• Elizabeth Perry (The Nerd Travel Pro)

What's New at Walt Disney World This Fall


There's a lot happening at Walt Disney World this fall, and a lot of great reasons to visit, from new shows to new lands to new resorts and restaurants - check out what's new at Walt Disney World this fall!

Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Guests will be able to enjoy new accommodations inspired by classic Spanish exploration, art, and architecture in Gran Destino Tower, opening July 9, 2019, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. The tower adds many beautiful new guest rooms and suites to the resort, as well as several new dining experiences. A unique rooftop table service restaurant, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, will open as part of Gran Destino Tower. The new dining establishment – featuring beautiful views of Walt Disney World Resort – will offer indoor dining and a lounge with indoor and outdoor seating. Guests can also visit the new Three Bridges Bar & Grill, located on an island in the middle of the resort's 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado.

New Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival has always been one of our favorite offerings during the fall, with delicious dishes and drinks to sample from around the world. This year's festival runs longer than ever from August 29 to November 23, and there are going to be several new places to try. The new Appleseed Orchard Marketplace will offer a unique variety of craft brews, ciders, wines and lite bites in the Canada Pavilion. More sweet and savory treats will debut at the brand-new The Alps Marketplace, with dishes such as Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with a refreshing Frozen Rosé.

New Holiday Party Shows

Both of Walt Disney World's special holiday parties, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, will welcome new fireworks shows this year! The Magic Kingdom's spooky Halloween event will feature a new show with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take guests along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show, hosted by the one-and-only Minnie Mouse, will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The holiday music will evoke heartfelt moments of home and family, as well as the festive fun of the season before an incredible finale.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Holiday Offerings

Speaking of the holidays, guests will also be able to enjoy new holiday offerings at Disney's Animal Kingdom including colorful decorations and beautiful luminaries and holiday-inspired tales during the Tree of Life Awakenings nighttime light show. Over in Dinoland, USA, Donald, Chip and Dale, and more are celebrating with festive decorations and outfits. In Asia, guests can marvel at decorations in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Guests can also find holiday cheer with special decorations in Africa and at Tusker House Restaurant, and even in on Pandora, where ex-pats living on the distant moon bring a bit of Christmastime fun.

Disney Skyliner

When fall arrives, Guests of Disney Skyliner Resorts – Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – will be able to enjoy the benefit of being whisked between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests will ride alongside favorites such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Lilo & Stitch, and the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion.

New Dining at Epcot

Opening this summer in the Japan Pavilion, Takumi-Tei celebrates the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world, while the food is inspired by the wonderful collaboration between nature and takumi, the artisan. The upscale dinner menu will highlight wagyu beef in a sublime setting, and Guests interested in the ultimate experience will be able to indulge in a multi-course tasting menu featuring traditional tea service. Signature cocktails and premium sake will be available along with a wine and craft beer menu.

Plus, a the new table-service experience will open later this year adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction! No dining experience on Earth can match what’s in store, because this new restaurant will take Guests into outer space for incredible dining experiences that are “out of this world.”

Epcot Forever

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will end its long run as Epcot's nighttime spectacular this fall. A new nighttime spectacular is on its way, but in the meantime, Epcot will offer this special celebration of classic Epcot featuring fireworks, music, light effects, lasers, and more surprises, called Epcot Forever. The new show will premiere on October 1, 2019. You can check out a preview here.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

The biggest and most anticipated change coming to Walt Disney World this fall is Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29. This new land will feature incredible attractions, adventurous encounters, and immersive theming to take guests right into the Star Wars universe, including Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run where guests will be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Learn more about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

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