5 Changes Happening in Disney World in September

School’s in session — so prepare for a little lesson. Ready to learn everything you need to know about the changes happening in Disney World this September?

Time for a lesson!

In August, Magic Kingdom officially kicked off the 2023 Halloween season! Now that Halloween is in full swing in Disney World, look out for plenty of fall decorations, pumpkin spice drinks, and spooky treats. But that’s not all! Come with us as we take on all the big changes coming to Disney World this September. 

Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Begins in EPCOT

There’s a lot happening in EPCOT in September. As you may know, Disney is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and soon the party will make its way to EPCOT

Happy 100, Disney!

On September 22nd, EPCOT will receive several new additions for the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Look out for a new platinum Mickey Mouse statue (which will be great a great photo op!), a character meet-and-greet with Mickey and Minnie at the Imagination Pavilion (in their new Disney100 outfits!), and a new nighttime Spaceship Earth light show.

Goofy in his 100th Anniversary outfit

These special offerings will be around from September 22nd through December 31st, so be sure to head to EPCOT before the end of the year if you want to see the changes!

Click here to learn more about all the new things coming to EPCOT for the 100th Anniversary

Destination D23

One of the biggest Disney fan events of the year is coming to Disney World SOON! Destination D23 will be taking place right in Disney World from September 8th-10th

If you’re unfamiliar, Destination D23 is a special event where Disney fans meet to check out the latest Disney innovations, see  exclusive first looks, and even enjoy special guest appearances

You never know what we might find out!

In the past, Disney has made some BIG announcements during D23 events, so we’re hoping to learn about some new upcoming projects Disney may have in store! 

Disney Announces Schedule for Most Popular Fan Event of the Year

New EPCOT Food & Wine Booths Will Join the Festival

The beloved EPCOT Food & Wine Festival officially started on July 27th, but even more booths will join the festival in September!

Food and Wine Festival Passport from 2022

Mark your calendars! On September 22nd, four new booths will open at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. That date might look familiar — it’s because these festival food booths are also part of the Disney100 celebration coming to EPCOT.

EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

The four booths set to open in September are:

  • Char & Chop
  • Wine & Wedge
  • Bubbles & Brine
  • Swirled Showcase
We have a feeling that this could be the new EPCOT Food and Wine Festival booth!

We’re already looking forward to the Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake coming to the Swirled Showcase booth. You can see some of the other snacks arriving at these four booths right here!

Click here to see the full menus for the 2023 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival!

Happily Ever After Showtime Change

This is important, so listen up! Beginning September 18th, 2023, Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks will start at 8:30PM nightly.

Do you cry during Happily Ever After?

The showtime is known to move around a bit depending on the time of year. At one point, the show happened every night at 9:20PM. Then on August 9th, Happily Ever After started at 9PM nightly. Then in September, the time will change…again.

This show is a must-do for many people!

Note that on select nights throughout the fall, Magic Kingdom closes at 6PM and remains open exclusively for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party guests. On party nights, Happily Ever After does not show. Instead, Halloween Party guests can see Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks.

Click here to learn more about the change

Extended Evening Hours Return

A BIG perk is finally returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The Extended Evening Hours perk is exclusively for those staying at Deluxe Disney World Hotels, Deluxe Villas, and additional select hotels. Guests have the chance to stick around in select parks after the parks close for traditional guests.

Magic Kingdom at night

According to Disney’s Extended Evening Hours website, this exclusive perk will be available at Hollywood Studios on select nights this fall. Currently, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Extended Evening Hours dates include September 30th, October 5th, October 11th, October 19th, and October 25th, 2023.

Click here to learn more about this returning perk

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There you have it! That concludes our look at some of the big changes coming to Disney World this September! In the meantime, we’re always on the lookout for the latest Disney news, so stay tuned for more.

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