Fall at Walt Disney World in 2020 may seem like a long laundry list of things you can’t do. But, let’s also chat about what you CAN do and why we still love fall at Walt Disney World even though this year may look a little different. Here’s all our favorite things happening this fall, from snacks to new rides, restaurants and more!
What’s New this Fall at Walt Disney World?
With Walt Disney World reopening there are a lot of changes ahead. But thankfully that doesn’t mean our favorite time of year has to suffer! We’ve got a list of all the new things happening at Walt Disney World for Fall. We’ll be updating this post as new announcement are made.
What are Walt Disney World’s New Hours for Fall 2020?
Starting September 8th, 2020 Walt Disney World is reducing the hours across all four parks. Due to low crowd levels, and the need to accommodate lower staffing, these changes are necessary though may be temporary. As of right now we don’t know how this will affect the holiday season.
- Magic Kingdom – 9am to 6pm (previously 7pm)
- EPCOT – 11am to 7pm (previously 9pm)
- Hollywood Studios – 10am to 7pm (previously 8pm)
- Animal Kingdom – 8am to 5pm (previously 6pm)
Note these changes not only are in response to lower crowd levels as a result of lower demand, but the current removal of nighttime fireworks and events. Animal Kingdom recently cancelled Rivers of Light, Fireworks are no longer offered, and EPCOT has removed the concert series that are usually a staple at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival.
Should you visit Walt Disney World this Fall?
Before we dive in, let us just share that visiting Walt Disney World in 2020, period, comes with many risks. The health situation in Florida is incredibly unstable right now , and while we hope it shifts before fall, there are no guarantees. It’s rumored that bookings for Disney resorts are lightly booked through September, but then quite full starting in October. Frankly, if you do visit we recommend memorizing the Walt Disney World Know Before You Go page, and learn how to Stay Healthy while Traveling. We’d also recommend driving to Disney so that if the need arises you can leave easily. But if you’re up for it, here is everything that is happening, and not happening, this Fall at Walt Disney World.
Disney COVID Plans for Fall 2020
To get a handle on all the changes at Walt Disney World for Fall 2020 due to the pandemic check out our Disney COVID FAQ posts below. Between face mask rules, resort changes, health and saftey protocols and more, there is a ton that will affect your vacation.
- Walt Disney World COVID 19 Plans UPDATED August 2020
- Should You Visit Walt Disney World During the Pandemic?
- Changes at Walt Disney World in 2020
- 13 Helpful Tips for Enjoying Your Disney Vacation 2020
Disney Snacks in the Fall for 2020 | All Season
Ok, guys. You knew this one would be at the top of our list, because we go crazy for seasonal snacks. Plan to see Pumpkin Spice cupcakes, new spooky cake pops, and candy corn dole whip. You can find Disney Fall Snacks in every park, resorts and Disney Springs. We’ll be sharing our favorite Disney Snacks for Fall 2020 as soon as they arrive! Check out all the new Disney snacks for 2020.
The Disney Food and Wine Festival 2020 | July 15- Late Fall
The Walt Disney World EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is going by a new name this year. A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 , may be a mouthful, but there is A LOT going on at this new event. In an attempt to recover some glory from the cut short Flower and Garden Festival, Disney is merging these two events into one. Namely, the display of the Remy Topiary in World Showcase France will be a main attraction. And we can plan to see amazing foods as usual.
Wine and Dine Half Marathon | November 5-8 2020 NOW VIRTUAL
Not yet removed from the Disney lineup, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon was sold out almost as soon as it arrived! Running from November 5-8, 2020, this runDisney event may or may not occur depending on the state in Florida by November. But, fingers crossed conditions will improve and this event will still be a go.
New Disney Fall Merchandise 2020
So many Halloween and Fall things to buy! Another of our favorite reasons to visit Disney World in the Fall is the merchandise. While we are chronic browsers, we rarely buy these goodies ,because airlines have luggage weight limits. But that doesn’t stop us from staring and wishing and wondering how much shipping it directly home would be.
Everything at Disney Resorts in the Fall
Disney Resorts get into the feeling of the season as much as the Parks! We love browsing the gift shops, scouting out new fall flavors in the dessert cases and watching the fun Halloween movies on the lawn. Check out the fun Fall Treats at Disney Resorts from years past. We’ll be sure to share the complete lineup as soon as they arrive.
Disney Springs Fall 2020
Disney Springs always pulls out all the stops for the fall months at Walt Disney World. Whether it’s a WonderFall Foodie Crawl or a Scavenger hunt for all the Fall Disney Treats across the shops. You will be sure to find something fun over at the Disney Springs Info Center to add a little Fall Flavor to your Disney Springs day.
