As the temperatures around Central Florida cool down and we head towards the busy holiday travel season, those planning to visit the Walt Disney World resort this month can take advantage of the last few weeks of the “slow” season by leisurely checking out a few new things around the parks.
Here are the top 4 new things to see and do at Walt Disney World in October.
1. Peruse the Memento Mori shop at the Magic Kingdom
This month, the long-awaited Haunted Mansion shop finally opened at the Magic Kingdom. This new shop took over the store space formerly occupied by the Yankee Traders, and sells quite a variety of Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise, some of which is exclusive to this new location. You can read more about what you can find inside the shop here.
In addition, this shop also has a souvenir photo area where guests can take special photos of themselves that turn into spooky haunted visages as viewers move past them. These special photos are not a part of PhotoPass or Memory Maker, and must be purchased independently of any packages a guest may have (each photo costs $19.99). However, these photographs certainly make a neat souvenir, and are the perfect way to immortalize yourself as the 1,000th resident of the Haunted Mansion.
2. Check out the new entertainment offerings at Epcot’s World Showcase
Last month, Epcot said goodbye to a number of the entertainment offerings at the World Showcase, including fan favorites like Off Kilter, Mo’ Rockin and the World Showcase Players. However, this month, Epcot has begun to slowly roll out some of the replacement entertainment offerings, including the lumberjack show in Canada and the flag show in Italy.
The Canadian lumberjack show involves feats of strength and several lumber-based stunts, and takes place on the Mill stage between Canada and the UK. The flag-waving show (entitled Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro) takes place on the raised stage in the Italy pavilion and features several choreographed flag-based stunts set to Italian music.
Both of these shows are still technically in soft opening, but they’ve been performing shows regularly throughout the day, though the times haven’t always been published. Disney hasn’t officially announced these two shows, but they have been playing every day at regular intervals, and if you want to spend some time hanging out at the World Showcase, chances are good you’ll be able to catch one or both of them.