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Charlyn Keating

Fall at Disney World

By October 25, 2012

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

It's my favorite season at Walt Disney World--fabulous fall. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing at the Magic Kingdom, and if you're like me, the season starts officially when the Headless Horseman makes his twice-nightly pre-parade ride through Frontierland and down Main Street. If you're planning to attend this (or the other ticketed event, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party), there is no better place to bed down post-party than the Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Tower, both a short walk from the Magic Kingdom's entrance. You'll thank me when the crowds are hustling to fit on the ferry and buses after the monorails have shut down for the night.

Over at Epcot, the International Food and Wine Festival is the place to nosh around the world. Tapas-sized plates, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, the Eat to the Beat concert series and the gustatory Party for the Senses make this festival a foodie's consummate destination. Skip the crowds and head straight for World Showcase through the back entrance of Epcot by booking a room at the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts, the Boardwalk Inn, or the Swan and Dolphin hotels. It will be a short stumble home from Epcot if you enjoy a bit too much mead. As a bonus, you can work off a few of those extra calories walking to Disney's Hollywood Studios as well. Bon appetit!

Image courtesy Walt Disney World

Comments
November 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm
(1) Brielle says:

Fall is our favorite time to visit Disney! I always find that the Disney hotels have special discounts around this time. It makes it really affordable for my family to go year after year. I think one of these years we are going to have to try and go down during Christmas though. It has been a dream of mine for a while. I just wanted to wait until the kids get a little older.

November 21, 2012 at 7:52 am
(2) Charlyn says:

Go for it, Brielle! One thing to remember, the Disney resorts (and the parks) start putting their Christmas decorations up in mid-November. We went to the Christmas party in the Magic Kingdom last week, and all the decorations were up. The Grand Floridian had their enormous tree in the lobby as well. So you can get plenty of Christmas spirit, even if you can’t visit during “the week.”

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