5 Changes Happening at Walt Disney World this Fall

With Labor Day weekend upon us, summer 2016 has finally come to an end at Walt Disney World. Though this season wasn’t as sucessful as Disney was probably hoping it would be, fall is getting off to a great start at the resort, with the Magic Kingdom all decked out in warm autumnal tones for the season and the fall version of the Main Street Trolley Show being performed daily.

However, in addition to these classic fall additions, this year will bring some new entertainment options to the park to help celebrate the season. Here’s everything new that is coming to Walt Disney World this fall!

1. A new fall finale for Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire debuts at Magic Kingdom

Though it was delayed slightly by the brief arrival of Hurricane Hermine, Disney debuted the new fall finale of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire yesterday afternoon. This brand new seasonal finale brings an all-new song to the closing of the show, as well as new fall-inspired outfits and choreography as well. You can check out a brief video (from Orlando Attractions Magazine) above that showcases this new segment of the show.

While it may seem a little premature to add changes to Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire (it only just debuted three months ago), we’ve known for some time that Disney was planning to make periodic adjustments to this new show, and the Magic Kingdom has a long history of creating seasonal versions of its entertainment lineup to keep guests coming back. However, if you want to see this new fall show in person, you’ll need to move fast, as it has been confirmed that a winter version of this show will debut sometime in November!

2. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party gets a character shuffle for 2016

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Although some may be a little disappointed that year’s edition of Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party is essentially the same as last year’s event, there are some small changes to the Boo-to-You parade that bring some new characters to the event. First up, Zootopia’s Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps will be joining the pre-parade Creepa Crew this year, which entertains guests waiting for the parade on Main Street, U.S.A.

And back at the rear of the parade Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph will be bringing in the candy this year instead of Goofy, leading a team of Wreck-It Ralph-inspired dancers.

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In addition to the character changes for the Boo-to-You parade, two new characters are now out for meet and greets during this event: Belle will now be meeting in her blue villager attire outside of Gaston’s Tavern (right next to Gaston) and Tweedledum and Tweedledee will be meeting guests near the Mad Tea Party attraction on the side with the Queen of Hearts. Although these new characters are a great addition, unfortunately it looks like the Old Hag version of the Evil Queen from Snow White will not be meeting guests at this year’s event, which is unfortunate as this event was one of the few where guests could meet villains.

3. New fall sweet treats appear around the Magic Kingdom

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And of course it wouldn’t be fall without some sweet treats around the Magic Kingdom. Disney recently confirmed that the following fall-themed items will be available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party, but in our experience, many of these treats are sometimes available during regular park hours (especially in the afternoon) and it never hurts to ask if you’re not attending the party if you can grab one of the following:

Main Street Bakery (Main Street USA)

  • Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake
  • Vanilla Spider Cupcake

Parlor Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Main Street USA)

  • Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Gaston’s Tavern (Fantasyland)

  • Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake

Storybook Treats (Fantasyland)

  • Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone

The Friar’s Nook (Fantasyland)

  • Ghoulish Strawberry-lemonade Slushy

At popcorn stands around the park

  • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
  • Vampire Mickey Popcorn Bucket
  • Halloween Popcorn Bucket
  • Halloween Hot Mug
  • Poison Apple Stein

4. Minnie’s Halloween Dine celebrates Halloween at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Moving to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, beginning today the seasonal character dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has switched over to Minnie’s Halloween Dine. Both Mickey and Minnie will be meeting guests in the spooky attire pictured above, and hungry diners will be able to partake in some Halloween-themed treats during this seasonal experience as well, which takes place daily at the Hollywood and Dine restaurant. Guests who want to check out this new dining experience will have until November 6th to check this new theme out, as November 7th will bring a Christmas theme to this eatery.

5. Club Villain returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Yesterday marked the return of fan favorite character experience Club Villain to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Sunset Showcase Theater. Though this upcharge experience was cancelled earlier this year, it is back for a limited time during a special fall engagement, running Fridays and Saturdays through October 29th, with seatings at 5:15PM as well as 8:30PM. In addition to the weekend seating times, a special Halloween edition of this event will also be offered on Monday, October 31st, which will be the last time for the foreseeable future that this event will be offered.

Unfortunately, even though we’re happy that this event is returning the only piece of bad news here is that it looks like guests wanting to experience Club Villain will still need to pay the increased $129 per person price point (the event was previously $99 per guest), and there are (thus far) no discounts being offered for annual passholders or DVC members who want to attend Club Villain. If you want to book this experience, you can do so now, here.

Are you planning on visiting Walt Disney World this fall? What are you looking forward to doing at the resort during this season? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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