5 Reasons You Must Visit the Walt Disney World Resort This Fall

Fall is an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World® Resort and one of our absolute favorites!
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Here are five reasons YOU need to visit!

1) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back! The spookiest event of the year has returned to Magic Kingdom® Park, and this year, there’s a new fireworks show – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular”. Party nights also feature returning favorites, such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show, Disney characters in their finest Halloween costumes and much more. Don’t miss out!

2) The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has returned! Tour 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces as well as explore seminars and special dining opportunities at this year’s event, which will run daily through Nov. 23. The festival’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series also provides nightly entertainment, with performers like Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E., Boyz II Men and many more lined up to appear.  Also, be sure to take in “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” one last time. The show will take its final bow on Sept. 30, in order to make way for the new nighttime show, “Epcot Forever.”

3) Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! Become part of your own Star Wars story by experiencing galactic food and beverages, crafting your own lightsabers, building droids and even helping to fly the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.  TIME Magazine recently named this land “One of the World’s Greatest Places” for 2019!

4) NBA Experience is open at Disney Springs®! This newly opened venue allows you to experience what it’s like to be selected in the NBA Draft, and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight-worthy slam dunks. NBA Experience also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the NBA and WNBA via interactive displays, films and trivia. It’s a “must do” for basketball fans!

5) Enjoy the Hakuna Matata Dance Party one last time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – head to the Discovery Island Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the party, a family-friendly event that features music, dance, games and some favorite Disney friends. The show ends its run on Sept. 30, 2019.

There’s never been a better time to visit and we’d love to help you with your plans! As Authorized Disney Vacation Planners, we know how to make your vacation a magical one — and we never charge a fee for our services. Stress-free planning, peace of mind, and helping you create priceless vacation memories are what we are all about! Contact us for a free quote today!

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New Dates Announced for After Hour Events at Magic Kingdom Park and Animal Kingdom

Disney After Hours events are such a hit that we wanted to share the latest news with you!
Side Shot of Cinderella Castle at Dusck in Magic Kingdom
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In case you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours events, these evening events are your opportunity to experience the magic of a Disney theme park for three hours after regular park hours, which means little wait for attractions, experiences and character meet and greets.

TIP: You can even enter the park early, starting at 7 p.m. on your event night, before Disney After Hours begins!! Ice cream novelties, popcorn and select beverages are also included in Disney After Hours admission once the party starts.

At Magic Kingdom Park, expect little wait at 25 plus attractions and experiences, including favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Space Mountain and many more.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, enjoy the best the park has to offer at night, including the resplendent Tree of Life Awakenings, adventures within Pandora – The World of Avatar and more!

Dates just announced include the following for each park:

Magic Kingdom Park

  • November 18, 2019
  • December 9, 2019
  • January 6, 2019
  • January 13, 2020
  • January 17, 2020
  • January 20, 2020

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • October 5, 9, 19, 26 and 30, 2019
  • November 5, 13 and 19, 2019
  • December 7, 14 and 18, 2019
  • January 9, 16, 22 and 30, 2020
  • February 6, 13, 19 and 27, 2020
  • March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020

If you would like more information about this or other package options, please contact a Vacations with Character® Travel Agent. We have the experience, expertise, and training to help you create the perfect vacation package for your needs. Best of all, our “white glove” service is always free to our clients!

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Rainy Day Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

A little rain should never put a damper on a full day of magic.  There are always exciting activities, attractions and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Here are just a few favorite picks!

Magic Kingdom® Park  

  • When the afternoon parades at Magic Kingdom Park can’t be performed as planned, Disney friends come out to play in the “Rainy Day Cavalcade.” As long as it’s not lightening, this cheery procession brings Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals down the street in antique vehicles, accompanied by a special musical soundtrack and parade performers in colorful rain slickers and galoshes!
  • As for indoor attractions, there’s a lot to choose from! You can hop on a rip-roaring rocket on Space Mountain, take a spin with Buzz Lightyear, laugh it up with the gang from Monsters, Inc., set sail on a swashbuckling voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, or climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy in the Haunted Mansion. You can also fly with Peter Pan, ride in a honeypot to see Winnie the Pooh, board a clam mobile with Ariel and Friends, and even take a friendly cruise on It’s a Small World.
Soarin’ Around the World – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

