The end of the year is always a pretty busy time in the theme park world. Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season, and preparations for exciting new experiences opening in 2019 are underway. From nonstop celebrations to last chances for select rides and attractions, here’s what you should be on the lookout for this month!
- In Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion, you can now start your day with an all new exclusive experience! The Tea Experience at Rose & Crown Dining Room takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 AM. Much like the popular Royal Tea Garden Tour from the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, this year-round Tea Experience allows guests to enjoy Twinings teas, scones and sandwiches while learning about the artistry behind growing, blending, and making tea. The morning tour costs $30 per person.
- The Mermaids of Weeki Wachi Springs are visiting SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium every weekend through October 21! From Friday – Sunday each week, visit the mesmerizing mermaids as they swim amongst the SEA LIFE creatures performing wild feats. Underwater viewings will run from 11 AM to 7 PM and meet and greets will occur from 11 AM to 8 PM!
- Disney Design-A-Tee at Disney Springs is officially closed. No word yet on what will replace the shop.
- Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial is no longer available at Magic Kingdom.
- The Star Lord and Groot meet and greet at Walt Disney Presents has ended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- On October 21, Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the Wildlife Express Train will close permanently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The meet and greet opportunities at Rafiki’s Planet watch officially ended at the end of September.
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach will close for its seasonal refurbishment on October 28, and will reopen to the public in January 2019.
- Adventure Island water park also closes for the fall/winter season on October 28
- Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square Riverboat is still closed for refurbishments
- Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream continues through October 28
- SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular also ends on October 28.
- The Return to Sleepy Hollow runs on select weekends at Disney’s Fort Wilderness through October 31
- Sesame Street Safari of Fun “Halloween Kids’ Weekends” starts on October 6 at Busch Gardens Tampa
- The Food & Wine Classic returns to Walt Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Hotel on October 26 and 27.
- Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is still running all month long, ending on November 4.
Major holiday-themed happenings will take over Orlando for the rest of the year, and you can stay up to date with all the action at your favorite theme parks by following @Tickets2You on blog.tickets2you.com!