Food!! I love it. That is why the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot is one of my favorite times to be a Walt Disney World. The amount of food there is to try and the concerts they have make me excited. If I had to choose a time of year that is the best to visit WDW, it would be the end of October. That time of year meets all the desired criteria when I plan a WDW vacation. The 2015 dates for Food and Wine are September 25 – November 16.
This time of year in central Florida is awesome. Especially in late October. The weather is great, most days, and you get a holiday experience when the crowds are fairly low. Now, I realize that a small crowd at Disney is still huge by most counts, but if you’re going anyway, why not get a smaller crowd. I like late October because all the halloween decorations are up at the Magic Kingdom along with the Food and Wine festival. I am not a big halloween person, but anything Disney does is outstanding and being there during any holiday will make you smile. If you want to spend an extra $60 you can even go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. From what I hear it is a filled with a lot of characters, parties, and candy.
The other big event going on that time of year is the Food and Wine Festival. This is, by far, my most favorite time to be at WDW. If you are a foodie, like I am, you will probably love the Food and Wine Festival. There are so many booths with so many different food options to “try”. These are not whole meals, but you usually get a good size portion. The cost of each is minimal and gives you an opportunity test out different cuisine’s from different parts of the world without having to purchase a whole meal. Some of my favorite kiosks to visit are Hawaii for their Kalua Pork Slider, Belgium for their steamed muscles, Ireland for their lobster pie, and the cheese kiosk for their, well, cheese. “These are a few of my favorite things” at the food and wine festival. There are so many other kiosks to choose from and so many opportunities to test your palette for only a few dollars each. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan you can use your snack credits at the kiosks. This was great since we were on the DDP last year during the festival.
If you are planning a WDW vacation and you can plan for the fall, I would recommend late October for the reasons above. Being at Disney is fun, no matter when you go, even during the most crowded times. If you are looking for a holiday experience with cooler weather as well as great food kiosks, than the fall is the time to be at WDW. I will I will definitely be there again this year to partake in everything from the wonderful food to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.