It looks like near-perfect weather to enjoy all the fun special events at the theme parks this weekend. Sunny skies with a few clouds and daytime temperatures in the high 70s are expected with nights cooling down to the high 50s.. For an up-to-the-minute Orlando weather forecast, click here.
Fall is in full-swing and we’ve got you covered with planning tools & tips for your fall theme park vacation.
- Fall Travel Tips for Theme Parks (blog) with scheduling & general planning help.
- Fall Packing Tips for Theme Parks (blog) so you can pack appropriately.
- Free Apps with advance planning tools like customizable schedules and “during-trip” help like accurate wait times and park maps. Download it now!
What’s Happening This Weekend…
Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) 21 @ Universal Studios
Time is running out to attend Universal Studios’ premier Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights. The extra-scary special event is this Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.; Sunday from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. Not for the faint of heart, HHN 21 boasts eight all-new haunted houses and six scare zones. Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event; purchase discounted tickets here.
Planning to attend? Here are some helpful tips from the Frog Family’s experience at this year’s event (blog). Take a peek at pictures from HHN here.
Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival continues this weekend and offers guests the opportunity to sample tasty tapas and refreshing beverages from over 25 International Marketplaces (preview all the menus here).
After tasting your way around the world, head to the America Gardens Theatre for the Eat to the Beat! Concert Series. The Orchestra starring former members of ELO (“Don’t Bring Me Down”) will take to the stage on Oct. 21 followed by Howard Jones (“No One Is To Blame”) on Oct. 22 & 23. Show times are 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45 p.m.
Don’t forget to stop by the Festival Center for special festival experiences like the HGTV Home Entertaining Seminars and some great shopping. It’s also a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy a break from the crowds. Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is included with regular theme park admission.
Read Mommy Frog’s tips for making this special event fun for the whole family (blog).
Take a video tour of Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival to see what’s in store.
Howl-O-Scream @ Busch Gardens
See the “dark side of the gardens” this Friday and Saturday night (7:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.) during Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. Haunted houses like Nevermore, Night Shade Gardens and Zombie Mortuary, musical shows like Fiends and The Midnight Hour, and awesome thrill coasters that will stay open late are just a few event highlights. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular theme park admission.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party @ Magic Kingdom® Park
Join Mickey this Friday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 23 for his Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® Park. Watch the Headless Horseman kick off Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, dance along with Disney Villains as they Mix & Mingle on the Castle Stage and enjoy the spectacular special fireworks show, Happy HalloWishes. In between all that fun, fill your bags with goodies as you trick-or-treat your way around Magic Kingdom® Park. The party officially begins at 7 p.m., but guests with party tickets can enter the park beginning at 4 p.m. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular theme park admission.
Read tips from the Frog Family’s night at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (blog). See pictures from the event here.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
From noon until 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, SeaWorld will host its Halloween Spooktacular. Children and families can trick-or-treat for goodies, meet sea creatures like Gummy Worm Wanda and Swedish Fish Suzy, dance and create san in Penelope’s Party Zone and watch a special Sesame Street show starring Count Von Count, Elmo. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with regular theme park admission.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic @ Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course
From October 20 to 23, some of the world’s best golfers and a slew of celebrity athletes will come together at the 41st annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic for four magical days of heart-pounding competition. This year’s field is one of the best in recent years with leading Tour money winners Luke Donald and Web Simpson battling for the year-end top spot. *Daily tickets ($10) and week-long passes ($20) can be purchased at the tournament site or all Ticketmaster outlets. *Check event website for most up-to-date ticketing information.