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Kissimmee, Fla. (July 2018) – This fall, take a break in Kissimmee where thrills await around every corner, festive traditions take center stage, and home never feels too far away. While the crowds calm and the weather cools, here are all the fear-inducing adventures, family-friendly happenings, and newest additions coming this season to sunny Kissimmee.  

Halloween Happenings  

Only treats await at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, taking place select nights from Aug. 17 - Oct. 31 at Magic Kingdom Park. This happy haunting is full of special sweets, grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment, and Disney Characters in their spookiest garbs. This year’s special-ticket event will feature a few surprises, as special lighting and effects give a new spin to the Mad Tea Party and a new soundtrack and special effects transform Space Mountain. Plus, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular show at Cinderella Castle will return— just in time for the film’s 25th anniversary. 

Scream through scenes from classic horror movies and cringe-worthy TV shows, and even original concepts, at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. Taking place select nights from Sept. 14 - Nov. 3, the world’s premier Halloween event will spotlight horrors of the ‘80s, including a haunted house inspired by Netflix’s sci-fi thriller “Stranger Things.” In its 28th year, the event will feature scare zones, live shows, access to some of Universal's most popular attractions, and 10 haunted houses—more than ever before. 

Weekends from Sept. 22 - Oct. 28, enjoy an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. During this daytime event meet everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends and whimsical sea creatures, enjoy spectacularly spooky live shows, and trick-or-treat throughout the park. 

For friendly Halloween hijinks head to LEGOLAND Florida Resort for Brick or Treat, select nights Oct. 6-31. This spooky, and a little kooky, event features trick-or-treating, seasonal Halloween shows, giant LEGO models, special meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters, and a special firework spectacular. 

A ghoulish good time awaits at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center during Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends. During select weekends in October, the resort will offer plenty of Halloween fun and frights for the whole family. 

Festive Fun   

Feast on culinary creations from more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces at the at the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Happening Aug. 30 - Nov. 12, experience first-time culinary events with celebrity and guest chefs, 225 concerts from an incredible range of artists, plus family-friendly activities like a Junior Chef Kitchen and Character Dance Party.  

Ready, set, go for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, Nov. 1-4. Set course for an event full of challenging courses and elaborate celebrations. The weekend kicks off the latest runDisney season with a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and kids’ races.

Watch the leaves change color and fall – all in one night – at Oktoberfest in Celebration Town Center. From Oct. 19-20, enjoy a nightly leaf fall, lakeside views, and live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza.

For autumn activities for the whole family, visit the Partin Ranch Corn Maze in Osceola County. Opening in October, enjoy corn mazes, hay rides, a kiddie zipline, ranch animals, local food, and plenty of photo opportunities.  

Say a final goodbye at Mortem Manor in Old Town. The year-round haunted attraction features a haunted house and Last Ride— a burial simulator. This unique horror experience puts guests in a coffin and seals them into total darkness as they hear, feel, and smell the terror of being buried alive. 

Step into the past for hair-raising tales at Kissimmee Ghost & History Tours. Experience the locations and stories of murder, mayhem, and mystery throughout historic downtown Kissimmee. 


All-New in Kissimmee    

Cap off cooler nights with Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration, a brand-new nighttime lagoon show offered select nights. Guests can watch their favorite films come to life with full panoramic water screens, projection mapping, dancing fountains, and special effects — all from a new, dedicated viewing area designed specifically for the show.  

Enjoy the fall weather outdoors in Andy’s backyard at the all-new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the land inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films, guests can take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, speed through the park on Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, or test their skills playing midway games inside the 4D world of Toy Story Mania! 

Dance like no one is watching at the new Disney Junior Dance Party premiering this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Characters from popular Disney Junior TV shows will join guests for a one-of-a-kind party featuring special effects and high-energy music. 

Latte-sipping season means more new offerings for Disney Springs, including:

  • Jaleo, a restaurant by the James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés offering an extensive menu of tapas inspired by traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine.
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, a modern bar and grill concept set in an elegant environment inspired by traditional farmhouses by James Beard Award-winning Chef Wolfgang Puck. 
  • Sunday Supper at Enzo’s Hideaway, a weekly event for the whole family with a special spread of cured meats, cheeses, pasta, entrees, and sweets shared family-style. 
  • The World of Disney retail store will be reimagined into a dynamic and interactive environment where guests can discover more about their favorite Disney products and merchandise. The store will remain open and debut the enhancements in late fall. 

Shop the season’s latest styles and offerings, for any budget, at these new retailers: 

  • Browse Invicta’s collection of hand-crafted timepieces in a 1,998 square-foot space at Orlando International Premium Outlets
  • Visit Swarovski, at The Florida Mall, for brilliantly-faceted crystal jewelry, watches, accessories, giftware, home décor, and collectibles. 
  • Check out Lumiere, at The Florida Mall, is a unique retailer specializing in American-themed bohemian apparel, accessories, and shoes. 

Experience a fun twist on tacos at the all-new Matador Tacos and Tapas Bar in Kissimmee. Guests can enjoy first-class entertainment including, live jazz bands, mariachi players, and flamenco dancers, along with a unique spin on authentic Mexican and Spanish cuisine. 

Voyage to the 18th-century during the recently re-opened Pirates Dinner Adventure. Guests can cheer on their favorite pirate as the action-packed, comedic adventure unfolds — set aboard an authentically replicated Spanish galleon anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting.  

Watch the colors of fall pop at Kaleidoscope, an all-new attraction at the Crayola Experience. In this larger-than-life, digital display guests stand in front of a large screen that transforms their images into swirling explosions of color and light. 

All-new activities await at ICON Orlando this fall, including the ICONic Every Night: Nightly Light Show - an enhanced synchronized nighttime display. Plus, guests can experience the attraction's recently upgraded capsules with Wi-Fi and new immersive experiences, allowing guests the opportunity to personalize their flight.

The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration is the newest independent resort in Kissimmee. The property features 718 well-appointed rooms and suites, more than 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor-outdoor event space, three restaurant outlets, and a poolside lounge.

Escape to paradise at the new Margaritaville Resort Orlando. The 300-acre property includes a hotel, vacation homes, and a 12-acre water park. This November, the resort will debut its exciting dining and entertainment district, Promenade at Sunset Walk, featuring: 

  • Studio Movie Grill, a dine-in, state-of-the-art theater with 12 screens and more than 1,000 luxury recliners.
  • GameTime, a modern restaurant and sports bar with plenty of family entertainment, including arcade games, simulators, prize machines, and over 60 TVs. 
  • Rock & Brews, a music-inspired restaurant by musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, featuring a scratch kitchen, hundreds of craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and rock music. 


Seasonal Savings   

Fall into savings with SeaWorld Orlando hotel packages featuring a varied collection of Kissimmee hotel partners. These exclusive packages include accommodations, tickets to area attractions, and free bonus gifts. Guests can select from the Kids Free Package, Eat Free Package, or the Discovery Cove Package. Capture this exclusive deal at

Stock up for sweater weather during the annual Labor Day Super Sale at the Orlando Premium Outlets. From Aug 31 - Sept. 3, the location will offer extended hours from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. and special discounts. Shoppers can also join the VIP Shopper Club to discover extra savings by visiting,

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