I know, I know. I hear you. Spring only just started. The kids haven’t even begun packing for summer camp yet. But yes, it really is time to get that Fall Walt Disney World vacation booked. On Friday, Disney released the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties for 2016, and we already had the dates for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Saturday will be exactly 180 days until the Fall Equinox – and 180 days in advance is when the booking window opens for table service dining, Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique™ and other scheduled entertainment options. For your planning convenience, the official dates for Fall 2016 Walt Disney World Special Events are:

2016 WDW Fall Event DatesEpcot® International Food & Wine Festival: September 14 – November 14, 2016

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (in Magic Kingdom® theme park) (Note: Prices have not yet been released, as of this posting).

September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30

October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is probably my favorite event at Walt Disney World, regardless of the time of year. The Magic Kingdom is decked out in kid-friendly Halloween decorations. Copious amounts of high-quality candy is distributed along numerous treat trails scattered throughout the park. Disney’s Electrical Parade® is replaced for the night with Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade, featuring the pre-parade ride of the Headless Horseman, terrific Halloween music, a cavalcade of Disney villains, even dancing gravediggers from the Haunted Mansion! The Wishes Fireworks Spectacular makes way for Happy HalloWishes fireworks, which not only get a new soundtrack, but get outstanding additional projection elements on Cinderella Castle and additional fireworks elements that launch from around the perimeter of the Park. The acclaimed Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular returns for a second year as the Halloween Party’s signature show on the castle steps. And the Halloween parties are the only time that adults are invited to join in the fun or experiencing the Magic Kingdom in costume. The Halloween Party is also often the only time of year that you’ll see some of your favorite characters – Jack & Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas often make an appearance, all Seven Dwarfs pose with Snow White, and even many “park regulars” appear wearing their own Halloween costumes.

The realities of the modern world have brought some new limits to this year’s costume choices. Adults are still welcome to wear costumes to the party. But guests must comply with some new rules. Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. In addition to these new restrictions, Disney rules continue to prohibit: Masks worn by Guests ages 14 or older. Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics. Clothing which exposes excessive amounts of skin for a family environment. And “engaging with other Guests or impeding operations while posing as or portraying any character in costume.” What does all of that mean? Not really a lot new. The biggest issue is likely to be the layered costumes (like Jedi robes) and “prop costumes” – such as a guest “wearing” a cardboard Death Star. The issue with such costumes is primarily one of security. If you choose to wear such a costume, be prepared for a substantial delay at security before entering. (Note: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party requires the purchase of a party admission ticket, which is a separate ticket from regular theme park admission tickets).

All it takes is a $200 deposit to ensure your preferred Walt Disney World resort package. Call Mouse Master Travel at (888) 41-MOUSE or fill out a quote form, and we can get started planning your family’s fantastic Fall vacation memories.


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