Epcot®

  • Take flight on Soarin’ Around the World.  This indoor attraction allows you to experience a breezy, airborne adventure as you hang glide above the breathtaking marvels of the world.
  • Go under the sea—without getting wet—on The Seas with Nemo & Friends before getting close up with clown fish, sharks and more in a massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium. You can even visit with manatees! Don’t forget to enjoy some Turtle Talk with Crush too. (My family and I rode out a storm a few weeks ago here and it was great!)
  • Catch a Disney and Pixar short film—in amazing 4D at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. TIP: This is a best-kept secret as the films are always a treat! Afterwards, visit with Figment who’s right around the corner.
  • Pop into the Mexican Pavillion and explore the shops, then take a ride with The Three Caballeros or if you find yourself in Norway, take a Frozen voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel.
  • Eleven countries are represented in World Showcase and the pavilions feature Kidcot Fun Stops, shopping, dining, and even some attractions such as Reflections of China, a Circle-Vision 360º film (note O Canada! is being refurbished and will reopen later next year).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • Step inside Andy’s room and make your way through a toy chest full of classic games before you pick up your 3D glasses and board a carnival-inspired tram and take your best shot a moving targets. TIP: Points pile up when you hit your mark. Hard-to-hit targets are worth more. Aim for secret targets to unleash “Easter eggs” that are worth even more points!
  • Check into the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction where you’ll be hurtled up and down aboard an elevator-style lift and brought into…the Twilight Zone.
  • Make your way over to the indoor Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith and race along the darkened freeways of Los Angeles in a super-stretch limo to the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith. This ride includes a pre-show and the gift shop at the end is pretty neat too!
  • Sing along with Anna & Elsa in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong Celebration.
  • Join the Muppets in a 3D show as they take you on a zany tour of their lab.
  • Explore a Galaxy far, far away in Star Tours or check out the ultimate insider’s guide in Star Wars Launch Bay.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • In Africa, head over to “The Festival of the Lion King,” a high-energy show filled with songs, pageantry and puppetry celebrating the classic movie, “The Lion King.”
  • Venture over to Pandora – The World of Avatar area where you can take a mystical journey into Pandora’s glowing bioluminescent rainforest on Na’vi River Journey attraction. This indoor boat ride will take you on a visually stunning adventure!
  • Embark on a prehistoric tour aboard a Time Rover to save an Iguanadon from extinction at Dinosaur! (Note: this ride may be too intense for small children.)

Character Meet and Greets are also a great way for you to meet some of your favorite Disney characters while avoiding the rain. Character meals are another. Check your My Disney Experience app for locations and times (note: not all meet and greet locations are indoors). Although reservations are usually needed for character dining, the rain may open up some spots due to cancellations, so it doesn’t hurt to check the app!

Some of our favorite rainy day restaurants:  

  • The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park – includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet with some of your favorite friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood.
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot  – an enchanting experience that invites you to feast inside a medieval castle while interacting with some beloved Disney Princesses.
  • Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom  – in the Harambe marketplace allows you to enjoy African inspired dishes alongside some of your favorite Disney characters like Safari Donald Duck and friends.
  • Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – meet some Disney Junior Characters during a memorable breakfast buffet or Minnie Mouse and friends at seasonal dining parties!

Who doesn’t love Disney gear? You can always stay dry and treat yourself to a new umbrella or raincoat! They can be found in the World of Disney at Disney Springs®, Once Upon A Time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Future World kiosk and Mouse Gear at Epcot and the Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park. Mickey ponchos are also located in most gift shops as well.

Lastly, plan ahead! Storms roll in quickly in Florida. Bring a waterproof cover for your stroller (or scooter) as well as a small towel; a poncho could also do the trick. Be sure to fasten it well when you park or it may blow off during a storm. There’s also nothing worse than walking around in wet socks and saggy, soaked britches! Wearing quick drying clothing and shoes – or bringing a change of clothes and shoes just in case – is also a good idea. These items can easily be stored in a locker located at the beginning of the all theme parks if you don’t feel like carrying them during your day.

The weather may not always cooperate, but being prepared can help make your visit at Walt Disney World Resort a success. Another bonus: rain keeps temps a bit lower and crowds a bit thinner as well!