Disney Decorations in the Fall
So we’ve talked about the magic that can happen when it’s Autumn at Walt Disney World before. And this Mickey Pumpkin Wreath is the guy we look forward seeing every fall. You can spot fall garlands, wreaths, decorations and more all over the Disney Parks. We love to revel in the feelings of Fall even when it’s 90 in Florida.
Disney Parks in the Fall
If you’ve been keeping up with our Construction Projects Update for Walt Disney World you will know that several things are on the way to complete once the parks are in full force. So we’re going to make some bold predictions on what we think could be ready this fall at Walt Disney World.
Feathered Friends in Flight | Animal Kingdom
In an ongoing dispute between Disney and the Actors union, a brand new show has replaced Up! A Great Bird Adventure in Animal Kingdom. This new show still features education and birds and may be temporary. For now though you can see this show while it lasts!
The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends | Hollywood Studios
Replacing the Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage show this new 6 person band will play memorable music from favorite Disney films. This show may be temporary, but until we know for sure you can enjoy compositions from Toy Story, Star Wars, Muppets and more.
Cinderella’s Castle 50th Anniversary Edition | Magic Kingdom
As part of the Disney 50th Anniversary Celebration preparations, Cinderella’s Castle has been getting a rose gold pink paint job. This project is complete and just in time as a perfect backdrop for all those Fall Disney Snacks on the way.
The Magic Kingdom to Grand Floridian Walkway
If you follow this blog you know that we LOVE finding walking paths that allow us to skip the Disney transportation when we can. And this new path will be an extension to our beloved Polynesian to Grand Floridian Walkway. In construction earlier this year, this path is FINALLY connecting the abandoned pathway near the monorail to the resorts at the front of Magic Kingdom. Having this path completed means that you have more options to physically distance when going from Magic Kingdom to the Monorail Resorts. Can we expect pumpkins, or spooky decorations along this new pathway? We hope so!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | Epcot France
Believe it or not we are anticipating this ride will complete and even open sometime this Fall. Originally slated to open for summer, the finishing touches were being put on the outside of this attraction in March 2020 when we were last there.
Space 2020 Restaurant | Epcot Future World ***Maybe
With several delayed openings first from 2019, then April of 2020, this new restaurant next to Mission Space in Epcot Future World is sure to try again in late 2020. And we’re betting on late fall. Maybe November. This restaurant is already in the lineup ‘coming soon’ on the My Disney Experience App and on the Disney website. And was also actively hiring prior to the closing of Walt Disney World. Promising an out of this world experience, guests here can take an elevator to the space station, where they can enjoy dining with full views of the universe beyond. Modern American cuisine, 1000 bottles of wine and craft beers await. Update: As the Patina group who oversees this restaurant just furloughed 500+ staff through September, we are expecting further delays.
Le Creperie de Paris | Epcot France
As part of the changes coming to World Showcase France, this new creperie is arriving just in time to feed hungry vacationers waiting for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Serving crepes, both savory and sweet we are so looking forward to this light and authentic foodie option to hold us over between meals!
Things Not Happening at Disney this Fall?
Alas, this part of the post brings us to things we usually look forward to and have to forego this year. But, we’re sure these things will at one point return. For now here are things to be aware of that will not be part of your Disney Fall Vacation.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is Cancelled
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will not be returning in 2020 due to the physical distancing restrictions in place as well as the need to keep shows, events and anything promoting crowds to a minimum. With the removal of the fireworks, Hocus Pocus Spelltacular, the Boo to You Parade and meet and greets, the party was doomed. Walt Disney World pulled this from the lineup for fall. We will see if something similar happens to the Very Merry Christmas Party. As of right now the large outdoor festivals at EPCOT that are still able to take place will have to hold us over.
Eat to the Beat Concerts are Cancelled
In alignment with discouraging crowds, the American Gardens Theater didn’t offer spaces large enough to accommodate usual crowds at concerts for both Eat to the Beat and the Garden Rocks concert series. Again, we’ll need to wait and see if this affects the Candlelight Processional at Christmas or the Festival of the Arts entertainment early 2021.
Disney Vacation Planning 2020 that has Changed
As a level set to the rest of the things that will affect your vacation this fall. Be sure to read our post on how Disney Vacation Planning for 2020- 2021 has changed. In short, dining reservations are available 60 days out ( instead of 180 days). There are no fastpasses, no park hopping, park reservations are required, and no dining plans are available. Be sure to read about all the ways that planning a Disney Vacation is different for 2020-2021.
Fall at Walt Disney World 2020
We absolutely the love Walt Disney World in the fall. If you’re looking for the best time to go to Disney World aim for the second or third week in September. We also love early November when all the fall decorations are still up and the weather is cooler. Hopefully this post has given you some amazing things to look forward to for your Disney Fall Vacation. Have any favorite experiences we missed? Let us know!