What’s New this Fall at Walt Disney World?

What’s New this Fall at Walt Disney World?

So much is happening at Walt Disney World this fall. Let’s chat about what you can do and why we still love to fall at Walt Disney World.  If you’re ready to head to Florida for some milder weather, fall decorations, and a reason to celebrate Halloween early, then Walt Disney World is the place to be. Here are all our favorite things happening this fall, from snacks to new rides, shows, restaurants, and more!

Figment Meet and Greet |  EPCOT  September 10, 2023 

Everyone’s favorite dragon Figment, is getting his place in the sun, at EPCOT park. Available for Meet and Greets inside the Journey into Imagination building at EPCOT, Walt Disney World. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience App for the meet and greet schedule. 

Meet Mirabel at Fairytale Garden | Magic Kingdom September 15, 2023

The new Mirabel Meet and Greet at Fairytale Garden in Magic Kingdom is set up beautifully. Sure to please Encanto fans, we’ll be seeing even more Encanto in the parks, with Bruno now part of the afternoon parade. 

EPCOT Disney World Moana

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana | EPCOT October 16, 2023

The World Nature area of EPCOT includes the Land and Seas buildings, as well as the new Moana’s Journey of Water nature trail. This whole new water-focused interactive experience includes waterfalls, sounds, and light that connect guests to the natural environment. With elements we see in the film, Moana, you can experience the beautiful sights and sounds in this new space inside the World Nature section. Moana’s Journey of Water. OPEN October 16, 2023.

Moana Meet and Greet | EPCOT October 16, 2023

In addition to the Journey of Water Inspired by Moana attractions are also able to meet Moana at EPCOT in a newly designated space just outside the Journey of Water attraction. 

Flower and Garden Festival Epcot

Food and Wine Festival | July 27- November 18, 2023

The Walt Disney World EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is back in full swing at EPCOT Park. And with it comes 25+ Food and Wine Festival kitchens, a new lineup of bands at the Eat to the Beat concert series, and a slew of cheese dishes to try for Emile’s Fromage Montage Challenge. For tips on the best days to visit the Food and Wine Festival, and everything you can do, check out our Food and Wine Festival page. Or take a look at the Food and Wine Festival Menus ahead of time to get a handle on all the new foods to add to your must-try list. Check out What’s New for the Food and Wine Festival.

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Hat Box Ghost

Hatbox Ghost at Magic Kingdom | Late November 2023

Finally, we have received a timeline for the arrival of the Hatbox Ghost at Disney’s Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. The Hatbox Ghost has a strong lore interwoven with much of the Haunted Mansion storyline. So it will be awesome to see this larger-than-life villain become part of the attraction. This ghost also features a fun technological trick that is showcased in the Behind the Attraction Haunted Mansion episode on Disney Plus. Well worth the watch. 

The Hatbox Ghost will appear to guests as they pass the Endless Hallway, welcoming himself inside from the swinging wake in the cemetery and grinning at the Doom Buggies as they set off deeper into the mansion. Guests will soon see temporary barriers materialize as we await his apparition.

Disney animated film “Wish"

Asha Character Meet and Greet | EPCOT Fall 2023

A new character meet and greet with the new Disney Princess, Asha, from the new Disney animated film “Wish” which is opening soon at EPCOT. Disney’s film Wish is set to arrive in theaters on November 22, 2023. 

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Halloween at Walt Disney World | August 11- November 1, 2023

There is nothing quite Halloween at Walt Disney World. Halloween at Walt Disney World. Events, decorations, and Disney fall snacks can be found in all four parks! Here’s what’s new at Walt Disney World for Halloween. 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This Halloween party returns to Magic Kingdom for select nights from August 11- November 1, 2023. At the party, you can expect to get exclusive snacks, Halloween overlays of certain rides, the Not So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show, the Hocus Pocus Spelltacular, and more! Check out our Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Cadaver Dans at Magic Kingdom

The Dapper Dans arrive on Main Street USA dressed in their spooky outfits to sing songs and help get you in the mood for the Halloween season. 

Halloween Decorations

While you can find Mickey Pumpkin wreaths mostly in Magic Kingdom, the other parks at Walt Disney World all get fun Halloween decorations, snacks, and merchandise too. EPCOT celebrates the Day of the Dead in World Showcase Mexico. Animal Kingdom has spooky bats in their habitats, and Hollywood Studios shows off some of the best creep Halloween decorations from days long past. Halloween Decorations at Walt Disney World usually go up to align with the first day of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in mid-August. 

Halloween Snacks

All the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs ring in the season with Halloween snacks. Starting mid-August you can plan on apple flavors, pumpkin spice, spooky treats, and even Halloween-themed caramel apples. Check out all the Halloween Snacks at Walt Disney World. 

Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood and Vine | August 11- November 4, 2023

Minnie’s Halloween Dine features Minnie, of course, in her Halloween best. Plan to see the restaurant and the characters in their spooky seasonal best ready for those photos. Minnie’s Halloween Dine and Hollywood and Vine sometimes sell out so grab reservations while they last! 

Are you heading to Walt Disney World for Halloween? Read What’s New for Halloween at Walt Disney World.

Logo for Disney Wine and Dine 2023 Half Marathon Weekend with the characters Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast, Luisa from Encanto, and Figment from the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction at EPCOT.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon | November 2-5, 2023

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is taking on favorite characters this fall! Running November 2-5, 2023 this runDisney event comes with a bunch of things you need to know before you go as running events return to Walt Disney World this fall. Themes this season include Figment, Alice, Cogsworth and Maribel. 

Fall into Magic at Disney Springs

Disney Springs always pulls out all the stops for the fall months at Walt Disney World. 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. Head to Disney Springs for Fall into Magic! With new snacks, shows, and merchandise for the Fall into Magic event, you can head to Disney Springs for seasonal fun.


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New Disney Fall Merchandise

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. Luckily you can grab loads of the new Fall, Food and Wine, and Halloween Merchandise on shopDisney.com.  Check out the latest Disney Halloween Merchandise on the site! 

Disney Halloween Merchandise Ghost Countdown Castle



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New Disney Snacks in the Fall

Head to any of the Disney parks, resorts, or Disney Springs for new snacks filled with apple, caramel, chocolate, and fall flavors of all kinds. Many restaurants even adjust menus to accommodate fall desserts and entrees. Check out all the New Disney Fall Snacks to help get you in the mood for the season. 

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

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. Did you know there are even certain Disney Resorts that are better in the fall? From upping the coziness factor to location and the best fall snacks, and Halloween displays, check out all our favorite Disney Resorts for Fall. Or if you’re going a little later in the season, we also share the Best Disney Resorts for Halloween, so you can be close to the spooky action. 

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 to 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. 

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Fall at Walt Disney World 2023

We absolutely 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! 

What's Happening at Walt Disney World this fall? Here is everything to know before you go!


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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.

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