It’s fall y’all! I am a summer girl. I know, I know. Crystal, you live in Colorado and you are a summer girl? Let me ask you this, have you ever been to Colorado in the summer? It’s amazing! Way more beautiful than in the winter! But, Colorado is boring, don’t move here. And this isn’t a blog about Colorado. This is a blog about Disney. Fall at Disney! Have you been to Disney in the fall? I know this is crazy and I am going to get some major flack for saying this, but, I’m going to say it anyway. I think that the fall decor at Disney is just as good, if not better, than the decor for the Christmas Holidays.
The fall decor at Disney is amazing! I love it all! When we went to Disney in September, for the first time, and we got to Magic Kingdom, I had no idea what to expect and I was awed. It wasn’t too much, it was just enough and it was everywhere! Now, Epcot and Animal Kingdom don’t have as much in terms of fall, not anything like they do at Christmas, but the decor at Magic Kingdom is wonderful.
Part of the reason, I think Epcot doesn’t go all out for fall is because of the Food and Wine Festival which coincides with fall and has its own set of decor. So head over to Magic Kingdom, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte and get excited!
Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can dress up and go trick-or-treating at Magic Kingdom. If you haven’t ever done this, I highly recommend it! Not only is there trick or treating but there are special halloween treats all throughout the park and the happy hallowishes fireworks show which, of course, is spectacular. Many of the characters are dressed for the occasion and are also in costume and there are devilishly fun photo pass opportunities.
Now, this is important. Just as Mickey’s very merry Christmas party is extra and requires an extra purchase, that yes, they will check and verify, this party does as well. So you have to buy a ticket to this event and if you don’t also buy a park pass you cannot enter that park until 4 p.m. that day but even if you do buy a park ticket you must also purchase the event ticket in order to attend.
Now that you have your ticket, we want you to skip the tricks and head straight for the treats! There are several amazing offerings around the park for this party! First and foremost you are going to want to head for the Haunted Mansion desserts. There are four, and they are offered at four different locations.
From left to right, Aloha Aisle has has the chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo mousse (I am wondering if this is actually the gray stuff from Be Our Guest). Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies has the chocolate tart filled with a raspberry compote and that is topped with white chocolate mousse. Next, head on over to Liberty Square Market for the chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a thick peanut butter frosting. Lastly, Storybook Treats has the chocolate tart filled with a lemon curd, and also has strawberry compote and strawberry mousse. All of these treats are topped with a different white chocolate Haunted Mansion inspired portrait.
Other treats of mention would be the pumpkin Mickey waffles served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce and festive sprinkles. This is available at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. Also I think the pumpkin cheesecake dome from Gaston’s Tavern is worth checking out! It looks yummy and is absolutely adorable.
Also, I never have a trip to Disney without several of the amazingly beautiful and delicious caramel apples. These are available all over the parks and in Disney Springs. There are the typical ones like Mickey, Minnie, Fantasia Mickey, Frozen inspired, Olaf and others and then there are also these amazing holiday creations!
My absolute favorite decoration in all of Disney, any time of the year are the pumpkin Mickey wreaths. They are everywhere all over Magic Kingdom. There is just no way you can miss these, they are on every lamp post on Main Street. I’m working on figuring out how to make these. If and when I figure it out, I will be sharing that with you! If you have figured it out, please share it with me! I would love that!
So when you are thinking of planning your next trip, I highly recommend this time of year. The decor is up from the end of August until November 1. This is also a really great time for a trip because it is not a peak season, even though Epcot Food and Wine Festival is busy, this is a great time to visit and totally worth it to experience fall in Walt Disney World.
So that’s it for this post. Thank you for joining me on our fall journey through Magic Kingdom. I hope you consider a trip to Disney during this magical time, I think it gets lost with all the hullabaloo for Christmas. Stay tuned for some great holiday posts as our trip nears and for the love of the mouse, let’s never forget that it all started with a mouse!