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What Not To Miss In September At Walt Disney World

Right now Walt Disney World is constantly adding new experiences throughout the parks and resorts. With a new month coming, there is so much to look forward to.  We have the top things you won’t want to miss when visiting Disney this September.


Saying Bye To Favorites

With October bringing Disney’s 50th Anniversary, new nighttime shows will be coming to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom.  This means that if you are visiting in September you will want to say good-bye to both Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom and Epcot Forever in Epcot.  The final show for Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom will be September 29th with the new show, Disney Enchantment, coming October 1st.  Epcot Forever will wrap up on September 28th with the highly anticipated Harmonious making its debut on October 1st as well.  Although these new shows are sure to be epic, September is definitely a time to catch these classic nighttime shows one last time.


Celebrate Fall

Disney has been celebrating fall and Halloween now since August.  If you are heading down in September, you will definitely want to make sure to celebrate Halloween while visiting.  The decorations throughout the Magic Kingdom are outstanding so take time to explore and capture them.  Not only can you enjoy the Halloween decorations, but you can celebrate the holiday with treats and merchandise as well.  You will be able to find a variety of Halloween themed treats throughout the resort that are perfect for the holiday season.  Hollywood Studios has a variety of great fall treats such as the Halloween Lunch Box Tart at Woody’s Lunch Box.  

Halloween merchandise can be found everywhere making it a great time to get that Halloween gear.  New ears, bags and spirit jerseys all featuring Halloween favorites like Hocus Pocus or Oogie Boogie can be found and will go quickly so don’t miss out.

There are so many fun ways to celebrate the Halloween season during September so don’t miss out!


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Halloween Dining

Back once again at Hollywood and Vine is Minnie’s Seasonal Dining experience.  In September, guests can enjoy Halloween Dine with Minnie and friends.  Minnie along with some of her friends (Mickey, Goofy and Pluto typically) dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and celebrate the holiday with guests.  This is still a modified experience as characters won’t stop and have 1:1 interactions with guests, but it remains a fun, unique way to see the characters and get into the Halloween celebration.  This experience is only available at lunch and dinner so make those reservations quick.




Space 220

Back in 2017 it was announced that Epcot would be getting a brand-new one of a kind dining experience in Space 220.  Now in 2021, guests visiting in September can be one of the first to dine at this highly anticipated restaurant.  Disney has provided some information about the dining experience as we know guests will board a “space elevator” to travel 220 miles above Epcot to enter what is being called the Centauri Space Station dining space.  Here guests will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Earth as well as Space Station activities.

For food, Executive Chef Marc Kusche will be bringing guests a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner, with modern, upscale dishes.  With an opening date set for mid-September, you won’t want to skip out on dining at Space 220.


Visit Food and Wine

Back once again is Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival.  This festival started welcoming guests in July and it is a culinary experience you won’t want to miss if visiting in September.  With more booths opened than ever before, Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival provides guests with a variety of dining opportunities like never before.  Take time to travel throughout the World Showcase and truly experience Epcot the way it is meant to be.  With a variety of food choices, drink options and live entertainment, you won’t want to skip this in September.

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New Dining Options

If you were a little disappointed with your dining options when you first started planning your September trip, we have good news- more options are opening!  With the reopening of Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma has returned and is one of the first buffet options to be seen at Disney.  Known for classic African cuisine, this dining location is not to be forgotten.  

Diamond Horseshoe will be opening back up in Magic Kingdom as well with a new menu.  Taking a page from Liberty Tree, Diamond Horseshoe will be serving up a “saloon feast” that will include turkey breast, pot roast, potatoes, vegetables, stuff and more.  Guests can also enjoy the beloved oooey gooey toffee cake.  The menu is very similar to Liberty Tree but we don’t think that is a bad thing.

Another dining location that is getting an adjustment is Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.  On September 12th, the Crystal Palace will be transiting from a prefix menu to a buffet for lunch and dinner.  We will see options such as roles, seared pork tenderloin, prime rib and short ribs.  

Also in the Magic Kingdom is the return of breakfast to Cinderella’s Royal Table.  The restaurant has been opened to guests previously, but only for lunch and dinner.  For breakfast, the table will enjoy a pastry plate and then choose from entrees such as shrimp and grits, quiche, and caramel apple-stuffed french toast.

These are just the new dining experiences we know are coming in September, but be on the lookout for more announcements from Disney.  It seems like they have been able to offer more and more options each week to guests.

If you are planning on heading down to Walt Disney World in September, make sure you don’t miss out on these things.  Enjoy outstanding new dining options, Halloween themed experience and so much more!  It will truly be a magical time.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.