Walt Disney World Resort Kicks Off the First Day of Autumn by Celebrating a Season of WonderFALL Experiences

The arrival of fall marks one of the best times of the year to indulge in sips, savors, songs and scares across the Walt Disney World Resort. Special events and seasonal celebrations all add up to create the “WonderFALL” world of Disney.

Here’s some of what’s in store this fall:

Epcot
The most delicious time of year is underway at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Running now until November 14, the 21st epicurean adventure features five new marketplaces, and for the first time in the Festival’s history, an expansion into the Disney resorts. At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa there’s a fabulous “brunch with a twist” prepared by top chefs from across Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can also get a behind-the-scenes look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney Polynesian Village Resort. Interactivity is also a star of the Festival this year, providing guests the chance to prepare food and drinks along-side Disney and celebrity chefs and mixologists.

Eight new acts join the Eat to the Beat concert series, including Plain White T’s, Soul Asylum and Jeffrey Osborne. For those who want a music-and-meal combination, dining packages guarantee seats to popular restaurants including Le Cellier, Les Chefs de France and Spice Road Table and to that evening’s concert. This year, premium events like the themed Party for the Senses and Rockin’ Burger Block Party include different live entertainment each night.

While guests explore the 30 marketplaces around World Showcase, they can stop by the Norway Pavilion to visit the kingdom of Arendelle in the new Frozen Ever After attraction. Beloved characters, songs from the hit movie “Frozen” and an icy-blast await. Princesses Elsa and Anna are also in residence at their nearby Royal Sommerhus vacation cabin where guests can meet them in person.

After tasting their way around the globe, guests can fly around it: Soarin’ Around the World is a multisensory, hang-gliding-like adventure over the most popular landmarks and stunning sights across six continents.

Magic Kingdom
Happy haunts come out to socialize when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place at Magic Kingdom Park on 29 select nights now through October 31. Favorite Disney Characters join the fun, decked in costumes and ready for trick-or-treating. In between the treat trails and attractions, live entertainment stirs up mischief: the Sanderson Sisters return to the Cinderella Castle stage for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Partygoers can also catch the eerie and whimsical procession of “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” before the “HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular lights up the sky.

For guests who prefer their treats during daylight hours, the Magic Kingdom is all decked out with festive fall decor. New park entertainment includes the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire that brings together Mickey Mouse and his pals for a musical celebration on the castle stage. The daily show features Disney’s contemporary characters and classic songs.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A bewitching dance party awaits at Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Every Friday and Saturday night in October (and of course on Halloween, Oct. 31), Dr. Facilier hosts a lineup of dastardly dancing divas – Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen – Potion Bar beverages and New Orleans-inspired cuisine. For tickets, guests can call 407-WDW-DINE/407-939-3463.

An out-of-this-world fireworks and projection show fueled by The Force paints the sky over Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly in Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Set to the stirring and unforgettable music from the saga, this visual journey takes guests scavenging with Rey on Jakku, navigating through an asteroid field, soaring down the trench of the Death Star and delivering the final blow to destroy Starkiller Base, transporting guests to a galaxy far, far away.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Mystery and majesty come alive as night “falls” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The theme park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes extraordinary “awakenings” throughout the evening as animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. Animal encounters shift at twilight, too, as darkness camouflages the boundaries between wildlife and guests on sunset excursions with Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Guest can also dance alongside African performers in Harambe and indulge in the new signature restaurant, Tiffins.

Disney Springs
The four neighborhoods of Disney Springs are now open, bringing guests 150 new establishments for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment. Wrapped in Florida-inspired, made-for-strolling promenades, arcing footbridges, flowing streams and small-town charm, the waterfront district is a collection of unique and high-end brand names, James Beard award-winning chefs, and even amphibious cars.

Florida’s ideal fall weather means it’s the perfect time to sip a cocktail or indulge in a meal created by a celebrity chef at one of the many new waterfront restaurants.

To learn more about all that’s happening around the WonderFALL world of Disney, guests may visit Disneyworld.com or call (407) 939-5277.

