It’s September, which typically means we’re venturing into a bit of a slow season for Disney World.
Now, things have been a bit unpredictable crowds-wise since the pandemic, but September is often one of the least crowded and cheapest months to visit the parks. It’s hard to tell whether or not we’ll have a busy September in 2022, but we DO know that there are some important things happening in the next few weeks. Here are 6 things you need to know about Disney World this month!
EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
First of all, the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is continuing! The fest started back in July, and last month, we got four new booths that opened up. So even if you visited during the first month, there’s more to see now!
We’ve got our list of favorite eats that you’ll want to check out, but besides that, there’s plenty of unique entertainment (HELLO Eat to the Beat Concert Series!), limited edition merchandise, and fun activities to enjoy. You could spend a whole day taking on the festival!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
What other big event is happening this month? Why, it’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! We went to the first night of the party last month to check out the snacks, entertainment, characters, and more, but you can attend a variety of nights throughout September and October as well.
Many dates are already sold out, so you’ll want to check the calendar online if you haven’t already purchased your tickets. It’s the first time Magic Kingdom has hosted this event since 2019, and we know many people are eager to go back!
This year, Disney+ subscribers will be able to enter the parks 30 minutes early and will get free PhotoPass downloads at select spots in Hollywood Studios. We can’t wait to see all the ways that Disney celebrates in the parks, and we’ll keep you updated with whatever we find!
Return of More Character Dining
We’ve seen the slow return of many character dining options in Disney World since the reopening, but now, even more options are returning in their original form. This month, you’ll get to once again meet characters at ‘Ohana breakfast and at The Crystal Palace.
Winnie the Pooh and friends return to Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom on September 20th, and Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto come back to ‘Ohana for breakfast on September 27th. Characters will also return to Cape May Cafe on October 4th.
New Scavenger Hunt
EPCOT is known for having fun scavenger hunts that families love during the festivals, but now there’s a fall edition! Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit is a game that we’ve seen at Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort in the past, but now it’s making its way to EPCOT.
Starting on September 29th (and running through October 31st), you’ll be able to pick up supplies for the scavenger hunt at several stores around the park. Throughout the hunt, you’ll look out for decorated pumpkins, then mark them off on your map as you spot them. Once you’re done, simply turn in the map to collect your prize!
We’ve Got a New Restaurant
And finally, we’ve got to talk about Disney World’s newest restaurant, BoardWalk Deli! The new spot at BoardWalk Inn opened up a few weeks ago, and we were there on the first day to try out the WHOLE menu for breakfast and lunch.
There you’ll find classic deli eats, including bagels, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and baked goods. If you’re staying nearby during an upcoming trip, you may want to stop by!
That’s all that we’ve got for now! It looks like September really might be a relatively quiet month, considering this list is usually a bit longer. Either way, we’ll be in the parks daily to report on the crowds, wait times, and all the big on-site news, so stay tuned.
With the D23 Expo happening this month in California, we’re expecting some big Disney parks updates. So while the parks themselves might be chill during this spooky season, we could still get some exciting announcements. We’ll let you know no matter what happens!
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