We might be in the height of summer, but to help you feel a little cooler, we’ve prepared a list of things we’re most looking forward to this fall. After a year of ups and downs, Disney World finally seems to be back on track, and now there’s suddenly more to look forward to than there is on any given year at the resort. From festive makeovers to celebrations of epic proportions, here’s everything coming to Disney World in Fall 2021, by order of arrival…
5. Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil® & Disney – Disney Springs
While the all-new Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil is still marked as “coming soon”, that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited for the experience that’s set to hit West Side at Disney Springs. Touted as a “creative tour-de-force”, Drawn to Life seamlessly blends Cirque du Soleil’s ingenious acrobatics with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Imagineering’s incredible animation. This spellbinding collaboration follows a young girl who’s led on a whimsical journey by a magical pencil that’s been gifted to her by her father, in a story that’s set against the backdrop of jaw-dropping animation and mind-blowing stunts. Tickets are currently unavailable, but be sure to keep checking the official Disney World website for updates.
4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Epcot
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is already well underway, and is running until November 20. There’s live entertainment throughout Epcot in the form of Princess Promenade, JAMMin’ Chefs, Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty, with music at America Gardens Bandstand. There are plenty of fun activities for the family too, such as Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt and Emile’s Fromage Montage. And there’s even a wide range of themed merchandise, including Belle Be Our Guest Collection and, of course, the event’s signature global culinary tour, which features a wide array of appetizing cuisines and beverages that span six continents. If all of this information has whetted your appetite, then check out the official Disney World website for an epic menu of information!
3. Disney After Hours BOO Bash – Magic Kingdom Park
Taking place on select nights between August 10 and ending on October 31 is Disney After Hours BOO Bash. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with a certain human child from Monsters, Inc. – it’s the other kind of ‘boo’, you know, the one that usually makes you jump with fright! Magic Kingdom Park will undergo the spookiest of makeovers to bring you a Halloween-themed extravaganza, in the form of creepy cavalcades, spooky songs, terrifying treats and more. As you trick ‘n’ treat, spot the likes of Goofy, Chip ‘n’ Dale and the inhabitants from the Haunted Mansion (someone must have left the doors open…), and enjoy cavalcades that include Mickey, Disney Villains, and Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas! There will also be opportunities for less wait times on attractions – just be sure to check out the official website for details.
2. 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Walt Disney World Resort
While the 50th celebrations were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re now officially set to start on October 1 this year. But there’s even better news – the “World’s Most Magical Celebration” will run for 18 months until March 2023! The duration of the event will see the opening of new attractions and restaurants, but the opening date itself has plenty in store. Starting on October 1, each of the four theme parks’ iconic centerpieces will be transformed into a ‘Beacon of Magic ‘, while the date also marks the arrival of all-new major events, such as Harmonious at Epcot, Disney Kite Tails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney Enchantment at Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A. You can also expect new décor, character and Cast Member makeovers and themed merchandise, music and food. Its going to be “a whole new world.”
1. The Holidays – Walt Disney World Resort
The Holidays at Disney World officially start on November 12: Epcot will celebrate many holiday traditions from around the world with Epcot International Festival of the Holidays; Magic Kingdom Park will come ‘gift-wrapped’ with highlights that include Disney Very Merriest After Hours; Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature Santa Claus Motorcade; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will include character-themed ‘Flotillas’ along Discovery River! Meanwhile, Disney Springs will continue the Holiday theme, also boasting seasonal décor, heart-warming music, soul-pleasing foods, a new wave of merchandise and, of course, a Christmas Tree collection. There won’t be a stone that’s left unturned at the resort where the Holidays are concerned. And as they’re set to begin just over a month into the 50th anniversary celebrations, it’s fair to say that it’s going to be truly magical time to be at the resort.
That’s just a snapshot of what you can expect this fall at Disney World. For more information, check out the official Disney World website and start planning your trip now.