Wonder-Fall: Gatlinburg and Disney

Kids are going back to school. The leaves will soon be changing. Halloween decorations will be out before you know it. (Wait–they ARE already out at some stores!) With fall, comes the new(er) tradition of fall break. And whether this break is a long weekend or an entire week, this is a great time of year to travel to 2 of my favorite places: Walt Disney World and Gatlinburg.

In Gatlinburg, there are numerous fall events that take place. From the Taste of Autumn and Oktoberfest at Ober, to the numerous sights to see, food to eat, and attractions to visit. To get the full list of events, visit Gatlinburg.com. More than the parkway, though, the beautiful foliage draws people to this area. If you visit, be sure to drive up to Clingman’s Dome for stunning views. If you are in the mood for a hike after the drive, try Andrew’s Bald.

This trailhead can be found to the left of the paved Clingman’s Dome trail (across from the large rock structure that kids are usually climbing all over). This pleasant hike leads you to an open bald area where you can see for miles. Definitely a fall must-do here!

If you love Disney, fall is definitely the time to go. Main St USA is decked out in festive decorations, villains can be spotted a bit more often, and best of all there is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This separate ticketed event takes place on select evenings in Sept. and Oct.–just be sure to pack your costumes! Kids of all ages can trick-or-treat inside the Magic Kingdom, dance with favorite Disney characters, watch a special villain show at the castle, and so much more. The best part, though, is the event parade and fireworks to follow. There is something just a little creepy about the lights going out, complete silence, and the sound of horse hooves right before the Headless Horseman rides. Visit the official Walt Disney World website to watch a video, get more information, and to purchase tickets for this event–or get into the spirit of the season with some HalloWishes.

As fall gets closer, watch for separate posts about each of these locations. Do you have a favorite fall “haunt?” If so, post it in the comments!


1 thought on “Wonder-Fall: Gatlinburg and Disney”

  1. One my favorite times to go. Love the Not So Scary Halloween Party. The show at the castle is amazing…the music, the villains and the fireworks…WOW!!! Ah, yes, the ride of the headless horseman. You really have to experience this! Absolutely pure Disney at its best!

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