by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
It’s an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World Resort. Two of our most beloved fall offerings – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – have just returned, not to mention the highly anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
That said, here are five reasons you need to visit the Walt Disney World Resort this weekend!
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” that’s already wowing event guests. 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! Grab tickets here.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has returned! Guests can tour through 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces at this year’s festival, 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. While you’re there, 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.”
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Walt Disney World guests can now become part of their own Star Wars story by experiencing galactic food and beverages, crafting their own lightsabers, building droids and even helping to fly the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Take a full look at all Batuu has to offer here.
NBA Experience is open at Disney Springs! This newly opened venue allows guests 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.
Enjoy the Hakuna Matata Dance Party one last time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Head to the Discovery Island Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Hakuna Matata Dance Party, a family-friendly event that features music, dance, games and some favorite Disney friends. See the show now before it ends its run on September 30.