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!
Let’s journey through Epcot Food and Wine Festival (EFWF) shall we?! And let’s start with dessert first. Because, who doesn’t love desert first! EFWF is a multiple day experience because I simply don’t think there is any way to experience all of that food in one day, you would explode. So we are going to break it up and satisfy that sweet tooth first. We’re walking along the cement path towards the showcase, Spaceship Earth is behind you (grab that Photo Pass Photographer and make a memory). Now, do you go left or right? I know very few people who go right and start in Canada but I know you are out there! What draws you to the right? Is it because the crowds are going left to Mexico? Is it because you are a big fan of La Cellier? Or you want to get to Rose Crown and say hi to Eric the Bartender? Talk to me, I need to know why you go right and go against the “norm”?
Ok, so, we are going to go all over the place today in search of desert love. First and foremost, make sure that you get your 2017 EFWF passport. This is a list of every item available for the festival and it has a space where you can mark once you have tried it so you can keep track and make sure you try lots of different items.
Let’s start at the 2017 Chocolate Studio! Try out the Liquid Nitro-chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust. This, first of all, nitro beer is amazing so nitro chocolate is going to be doubly amazing! This is $4.25 and if you are on the DDP, it is available for one snack credit. To go along with it, the Justin Cabernet Sauvignon for $7.00 is a great wine pairing for this treat.
Next, let’s head to France. Here are we going to grab the Creme Brulee a la confiture de framboise. Or, Raspberry creme brulee. At $4.25 or one dining plan snack credit, this is a great deal and… I LOVE CREME BRULEE. Epcot always has a delightful one. So give this a try and pair that with the La Passion Martini slush, which is a mixture of Grey Goose Citreon, cranberry juice and passion fruit juice. This baby has been getting rave reviews. With Orlando having a tendency to be on the scorching side this time of year, this is a great cool down option that is light, refreshing and tasty.
From France to journey to Germany! Guten Tag! Germany in general has great food! I love German food, in and out of Epcot so I have high hopes for this booth. The apple strudel with vanilla sauce is what caught my eye here. It is $4.00 or one dining plan snack credit! Wash that down with the wine flight because, well, because if there is a wine flight that’s what you get and at $6.50 for the flight, or $5.00 for a glass, the flight is a better deal and more fun!
We are going to make two more stops on this sweet filled trip. Throw on those shades and grab your sun hat because we are headed to Islands of the Caribbean. The puff pastry with sweetened cream cheese and guava sauce just has my mouth watering. This item is $3.75 or a snack credit and with this…wait for it…just wait for it… we are going to order the frozen mojito. Yes, you heard that right. Now, I believe this item is not making its debut this year and if it was there two years ago and I didn’t know about it I am kicking myself. I’ve heard great things about this. Refreshing, light, sweet, delicious and great mint flavor. This little buddy is a splurge at $10.00 but well worth it from what I’m hearing. If that is a little steep for a libation this kiosk also has a Caribbean white sangria for $5.00.
Last but not least we are going to go to Ireland for a chocolate fix. At $4.00 or a snack credit, the warm chocolate pudding with Irish cream liqueur custard. Yeah, you heard right. This looks amazing and by all accounts, it tastes amazing too. Pair this with a Bunratty Meade Honey wine and you have a perfectly decadent end to a sugar filled day.
There are so many other desserts we didn’t mention. Like, so many. So I highly encourage you to head over to Disney Food Blog at http://www.disneyfoodblog.com and check out their e dining guide to the festival and their incredible reviews of the festival so far. For even more reviews, highlights, lowlights and opinions head over to YouTube, punch in Epcot food and wine and watch the many, many videos popping up of people enjoying this incredible event.
Thanks for taking this sweet journey with us! Come back soon for even more from us and for the love of Disney, never forget, it all started with a mouse!