NEW DISNEY QUICK-SERVICE DINE GIFT CARD AVAILABLE WITH SELECT WALT DISNEY TRAVEL COMPANY PACKAGES

Beginning Sept. 22, 2016, for a limited time, Guests who book a Walt Disney Travel Company package at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ Resort Area Hotels or a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel with a minimum 3-day ticket, can enjoy the convenience of prepaid dining at Quick-Service Restaurant locations at Walt Disney World Resort. Booking dates for this additional package option are Sept. 22, 2016-April 1, 2017 and travel dates are Sept. 26, 2016-April 4, 2017.

For each day of theme park admission, adults in the party will receive $40 and children will receive $15 on their Quick-Service Dine Gift Cards. However, Guests will only be charged $35 per adult/per day and $12.50 per child/per day. For example, a Guest with a 3-day ticket included in their package would receive a $120 Disney Quick-Service Dine Gift Card for only $105. A child with the same ticket would receive a $45 dine gift card for only $37.50. The Quick-Service Dine Gift Cards may be redeemed at select Quick-Service Dining locations, or food carts, in Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Springs and Disney Resort hotels.

You can upgrade their Disney Quick-Service Dine Gift Card (up to a maximum value of $400 USD for adults and $150 USD for children) as long as they include a 3-day Theme Park admission ticket. And, just as with our other dining plans, every Guest on the package must purchase a Walt Disney World Quick-Service Dine Gift Card with the same equivalent value.

Please note the Disney Quick-Service Dine Card package add-on will follow the standard Walt Disney Travel Companybooking, modification and cancellation policies.

You will receive their Disney Quick-Service Dine Gift Cards along with their Theme Park tickets upon check-in at their hotel. At that time, the Quick-Service Dine Gift Card will then follow these standard gift card policies:

  • Cannot be redeemed for cash
  • Will not be replaced if lost or stolen
  • Unused Dining Gift Card balances are not eligible for a refund
  • Cannot be used for merchandise
  • Only eligible at Disney Quick-Service Restaurant locations
  • Remaining balances will be printed on receipts
  • Disney Quick-Service Dine Gift Cards do not expire

NOTABLE ARTISTS AND FAVORITE DISNEY CHARACTERS DELIVER INSPIRATION ABOUT HEALTH AND FITNESS

Disney Channels Worldwide will introduce a series of short-form programming to inspire, inform and motivate kids’ nutritious food choices and physical activities, beginning FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. Showcasing the work of notable animation talent including James Curran and David Calcano, and featuring beloved characters from “The Lion Guard,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and “Star Wars Rebels,” the range of new interstitials will rotate daily on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. They are part of Disney’s company-wide Healthy Living Commitment, an initiative designed to help make healthy living simple and fun. The messages have the potential to reach over 500 million households on 116 channels worldwide.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We have an ongoing dialogue with parents who tell us they appreciate our efforts to model healthy lifestyle choices. One of the ways we do that is by ensuring healthier standards for food products seen within our kids television, radio and digital programming, and by using our platforms to inspire kids to eat nutritious foods and be active.”

Dancer and children’s dance instructor Paige Peterson (“Dancing with the Stars”) consulted on Disney Junior’s energetic workout video for kids age 2-7, “Teke Ruka Teleza (kick, jump, slide)” premiering Friday, September 23. A short-form series “Training with the Guard,” featuring simple yoga-inspired poses and activity demonstrated by Rafiki, Kion, Beshte, Fuli, Ono and Bunga, the beloved characters of Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard,” premieresMonday, October 3. Another lively Disney Junior animated short, “Be Your Best with Miles,” premieres Saturday, September 24.  It encourages young kids to make smart choices like Miles (of the animated favorite, “Miles from Tomorrowland”) to sustain their energy throughout the day. The music video and short-form series will rotate on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel and the 24-hour channel Disney Junior.

For kids age 6-14, Disney Channel’s short-form animated series, “The Adventures of Papchu and Dr. Kapatoo,” created and animated by David Calcano (of Fantoons Animation Studio), illustrates how a balanced and nutritious eating plan is important for all-around health. It hones in on nutrient-rich foods — blueberries, greens and tomatoes — that work harder to help one get energy. Each of the music-filled stories follows kid characters through a daily school or sports challenge made easier via better nutrition.  The series premieres Monday, September 26 and will air throughout regularly scheduled programming each day.

