Destination Florida: Fall Events Not To Miss
One of my favorite reasons to live in Florida (and of course, be a member of the Imprint Group event production team) is the seasons. This may sound funny to most people since Florida doesn’t have the traditional seasonal change like Colorado, but Floridians use any excuse to celebrate!
The palm fronds do not change color or fall, the wind does not turn cold, and we are not dressed in Patagonia jackets and Ugg boots as soon as the calendar reads September 22nd. We do not have a definitive date in Florida for when to celebrate, the seasons do not tell us, so we celebrate even longer than the locations that live by those standards and we love it! September 1st, you will find me decorating my home for Fall and lighting leaf and apple scented candles with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand. It is cliché and it is beautiful.
Each Fall, the theme parks re-decorate in incredible detail to truly make you feel a little chillier and crave caramel apples and cider. Magic Kingdom is transformed and the haunts come out to play during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Children and adults, alike, are expected to dress up and trick or treat! Universal gets in on the action as well, with their “Halloween Horror Nights” drawing crowds from across the world to walk through the park getting scared at every turn! Legoland opens up on selected weekends for “Brick or Treat” where kids of all ages takeover the park begging for treats in their adorable costumes.
Two of my favorite fall activities in Orlando are the Oktoberfest festivals and visiting one of my favorite places, Celebration. Celebration is a small town in the Orlando area created to look like a small New England town. They decorate the town for every holiday, and for Fall they offer a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, fall festivals on the weekends, and the community really gets in to decorating, making a drive through the neighborhoods to see the spooky decorations an event in itself. You might see the house that’s turned into a giant pirate ship with a huge façade out front and the owners and their friends dressed as pirates handing out candy and scaring passersby.
Oktoberfest is celebrated in Celebration as well as many other locations across Orlando and is a great chance to try local craft beers. One of my favorites is Jake’s Beer Festival at Loew’s Royal Pacific, filled with live music, food, swag, lawn games, and all the local beer you could ask for!
Finally, being a big foodie, Orlando is my eating playground in the Fall! While the city’s Magical Dining Month ends Oct. 12th, where visitors can dine out at more than 100 restaurants at discounted rates, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues through Nov. 13. Guest circle the World Showcase while sampling food and wine from each destination. New eating stations this year include a Coastal Eats booth and a Cheese Studio. Yum! The Disney Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is Oct. 27-28, where award-winning chefs show off their best eats. Don’t miss the Sunday Bubbles Brunch on Oct. 29!
Fall really is one of the best times to visit Orlando, the weather and activities just can’t be beat! Imprint Group is always here to make your visit, conference, meeting or event a memorable one!
By Carolyn Capurso