I love the fall season to visit Disney World. From the Main St Halloween decorations to the evening weather and more. However, here are 5 reasons NOT to visit Disney world during Fall time.
1. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event and great is you are attending. However, if you do not plan on attending, those without a ticket to event will have to leave Magic Kingdom by 7pm. That is over 30 fall evenings Magic Kingdom will close early for non party goers.
- August 17, 24, 28, 31
- September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
- October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
While all parks have hints of fall and appropriate merchandise, much of the theming is left at Magic Kingdom. Unlike Christmas decorations, the Halloween décor is not as noted at all parks or Resorts. This is in part due to the fact Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Occurs at Magic Kingdom.
3. Food & Wine Festival
Food & Wine Festival typically runs late August through early November each year. It is included with your park admission to Epcot. Enjoy Eat to the beat concert series and additional food booths of international cuisine. However, the draw back is the Food & Wine Festival tends to draw the crowds and alcohol beverages are prevalent.
4. Empty Park Myth
It has long been said the parks are empty in September when children head back to school. The truth is there is no true off-season at Disney World and it fluctuates yearly. However, September is a great choice for low crowds, an empty park should not be expected.
5. Hurricane Season
This is perhaps the biggest reason and risk. Disney World has been closed 5 times in history due to Hurricanes. Hurricane Season in Florida runs June 1 through November 30 each year. However it is at its peak mid-August through beginning of October. As you can see from the history, September is the most likely for one to occur.
Disney World Hurricane Closures:
- 1999 for Hurricane Floyd (September 15)
- 2004 for Hurricane Frances (September 4-5)
- 2004 for Hurricane Jeanne (September 26)
- 2016 for Hurricane Matthew (October 7)
- 2017 for Hurricane Irma (September 9-11)
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