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Orlando, FL is an amazing Spring and Summer destination that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. But this year, the Orlando area sits quiet - with theme parks shuttered along with hundreds of other attractions, restaurants and shops.While the country, and world, remains in quarantine, we can still dream about and plan for future vacations. In fact, there's no better time to start thinking about and planning your next Orlando getaway. Especially since Orlando also happens to be the perfect destination for Fall Vacations!
Fall temperatures are delightful and the theme parks are typically less crowded, making central Florida an ideal spot for Fall Vacations and Thanksgiving celebrations. On top of that, all three of Orlando's major theme parks (Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort) have fun festivals and events that make September, October, and November some of the best months to visit !
Fall Weather in Orlando, FL
Fall Festivals in Orlando
Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Location: Disney’s Epcot, Walt Disney World
Dates: 2020 Festival dates TBD
Dare we say that this is Epcot’s most popular event? Yes we do, because it is! With food and drinks inspired by Cuisine from around the World, you will fall in love with this annual event. Sample extraordinary food and beverages from places like Australia, Belgium, Africa, India, Ireland, Spain, and the list goes on and on. Watch some of your favorite celebrity chefs in action, dance to the sound of popular bands at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, discover helpful cooking tips and so much more. Oh, and you can ride all the fun-filled Epcot attractions, as well!
Visit Orlando's Magical Dining
Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: 5 weeks from August-September 2020
Orlando, FL is home to many exquisite restaurants featuring talented chefs and each Fall we celebrate them with Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. This is a program that takes place every night for five week beginning in late August and includes more than 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area. Why is this program so special? Well because it allows you to enjoy an amazing three-course dinner (appetizer, entrée and dessert) for only $35 per person. It is important to mention that this only applies during the restaurants’ dinner hours. To see the list of participating restaurants click here.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Location: Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Dates: Select dates August 13 - November 1, 2020
With Halloween approaching, Disney’s Magic Kingdom welcomes a wide range of eerie and scary creatures! Well, maybe not exactly. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (a separate ticket event) is the perfect kid-friendly celebration of Autumn and everything fun about Halloween. Expect to see the some of your favorite Disney villains, an amazing Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus, enjoy special treats and more. This is also the perfect opportunity to dress for the occasion so get your Halloween costumes ready! If you do decide to dress up, don’t forget to check out Disney’s official costume guidelines.
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando
Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Dates: Weekends, Sept. 19 - Nov. 1, 2020
If your kids are fans of Sesame Street then they are going to love SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. This annual event celebrates sea animals but also your favorite not-so-spooky characters on Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count, and more. But there’s so much more to this celebration! SeaWorld will also have lots of fun trick-or-treat stations, a Pet’s Ahoy Halloween show, and a one-of-a-kind Dance party.
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Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida
Location: LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Dates: Weekends in October 2020
LEGOLAND Florida is the place to have a very interactive and fun family Halloween celebration! With thousands and thousands of LEGO blocks, LEGOLAND has a unique Graveyard, Pumpkins, Pirate Boats and more. Add to that, a list of spooky and kid-friendly characters such as pirates, witches, goblins, vampires, and Mad Scientists. It is definitely the best way to celebrate an unusual and innovative Happy Halloween!
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
Location: Universal Studios Florida
Dates: Select dates Sept. 10-Nov. 1, 2020
If you are a fan of horror movies and suspenseful series, then this is the Fall event for you. Now in its 30th frightful year, you'll discover haunted houses inspired by some of scariest movies and shows, all designed to fill you with horror and excitement. Oh and did we mention there are also multiple scare zones throughout the park? So even when you are safe from the terror inside the haunted houses, you may still find some special frights. At the end of the day, it is a great and unique Halloween experience!
Art & Culture Events
Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando
Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Dates: November 7-14, 2020
Praise Wave is a fun Christian event at SeaWorld! It is a filled with live concerts from your favorite Christian music artists plus the park’s most popular attractions, rides and shows! Fans of Michael W. Smith and Newsboys won’t want to miss it this year.
Orlando Film Festival
Location: Cobb Plaza Cinema
Dates: October 15-22, 2020
Created more than a decade ago, the Orlando Film Festival is an annual film festival where you get to see unique and experimental films! On top of that, many notorious and talented actors and people in the Film industry compete for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and more. This is truly a beautiful annual event and who knows, you might see a future Oscar-winning movie!
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
Location: Central Park in Downtown Winter Park
Dates: October 10-11, 2020
Get to know over 180 talented artists in one day and it’s all for free at this annual fall festival! With this year becoming the 46th time this event takes place, it’s one of the most popular and best-known art festivals in the Central Florida area. You will not only get to appreciate Fine Art but your whole family is going to love the amazing live entertainment!
Location: Downtown Orlando
Dates: October 16-17, 2020
Enjoy the magic behind hundreds of performances and interactive experiences in IMMERSE! This Family Friendly 2-day event showcases all types of performances including ballet, contemporary dance, musicians, muralists and more. It is truly the best way to get a glimpse of all the art that Orlando and Central Florida has to offer.
Plan your Fall Stay!
So it is clear that Orlando, FL has so much to offer during the Fall Season! Not only is the weather perfect, but so are all the events and experiences inside and outside the theme parks.
Which one of these events do you plan on attending? Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.
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