Orlando is known for the best theme parks, and October is one of the best months for even more exciting theme park experiences. Each year thousands of locals take advantage of the added events and attractions. If you have always been hesitant to splurge on these expensive extras in the past, maybe this will be the year for you to indulge. If you have attended before and think that they will just be the same old events, know that there is always something new to see, hear, taste, or enjoy at our local theme parks.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at The Magic Kingdom is in full swing. It started on September 1 and runs through October 31. It begins at 7:00 pm and closes at midnight. The parade takes place at 8:15 and again at 10:30. Fireworks are at 9:30. If you have seen Wishes, but haven’t viewed any of the special events fireworks like Hallowishes, you will be amazed. They are even more spectacular and mind-blowing. You can get tickets in advance for $62, $57 for children, plus tax. There are quite a few new features this year, including the addition of Wreck-It Ralph to the parade, and you can visit Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairy Hall. This event is fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to dress up for the event in your best costume. You will want lots of family photos in front of the castle and with your favorite characters.
At Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 24, be prepared to be scared. This is not an event for small children or those easily frightened. You will be immersed in Halloween and experience all of the fright that one can handle. The 8 Haunted Houses include 3 new original concepts. The park is full of boogiemen and zombies, and all sorts of creatures that you see in your worst nightmares. Be prepared to have your heart racing and your blood pumping as you make your way from attraction to attraction. The fear factor isn’t limited to the Haunted Houses. A single night General Admission ticket is $95.99, but there are plenty of other packages and options available online. If that price is scary enough for you, consider the price you would pay to see a concert or a sporting event. It is a night full of entertainment that can stay with you for the rest of your life. One night full of rides, attractions, shows, haunted houses, food and fun: $96. Holding that night over your friends’ head for the rest of his life, as you remind him of the look on his face when the zombie nearly made him wet himself: Priceless.
For those of you who aren’t really that into Halloween, or you want something completely different to do in October, take a trip out to Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival. It kicked off on September 19, and there is still plenty of time to enjoy it. This event runs all the way through November 10, and you will probably want to go back again and again. There are so many wonderful special dining events and culinary experiences. With the Food and Wine Festival, the sky is really the limit. Every one of your senses will be aroused with exquisite food, an enormous assortment of beverages, and great music.
Most every local knows of this event, but the ones who actually attend often become regulars. It’s hard not to come back again and again, and this event alone is truly worth investing in an Annual Pass. The Festival includes the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, which showcases a large variety of bands and performers on the America Gardens Theatre stage. There are many returning favorites this year, including; Billy Ocean, Dennis DeYoung, and Starship.
While you listen to these pros and legends making great music, you can enjoy tapas and beverages from all over the world for around $4 to $8. Every year there are new things to try. To experience them, you can purchase a General Admission ticket, an Epcot After 4 Pass, or invest in an Annual Pass for an entire year for fun. Get on out to Epcot, grab an Apple Maple Spice Latte from the American Adventure Coffee Cart, and let the fall fun begin!