James Curran of SlimJim Studios, an artist in the motion graphic design world noted for his quirky and fun illustration-based animation, created interstitials starring popular Disney XD characters from “Star Wars Rebels,” “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” “Future-Worm!” and “Gravity Falls,” among others. Via one of the most popular art forms, the animated GIF, Curran’s series, “Improve Your Selfie,” cleverly gets across messages about exercise and healthy eating. His work will be seen throughout the Disney XD program schedule in interstitials beginning Monday, September 26. Produced by Partizan, they are available here.

The Disney Healthy Living Commitment partners with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids. The commitment provides kids and families with engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences to help them eat better, be more active, and be their best. More information is available at www.Disney.com/BeInspired.

Doctor Strange: The Magic Of STEM Challenge Announced

Over the past several years, Marvel Studios has been putting together contests that encourage inquisitive young women across the country to get involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and with the upcoming release ofDoctor Strange, the studio has launched a new contest encouraging young women, between the ages of 15 to 18 (grades 10-12) and residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, to discover the secrets and mysteries behind modern scientific and technological discoveries and innovations.

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With some 20.5 million visitors strolling through its gates each year, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has the highest attendance of any theme park in the world. The three other gates at the Florida megaparkalopolis, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, each rank among the world’s top ten most visited parks and collectively bring in another 33.5 million guests.

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CHIP TAKES A BITE OUT OF EPCOT’S FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL BY SAM ALLEN

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One of the common themes in many classic Chip ‘N’ Dale shorts centers on the collection of food. These films often depicted the mischievous duo either searching for or protecting a stash of food, whether it be acorns, peanuts, popcorn, apples, or even pancakes.

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How Belle From ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Became One of Disney’s Most Iconic Princesses

After 25 years, the artist and the muse behind “Beauty and the Beast’s” Belle are together again. In 1991, the now-classic animated film was a groundbreaking project and a key turning point for the Walt Disney Company, elevating its signature animated features to a new level of artistry and becoming the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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ROYAL COURT ROYAL TEA EXPERIENCE ABOARD DISNEY DREAM

We are excited to announce that the popular Royal Court Royal Tea experience, which has delighted young princes and princess aboard the Disney Fantasy, is expanding and will now be available on the Disney Dream!

This whimsical teatime features a fanciful menu, including a selection of herbal teas and two delicious course – one sweet and one savory. Every child receives a distinguished assortment of gifts as a keepsake of their experience. The cost for Royal Court Royal Tea is $210 for children and $69 for adults.

On the Disney Dream, Royal Court Royal Tea is now offered on all 4-night sailings at 3 p.m. on the Sea Day. The event will also be offered on all 3-night sailings at 3 p.m. on Nassau port days beginning Nov. 4, 2016. Royal Court Royal Tea on theDisney Dream will be held at the Royal Palace.

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Registration Now Open for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend During Mother’s Day Weekend at Disneyland Resort

Propelled by pixie dust, runners from Southern California and beyond will be running with their favorite girl at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry during Mother’s Day Weekend at Disneyland Resort.

Registration opens today for the race weekend in May 2017, which annually brings together women and more than 20,000 of their closest girlfriends. Runners from across the nation – including a strong contingency from Southern California – and 30-plus countries will spread their wings and fly for this women-focused event. It’s the quintessential way for women to get active while also celebrating everyone’s favorite girl: Mom.

In the Tinker Bell-inspired half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Races, moms and fellow runners will be treated to new finisher medals this year, designed to reflect the strength and determination of Tinker Bell.

The half marathon course, among the most popular runDisney events at Disneyland Resort, will once again wind through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, as well as the surrounding city streets of Anaheim.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is one of two women-focused runDisney events that support women’s health, women’s empowerment and women just having fun. The other is the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Runners can register for any of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend events, as well as other runDisney race weekends, at www.runDisney.com.