSlow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

For those that like the Finding Nemo pavilion over at Epcot, you’ll see a big similarity between the two types of ride vehicles for the attraction, as you will board a Clamshell for your journey into the world of Ariel, Prince Eric, and all the rest of the classic Disney movie.  After the attraction, you’ll be able to stop by and visit with Ariel herself for pictures and autographs!

This is a fun attraction, and I think your whole family will enjoy it, but especially any Princesses in your family that love Ariel!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide is an attraction that is at the top of the list for many people.  Peter Pan’s Flight is one of those attractions that does a terrific job of suspending disbelief and transporting you out of Walt Disney World and right into the story.  Here are the details for this attraction:

Attraction Name: Peter Pan’s Flight
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: Yes

When it comes to the attractions at Walt Disney World, especially at the Magic Kingdom, there are few rides that compare with the excitement we get when we ride Peter Pan’s Flight, which is located in Fantasyland.  With Peter Pan’s Flight, you get it all — a great trip into the classic story of Peter Pan, your own flying galleon to sail off into the night sky with, and a swashbuckling adventure! It always amazes me that the Imagineers were able to make such a realistic attraction. From the moment you take off, the use of forced perspective makes it seem as if you are truly flying! Of course, the Imagineers did create the ride so that your galleon is suspended from a track over your head, which certainly does make it easier to feel like you are flying!

What do you and your family think of this great attraction? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

Next in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series in Cinderella Castle.  This Disney Weenie is the original Weenie for Walt Disney World, and is both a landmark and an attraction.  Inside these walls you’ll find dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, hair styling at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a walk through from the end of Main Street, U.S.A. to the beginning of Fantasyland — although it is sometimes blocked for shows — and of course, you’ll see Wishes soaring high atop Cinderella Castle each night, and on good nights, you’ll see Tinkerbell flying away from the Castle.

Attraction Name: Cinderella Castle
Attraction Type: N/A
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day, except during Wishes.
FastPass+: Not Available

I find it interesting that Cinderella Castle is listed as an attraction on the Disney World website, because it isn’t really an attraction in the sense that I think of it — it’s more of a landmark to me.  Still, it is listed as such on the website, so I treat it as such for our Attraction Guides series.  As a starting point for Fantasyland, though, there is no better structure that I can think of than Cinderella Castle — the building where reality of Main Street, U.S.A. becomes the world of fantasy in Fantasyland.  What do you think of Cinderella Castle?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Cinderella Castle